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Scott Worland

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Scott Worland

Scott Worland


Advisor: G. Hornberger

PMB 407702
2301 Vanderbilt Place
Nashville, TN 37240
Phone: 423-718-5581
Fax: 615-322-7012

Recent Resume / CV


PhD student, Environmental Engineering–Hydrology
Fellow, Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment
USGS Hydrologist, Career Intern


M.S.  Vanderbilt University, Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2014
B.S. Georgia College, Environmental Sciences, 2012

Research Interests 

I am a hydrologist who applies statistical learning methods to answer pressing earth science questions. I hope to bring strong disciplinary knowledge to interdisciplinary research projects. My research interests are translational hydrology, statistical hydrology, machine learning, data science, and multidisciplinary research.


Worland, S.C. (2015). Water Conservation in American Cities. USGS National Center, Reston, VA

Worland, S.C., R. Bennartz, J. Murphy, T. Merrick, M.W. Bradley, G.M. Hornberger (2014). Vegetation Response and Streamflow Anomalies: Exploring the Modulating Effect of Watershed Storage as Estimated by a Regionalized Baseflow Index. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting

Worland, S.C. (Nov 2014). Water Conservation in American Cities. Water Resources Technical Advisory Committee, TN Department of Conservation, invited speaker.

Worland, S.C., Hornberger, G (2013). Characterizing the Occurrence and Transport of Brackish Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh. American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting

Worland, S.C., Hornberger, G (2013). Characterizing the Hydrostratigraphic Controls on Groundwater Discharge into the Harpeth River Using Thermal Signatures, numerical modelling and Electromagnetic Induction. 2013 Tennessee Water Resources Symposium. Montgomery Bell State Park, TN.

Ayers, John C. G. George, L Benneyworth , S.C. Worland,  G.M. Hornberger, S.L. Goodbred. (2013) Sources of Salinity in Surface and Ground Water in a Polder in Southwestern Bangladesh. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting.

Worland, S.C., Manoylov, K, Mutiti, S. (2012). Sapelo Island Freshwater Algae: A Taxonomic Survey and Evaluation of pristine habitats. Georgia College and State University (GCSU)/Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) Conference on Undergraduate Research (CUR), Milledgeville, GA


Hess, D. J., Wold, C. A., Hunter, E., Nay, J., Worland, S. C., Gilligan, J., and Hornberger, G. M. (forthcoming, 2015). Drought, risk, and institutional politics in the American southwest. Sociological Forum.

Worland, S. C., G. M. Hornberger, and S. L. Goodbred (2015), Source, transport, and evolution of saline groundwater in a shallow Holocene aquifer on the tidal deltaplain of southwest Bangladesh, Water Resources Research, 51, doi:10.1002/2014WR016262.

Bradley, M., S.C. Worland (2015). Acid-Rock Drainage and Selected Acid-Mine Drainage Issues Related to Acid-Rock Drainage From Transportation Activities. USGS open-file report

Worland, S. C (2014). "Source, Transport, and Evolution of Saline Groundwater in a Shallow Holocene Aquifer on the Tidal Deltaplain of Southwest Bangladesh." Master’s Thesis, Vanderbilt University.


Deployable standalone MATLAB application which assists in time series analysis of suspended sediment data.

Hobbies and Interests

Philosophy of science, epistemology, zero sum games, and exercise.