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Bahareh Hassanpour Guilvaiee

Email: bh345@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-4992
Office: B62 Riley Robb Hall
Advisor: Tammo Steenhuis
Degree Program: PhD


Background

I was born in Iran, a cat shape country in the Middle East, where I received my master's degree in Irrigation and drainage. My country receives a small amount of rainfall, its climate is categorized as arid and semi-arid. Therefore, I was interested in looking at evapotranspiration and its estimation in watershed scales.

My Current Research Projects and Interests

I joined Soil and Water Lab as a visiting researcher in 2013 and worked on preferential/finger flow. Then I started a PhD program in 2014. Since then, I've worked on denitrifying bioreactors and their ability to remove nitrate from agricultural drain water. I am interested in their seasonal patterns and other environmental aspects of application of this bioengineering technology.

In addition, I am working on the transportation of nanoparticles in porous media. With increasing application of nanoparticles for different purposes, due to their small size, some of the nanoparticles are able to reach the ground water. Depending on their type, nanoparticles can potentially pollute the groundwater. Understanding their fate in vadose zone therefore is important, especially now, as the effect of capillary forces on retaining colloids is revealed by many researchers.