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Bethany Neilson

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Educational Background

PhD, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2006
Dynamic Stream Temperature Modeling: Understanding the Causes and Effects of Temperature Impairments and Uncertainty in Predictions
MS, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2001
Critical Assessment of Guidance and Technical Support, and Bayesian Decision Networks for Total Maximum Daily Loads
BS, Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 1998

Expertise

Environmental Engineering, Hydrology, Remote Sensing, River Restoration, Surface Water Quality/Quantity, Water Quality, Water Quantity, Wetlands/Stormwater


Awards

USU Civil and Environmental Engineering Undergraduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, 2017

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering

USU Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, 2016

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering

USU College of Engineering Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, 2016

Utah State University College of Engineering

IGN International Academy Fellowship, 2014

University of Copenhagen

USU Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, 2014

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering

USU College of Engineering Graduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, 2014

Utah State University College of Engineering

USU Civil and Environmental Engineering Researcher of the Year Award 2012, 2013

Utah State University Civil and Environmental Engineering

2007 UCOWR Ph.D Dissertation Award Natural Sciences and Engineering , 2007

UCOWR

Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need Fellowship, 2006

Outstanding Student Paper, 2005

AGU Fall Conference

USU Graduate Research Assistantship, 2001

USU

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • Neilson, B.T, Stevens, D.K, Horsburgh, J.S, (2005). TMDL development approaches: Total Maximum Daily Load: Approaches and Challenges. PenWell Corporation

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Niswonger, R., Naranjo, R., Smith, D., Constantz, J., Allander, K., Rosenberry, D., Neilson, B.T, Rosen, M., Stonestrom, D., (2017). Nutrient Processes at the Steam-Lake Interface for a Channelized vs. Unmodified Stream Mouth: Implications for Cultural-Climatic Eutrophication in a Sub-Alpine Setting. Water Resources Research, 53, doi: doi:10.1002/2016WR019538
        • Stout, T.L, Majerova, M., Neilson, B.T, (2016). Impacts of beaver dams on channel hydraulics and substrate characteristics in a mountain stream. Ecohydrology, doi: doi: 10.1002/eco.1767
        • King, T.V, Neilson, B.T, Overbeck, L.D, Kane, D.L, (2016). Water temperature controls in low arctic rivers. Water Resources Research, 52, 4358-4376. doi: doi:10.1002/2015WR017965
        • Constantz, J., Naranjo, R., Allander, K., Neilson, B.T, Niswonger, R., Rosenberry, D., Smith, D., Zamora, C., Stonestrom, D., (2016). Groundwater exchanges near a channelized versus unmodified stream mouth discharging to a subalpine lake. Water Resources Research, 52, 2157-2177. doi: doi:10.1002/2015WR017013
        • Schmadel, N.M, Neilson, B.T, Heavilin, J.E, Worman, A., (2016). Isolating parameter sensitivity in reach scale transient storage modeling. Advances in Water Resources, 89, 24-31. doi: doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2015.12.020
        • Schmadel, N.M, Neilson, B.T, Heavilin, J.E, (2015). Spatial considerations of stream hydraulics in reach scale temperature modeling. Water Resources Research, 51, 5566-5581. doi: doi:10.1002/2015WR016931
        • Cory, R.M, Harrold, K.H, Neilson, B.T, Kling, G.W, (2015). Controls on dissolved organic matter (DOM) degradation in a headwater stream: the influence of photochemical and hydrological conditions in determining light-limitation or substrate-limitation of photo-degradation. EGU Biogeosciences, 12, 6669-6685. doi: doi:10.5194/bg-12-6669-2015
        • Majerova, M., Neilson, B.T, Schmadel, N.M, Snow, C.J, Wheaton, J.M, (2015). Impacts of beaver dams on hydrologic and temperature regimes in a mountain stream. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences19, 1-16. doi: doi:10.5194/hess-19-1-2015
        • Schmadel, N.M, Neilson, B.T, Heavilin, J.E, Worman, A., Stevens, D.K, (2014). The use of temporal moments to better understand the role of spatially variable stream hydraulics in one-dimensional solute predictions. Water Resources Research, 50:12, 9287-9299. doi: doi: 10.1002/2014WR015440
        • Schmadel, N.M, Neilson, B.T, Kasahara, T., (2014). Deducing the spatial variability of exchange within a longitudinal channel water balance.. Hydrological Processes, 28:7, 3088-3103. doi: doi:10.1002/hyp.9854
        • Hobson, A.J, Neilson, B.T, von Stackelberg, N., Shupryt, M., Ostermiller, J., Pelletier, G., Chapra, S.C, (2014). Development of minimalistic data collection strategy for QUAL2Kw. Journal of Water Resources Management and Planning, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000488, 04014096
        • Cardenas, B., Doering, M., Rivas, D.S, Galdeano, C., Neilson, B.T, Robinson, C.T, (2014). Analysis of the temperature dynamics of a proglacial river using time-lapse thermal imaging and energy balance modeling. Journal of Hydrology, 519:Part B, 1963-1973. doi: doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.09.079
        • Bowerman, T., Neilson, B.T, Budy, P., (2014). Effects of fine sediment, hyporheic flow, and spawning site selection on survival and development of bull trout embryos. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Species, 71:7, 1059-1071. doi: doi:10.1139/cjfas-2013-0372
        • von Stackelberg, N.O, Neilson, B.T, , (2014). A Collaborative Approach to Calibration of a Riverine Water Quality Model. Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 140:3, 393-405. doi: doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000332
        • Epstein, D., Neilson, B.T, Goodman, K., Stevens, D.K, Wurtsbaugh, W.A, (2013). A modeling approach for assessing the effect of multiple lakes in sequence on nutrient transport.. Aquatic Sciences, 75:2, 199-212. doi: DOI 10.1007/s00027-012-0267-2
        • Alminagorta, O., Tesfatsion, B., Rosenberg, D.E, Neilson, B.T, (2013). Simple Optimization Method to Determine Best Management Practices to Reduce Phosphorus Loading in Echo Reservoir, Utah. ASCE-Journal of Water Resources Planning and Management, 139:1, 122-125. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000224
        • Heavilin, J.E, Neilson, B.T, (2012). An analytical solution to main channel heat transport with surface heat flux. Advances in Water Resources, 47, 67-75. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.advwatres.2012.06.006
        • Worman, A., Riml, J., Schmadel, N.M, Neilson, B.T, Bottacin-Busolin, A., Heavilin, J.E, (2012). Spectral scaling of heat fluxes in streambed sediments. Geophysical Research Letters, 39:L23402, doi: doi:10.1029/2012GL053922
        • Merck, M.F, Neilson, B.T, (2012). Modelling in-pool temperature variability in a beaded arctic streamd Arctic Stream.. Hydrological Processes, 26, 3921–3933. doi: DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8419
        • Merck, M.F, Neilson, B.T, Cory, R., Kling, G.W, (2012). Variability of Instream and Riparian Storage and Flow in a Beaded Arctic Stream. Hydrological Processes, 26, 2938-2950. doi: DOI:10.1002/hyp.8323
        • Heavilin, J.E, Neilson, B.T, (2012). Approximation of inverse Laplace transform solution to heat transport in a stream system. Water Resources Research, 48:9, doi: dx.doi.org/10.1029/2012WR012329
        • Bingham, Q.G, Neilson, B.T, Neale, C.M, Cardenas, M.B, (2012). Application of high-resolution, remotely sensed data for transient storage parameter estimation. Water Resources Research, 48:8, 15. doi: doi:10.1029/2011WR011594
        • Bandaragoda, C., Neilson, B.T, (2011). Increasing Parameter Certainty and Data Utility Through Multi-Objective Calibration of a Spatially Distributed Temperature and Solute Model. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussion, 7, 1547-1561. doi: 10.5194/hess-15-1547-2011
        • Neilson, B.T, Stevens, D.K, Chapra, S.C, Bandaragoda, C., (2010). Two-zone Transient Storage Zone Modeling Using Temperature and Solute Data with Multi-Objective Calibration: Part 2 – Temperature and Solute. Water Resources Research, 46, W12520. doi: 10.1028/2009WR008759
        • Neilson, B.T, Hatch, C.E, Ban, H., Tyler, S.W, (2010). Solar Radiative Heating of Fiber Optic Cables Used to Monitor Temperatures in Water. Water Resources Research, 46, 1-17.
        • Schmadel, N.M, Neilson, B.T, Stevens, D.K, (2010). Approaches to estimate uncertainty in longitudinal channel water balances. Journal of Hydrology, 394, 357-369. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2010.09.011
        • Bandaragoda, C., Neilson, B.T, (2010). Increasing Parameter Certainty and Data Utility Through Multi-Objective Calibration of a Spatially Distributed Temperature and Solute Model. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences , 15, 1547-1561. doi: 10.5194/hess-15-1547-2011
        • Neilson, B.T, Hatch, C.E, Ban, H., Tyler, S.W, (2010). Solar radiative heating of fiber-optic cables used to monitor temperatures in water. Water Resources Research, 46, W08540. doi: 10.1029/2009WR008354

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        Publications - Literary Journal

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          Publications - MultiMedia

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            Publications - Technical Reports

              Research Reports

            • Neilson, B.T, Hobson, A.J, von Stackelberg, N., Ostermiller, J., (2012). Using Qual2K Modeling to Support Nutrient Criteria Development and Wasteload Analyses in Utah.
            • Neilson, B.T, Hobson, A.J, (2010). Effects of Turbidity on Solar Radiation Reflection and Attenuation: Final Project Report.
            • Other Reports

            • Neilson, B.T, Horsburgh, J.S, Stevens, D.K, Matassa, M.R, Brogdon, J.N, Spackman, A., (2004). Comparison of Complex Watershed Models’ Predictive Capabilities: EPRI’s Watershed Analysis Risk Management Framework (WARMF) vs. USEPA’s Better Assessment Science Integrating Point and Nonpoint Sources (BASINS/WinHSPF). Utah Water Research Laboratory, Utah State University

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            Publications - Translations & Transcripts

              Publications - Other

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                Scheduled Teaching

                CEE 6740 - Surface Water Quality Modeling, Fall 2016

                BENG, CEE 3670 - Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems, Spring 2016

                CEE 6740 - Environmental Quality Modeling, Fall 2015

                BENG,CEE 3670 - Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems, Spring 2014

                CEE 6740 - Environmental Quality Modeling, Fall 2013

                CEE 4930 - Independent Study, Fall 2013

                CEE 6740 - Environmental Quality Modeling, Spring 2013

                BENG,CEE 3670 - Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems, Spring 2013

                CEE 6740 - Environmental Quality Modeling, Spring 2012

                BENG,CEE 3670 - Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems, Spring 2012

                CEE 6740 - ENVIRONMENTAL MODELING, Spring 2011

                BENG 3670 - TRANSPORT PHENOMENA, Spring 2011

                CEE 3670 - TRANSPORT PHENOMENA, Spring 2011


                Graduate Students Mentored

                Rezaul Haider, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2017
                Trinity Stout, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2016
                Camilla Snow, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2012 - May 2014
                Andrew Hobson, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2010 2013
                Madeline Merck, August 2009 - May 2011
                Quinten Bingham, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2010
                Jonathan Bingham, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009
                Noah Schmadel, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2009