WaterTalk and forWater Network: Christophe Darnault and Adrian Collins

Tuesday, May 18, 2021 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT (GMT -04:00)

Co-hosted with the forWater Network, and as part of the Water Institute's WaterTalks lecture series, Christophe Darnault, Associate Professor Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University, and Adrian Collins, Hydrologist and Head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences at Rothamsted Research North Wyke in the United Kingdom, will present "Water & Sustainable Agricultural Systems: Two examples of innovative source water protection strategies that use policy and conservation for improved impact." More information below.


Adrian Collins
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Adrian Collins hydrologist and head of Sustainable Agriculture Sciences at Rothamsted Research North Wyke in the United Kingdom, will present "Can we ASPIRE to improve management of the sediment problem: a narrative from the UK insights." His talk will focus on his research into developing a new framework for strategic understanding and management of water quality problems arising from accelerated soil erosion and sediment delivery across England and Wales. This cross sector work, but with a special focus on improving targeted management in the agricultural sector, sits at the nexus of issues involving land management, food production, water quality, aquatic ecology and stakeholder engagement.

About the speaker
Adrian Collins’ research interests broadly include the sustainability of agricultural practices and land use, which he investigates through the integration of empirical and modelling approaches. A detailed biography for Adrian can be found here.

Christophe Darnault
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Environmental change and global sustainability are critical challenges that the Earth is facing today. Environmental change is a threat to the security of water, food and energy systems as well as to global sustainability. As food security relies on water security, and water security relies on forests, this presentation will discuss studies related to: 1) Sustainable water resources management and enhanced management of karstic aquifers via recycling and reuse of wastewater by irrigation of agriculture and forestry lands in a seasonably-cold climate in Pennsylvania, United States; and 2) Effects of prescribed fire on soil properties and hydrological processes in forests of the Southeastern United States.

About the speaker
Christophe Darnault is an Associate Professor at the Department of Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Clemson University. He is the Chair of the South Carolina Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. He serves as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Environmental Science – Soil Processes, Frontiers in Earth Science, section Soil Processes, and Vadose Zone Journal, and served as Associate Editor for the Journal of Hydrology. He is one of Clemson’s representatives for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. He has research and teaching experience at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was also a visiting scholar at Yale University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from Cornell University, and his combined M.S. & B.S. degree (Diplôme d’Ingénieur) in Agricultural, Environmental, and Biological Engineering from the Institut Supérieur d'Agriculture, Lille, France (1995). His experience has also encompassed working as water resources group leader at Environmental Engineering and Technology, Inc. and as a project engineer at Malcolm Pirnie, Inc. (now the Water Division of ARCADIS). Dr. Darnault’s teaching and research interests are in the fields of hydrological sciences, soil and water resources engineering and management, environmental health and engineering, and agricultural and biological engineering.