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Hydrosphere Research Group

The Hydrosphere Research Group in Earth Sciences at Syracuse is focused on understanding physical hydrological processes, and how those hydrological processes impact water quality and ecosystem health. The program is currently focused on surface and ground water processes, with linkages to sediment transport and deposition, solute fate and transport, and energy fluxes. The program has a strong observational component, with field work extending across multiple continents, that is integrated with computational modeling, statistical methods, and analytical chemistry.

The program has a strong history of placing graduate students in competitive and diverse careers, including academic institutions, state and federal government agencies, environmental consulting, the energy industry, and in not-for-profits. The program also has strong connections with other department disciplinary groups (e.g. paleoclimatology), other departments and colleges at SU (e.g. Civil & Environmental Engineering), SUNY ESF, and with collaborators at other academic, government, and private organizations. The Hydrosphere group is closely integrated with the NSF-funded EMPOWER (Educational Model Program on Water Energy Research) NRT program, which provides interdisciplinary training at the water-energy interface in preparation for a multitude of career pathways (

Links to individual faculty research pages can be found on the left-hand side of this page. Students with interest in research in water resources should contact the following faculty members for more information on opportunities in the department.

Christa Kelleher
Laura Lautz
Zunli Lu
Chris Scholz
Donald Siegel