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Michael Walter

Michael Walter

Professor

218 Riley Robb Hall
(607) 255-3161

Mike Walter is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. His research is in sustainable development, particularly the nexus of water and energy.

Research Focus

Hydrologic, hydraulic, and soil water information are applied to rural water management problems such as erosion, drainage, water quality, and water supplies. Professor Walter’s international research is aimed at the development of a better understanding of irrigation and water management in tropical developing countries.

Teaching Focus

Professor Walter teaches BEE 3299 Sustainable Development, a web-based course focusing on creating understanding and excitement for sustainable development. Students engage in discussion groups led by senior environmental scientists and engineers as well as in debates on Marcellus Shale and other controversial subjects.

Awards and Honors

  • Outstanding Service to the CALS Community (2016) CALS
  • Carpenter Advising Award (2010) Cornell University
  • Award for Mission Integration: Research, Extension, and Teaching (2008) USDA-CREES
  • Fellow (2004) American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • McCormick Advising Award for Excellence (2004) College of Engineering

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

  • Hogarth, W. L., Parlange, J., Rose, C. W., Sander, G. C., Walter, M. T., & Walter, M. F. (2008). A note on Chows’s description of the weak hydraulic jump. Journal of Hydraulic Research. 46:703-706.
  • Walter, M. T., Mehta, V. K., Marrone, A. M., Boll, J., Gérard-Marchant, P., Steenhuis, T. S., & Walter, M. F. (2005). Closure to “Simple estimation of Prevalence of Hortonian Flow in New York City Watersheds”. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 10:169-170.
  • Malvicini, C. F., Steenhuis, T. S., Walter, M. T., Parlange, J., & Walter, M. F. (2005). Evaluation of spring flow in the uplands of Matalom, Leyte, Philippines. Advances in Water Resources. 28:1083-1090.
  • Mehta, V. K., Walter, M. T., Brooks, E. S., Steenhuis, T. S., Walter, M. F., Johnson, M., Boll, J., & Thongs, D. (2004). Application of SMR to modeling watersheds in the Catskill Mountains. Environmental Modeling and Assessment. 9:77-89.
  • Hanson, D. L., Steenhuis, T. S., Walter, M. F., & Boll, J. (2004). Effects of Soil Degradation and Management Practices on the Surface Water Dynamics in the Talgua River Watershed in Honduras. Land Degradation and Development. 15:367-381.
  • Walter, M. T., Mehta, V. K., Marrone, A. M., Boll, J., Gerard-Marchant, P., Steenhuis, T. S., & Walter, M. F. (2004). Estimation of Prevalence of Hortonian Flow in New York City Watersheds. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 9:70.
  • Walter, M. T., Mehta, V. K., Marrone, A. M., Boll, J., Gerard-Marchant, P., Steenhuis, T. S., & Walter, M. F. (2003). Simple estimation of prevalence of hortonian flow in New York City watersheds. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering. 8:214-218.
  • Geohring, L. D., McHugh, O. V., Walter, M. T., Steenhuis, T. S., Akhtar, M. S., & Walter, M. F. (2001). Phosphorus transport into subsurface drains by macropores after manure applications: Implications for best manure management practices. Soil Science. 166:896-909.
  • Walter, M. T., Parlange, J., Walter, M. F., Xin, X., & Scott, C. A. (2001). Modeling pollutant release from a surface source during rainfall-runoff. Journal of Environmental Quality. 30:151-159.
  • Scott, C. A., Walter, M. F., Nagle, M. T., Walter, M. T., Sierra, N. V., & Brooks, E. S. (2001). Residual phosphorus in runoff from successional forest on abandoned agricultural land: 1. Biogeochemical and hydrological processes. Biogeochemistry. 55:293-309.