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Katy Hofmeister

Email: klh255@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-4992
Office: B62 Riley Robb Hall
Advisor: Todd Walter
Degree Program: MS/PhD


Background

Katy joined the Soil and Water Lab in August 2013 to study surface hydrology patterns. Katy received her Bachelors of Arts from Hampshire College in 2013 after completing an individualized, interdisciplinary program focused around the intersections of hydrology, ecology, and education. Her senior thesis involved a comparison of the effects of urban, agricultural, and forested land cover on stream water temperature, accompanied by creation of an energy budget model to explore the thermal regime of the stream ecosystem in present and future climate scenarios. Katy is passionate about sharing scientific findings with the broader community, and has extensive experience engaging children in exploring and understanding their environment. She wants to combine her enthusiasm for scientific research with her interest in community involvement and education.


Current Research Projects and Interests

Katy is currently developing a surface runoff model based on field soil moisture values to predict which areas of the landscape are generating runoff – the goal is to use the model to improve land management and reduce farm-related water pollution. She is also interested in how nutrients cycle through forested and agricultural ecosystems and how global change might impact these cycles. Katy is also working on a pilot project to engage ‘community scientists’ in environmental research with the goal of increasing awareness about water resource issues and stimulating interest in their surrounding environment.