Tammo Steenhuis is a Professor in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering. He is also one of the faculty members leading the dynamic and innovative Soil and Water Group. S&W’s broad mission relates to the management of soil and water resources and tries to improve the understanding of physical, chemical, and biological processes related to water flow. The ultimate goal is to improve and protect water resources and ecological systems throughout the world in socially conscious ways.
Professor Steenhuis’ research is carried out over a trillion-fold scale range, from transport of micro particles in soil pores to the effect of human interventions in the landscape on transport of water and sediment in large river basins. His research requires an understanding of how the landscape and people affect the water, sediment, nutrient, and other chemical flows in the landscape. His research program currently emphasizes the fate of agricultural nutrients and sediment transport in areas like in Black Creek in upstate New York and in cooperation with the School of Civil and Water Resources housed at Bahir Dar University in the Blue Nile Basin of Ethiopia.
Outreach and Extension Focus
The S&W Group looks at pesticides contamination of upstate New York aquifers and lakes in a project sponsored by the NYDEC. In addition, with funding of HED and USDA, it is improving the safety of drinking water supplies in the Ethiopian highlands. Additionally, it also works with the NYCDEP to assure the best quality water in the Catskills source watershed. Finally, in cooperation with the East African office of IWMI, it studies better ways to make use of available rain water, most of which presently runs out of the country.
Professor Steenhuis is teaching watershed management and research methods in Ethiopia. At Cornell, he teaches BEE 7540 Water Management in an Era of Growing Water Scarcity and BEE 4270 Water Measurement and Analysis Methods.
Awards and Honors
- Fellow (2009) American Geophysical Union
- International Award (2011) American Geophysical Union
- Partnership Award for integrating science, education and extension (2008) CSREES/USDA
- Pradhanang, S., Mukundan, R., Schneiderman, E., Zion, M., Anandhi, A., Pierson, D., Frei, A., Easton, Z., Fuka, D., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2013). STREAMFLOW RESPONSES TO CLIMATE CHANGE: ANALYSIS OF HYDROLOGIC INDICATORS IN A NEW YORK CITY WATER SUPPLY WATERSHED. JAWRA: Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 49:1308-1326.
- Tilahun, S. A., Guzman, C. D., Zegeye, A. D., Engda, T. A., Collick, A. S., Rimmer, A., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2013). An efficient semi-distributed hillslope erosion model for the subhumid Ethiopian Highlands. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences. 17:1051-1063.
- Tigabu, A., Nicholson, C., Collick, A., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2013). Determinants of household participation in the management of rural water supply systems: A case from Ethiopia. Water Policy. 15:985-1000.
- Morales, V., Parlange, J., Wu, M., Perez-Reche, F. J., Zhang, W., Sang, W., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2013). Surfactant-mediated control of colloid pattern assembly and attachment strength in evaporating droplets. Langmuir. 29:1831-1840.
- Steenhuis, T. S., Hrncir, M., Poteau, D., Luna, E., Tilahun, S., Caballero, L., Guzman, C., Stoof, C., Sanda, M., Yitaferu, B., & Cislerova, M. (2013). A Saturated Excess Runoff Pedotransfer Function for Vegetated Watersheds. Vadose Zone Journal. 12.
- Steenhuis, T. S., Baver, C., Hasanpour, B., Stoof, C., DiCarlo, D., & Selker, J. (2013). Pore scale consideration in unstable gravity driven finger flow. Water Resources Research. 49:7815-7819.
- Pradahang, S. M., Frei, A., Zion , M., Schneiderman, E. M., Steenhuis, T. S., & Pierson, D. (2013). Rain-on-snow runoff events in New York. Hydrological Processes. 27:3035-3039.
- Barry, D., Sander, G., Jomaa, S., Yeghiazarian, L., Steenhuis, T. S., & Selker, J. (2013). Solute and sediment transport at laboratory and field scale: Contributions of J.-Y. Parlange. Water Resources Research. 49:6111-6136.
- Dahlke, H., Easton, Z., Fuka, D., Walter, M. T., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2013). Real-Time Forecast of Hydrologically Sensitive Areas in the Salmon Creek Watershed, New York State, Using an Online Prediction Tool. Water. 5:917-944.
- Sang, W. J., Morales, V. L., Zhang, W., Stoof, C. R., Gao, B., Schatz, A. L., Zhang, Y. L., & Steenhuis, T. S. (2013). Quantification of Colloid Retention and Release by Straining and Energy Minima in Variably Saturated Porous Media. Environmental Science & Technology. 47: 8256-8264.
Presentations and Activities
- Rethinking Glyphosate: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 8th Annual Sustainability Pitch and Poster Competition. October 2017. Cornell - Atkinson Center for Sustainable Futures. Ithaca, NY.
- Perennial Grass Bioenergy Feedstocks on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York: Yield, Emissions, and Soil Carbon Trends. NEWBio Bioenergy Consortium Annual Meeting. September 2017. NEWBio NE Bioenergy Consortium/MABEX Conference & Expo. State College, PA.
- 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.
- 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.
- Effect of fertilization on N2O emissions from a marginal soil used for perennial grass bioenergy production. EGU General Assembly Conference. April 2014. European Geosciences Union. Vienna, Austria.
- Effect of land use change for bioenergy on greenhouse gas emissions from a wet marginal soil in New York State, USA. EGU General Assembly Conference. April 2013. European Geosciences Union. Vienna, Austria.