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M. Todd Walter

Todd Walter

Professor and Director of the Water Resources Institute

222 Riley Robb
(607) 255-2488

Professor Todd Walter is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. His research emphasis is on the interactions between hydrology, ecology, and biogeochemistry. He applies physical hydrology and water resources engineering to a broad range of multidisciplinary research interests and pursues questions that cross the traditional academic boundaries of hydrology and terrestrial ecology.

Research Focus

Professor Walter’s most current research encompasses (a) linkages between hydrology and biogeochemical hotspots and (b) applications of nano-biotechnology to ecohydrological systems.

Teaching Focus

Professor Walter teaches hydrology, ecohydrology, water resources engineering, and other associated topics. He emphasizes opportunities for data analysis, laboratory experiments, and field investigations. The assignments are as real as possible, using actual data typically collected by the students themselves. His courses include BEE 3710 Physical Hydrology for Ecosystems, BEE 4710 Introduction to Groundwater, BEE 4730 Watershed Engineering, and BEE 6740 Ecohydrology.

Awards and Honors

  • SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching (2015) State University of NY
  • 2013 Outstanding Teaching Award, (sponsor: Dorothy and Fred Chau, MS'74) (2013) Cornell University, College of Engineering
  • 2008 USDA-CSREES Mission Integration award (with the Soil and Water Lab) (2008) USDA-CSREES
  • 2007 Outstanding Teaching Award, (sponsor: Michael Tien ’72) (2007) Cornell University, College of Engineering

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Sustainable Perennial Grass Bioenergy Production on Marginal Lands of the Northeast: Six Years and Counting. USDA Sustainable Bioenergy Program Project Director Meeting. October 2016. USDA-NIFA. New Orleans, LA.
  • Perennial Grass Bioenergy Feedstocks on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York: Yield, Emissions, and Soil Carbon Trends. NEWBio Bioenergy Consortium Annual Meeting. July 2016. NEWBio NE Bioenergy Consortium. State College, PA.
  • Sustainable Perennial Grass Bioenergy Production on Marginal Lands of the Northeast: Five Years and Counting. USDA Sustainable Bioenergy Program Project Director Meeting. November 2015. USDA-NIFA. Denver CO.
  • Carbon sequestration and gaseous emissions in perennial grass bioenergy cropping systems in the Northeastern US. USDA Sustainable Bioenergy Program Project Director Meeting. November 2015. USDA-NIFA. Denver CO.
  • Earthworm abundance and diversity within a range of permanent and temporal moisture conditions in biofuel crops. First Global Soil Biodiversity Conference. December 2014. Global Soil Biodiversity Initiative. Dijon, France.
  • Carbon sequestration and gaseous emissions in perennial grass bioenergy cropping systems in the Northeastern US. Project Director Meeting. October 2014. USDA-NIFA . Washington, DC.
  • Development of sustainable perennial grass bioenergy on marginal soils of New York. Perennial Bioenergy Feedstock Tour and Persentation. July 2014. USDA-NRCS Big Flats Plant Materials Center. Big Flats, NY.