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Dr. Durelle Scott

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Dr. Scott’s research program at Virginia Tech focuses on water quality throughout river corridors, from small headwater streams in Appalachia to large riverine floodplains in the southeast. His research combines hydrology and biogeochemistry to increase our fundamental understanding of material fate and transport into and within river corridors. Current interests include (1) quantifying changes to land-water delivery of water and nutrients in response to external perturbations (climate, land-use change), (2) the influence river-floodplain connectivity on water quality, (3) the cumulative role of impoundments on ecosystem services, (4) novel approaches for stream restoration, and (5) coastal water quality.  The goal of this work is to produce tangible results that land managers, policy makers, and other researchers can use for a sustainable future.

Dr. Scott is an Associate Professor in the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech. He has served within the Biogeosciences section of AGU, and currently is co-leading a national scale Powell Center Project on River Corridor Science. Within Virginia, he serves on an Academic Advisory Committee for Water Quality.

At Virginia Tech, Dr. Scott co-leads a Cross-Boundary Biogeosciences Group, and serves on the University’s Green Engineering committee. He teaches courses in Green Engineering, Field Methods in Hydrology, and Numerical Methods.