John D. Albertson

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Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Albertson received his B.S. in civil engineering from SUNY Buffalo; an MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford; a Masters in hydrology from Yale; and a Ph.D. in hydrologic science from the University of California at Davis. Before coming to Duke, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Albertson's research interests include surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.

Appointments and Affiliations
  • Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • W. H. Gardner, Jr. Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Contact Information:
  • Office Location: Ciemas, Rm 2465, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5468
  • Email Address: john.albertson@duke.edu
  • Web Page:
Education:

  • Ph.D. University of California at Davis, 1996

Curriculum Vitae
Research Interests:

Surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.

Specialties:

Hydrology
Atmospheric Science
Climate Modeling
Air quality
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Impacts

Courses Taught:
  • CEE 463L: Water Resources Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 780: Internship
  • ENVIRON 590: Special Topics

Representative Publications: (More Publications)
    • Rudd, K; Albertson, JD; Ferrari, S, Optimal root profiles in water-limited ecosystems, Advances in Water Resources, vol 71 (2014), pp. 16-22 [10.1016/j.advwatres.2014.04.021] [abs].
    • Vico, G; Thompson, SE; Manzoni, S; Molini, A; Albertson, JD; Almeida-Cortez, JS; Fay, PA; Feng, X; Guswa, AJ; Liu, H; Wilson, TG; Porporato, A, Climatic, ecophysiological, and phenological controls on plant ecohydrological strategies in seasonally dry ecosystems, Ecohydrology (2014), pp. n/a-n/a [10.1002/eco.1533] [abs].
    • Yin, J; Porporato, A; Albertson, J, Interplay of climate seasonality and soil moisture-rainfall feedback, Water Resources Research, vol 50 no. 7 (2014), pp. 6053-6066 [10.1002/2013WR014772] [abs].
    • Della Chiesa, S; Bertoldi, G; Niedrist, G; Obojes, N; Endrizzi, S; Albertson, JD; Wohlfahrt, G; Hörtnagl, L; Tappeiner, U, Modelling changes in grassland hydrological cycling along an elevational gradient in the Alps, Ecohydrology (2014), pp. n/a-n/a [10.1002/eco.1471] [abs].
    • Huang, J; Katul, G; Albertson, J, The role of coherent turbulent structures in explaining scalar dissimilarity within the canopy sublayer, Environmental Fluid Mechanics, vol 13 no. 6 (2013), pp. 571-599 [10.1007/s10652-013-9280-9] [abs].
Honors and Awards
  • USDA-ARS, Natural Resource Institute Outside Collaborator of the Year Award (2000)
  • NASA, New Investigator Program (NIP) in the Earth Sciences Award (1999)
  • Packard Fellowship Nominee for University of Virginia (1998, 1999)
  • AGU, Hydrology Section, Outstanding Student Paper Award (1996)
  • NASA Graduate Student Fellowship in Global Change Research (1994-1996)
  • Hutchinson Fellowship, Institute of Biospheric Studies, Yale University (1992-1993)
  • Charles Wood Scholarship, Yale University (1991-1993)
  • Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship, Hudson River Foundation (1992)
  • Northeast Utilities Chairman's Award for Outstanding Performance (1989)
Professional and Service Activities
  • Water Resources Research, Associate Editor (2000-2003)
  • National Science Foundation, Hydrology Grant Selection Panel, Member, (2001, 2002, 2006)
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology, Associate Editor, (1998-2002)
  • AGU, Committee on Large Scale Field Experimentation, Chair, (1996-2001)
  • AGU, AIP, and AMS Journals, Frequent Manuscript Reviewer
  • NSF, NASA, DOE, Proposal Reviewer
  • AGU, Committee on Student Paper Awards, Member, (1999-2002)
  • EPA/NSF, Water and Watersheds Program, Proposal Review Panel Member, (1998, 1999)
  • AGU, Convener of several special sessions over past four years
  • European Union, Advisor to Project on Volga’s River Water Resources (1998-2001)
  • American Geophysical Union, member
  • Irish EPA, Advisor to Project on Eutrophication from Agricultural Sources (2001-2004)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member
  • Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society), member
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut