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Bethany Neilson

Bethany Neilson

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Associate Professor

Educational Background:

Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2006
M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 2001
B.S. in Environmental Engineering, Utah State University, 1998


Hydrology/Surface water quality


Bethany's current research projects focus on understanding the role of groundwater/surface water exchanges on instream temperatures and carbon fluxes in areas of continuous permafrost (NSF – 1204220), on longitudinal solute trends in a karst mountainous watershed (NSF-1208732), on instream temperature and habitat in areas influenced by beaver dam complexes (USFS), and on nutrient transport in regulated river reaches (NSF – 1343861).


Bethany Neilson is an Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her current research centers on developing new data collection and modeling approaches to quantify groundwater/surface water interactions and the associated influences on instream water quality and temperature regimes. Her research has spanned desert rivers, arctic river systems, low gradient agricultural rivers, and high gradient mountain streams. Many of her projects focus on advancing our understanding of dominant processes in natural systems, however, her research group also seeks to find ways to apply the resulting knowledge and tools to assist in watershed management decisions.


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