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Growing up in Cleveland, OH, we had the dubious distinction of having our river catch on fire. Our burning river coupled with many a long weekend enjoying the Mississippi River at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN fueled my passion for water and started me on my career path.
I graduated from Rhodes with a B.S. in Biology, focusing in Ecology, but I also minored in Earth Systems Science and English. It was at Rhodes where my love of water fully developed.
After Rhodes, I eventually ended up back in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve University for graduate school. At CWRU, my graduate studies were in Geological Sciences but I was able to develop a broad-spectrum approach to my research by coupling geology, hydrology, biology, and environmental science as a fellow of the Joint Biology/Geology Interdisciplinary Program in Great Lakes Studies. Specifically, my research was to differentiate sediment sources and quantify infilling rates in coastal wetlands and estuaries using state-of-the-art fingerprinting techniques, which included two naturally-occurring radionuclides.
After completing my degree, I began a post-doctoral appointment at the USDA-ARS National Sedimentation Lab in Oxford, MS. My hope was to begin a career working within the government. However, I eventually returned to academia and I am currently a Research Assistant Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Knoxville, Tennessee.
While working with Prof. Papanicolaou, I am part of a larger team focused on many studies related to water, sediment, and carbon transport within watersheds. The nature of my research is field-based focusing on the movement of water, sediment, and soil organic carbon within watersheds using geochemical tracers. Here, I was able to branch out from my focus area that I began during my graduate studies. Some of these areas are highlighted below.
Soil Organic Carbon Biogeochemistry
Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity
Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity
1. Dermisis, D., O. Abaci, A.N. Papanicolaou, and C.G. Wilson. 2010. Evaluating the effects of grassed waterways in southeastern Iowa. Soil and Use Management. SUM-2009-209] (doi: 10.1111/j.1475-2743.2010.00257.x).
2. Wilson, C.G., A.N. Papanicolaou, and O. Abaci. 2009. SOM dynamics and erosion in an agricultural test field of the Clear Creek, IA watershed. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences Discussions. 6:1–39.
3. Papanicolaou, A.N., C.G. Wilson, O. Abaci, and M. Skopec. 2009. SOM Loss and soil quality in the Clear Creek, IA Observatory. Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science. In Press.
4. Wilson, C.G., R.A. Kuhnle, D.D. Bosch, J.L. Steiner, P.J. Starks, M.D. Tomer, and G.V. Wilson. 2008. Relative source contributions of eroded sediments to the suspended load of CEAP watersheds in Mississippi, Iowa, Georgia, and Oklahoma. Journal of Soil & Water Conservation. 63(6):523-532.
5. Kuhnle, R.A., R.L. Bingner, C.V. Alonso, C.G. Wilson, and A. Simon. 2008. Conservation practice effects on sediment load in the Goodwin Creek Experimental Watershed. Journal of Soil & Water Conservation. 63(6):496-503.
Other Significant Publications
1. Papanicolaou, A.N., C.G. Wilson, K. Wacha, and T. Moorman. 2011. Watershed scale carbon cycle dynamics in intensively managed landscapes: bridging the knowledge gap to support climate mitigation policies. 34th International Association of Hydraulic Engineering & Research (IAHR) Biennial Congress, Brisbane, Australia.
2. Wilson, C.G., A.N. Papanicolaou, and O. Abaci. 2007. A comparison of watershed models in the Clear Creek, IA watershed. EWRI World Environmental & Water Resources Congress 2007. May 15-19, 2007. Tampa, FL.
3. Wren, D.G., R.R. Wells, C.G. Wilson, C.M. Cooper, and S. Smith. 2007. Sedimentation in three small erosion control reservoirs in northern Mississippi. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 62(3): 137-144.
4. Rhoton, F.E., W. Emmerich, M. Nearing, J. Ritchie, C.G. Wilson, and D. DiCarlo. 2006. Identification of sediment sources in a semiarid watershed using multiple diagnostic properties. 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference, Reno, NV.
5. Kuhnle, R.A., R.L. Bingner, C.V. Alonso, and C.G. Wilson. 2006. Goodwin Creek Experimental Watershed – Effect of conservation practices on sediment load. In: Proceedings of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers International (ASABE) Meeting, July 9-12, 2006, Portland, Oregon. Paper No. 062069, 11 pp.
1. Editorial Assistant: Journal of Great Lakes Research, 1997 – 2003
2. Reviewer: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms
- Journal of Environmental Quality
- Journal of Hydraulic Engineering
- Marine and Freshwater Research
- The Science of the Total Environment
- Science & Technology Center in Ukraine (proposal)
3. Session Leader: 8th Federal Interagency Sedimentation Conference