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Two Civil graduate students win water research grants

July 16, 2020 - by Kim Delker

photo of Jancoba and Aashish
Above: Jancoba Dorley (left) and Aashish Khandelwal

Two Ph.D. students in the Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering have been awarded research grants by the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute.

Students Jancoba Dorley and Aashish Khandelwal are both doctoral students of associate professor Ricardo Gonzalez-Pinzon.

Dorley’s project, “Transport and biogeochemical controls on nutrient retention along stream corridors,” seeks to analyze the interactions and limitations of how microorganisms, water quality conditions, geology and physical transport properties (such as water discharge and water velocity) influence the processing and export of nutrients along stream corridors. The study will be conducted at the Catalina-Jemez Critical Zone Observatory and features data collection efforts with nutrient sensors and laboratory analyses.

Khandelwal’s project, “Development of The Navigator: A smart sensing system to characterize aquatic ecosystems,” seeks to develop a technology capable of high-resolution monitoring of water quality parameters (electrical conductivity, temperature, dissolved oxygen, photosynthetically active radiation, pH, and oxidation-reduction potential sensors) over spatial and temporal scales that are currently unattainable. The goal of The Navigator is to provide answers to questions associated with water quality dynamics in near real-time, thus helping to address water management issues and decision making in a timely manner.