The Miller Geoecohydrology Research Group is part of the Civil Engineering department at Texas A&M University and is led by Assistant Professor Gretchen Miller. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and focuses on groundwater sustainability, examining multiple aspects of the connections between the atmosphere, vegetation, soil, and groundwater. Our current work has three main focus areas: 1) determining vegetation water requirements in groundwater dependent ecosystems, as needed to predict plant response to groundwater extraction; 2) improving the representation of hydrological and biogeochemical processes in Earth system models, which are vital to accurately predicting changes to climate and the hydrologic cycle; and 3) examining subsurface biogeochemical processes in engineered systems, such as in bioretention cells and under wastewater application sites, which is important for protecting water quality.
Summer 2016 - It's been a busy summer for new additions to the research group. Welcome to new Ph.D. student Saheli Majumdar, undergraduate researcher Erica Yarbrough, and our two new "Mascots-in-Training" - W. Brenham Smith, born May 16, and R.J. Saville, born June 29!
May 26, 2016 - Dr. Miller has been honored to receive two awards recently: the 2015 Editors' Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research and the 2016 Dean of Engineering Excellence Award from the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M.
May 9, 2016 - Congratulations and farewell to Ryan Andrews, who successfully defended his thesis The Temporal Variation of Vertical Micrometeorological Profiles in a Lower Montane Tropical Forest. Ryan is joining the consulting firm Halff Associates.
April 11, 2016 - The group was pleased to host visiting researcher Berenice Juárez Santana, from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán in Mérida, Yucatán, Mexico. She worked with us to create a hydrogeological model to investigate the effects of climate change on groundwater resources of the Yucatán peninsula. We look forward to future collaborations with her and her advisor, Dr. Roger González Herrera.
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