Maria Fleury ’22

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Major

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Project Title

An Ecohydrology Analysis of the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed

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My research focused on the ecohydrology of the Stony Brook-Millstone watershed in Hopewell Township, New Jersey. Ecohydrology describes the interactions between water and ecological systems. My project aimed to better characterize local water dynamics for an emerging partnership with The Watershed Institute. I analyzed rainfall and soil-moisture data collected at The Watershed Institute during the past five years. These data were supplemented by streamflow and groundwater data from the U.S. Geological Survey to identify yearly and seasonal patterns, which are important to understand for the sustainable use of water resources. I also replicated a basic soil-moisture model and used our findings to perform a sensitivity analysis on the model’s parameters so that it better represented the water dynamics of the Stony Brook-Millstone watershed. The model — and its limitations — generated interesting new questions about water-table and soil-moisture interactions. The eight weeks spent working with the Porporato Research Group provided me with a basic understanding of the field of ecohydrology and, consequently, a new dimension of knowledge on water issues. I am excited to continue with the research group in fall 2020!



Internship Year

2020

Project Category

Water and the Environment

Organization(s)

Porporato Research Group, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University

Mentor(s)

Amilcare Porporato, Thomas J. Wu ’94 Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the High Meadows Environmental Institute