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Laura Mahoney Benneyworth

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Laura Mahoney Benneyworth

Laura Mahoney Benneyworth


Title

Ph.D. Candidate, Environmental Management, Vanderbilt University

Education

M.S., Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt University, 2013
M.S., Geosciences, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
M.S., Biophysics, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
B.S., Biology, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY

Professional Experience

Graduate Research Assistant, Vanderbilt University, 2010-2016
GIS Analyst/Project Manager, AMEC Earth and Environmental, Nashville, TN, 2006-2010
Environmental Scientist, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville, TN, 2001-2006
Client Services Manager/Senior Project Manager, Brown & Caldwell/ECKENFELDER, Inc., Nashville, TN, 1986-2001
Environmental Scientist, Bechtel National, Inc., Oak Ridge, TN, 1984-1986
ORAU Graduate Research Fellow, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, TN, 1981-1983

Research Interests

  • Water security in Bangladesh
  • Geospatial analysis of water quality
  • Climate change and community resilience
  • Water resource management

Publications

Drinking Water Insecurity: Water Quality and Access in Coastal South-Western Bangladesh, L. Benneyworth, et al., International Journal of Environmental Health Research, online June 8, 2016, ISSN: 0960-3123(print), 1369-1619 (online). 

Sources of Salinity and Arsenic in Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh”, J. Ayers et al., Geochemical Transactions, 10.1186/s12932-016-0036-6, July 2016. 

Exploring Water Indices and Associated Parameters: A Case Study in Two South Asian Countries, T. Gunda, L. Benneyworth, and E. Burchfield, Water Policy (17): 98-111, 2015. 

Getting the Most out of Dual-listed Courses: Involving Undergraduate Students in Discussion through Active Learning Techniques , with L. Duncan, B. Duncan, B. Smith, and C. Tasich; 2015 Journal of College Science Teaching, 45(1), 24-31. 

Climate Change and Freight Transportation Infrastructure: Current Challenges for Adaptation", with J. Camp, M. Abkowitz, G.Hornberger, L. Benneyworth and J. Banks.  J. Infrastruct. Syst., ASCE, 2013.

Mahoney, L. and L. Bernstein (1999, June). "The Chester Waterfront Redevelopment Project: A Brownfield Conversion in Progress." Brown and Caldwell's Quarterly Magazine.

Mahoney, L., D. M. Petroff, and J. C. Batey (1996). "The Risk Implications of the Distribution of Chromium Forms in Environmental Media." Environmental Toxicology and Risk Assessment: Biomarkers and Risk Assessment 5, STP 1306, American Society of Testing and Materials (ASTM): West Conshohocken, PA.

Presentations

Drinking Water Insecurity in a Coastal Southwestern Bangladesh Community, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, April 24, 2015. 

Use of Landsat Data to Estimate Land Use Changes in Rural Southwestern Bangladesh, Applied Geography Conference, Atlanta, GA, Oct. 15-17, 2014. 

The Importance of Scale in Safe Drinking Water Access in Southwestern Bangladesh, Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, April 8-12, 2014. 

What Does Access to Safe Drinking Water Mean in Coastal Southwestern Bangladesh?, AWRA Annual Water Resources Conference, Nov. 4-7, 2013, Portland, OR.

Benneyworth, L. M., M. Elson, T. Haskins, M. Zoccola, B. Shah, D. Greene, T. Johanboeke, and J. Albee (2009, July). Turning Data into Information at Wolf Creek Dam. ESRI International User's Conference, Washington, DC.

Benneyworth, L. M., M. Elson, T. Haskins, M. Zoccola, B. Shah, D. Greene, T. Johanboeke, and J. Albee (2009, April). Turning Data into Information at Wolf Creek Dam. USS Dams Annual Meeting and Conference, Nashville, TN.

Benneyworth, L. M., B. Shah, D. Greene, and M. Elson (2009, February). Integrated Database Management at Wolf Creek Dam. ESRI Federal User's Conference, Washington, DC.

Hobbies and Interests

Tennis, yoga, cooking, biking, and gardening