James E. Saiers

Professor of Hydrology; Associate Dean for Academic Affairs; Professor of Chemical Engineering

Research Overview

I study the movement of water and waterborne constituents on and below the earth’s surface.   This research relies on laboratory-scale and field-scale experimentation and focuses on systems governed by coupled hydrological and geochemical processes.  I use data collected from these experiments to develop and test computer models that describe the flow of water and transport of carbon, nutrients, and contaminants in streams, wetlands, and groundwater.   My overarching goal is to generate new experimental observations and to develop predictive approaches that can be used to inform water-resource management decisions and to guide restoration plans for sites impacted by polluted groundwater or surface water.