Kathleen (Kate) Smits' research group focuses on advancing the knowledge of shallow subsurface multiphase process affected by heat and mass flux dynamics at the land/atmospheric interfaces at a wide range of physical scales. The basic aim of Kate’s research is to combine theoretical, numerical and experimental approaches to address hydrological processes occurring near the earth's surface as influenced by natural boundary conditions (e.g. humidity, temperature, radiation, wind, vegetation). The motivation of her research is to provide answers to questions of importance to many current and emerging water resources, hydrology, environmental and climate change related problems.
Chamindu Deepagoda is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research is related to experimental and numerical investigation of methane transport in soil as controlled by near-surface atmospheric interactions.
Logan Forsythe is a Masters student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on land-atmosphere interactions.
Bo Gao is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research is aimed at advancing our understanding and modeling of mass and energy exchange at the land-atmosphere interface.
Zhen Li is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on shallow subsurface hydrological processes and land-atmosphere interactions.
Melissa Mitton is a graduate student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research focuses on methane gas releases from underground pipelines.
Ali is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research is aimed at better understanding of soil thermal behavior, multiphysics processes and implementation strategies in soil borehole thermal energy storage (SBTES) systems.
Ben Wallen is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research focuses on the effect of soil mixing and disturbance on landmine detection.