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.
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December 20, 2013 - Big congrats to Si Gou, for winning the Outstanding Student Paper Award for her poster at the AGU meeting last week, entitled “Simulating Groundwater-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions in a Semiarid Savanna.” The award is given to the top 3-5% of student presentations.
December 19, 2013 - The group bid adieu to EPF intern Charles Bruc at lunch today. Thanks to Charles for all his hard work on the West-West Campus field site, and for the tasty honey, produced at his family's apiary.
December 19, 2013 - Dr. Miller was honored to receive the Dick and Joyce Birdwell Award for Teaching Excellence from the Civil Engineering Department.
December 13, 2013 - Wrapping up another successful AGU Fall Meeting. Si presented her poster on "Simulating Groundwater-Plant-Atmosphere Interactions in a Semiarid Savanna," REU alumni Leland Cohen presented his titled "Hydrogeologic Processes in a Transitional Tropical Forest," and Dr. Miller presented the results of her and Andrea's stable isotope work in Costa Rica. Group mascot Graham Miller decided to join the fun on Thursday afternoon, and thoroughly enjoyed the "toys" on the tradeshow floor. Here he is with NASA scientists checking on the Mars Rover.
The Berkeley Biomet lab also had a reunion on Thursday at Basil Thai.
September 2013 - We are excited to announce that our proposal, "Improving Land-Surface Modeling of Evapotranspiration Processes in Tropical Forests" was selected for funding through the Department of Energy Earth System Modeling program. The $760K+ project combines field work at the Soltis Center for Research and Education in Costa Rica with advanced modeling of transpiration in the neotropics. More information on the project may be found here. Project co-investigators include Dr. Georgianne Moore and Dr. Tony Cahill (below) from Texas A&M and Dr. Ruby Leung from Pacific Northwest Laboratory. Dr. Moore is looking for PhD students in Forest Ecophysiology and Climate to join her lab to work on the project.
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