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
- Glyphosate Mobility on Transport-Prone Soils. Northeastern Plant, Pest and Soils Conference. January 2020. Northeastern Branch of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. Philaedlphia.
- Perennial Grass Feedstock Production on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York. Switchgrass V International Conference: Dedicated Energy Crops and Native Grasses for the Emerging Bioeconomy. July 2019. University of Illinois. Urbana, IL.
- Perennial Grass Bioenergy Feedstocks on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York: Yield, Emissions, and Soil Carbon Trends. Switchgrass Collaboration Meeting. February 2019. Noble Institute. Ardmore, OK.
- Glyphosate Mobility in Transport-Prone Soils. 2018 Ag, Food and Environmental Systems In-service. November 2018. Cornell Cooperative Extension Administration. Ithaca, NY United States.
- Characterizing and mitigating glyphosate herbicide mobilization in agroecosystems. FY 2018 Water and Soils Project Directors Annual Meeting. October 2018. USDA-NIFA. University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
- 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.