We are hydrologists who work at the intersection of watershed hydrology, ecohydrology, critical zone science, and land-atmosphere interactions. We study the water and carbon cycles, as well as the fate and transport of other nutrients and pollutants – all in the context of watersheds. We investigate feedbacks among the geosphere, the hydrosphere, the biosphere, and the atmosphere, from the scale of single plots to the watershed and regional scales. We use field based and modeling approaches to examine how the morphological template imposed by the landscape mediates interactions and feedbacks among physical and biological processes.
A new study led by three undergraduate students from the Carbonshed Lab (Schneider, Herrera, Raisle et al., 2020) was published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. See Publications for more details.
Professor Diego Riveros-Iregui has been named the Bowman & Gordon Gray Distinguished Professor of Geography. The Bowman and Gordon Gray Professorship is one of the UNC’s most esteemed awards for excellence in undergraduate teaching.
Our lab has received a grant from the National Science Foundation, titled “Conceptualizing and quantifying the function of beaver dams and stormwater ponds on the hydrology and biogeochemistry of urban streams.” This is a collaborative grant with Georgia State University (GSU), UNC-Charlotte (UNCC), and Georgia Gwinnett College (GGC).
UNC’s press release on Meredith Emery’s award can be found here: https://www.unc.edu/posts/2019/04/24/meredith-emery-is-the-carolinas-seventh-beinecke-scholar/
Meredith Emery was awarded the Beinecke Scholarship, which will provide support for her graduate education over the next two years. Meredith is one of 18 winners across the United States, selected through a highly competitive process on the basis of intellectual ability, unusual creativity, and evidence of leadership. Congratulations, Meredith!
Diego received the NSF CAREER Award to study “The role of small wetland connectivity in controlling greenhouse gas emissions and downstream carbon fluxes from headwater tropical streams.” The project will be conducted in the Ecuadorian Páramos
Diego received the 2019 J. Carlyle Sitterson Award for Teaching First-Year Students. The award ceremony will be during the halftime of the UNC-Syracuse basketball game on Feb. 26.
Our paper titled “Tree rings and stable isotopes show differential adaptation of native and invasive woody species to streamflow fluctuations in a semi-arid riparian ecosystem in the Great Plains” has been accepted for publication in Ecohydrology
Sarah Schmitt successfully defended her Ph.D. dissertation titled “The Role of Fog in the Hydrologic Functioning of Tropical Island Ecosystems.” She will graduate in December as the first Ph.D. from the Carbonshed Lab!
Our opinion piece titled “Fusagasugá y San Bernardo: el balón está en su cancha” was published in the Colombian newspaper El Espectador. Read it here: https://www.elespectador.com/opinion/fusagasuga-y-san-bernardo-el-balon-esta-en-su-cancha-columna-818833
Meredith’s work on environmental degradation was recently featured in Endeavors. Read the story here: https://endeavors.unc.edu/emotional-environment/
Our paper titled “The Role of Fog, Orography and Seasonality on Precipitation in a Semi-Arid, Tropical Island” was accepted for publication in Hydrological Processes. Link to PDF under ‘Publications’
Our paper titled “The Importance of and Need for Rapid Hydrologic Assessments in Latin America” was recently accepted for publication in Hydrological Processes. Link to PDF under ‘Publications’
Our paper titled “Summer Dry-Down Modulates the Isotopic Composition of Soil CO2 Production in Snow-Dominated Landscapes” was published in PLOS ONE. Link to PDF under ‘Publications’
Haley Moser was awarded the J. Doug Eyre Award for Outstanding Leadership in Geography, and the Peter J. Robinson Award for Best Research Paper in Environmental Geography. She will graduate with a B.S. in Environmental Science and B.A. in Geography this year. Congratulations!
Sarah Schmitt was awarded the Thomas S. and Helen Borda Royster and Snowden and Elspeth Merck Henry Dissertation Fellowship within the Royster Society of Fellows for the academic year 2018-2019. This is a dissertation completion fellowship that will provide support for Sarah’s last year of her Ph.D. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Sarah Schmitt, who was selected to the inaugural cohort of Kenan Graduate Fellows in the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC. This is a newly established recognition for graduate students who “have distinguished themselves as outstanding researchers and teachers, and who will be asked to serve as ambassadors” in future graduate student recruitment efforts across the college.