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EEWR Brown Bag Seminar with Professors Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe and Catherine Peters

Speaker: Professors Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe and Catherine Peters
Series: EEWR Brown Bag Seminars
Location: Engineering Quad E219
Date/Time: Friday, October 8, 2010, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.


Professor Ignacio Rodriguez-Iturbe, Surface Hydrology, Hydroclimatology, Ecohydrology

The dynamics of the interaction between climate, soil, and vegetation are the main focus of Rodriguez-Iturbe'sresearch group. These dynamics are crucially influenced by the scale at which the phenomena are studied as well as by the type of climate, the physiological characteristics of the vegetation, and the pedologyof the soil. Moreover, not only the temporal aspects but also the spatial aspects of the dynamics are crucially dependent on the above factors.

Research interests:
Surface Hydrology; Hydroclimatology; Fluvial and river basin geomorphology; Dynamics of fractal processes; Ecohydrology; Analysis and modelling of space-time rainfall fields.

Professor Catherine Peters
Title: Experimental Investigations in Geological Carbon Sequestration

Dr. Peters works in the areas of environmental chemistry and environmental risk assessment. She is particularly interested in reaction kinetics, and her work typically combines laboratory experimentation with mathematical modeling to infer reaction rates for a variety of environmental systems. She and her research group are currently studying the geochemical reactions that are important for geologic sequestration of CO2 in deep saline aquifers. She is particularly interested in the kinetics of these reactions and determining which reactions are likely to be important on the time-scales operative for CO2 storage. She has also addressed research problems involving contamination of water and soils with organic pollutants, particularly non-aqueous phase liquids (NAPLs) containing polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. She is a member of the U.S. EPA Science Advisory Board and past President of the Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.