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Research hydrologist to speak on campus


BLACKSBURG, Va., April 14, 2009 – Jim Wigington, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, will be speaking at Virginia Tech to students and faculty as part of a special water seminar series this Friday, April 17.

Wigington, a research hydrologist with the National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will talk about “Prospects for Hydrologic Classification of Landscapes and Watersheds”.

As a research hydrologist at EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory - Western Ecology Division in Corvallis, Ore., for 23 years, Wigington has led a range of research projects that deal with the influence of watersheds, riparian zones, and stream networks on water quality and the ecological condition of streams.

He has also authored or co-authored 50 peer-reviewed publications that have been cited over 700 times in the peer-reviewed literature. This seminar will take place at Assembly Hall, The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. A flyer including a full abstract and bio has been made available.

The Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Virginia Water Resources Research Center are co-sponsoring this ongoing water seminar series. This series explores sustainable water solutions, among other topics, and run from March 27 to April 27.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to present this unique series of water seminars,” stated Stephen Schoenholtz, director of the Virginia Water Resources Research Center at Virginia Tech, “The [Virginia Water Resources Research Center] and [Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science] are both committed to promoting the importance of water resources for a sustainable future.” This seminar series is part of this effort, bringing a variety of leading water experts to the Virginia Tech campus.

Schoenholtz further explains that this series, “provides a great opportunity to bring our community of water experts together at these events." This series provides the opportunity for the many faculty and graduate students that are conducting cutting-edge water-related research at Virginia Tech to further explore this work in an interdisciplinary forum.

Additional information for this special water seminar series is available at the seminar website.