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Lisa Watkins

Phone: 607-255-4992
Office: B62 Riley Robb Hall
Advisor: Todd Walter
Degree Program: MS/PhD


I completed a B.S. in environmental engineering at Clemson University in 2015. During the school year, I studied traditional environmental engineering approaches, worked on environmental sustainability initiatives, and taught environmental science lessons. During my summers, I explored environmental policy and engaged in research in stream restoration and sediment transport. I am at Cornell to further develop an understanding of the natural processes of surface waters with the long-term aim of connecting that understanding to my existing knowledge in order to find elegant and community-focused solutions to issues associated with human development.

My current research looks at patterns in how microplastic particles move through river systems, how riparian tree plantings improve water quality, and how to best identify undersized stormwater culverts to help prioritize infrastructure upgrades.