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David L. Freyberg

Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Associate Professor of Geological and Environmental Sciences (by courtesy)
Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment (by courtesy)
Senior Fellow, Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (by courtesy)
Bass University Fellow in Undergraduate Education

Hydrology; Water Resources; Hydrologic Ecosystem Services


A.B. (1972) and B.E. (1972) Dartmouth College
M.S. (1977) and Ph.D. (1981) Stanford University

David Freyberg's current diverse research interests include understanding surface-subsurface interactions in coupled reservoir/sediment/wetland/stream systems, quantifying and valuing hydrologic ecosystem services, modeling sediment deposition and mobilization in sediment-impacted reservoirs, sediment management in small reservoirs, the hydrology of riparian wetlands, rainfall and runoff estimation in rapidly developing sub-Saharan watersheds, and engineering pedagogy. In the past, he and his students have studied vadose zone dynamics in tropical coastal zones; rainfall variability in Nigeria; flowfields around partially penetrating injection wells; field-scale experimental validation of models of flow and transport in aquifers; head, velocity, and concentration uncertainty in heterogeneous aquifers; enhanced numerical analysis techniques for simulating reactive, multi-component transport in aquifers; the characterization of spatial variability in natural geologic media and the construction of synthetic aquifers; the effects of state-dependent anisotropy on flow through the vadose zone; the role of diffusion and slow advection in transport through heterogeneous, saturated porous media; recharge from ephemeral channels; affective and cognitive learning in courses taught via distance-learning technologies; and the learning process during undergraduate research experiences in laboratories. He enjoys having students convince him of the excitement of new research questions.

Professor Freyberg was a 1985 recipient of a Presidential Young Investigator Award. In 1993 he received the Stanford School of Engineering Tau Beta Pi Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching. He received this award a second time in June 2009. In 1994 he received a Stanford University Bing Fellowship for teaching excellence. He was the Landreth Family University Fellow in Undergraduate Education at Stanford for 2002-07, and in 2009 was awarded the School of Engineering's Eugene Grant Award for Excellence in Teaching. From 1988-1992 he served as Associate Dean of Engineering for Undergraduate Education. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). He is the past chair of the National Research Council's Water Science and Technology Board. He is a co-author of the widely-used text, Water-Resources Engineering.

Teaching


Prof. Freyberg currently teaches 6 courses:

 

Autumn Quarter:

Winter Quarter:


Spring Quarter:

 

CEE 166A/266A, Watersheds and Wetlands

CEE 166B/266B, Floods and Droughts, Dams and Aqueducts
CEE 166D/266D, Water Resources and Water Hazards Field Trips

CEE 169, Environmental and Water Resources Engineering Design (Alternates with CEE 266C)
CEE 266C, Advanced Topics in Hydrology and Water Resources (Alternates with CEE 169)

 

Websites for each class are available for enrolled students on CourseWork. Each contains considerable information about the most recent version of the course, including the syllabus, texts, assignments, etc. The class notes for the first day of class provide an overview of the goals, content, and organization of each class. These are also availalbe to the Stanford community at: http://syllabus.stanford.edu

 

Current Ph.D. Students

 

Kate Brauman, Interdisciplinary Program in Environmental and Resources

Herrin Labs 420
(650) 736-8313, kbrauman_at_stanford_dot_edu
See http://iper.stanford.edu/research/brauman.html for more information about Kate and her interests.

Research Topic: Hydrologic ecosystem services; physical, biological, and social challenges of dam removal

Posters:
The Value of Forest and Pasture to Water Supply in Kona, HI. Fall AGU 2007
Comparative Ecohydrologic Effects of Forest and Pasture on Water Balances in Kona, Hawai'i.

Jun Young Kim, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
EFML Mezzanine, Room M-18
gunsnros_at_stanford_dot_edu

Jake Krall, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
EFML Mezzanine, Room M-17
krall_at_stanford_dot_edu

Research Topic: Jake's research is focused on the suite of problems associated with sedimentation in reservoirs. Specifically, he is interested in deposition above the reservoir normal pool elevation, an area of reservoir sedimentation that has received little attention. Deposition above normal-pool elevation occurs as shallow overbank flows during high flow periods spread across the alluvial surface of the previous sediment deposits. This deposition does not directly result in storage capacity loss it has the potential to have a wide range of effects. Deposition within the reservoir (below normal-pool elevation), reservoir trap efficiency, and the sediment response to dam removal are all likely to be affected by above normal-pool deposition. Jake is using a combination of field work and numerical modeling to study this aspect of reservoir sedimentation.

Posters:
The Importance of Overbank Deposition on a Floodplain Adjacent to a Filling Reservoir.

Yacoub Raheem, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
EFML Mezzanine, Room M-15.
yacoub_at_stanford_dot_edu

Spencer Sawaske, Civil and Environmental Engineering

The Jerry Yang & Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
EFML Mezzanine, Room B-40
sawaske_at_stanford_dot_edu

Curriculum Vita

Publications

Contact Information
The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
473 Via Ortega, Room 257, MC 4020
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Voice: 650-723-3234
FAX: 650-725-9720
freyberg_at_stanford_dot_edu

Administrative Associate
Ms. Yusong Rogers
The Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment & Energy Building
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
473 Via Ortega, Room 126, MC 4020
Stanford University
Stanford, CA 94305

Voice: 650-723-4372 FAX: 650-725-9720
ysrogers_at_stanford_dot_edu


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