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George M. Hornberger

Title

Director
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

Education

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

Professional Experience

  • 2008-present - Director, VIEE and University Distinguished Professor, Vanderbilt University
  • 2014-2015 - Chair, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • 2012-2013 - Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Vanderbilt
  • 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

Thushara De Silva, Ph.D. candidate environmental engineering
Research: Irrigation and hydropower systems in the Mahaweli Watershed.

Ke "Jack" Ding, Ph.D. candidate environmental engineering
Research: Food-energy-water interrelationships..

Chelsea Peters, Ph. D. candidate environmental sciences
Research: Groundwater surface water interaction

Scott Worland, Ph.D. candidate environmental sciences
Research: Water use in U.S. cities

Recent Ph.D. and M.S. graduates

JohnCrane, Ph.D. (2014) Environmental Engineering:"Nitrous oxide emissions from urban lawns."

Leslie Duncan, Ph.D. (2017), Environmental Sciences. Dissertation: "Regional and Local Hydrologic Responses to Climate Fluctuations and Land Use Change, Columbia River Basin, Washington"

Thushara Gunda, Ph.D. (2017), Environmental Engineering. Dissertation: "The Water-Food Nexus: A Data-driven, Interdisciplinary Approach to Inform Decision Making in Sri Lanka"

John Jacobi, Ph.D. (2104), Environmental Sciences. Dissertation: "A Changing Climate in Sri Lanka: Shifts, Perceptions, and Potential Adaptive Actions"

Yi Mei, Ph.D. (2014) Environmental Engineering. Dissertation: "Hydrological Regulation on Dissolved Organic Carbon Transport from Agricultural and Forest Soils to Streams"

Debra Perrone, Ph.D. (2014) Environmental Sciences. Dissertation: "Characterizing!Water, Food, and Energy Interrelationships"

Elizabeth Stone, M.S. (2016) Earth and environmental Sciences, Thesis: "Water and Nutrient Management in a Changing Climate: A Case Study from Rural Sri Lanka"

Scott Worland, M.S. Earth and Environmental Sciences (2015), Thesis: "Source, Transport, and Evolution of Saline Groundwater in a Shallow Holocene Aquifer on the Tidal Delta plain of Southwest Bangladesh"

Elise Hunter, MS Environmental Engineering (2016)

Research Projects

Recent Publications

Peters, C.N., Bennartz, R. and G.M. Hornberger 2017. Satellite-derived methane emissions from inundation in Bangladesh. JGR-Biogeosciences 122:1137-1155. DOI: 10.1002/2016JG003740

Thabrew, LW, Perrone, D, Ewing, AB, Hornberger, GM and MD Abkowitz. 2017. Using Triple Bottom Line Metrics and Multi-Criteria Methodology in Corporate Settings. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management DOI:10.1080/09640568.2017.1289900

Hess, DJ, Wold, CA, Worland, S, and GM Hornberger. 2017. Measuring Urban Water Conservation Policies: Toward a Comprehensive Index. Journal Am. Water Resour. Assn. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12506

Ayers, J, Goodbred, S, George, G, Fry, DC, Benneyworth, L, Roy, K, Karim, Md. R, Akhter, F, and GM Hornberger. 2016. Sources of Salinity and Arsenic in Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh. Geochemical Transactions 17: 4. DOI: 10.1186/s12932-016-0036-6.

Hess, DJ, Wold, CA, Hunter, E, Nay, J, Worland, S, Gilligan, J, and GM Hornberger 2016. Drought, Risk, and Institutional Politics in the American Southwest. Sociological Forum 31: 807-827. DOI:10.1111/socf.12274.

Fraser, JC, Bazuin, JT, and GM Hornberger. 2016. The privatization of neighborhood governance and the production of urban space. Environment and Planning A, 48:844-870. 

Gunda, T., Hornberger, G.M., and J. M. Gilligan. 2016. Spatiotemporal Patterns of Agricultural Drought in Sri Lanka: 1881-2010. Int. J. Climatology 36: 563–575.

Perrone, D and GM Hornberger 2016. Frontiers of the food-energy-water trilemma: Sri Lanka as a microcosm of tradeoffs. Environ. Res. Lett. 11 : 014005. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/014005.

Stone EC and GM Hornberger. 2016: Impacts of Management Alternatives on Rice Yield and Nitrogen Losses to the Environment: A Case Study in Rural Sri Lanka. Science of the Total Environment. 542: 271-276.

Perrone, D and GM Hornberger 2016. Frontiers of the food-energy-water trilemma: Sri Lanka as a microcosm of tradeoffs. Environ. Res. Lett. 11 : 014005. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/1/014005.

Gunda, T., Hornberger, G.M., and J. M. Gilligan 2016. Spatiotemporal Patterns of Agricultural Drought in Sri Lanka: 1881-2010. Int. J. Climatology 36: 563–575..

Fraser, JC, Bazuin, JT, and GM Hornberger 2016. The privatization of neighborhood governance and the production of urban space. Environment and Planning A, 48:844-870.

Gu, C., Crane, J., Hornberger, G.M. and A. Carrico. 2015. The effects of Household Management Practices on the Global Warming Potential of Urban Lawns. J. Environ. Mgmt. 151: 233-242.

Lyons-Duncan, L. Perrone, D., Jacobi, J.H., and G. M. Hornberger 2015. Drought: Using High Resolution as Part of the Solution. Environ. Sci. Tech. 49: 2639–2647.

Perrone, D., G. Hornberger, M. Van der Velde, and O. Van Vliet. 2015. U.S. Water Resource Use: Past, Present, and Projected. Journal Am. Water Resour. Assn. DOI:10.1111/1752-1688.12301.

Gunda, T., Hornberger, G.M., and J. M. Gilligan. Spatiotemporal Patterns of Agricultural Drought in Sri Lanka: 1881-2010. Int. J. Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.4365.

Hornberger, G.M., Hess, D.J., and J. Gilligan 2015. Water Conservation and Hydrological Transitions in Cities. Water Resources Research 51: 4635–4649. doi:10.1002/2015WR016943..

Worland, S., Hornberger, G.M. and S. Goodbred. 2015. Evolution of Saline Groundwater in Southwest Bangladesh, Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR016262.

Hornberger, G.M., Wiberg, P.L., Raffensperger, J.P., and P. D’Odorico. 2014. Elements of Physical Hydrology, 2nd Edition . Johns Hopkins Press. https://jhupbooks.press.jhu.edu/content/elements-physical-hydrology-0

Hornberger, GM and JC Ayers. Hydraulic Fracturing in the Development of Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resources. Oxford Bibliographies Online, In press

Perrone D and GM Hornberger 2014. Water, Food, Energy: Scrambling for Resources or Solutions? WIRES-Water 1 : 49-68. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/wat2.1004/abstract.

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

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 (http://authors.isihighlycited.com/)
  • 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
  • Harvie Branscomb Distinguished Professor Award, Vanderbilt University, 2017