William R. Walker Graduate Research Fellow Award

Announcements and Application

Bill Walker portait by George Wills from May 2007 Water CentralGraduate students from Virginia Tech are invited each spring to submit applications to the Virginia Water Resources Research Center for the William R. Walker graduate fellowship. The fellowship is intended as an aid to persons who are preparing for a professional career in water resources. Individuals pursuing graduate work in a water resources field different from the field of emphasis as an undergraduate, or individuals with work experience returning to graduate school to study water resources are especially encouraged to apply.

The Water Center has offered the Walker Award since 1999. The awards are effective at the start of the fall semester each year.

Funds can be used at the recipient’s discretion, during enrollment at a university as a student, for professional development (such as attending workshops and conferences) and purchasing materials that will enhance professional productivity (such as books and software).

Click here to download the application and view submission deadline.

For more information, contact: Dr. Kevin McGuire at kevin.mcguire@vt.edu or (540) 231-6017; or the main Water Center office at water@vt.edu or (540) 231-5624.

Sketch of William Walker by George Wills of Blacksburg, VA. (http://www.etsy.com/people/BlacksburgArt).


Past Recipients

  • 2019 Kristen Bretz, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2018 Mary Lofton, Department of Biological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2017 Jacob Diamond, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech
  • 2016 Travis Spangler, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2015 Carlos Mantilla Pena, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2014 Heather Govenor, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2013 J. P. Gannon, Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation, Virginia Tech
  • Stephanie Houston, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2012 Sarah Eagle, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech and
  • Beatriz Mogollón, Department of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech
  • 2011 Jonathan Mellor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia and Wesley Zell, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Virginia
  • 2010 Jeanne M. Roningen, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2009 John Petrie, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2008 Shawn Rosenquist, Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2007 Christina C. Davis, PE, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2006 Rachel Lauer, Department of Geosciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2005 Kevin R. Gilmore, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2004 Jason P. Barbour, Civil Engineering, University of Virginia
  • 2003 Forest Platt Walker, Geological Sciences, Virginia Tech
  • 2002 Michelle Lynn Peterie, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 2001 Mira Stone Olson, Civil Engineering Department, University of Virginia
  • 2000 Kimberly Alice Powers, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • 1999 Theresa Maria Wynn, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

Select publications from recent Walker Fellows:

Diamond, J. S., McLaughlin, D. L., Slesak, R. A., D’Amato, A. W., & Palik, B. J. (2018). Forested versus herbaceous wetlands: Can management mitigate ecohydrologic regime shifts from invasive emerald ash borer? Journal of Environmental Management, 222, 436-446. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.05.082

Diamond, J. S., McLaughlin, D. L., Slesak, R. A., & Stovall, A. (2019). Pattern and structure of microtopography implies autogenic origins in forested wetlands. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 23(12), 5069-5088. doi:10.5194/hess-23-5069-2019

Diamond, J. S., McLaughlin, D. L., Slesak, R. A., & Stovall, A. (2020). Microtopography is a fundamental organizing structure of vegetation and soil chemistry in black ash wetlands. Biogeosciences, 17(4), 901-915. doi:10.5194/bg-17-901-2020

Gannon, J. P., Bailey, S. W., & McGuire, K. J. (2014). Organizing groundwater regimes and response thresholds by soils: A framework for understanding runoff generation in a headwater catchment. Water Resources Research, 50(11), 8403-8419. doi:10.1002/2014wr015498

Gannon, J. P., Bailey, S. W., McGuire, K. J., & Shanley, J. B. (2015). Flushing of distal hillslopes as an alternative source of stream dissolved organic carbon in a headwater catchment. Water Resources Research, 51(10), 8114-8128. doi:10.1002/2015wr016927

Govenor, H., Krometis, L. A. H., & Hession, W. C. (2017). Invertebrate-Based Water Quality Impairments and Associated Stressors Identified through the US Clean Water Act. Environmental Management, 60(4), 598-614. doi:10.1007/s00267-017-0907-3

Lofton, M. E., Leach, T. H., Beisner, B. E., & Carey, C. C. (2020). Relative importance of top‐down vs. bottom‐up control of lake phytoplankton vertical distributions varies among fluorescence‐based spectral groups. Limnology and Oceanography. doi:10.1002/lno.11465

Mantilla-Peña, C. F., Widdowson, M. A., & Boardman, G. D. (2019). Evaluation of in-service residential nutating disc water meter performance. AWWA Water Science, 1(1). doi:10.1002/aws2.1113

Mellor, J., Abebe, L., Ehdaie, B., Dillingham, R., & Smith, J. (2014). Modeling the sustainability of a ceramic water filter intervention. Water Research, 49, 286-299. doi:10.1016/j.watres.2013.11.035

Mellor, J. E., Smith, J. A., Learmonth, G. P., Netshandama, V. O., & Dillingham, R. A. (2012). Modeling the complexities of water, hygiene, and health in Limpopo Province, South Africa. Environmental Science and Technology, 46(24), 13512-13520. doi:10.1021/es3038966

Mogollon, B., Frimpong, E. A., Hoegh, A. B., & Angermeier, P. L. (2016a). An empirical assessment of which inland floods can be managed. Journal of Environmental Management, 167, 38-48. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2015.10.044

Mogollon, B., Frimpong, E. A., Hoegh, A. B., & Angermeier, P. L. (2016b). Recent changes in stream flashiness and flooding, and effects of flood management in North Carolina and Virginia Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12408. doi:10.1111/1752-1688.12408

Mogollón, B., Villamagna, A. M., Frimpong, E. A., & Angermeier, P. L. (2016). Mapping technological and biophysical capacities of watersheds to regulate floods. Ecological Indicators, 61, 483-499. doi:10.1016/j.ecolind.2015.09.049

Petrie, J., Diplas, P., Gutierrez, M., & Nam, S. (2013a). Combining fixed- and moving-vessel acoustic Doppler current profiler measurements for improved characterization of the mean flow in a natural river. Water Resources Research, 49(9), 5600-5614. doi:10.1002/wrcr.20396

Petrie, J., Diplas, P., Gutierrez, M., & Nam, S. (2013b). Data evaluation for acoustic Doppler current profiler measurements obtained at fixed locations in a natural river. Water Resources Research, 49(2), 1003-1016. doi:10.1002/wrcr.20112

Petrie, J., Diplas, P., Gutierrez, M., & Nam, S. (2014a). Characterizing the mean flow field in rivers for resource and environmental impact assessments of hydrokinetic energy generation sites. Renewable Energy, 69, 393-401. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2014.03.064

Petrie, J., Diplas, P., Gutierrez, M., & Nam, S. (2014b). Field measurements of mean velocity and boundary shear stress with an Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler. River Flow, 355-360.

Roningen, J. M., & Burbey, T. J. (2012). Hydrogeologic controls on lake level: a case study at Mountain Lake, Virginia, USA. Hydrogeology Journal, 20(6), 1149-1167. doi:10.1007/s10040-012-0859-x

Spangler, J. T., Sample, D. J., Fox, L. J., Albano, J. P., & White, S. A. (2019). Assessing nitrogen and phosphorus removal potential of five plant species in floating treatment wetlands receiving simulated nursery runoff. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 26(6), 5751-5768. doi:10.1007/s11356-018-3964-0

Spangler, J. T., Sample, D. J., Fox, L. J., Owen, J. S., Jr., & White, S. A. (2019). Data on floating treatment wetland aided nutrient removal from agricultural runoff using two wetland species. Data Brief, 22, 756-761. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2018.12.037

Spangler, J. T., Sample, D. J., Fox, L. J., Owen, J. S., & White, S. A. (2019). Floating treatment wetland aided nutrient removal from agricultural runoff using two wetland species. Ecological Engineering, 127, 468-479. doi:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2018.12.017

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