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Dr. Ryan Stewart

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School of Plant and Environmental Sciences

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Dr. Stewart received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic State University, and a master’s degree and doctoral degree in water resource engineering Oregon State University. His research focuses on quantifying and scaling interactions between water, soil, and plant communities. This includes a combination of field work, laboratory analysis, and development of modeling frameworks.

His Critical Zone Research Lab fosters active collaboration across disciplines, working on topics that span ecology, engineering, agriculture, and urban systems. The lab utilizes three main approaches: concepts derived from fundamental principles, observations employing novel techniques, and synthesis combining analytical quantification with numerical experiments.