Christina Cianfrani

Professor of Hydrology
Hampshire College Professor Christina Cianfrani
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Christina Cianfrani
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Christina Cianfrani received her B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, M.S. from Yale University, and Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Vermont.

Her research focuses on watershed processes approached from an ecological and engineering perspective. Specifically, she explores the effects of urbanization on stream systems and conducts basic geomorphological research relating hydrologic stream characteristics with biotic integrity. To conduct these interdisciplinary research projects she partners with local and state agencies, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and private consultants.

Her teaching interests include watershed hydrology, stream ecology, sustainable water resources, stream restoration, and fluvial geomorphology.

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Recent and Upcoming Courses

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  • This course will use a natural science lens to explore the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals with a specific focus on the food-water-energy nexus. We will explore the implementation of the goals on a global scale as well as efforts underway locally and regionally. Students in this class will read primary literature, complete case studies, work collaboratively and independently on sustainability projects and actively participate in small group and class discussions and activities. We will use elements of the Hampshire College campus living laboratory as points of discussion, taking fields trips when possible, including: the net zero energy/water living building, the solar array and the college farm center. Keywords:Sustainability, environmental science, systems

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  • Wetlands provide many ecosystem services including flood control, water filtration, and storm protection and are among the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. Constructed wetlands utilize these principles to treat waste generated by humans (e.g. stormwater, greywater, wastewater). In this course we will explore the structure and function of natural wetland systems and then apply this knowledge in understanding the role constructed wetlands can play in the treatment of waste. Specifically we will study the design, hydraulics, and nutrient and pollutant removal of different types of constructed wetlands. Students will explore the primary literature, work in groups to complete lab exercises, and tour constructed wetland systems on Hampshire's campus. Basic topics will include the hydrologic cycle, biogeochemical cycles, greywater recycling, and stormwater reuse. Keywords: environmental science, hydrology, natural resources, ecology