Dr. Erin Rivers
Assistant Professor and Water Quality Extension Specialist
Erin is an ecohydrologist and watershed biogeochemist focused on addressing runoff and nonpoint source pollution concerns in urban landscapes. Erin’s research investigates watershed best management practices in soils, streams, and green stormwater infrastructure by linking hydrologic variables and biogeochemical cycles with a particular focus on the elements of concern for water quality. Erin’s research is integrated into her extension programming which aims to develop synergistic watershed management to target emerging water quality concerns across the state.
Erin received her PhD from Portland State University in the School of the Environment in Portland, OR, and her dissertation research investigated nitrogen removal in green stormwater management systems (e.g. rain gardens, bioswales, stormwater planters) across the US. She received an MS in Earth Sciences at the University of North Carolina Charlotte and a BS from Indiana University with research that assessed stream biogeochemistry in human-modified landscapes. Prior to coming to USU, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow at North Carolina State University where she researched how to improve urban soils that have been disturbed through construction and development.