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Bethany Neilson

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Environmental & Water Resources Engineering

UWRL Assistant Director

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 College of Engineering Undergraduate Student Mentor of the Year Award, 2017

Utah State University College of 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 - Abstracts

    Publications - Books & Book Chapters

      Book Chapters

    • King, T.V, Neilson, B.T, (2017). Utah: Our Arctic Nation. U.S. State Department, A U.S. Arctic Council Chairmanship Initiative *
    • Neilson, B.T, Stevens, D.K, Horsburgh, J.S, (2005). TMDL development approaches: Total Maximum Daily Load: Approaches and Challenges. PenWell Corporation
    • Neilson, B.T, Kinerson, R., (2003). The Role of Models” and portion of “Tools for Developing and Implementing Watershed Plans and TMDLs": Water Quality Monitoring for Watershed Planning and TMDLs. YSI Incorporated

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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      Publications - Curriculum

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        Publications - Journal Articles

          Academic Journal

        • Shuai, P., Knappett, P.S, Cardenas, M.B, Ferencz, S.B, Neilson, B.T, (2017). The impact of river amplitude, sediment permeability and dispersivity on denitrification in riparian zone under river fluctuations. Water Resources Research, 53, 1-17. doi: doi:10.1002/2017WR020610
        • Gabor, R.S, Hall, S.J, Jammel, Y., Barnes, M.L, Stout, T.L, Tennant, H., Millington, M., Gelderloos, A., Eiriksson, D., Neilson, B.T, Bowen, G.J, Brooks, P.D, (2017). Persistent urban impacts on surface water quality mediated by stormwater recharge. Environmental Science and Technology, 51:17, 9477–9487. doi: DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00271
        • 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, (2017). Impacts of beaver dams on channel hydraulics and substrate characteristics in a mountain stream. Ecohydrology, 10:1, 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
        • Ames, D.P, Neilson, B.T, Stevens, D.K, Lall, U.L, (2005). Using Bayesian networks to model watershed management decisions: an East Canyon Creek case study. Hydroinformatics , 7:4, 267-282.
        • Neilson, B.T, Chapra, S.C, (2003). Integration of Water Quality Monitoring and Modeling for TMDL Development. Water Resources Impact, 5:1, 9-11.
        • Neilson, B.T, Stevens, D.K, (2002). Issues related to the success of the TMDL program. Water Resources Update122, 55-61.

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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

              BENG, CEE 3670 - Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems, Spring 2017

              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
              Tyler King, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2017
              Michelle Barnes, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2016
              Trinity Stout, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2016
              Noah Schmadel, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2010 - December 2014
              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