Bethany Neilson

Water

Professor


Bethany  Neilson

Contact Information

Office Location: UWRL 303, ENGR 223
Phone: 435-797-7369/435-797-2772
Email: bethany.neilson@usu.edu
Additional Information:

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

Biography

I am a Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) and I have a dual appointment with the Utah Water Research Laboratory (UWRL). I am currently serving as the CEE Water Division Head and the director of the Logan River Observatory.

Teaching Interests

My teaching has focused on heat and mass transport and as well as general hydrology. I have taught the undergraduate heat and mass transport class (CEE 3670 Transport Phenomena) that focuses on fundamentals and a more applied graduate level Surface Water Quality Modeling class (CEE 6740) that implements these fundamentals in the context of surface water quality models. I also teach the undergraduate Engineering Hydrology class (CEE 3430) that focuses on hydrologic fundamentals while trying to help students understand how these concepts tie back to water, heat, and mass movement in local watersheds.

Research Interests

My research is primarily focused on the collection of data sets fundamental to numerical modeling and identification of dominant heat and mass fate and transport mechanisms. Much of my research has focused on quantifying groundwater/surface water interactions and the associated influences on instream water quality and temperature regimes. These efforts have spanned desert rivers, arctic river systems, low gradient agricultural rivers, high gradient mountain streams, and highly regulated river reaches. More recent research efforts have expanded to landscape processes and connections to riverine environments. Current research includes understanding the role of groundwater/surface water exchanges on instream temperatures and carbon fluxes in areas of continuous permafrost; instream temperature, nutrient, and habitat responses to the development of beaver dam complexes; groundwater/surface water exchange influences on heat and nutrient transport in highly regulated river reaches; and temperature controls in regulated canyon-bound rivers. However, a key focus of my current research is understanding the complexities of mountain hydrology in the context of the Logan River watershed. Due to the large amount of data collected as part of the Logan River Observatory (https://lro.usu.edu), there are a variety of ongoing research projects in the area. In the karst, mountainous portion of the watershed, projects include understanding groundwater exchanges and influences on longitudinal solute trends, investigating methods for quantifying snow depth variability by combining bare-earth and snow-on LiDAR data, and combining processed-based snow modeling and machine learning models to predict baseflow variability. In the valley portion of the watershed, efforts include quantification and classification of lateral inflows from urban and agricultural portions of the watershed and temperature responses to various riparian and water management scenarios. Additional efforts include quantification of micro-plastic transport from pristine portions of the watershed to urban centers.

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 | Book Chapters

  • King, T.V, Neilson, B.T, (2017). Our Arctic Nation: 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

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Journal Articles

Academic Journal

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | MultiMedia

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

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

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Publications | Other

An asterisk (*) at the end of a publication indicates that it has not been peer-reviewed.

Teaching

CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2021
CEE 6740 - Surface Water Quality Modeling, Fall 2020
CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2020
CEE 6740 - Surface Water Quality Modeling, Fall 2019
CEE 6740 - Surface Water Quality Modeling, Fall 2019
CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2019
CEE 6740 - Surface Water Quality Modeling, Fall 2018
CEE 6740 - Surface Water Quality Modeling, Fall 2018
CEE 3430 - Engineering Hydrology, Spring 2018
HONR 4900 - Honors Thesis/Capstone, Spring 2018
BENG, CEE 3670 - Transport Phenomena in Bio-Environmental Systems, Spring 2018
CEE 6800 - Division of Environmental Engineering Seminar, Fall 2017
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

Kyler Olsen, January 2021 - December 2021
Eileen Lukens, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2019 - August 2021
Bryce Mihalevich, Civil & Environmental Engineering, January 2018 - August 2021
Amy Carmellini, August 2020 - May 2021
Dane Brophy, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2019 - April 2021
Hyrum Tennant, Civil & Environmental Engineering, May 2018 - January 2021
Tim Clark, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2019 - May 2020
Tyler King, Civil & Environmental Engineering 2018
Rezaul Haider, Civil & Environmental Engineering, August 2015 - December 2017
Trinity Stout, Civil & Environmental Engineering - March 2017
Michelle Barnes, 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

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