UMass EWRE Program

2013 EWRE Graduate RA Opportunities

The following new RA positions were available starting in the Fall of 2013. They have now been filled. Please check this page again for new opportunities for the fall of 2014. To be considered for RA positions it is necessary and sufficient that you apply for admission to the EWRE program.


Multi-Disciplinary (Energy, Water, Health) Climate Change Assessment.  This project funded by the National Science Foundation will focus on Robust Management of Climate Uncertainty for Ecohydrological Sustainability. More information can be found at (faculty lead:  Casey Brown).

Water Resources and Climate.  There is a new UMass Climate Science Center to start in March 2012 funded by the Department of Interior.  This is a 5 year project that links UMass with the University of Wisconsin, the University of Minnesota, the University of Minnesota, the College of Menominee Nation, the Marine Biology Lab, and Columbia University. Please see for more on this (faculty lead: Rick Palmer)

Climate Change and Urban Water.  This NOAA funded project ( is investigating the impacts of climate change on urban areas, from Boston to Philadelphia.  (faculty lead: Rick Palmer)

Connecticut River.  This project funded by the Nature Conservancy is aimed at investigating the impacts of climate change in the Connecticut River basin.  For more on this please consult:  (  (faculty lead: Rick Palmer)

Water Quality Modeling in MA Reservoirs.  The UMass project is aimed at providing assistance in several key areas to the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), the body responsible for collection and safe storage of the source water, protection of reservoir water quality, and management of the watersheds..  For some general information on our DCR project, see: . (faculty lead: David Ahlfeld & John Tobiason)

Microbial Fuel Cells. Caitlyn Butler's research group examines bioelectrochemcial systems where biofilms, capable of using either an anode as an electron acceptor or cathode as an electron donor, remediate environmental pollutants and concurrently produce electricity ( Her group is interested in developing scalable process designs that could be easily integrated into existing treatment infrastructure. Additionally, her group explores the ecology and function of the microorganisms that facilitate electricity production. There are possible opportunities to work with microbial fuel cells for wastewater treatment within this group. (faculty lead: Caitlyn Butler).

Biological Nutrient Removal, Anaerobic Digestion and Algae-based Wastewater Proecesses. Chul Park's research group covers these broad areas while combining traditional process research with modern proteomics. (faculty lead: Chul Park).

Fish Passage Engineering. This research is supported by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. For more on fish passage engineering at UMass see (faculty lead: David Ahlfeld)