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Drew Gower

Email: dbg92@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-4992
Office: B62 Riley Robb Hall
Advisor:Kelly Caylor, Princeton
Host: Todd Walter, Cornell
Degree Program: PhD


Background

I completed a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia in 2003 and a Master's degree in Geosciences from the University of Wisconsin in 2009. I've also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso and worked for the Middle East program at the US Forest Service Office of International Programs. In 2012, I entered the PhD program in Civil & Environmental Engineering at Princeton University, working with Professor Kelly Caylor. I'm currently spending a year in the Soil and Water lab as a graduate exchange scholar.


Current Research Projects and Interests

My research is focused on the hydrological dynamics of small-scale irrigation in dryland agricultural communities. Specifically I've been studying the functioning of several community water networks in Kenya with a team of geographers at the University of Indiana. We have conducted field studies over the last few years, and I am now developing simple models to better understand the connection between water availability and food security.