Daniel Obenour, PhD, PE
Assistant Professor

Cirriculum Vitae

Obenour CCEE Departmental Website

Dr. Dan Obenour is interested in the development of quantitative models that improve our ability to understand and manage complex environmental systems.  His previous research has focused on the problems of hypoxia (low dissolved oxygen) and harmful algal blooms in the Great Lakes and northern Gulf of Mexico.  Dan also has considerable experience in the modeling of watersheds, streams, and reservoirs, related to the development of total maximum daily load (TMDL) studies and nonpoint-source pollution control plans.  Dan recognizes the inherent uncertainties involved with modeling coupled human-natural systems, and thus focuses on the development of advanced probabilistic (e.g., Bayesian and geostatistical) modeling frameworks.  He also aims to reduce model uncertainty through the assimilation of diverse sources of environmental information within these frameworks.

PhD Students:

Jonathan_clippedJonathan Miller,

Jonathan Miller is a PhD student in Civil Engineering focusing on Water Resources.  After 15 years of teaching high school math in North Carolina and Guatemala, he returned 3 years ago to become a civil engineer.   His current research focuses on using hierarchical regression models to determine anthropogenic stressors that are affecting fish habitats in the Gulf of Mexico.  Using mathematical models to help understand complex civil engineering problems  and convey those results in a clear way that can change the way we manage and interact with those systems is his goal.  Teaching is another of his passions and he will be teaching Hydraulics with the Preparing the Professoriate program in the spring of 2016.

Yue_ClippedYue Han,

Yue Han is currently a PhD student in the Water Resources Engineering program at the North Carolina State University. She has the expertise in the fate and transport of contaminants in surfacewater, with two years of research experience in geographical analysis and water modeling. Her current research is on analyzing the suppression of harmful algal bloom using enhanced circulation and mixing in water supply reservoirs. She is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and she holds a MS in Environmental Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, PA.  Her Masters research included an evaluation of potential environmental impacts of unconventional gas drilling activities in Pennsylvania.

Katin_clippedAlexey Katin,

Alexey Katin is a PhD student in Civil Engineering focusing on water resources. He received a B.S. from National University of Science and Technology (Moscow, Russia) in 2009 and an M.S. from Dresden University of Technology (Dresden, Germany) in 2015. His master thesis was devoted to assessment of submarine groundwater discharge using radon as natural tracer in Hiroshima area (Japan).  His research interests center on hypoxia problems in the Neuse River Estuary through the application of coupled mechanistic and probabilistic models for predicting bottom dissolved oxygen concentration.

Masters Students:

JustinJustin Davenport,

Justin Davenport is a Masters student in Civil Engineering with a focus on water resources. Since enrolling in graduate school after completing his undergraduate at NC State University (B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a B.S. in Science, Technology, and Society), he has focused on hierarchical modelling of tributaries in the Neuse River watershed upstream of Falls Lake. The goal of his research is to predict stream characteristics such as flow and nutrient loading in ungauged streams. The research has potential application to areas with little-to-no stream data available.

Hayden_clippedHayden Strickling,

Hayden Strickling is a Masters student at NCSU, focusing on Water Resources.  A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, Hayden has worked for several years in the green building industry before deciding to return to pursue a career in Civil Engineering.  Previous research included using Agent-based modeling to assess the dynamic interactions of social and hydraulic responses during a water contamination emergency.  Currently he is working on nutrient load trend analysis in the Neuse River basin as part of a predictive model for forecasting hypoxic conditions in the Neuse Estuary.

Post-graduate Researchers:

Kevin_ClippedKevin Li,

Kevin’s work focuses on hierarchical models and spatial analysis. His projects in the lab include modeling the impacts of anthropogenic stressors on fish presence in Pacific coast estuaries; geostatistical modeling of hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico; predicting arsenic and lead bioavailability in soils; and assessing the utility of lead presence measures in predicting blood lead levels in impacted areas. Kevin received dual Master’s degrees in Conservation Ecology (MS) and Landscape Architecture (MLA) from the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan. He has interests in spatial analysis and modeling, landscape ecology, and ecosystem services. In his MS thesis he used point process modeling to characterize the 9-year spatial distribution of an important ecosystem service provider in Mexican coffee farms and identified potential drivers of this distribution.

Undergraduate Students:

Brianne Walker (graduating 2016)

Kristen McCahill (graduated 2016)

Jeremy Smithheart (graduated 2016, continuing for MS)