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George M. Hornberger

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George M. Hornberger

Office: Buttrick 155

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 615-343-1144
Fax: 615-322-7012

Recent Resume / CV


Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment

  • University Distinguished Professor
  • Craig E. Philip Professor of Engineering
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences


  • Ph.D., Hydrology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • MSCE, Hydrology, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
  • BSCE, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present - University Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • 1970-2008 - from Assistant Professor to Ernest H. Ern Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Virginia
  • 2002-2006 - Associate Dean for the Sciences, University of Virginia
  • 2006-2007 - Visiting Professor, University of California at Berkeley
  • 1997- 1998- Visiting Scientist, Institute for Alpine and Arctic Research, University of Colorado
  • 1990-1991 - Visiting Scientist, U.S. Geological Survey and, concurrently, Visiting Professor, Stanford University
  • 1984-1985 - Honorary Visiting Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of Lancaster, Lancaster, U.K.
  • 1977-1978 - Visiting Fellow, Centre for Resource and Environmental Studies, The Australian National University

Current Students

John Crane, Ph.D. candidate in environmental engineering
Research: Determination of what impacts nitrous oxide emissions from urban riparian buffer zones may have for regional GHG inventories.

Leslie Duncan, Ph.D. candidate in environmental sciences
Research: Local and regional hydrological and subsurface conditions in regulation of the mechanical behavior of landslides and in relation to changing river flows.

John Jacobi, Ph.D. candidate in environmental sciences
Research: Drought analysis for Sri Lanka

Debra Perrone, Ph.D. candidate environmental engineering
Research: Spatial and temporal patterns of water, energy, and food in a changing climate

Chelsea Peters, M.S. candidate environmental engineering
Research: Groundwater surface water interaction

Elizabeth Stone, M.S. candidate Earth and environmental Sciences
Research: Nitrogen cyc;ling across the Mahaweli watershed, Sri Lanka

Scott Worland, M.S. candidate Earth and Environmental Sciences
Research: Groundwater flow in Polder 32, Bangladesh

Research Projects

  • Grasses and Gases: Modeling Human Dynamics of Lawn Fertilization and Resultant Nitrous Oxide Emissions
    • Collaborators: Kimberly Bess, Amanda Carrico, Jim Fraser, Mike Vandenbergh
  • Hydrologic Regulation of Dissolved Organic Biogeochemistry response
    • Collaborators: Stroud Water Center, Avondale, PA
  • Environmental stress and human migration in Bangladesh--natural and human landscapes
    • Collaborators: Brooke Ackerley, Jonathan Gilligan, Steve Goodbred, and others
  • Climate Adaptation, Water-Energy Impacts, Perceptions and Behavior in Sri Lanka
    • Collaborators: Amanda Carrico, Jim Fraser, Jonathan Gilligan, Lanka Thabrew, Heather Truelove

Recent Publications

Perrone, D., Murphy, J. and G.M. Hornberger 2011. Gaining perspective on the water-energy nexus at the community scale. Environ. Sci. & Tech. , 45:4228–4234. DOI: 10.1021/es103230n

Ewing, A., Thabrew, L., Perrone, D., Abkowitz, A. and G.M. Hornberger 2011. Is LCA a credible tool for corporate environmental footprinting? A case study of an inland marine freight transportation company. J. Industrial Ecology 15 : 937–950.

Flewelling S.A., Herman, J.S., Hornberger, G.M., and A. L. Mills. 2011. Travel Time Controls the Magnitude of Nitrate Discharge in Groundwater Bypassing the Riparian Zone to an Agriculture Stream on Virginia’s Coastal Plain. Hydrol. Proc. , DOI: 10.1002/hyp.8219.

Thabrew, L., Ries, R., and Hornberger, G.M. 2012. Transdisciplinary framework for trans-boundary watershed management, Chapter 13, pp 271-290. In C. N. Madu and C. Kuei (eds.), Handbook of Sustainable Management , Imperial College Press. (ISBN 978-981-4354-81-3)

Mei, Y, Hornberger, GM et al. 2012. Estimation of Dissolved Organic Carbon Contribution from the Riparian Zone to a Headwater Stream. Water Resources Research 48: doi:10.1029/2011WR010815.

Camp J, Abkowitz M, Hornberger G, Benneyworth L, and J Banks 2013. Climate change and Freight Transportation Infrastructure: Current Challenges for Adaptation. J. Infrastruct. Syst. 19: 363-370.

Jacobi, J., D. Perrone, L. Duncan, G. Hornberger 2013. A Matlab Tool for Calculating the Palmer Drought Indices. Wat. Resour. Res.9: 6086–6089. DOI: 10.1002/wrcr.20342.

Murphy,JC, Hornberger GM and RG Liddle 2014. Concentration–discharge relationships in the coalmined region of the New River basin and Indian Fork sub-basin, Tennessee, USA. Hydrol. Process . 28 : 718-728.

TsangY-P, Hornberger GM, Kaplan LA, Newbold JD, and A Aufdenkampe, 2014. Spatial distribution of groundwater evapotranspiration: impacts on modeling stream flow. Hydrol Proc. 28 : 2439-2450.

Flewelling S.A., Hornberger, G.M., Herman, J.S., Mills, A. L. and W.M. Robertson. 2014. Evapotranspiration Causes Diel Patterns in Stream Nitrate Concentrations. Hydrol Proc.28 : 2150-2158.

Perrone D and GM Hornberger 2014. Water, Food, Energy: Scrambling for Resources or Solutions? WIRES-Water 1 : 49-68.

Hornberger GM, Wiberg PL, Raffensperger, JP, and P D'Odorico. In press. Elements of Physical hydrology, 2nd Edition. Johns Hopkins Press.

Selected recent presentations

Hornberger, GM. Will Hydrology Come of Age (Yet Again) in the Next Decade? Keynote address. USGS Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 2011.

Thabrew, L, Ewing, A, Abkowitz, A, and GM Hornberger. Indirect Emissions Reduction Opportunities for Freight Transportation Carriers. Proceedings of LCA XI, Chicago, October 2011.

Crane, J and GM Hornberger 2012. Gasses and grasses: Sampling nitrous oxide emissions from urban and suburban lawns. Proc. World Environmental and Water Resources Conf. pp 1882-1888.

Perrone,D., J.Jacobi, and G.Hornberger (December 2013).“Adaptation Planning in Sri Lanka under Shifting Rainfall Patterns.” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Worland, S.C. and G.M. Hornberger (December 2013). “Characterizing the Occurrence and Transport of Brackish Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh.” American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting, San Francisco, California.

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Chapter of Sigma Xi, President's and Visitors' Prize, 1986.
  • Robert E. Horton Award, Hydrology Section, American Geophysical Union, 1993.
  • Elected Fellow, American Geophysical Union, 1994.
  • Appointed to five-year Visiting Professorship at University of Reading, UK, 1995
  • 1995 Biennial Medal for Natural Systems, Modelling and Simulation Soc. of Australia
  • 1995 John Wesley Powell Award for Citizen's Achievement (US Geological Survey)
  • Elected Fellow, Association for Women in Science, 1996
  • Elected to membership in the National Academy of Engineering, February 1996
  • 1999 Excellence in Geophysical Education Award, American Geophysical Union
  • Bownocker Lecturer, Ohio State University, May 1999
  • ISI Highly Cited Researcher, 2000 (
  • National Associate of the National Academies in recognition of extraordinary service, 2001
  • Langbein Lecturer, American Geophysical Union, 2002
  • Elected Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2005
  • Virginia Outstanding Scientist, 2007
  • William Kaula Award, American Geophysical Union, 2010