Charles T Driscoll

Syracuse University
151 Link Hall
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Telephone: 315-443-3434
FAX: 315-443-1243

Ph.D., Cornell University, Environmental Engineering, 1980
M.S., Cornell University, Environmental Engineering, 1976
B.S., University of Maine, Civil Engineering, 1974

Professional Positions:
  • University Professor of Environmental Systems Engineering (2001-present), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Visiting Scholar (January-June 2006), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Distinguished Professor (1993-present), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Professor (1985-1993), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1985-1993), Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Visiting Scientist (1987-1988), Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
  • Associate Professor (1983-1985), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY
  • Visiting Scholar (1983), Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands
  • Assistant Professor (1979-1983), Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY

  • Research Interests and Activities:
    Charles T. Driscoll has worked at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest since 1976. His research interests include the chemistry of soils and drainage waters, environmental modeling and biogeochemistry. He is particularly interested in long-term biogeochemical patterns in forest and aquatic ecosystems and their response to disturbance. He has primary responsibility for long-term data sets of longitudinal stream chemistry and soil water chemistry. He is a principal investigator on the projects: Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest funded by the National Science Foundation; Understanding the Impacts of Ice Storms on Forest Ecosystems of the Northeastern United States, funded by the National Science Foundation; Winter Climate Change in a Northern Hardwood Forest: Collaborative Research funded by the National Science Foundation. Charles Driscoll is a member of the Hubbard Brook Science Coordinating Committee and board of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, the National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research Executive Board, and the Science Policy Exchange.

    Distinguished Awards and Memberships:
    Tau Beta Pi, Maine Alpha, 1974; Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1984; Chairman of Gordon Conference on Hydrologic, Geochemical and Biological Processes in Forested Catchments, 1993; National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Air Quality Management in the United States, 2001-2004; Institute of Scientific Information, Highly Cited Researcher for Engineering and Environmental Science, 2003-present; National Research Council (NRC) Committee on Everglades Restoration, 2006-present; National Academy of Engineering, 2007-present; Syracuse University Excellence in Graduate Education Faculty Recognition Award, March 2007; U.S. National Committee for Soil Science, The National Academies, 2008-2010; National Research Council, Board of Environmental Studies and Toxicology, 2011-2013; Adirondack Research Consortium, Adirondack Achievement Award, 2012

    Selected Publications:

    Fuss C, Driscoll CT, Green MB, Groffman PM. In press. Hydrologic flowpaths during snowmelt in forested headwater catchments under differing winter climatic and soil frost regimes. Hydrological Processes.

    Shao S, Driscoll CT, Johnson CE, Fahey TJ, Battles JJ, Blum JD. In press. Long-term responses in soil solution and streamwater chemistry at Hubbard Brook after experimental addition of wollastonite. Environmental Chemistry.

    Fuss CB, Driscoll CT. In Press. Recovery from chronic and snowmelt acidification: Long-term trends in stream and soil water chemistry at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, USA. Journal of Geophysical Research - Biogeosciences.

    Pourmokhtarian A, Driscoll CT, Campbell JL, Hayhoe K, Stoner AMK. In Press. The effects of climate downscaling technique and observational dataset on modeled ecological responses. Ecological Applications.

    Driscoll CT, Lambert KF, Burtraw D, Buonocore JJ, Reid SB, Fakhraei H. 2015. US power plant carbon standards and clean air and health co-benefits. Nature Climate Change 5: 535-540.

    Fahey TJ, et al. 2015. The promise and peril of intensive-site-based ecological research: Insights from the Hubbard Brook ecosystem study. Ecology 96: 885-901.

    Fakhraei H, Driscoll CT. 2015. Proton and aluminum binding properties of organic acids in surface waters of the Northeastern, USA. Environmental Science & Technology 49: 2939-2947.

    Battles JJ, Fahey TJ, Driscoll CT, Blum JD, Johnson CE. 2014. Restoring soil calcium reverses forest decline. Environmental Science & Technology Letters 1: 15-19.

    Dib AE, Johnson CE, Driscoll CT, Fahey TJ, Hayhoe K. 2014. Simulating effects of changing climate and CO2 emissions on soil carbon pools at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest. Global Change Biology 20: 1643-1656.

    DurĂ¡n J, Morse JL, Groffman PM, Campbell JL, Christenson LM, Driscoll CT, Fahey TJ, Fisk MC, Mitchell MJ, Templer PH. 2014. Winter climate change affects growing-season soil microbial biomass and activity in northern hardwood forests. Global Change Biology 20: 3568-3577.

    Green MB, et al. 2013. Decreased water flowing from a forest amended with calcium silicate. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 110: 5999-6003.

    Yanai RD, Vadeboncoeur MA, Hamburg SP, Arthur MA, Fuss C, Groffman PM, Siccama TG, Driscoll CT. 2013. From missing source to missing sink: Long-term changes in the nitrogen budget of a northern hardwood forest. Environmental Science & Technology 47: 11440-11448.

    Cho Y, Driscoll CT, Johnson CE, Blum JD, Fahey TJ. 2012. Watershed-level responses to calcium silicate treatment in a northern hardwood forest. Ecosystems 15: 416-434.

    Driscoll CT, Lambert KF, Chapin III FS, Nowak DJ, Spies TA, Swanson FJ, Kittredge DB, Hart CM. 2012. Science and society: The role of long-term studies in environmental stewardship. BioScience 62: 354-366.

    Groffman PM, et al. 2012. Long-term integrated studies show complex and surprising effects of climate change in the northern hardwood forest. BioScience 62: 1056-1066.

    Pourmokhtarian A, Driscoll CT, Campbell JL, Hayhoe K. 2012. Modeling potential hydrochemical responses to climate change and rising CO2 at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest using a dynamic biogeochemical model (PnET-BGC). Water Resources Research 48, W07514: 13pp.

    Campbell JL, Driscoll CT, Pourmokhtarian A, Hayhoe K. 2011. Streamflow responses to past and projected future changes in climate at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire, United States. Water Resources Research 47, W02514: 15.

    Driscoll CT, Lambert KF, Weathers KC. 2011. Integrating science and policy: A case study of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation Science Links program. BioScience 61: 791-801.

    Fuss CB, Driscoll CT, Johnson CE, Petras RJ, Fahey TJ. 2011. Dynamics of oxidized and reduced iron in a northern hardwood forest. Biogeochemistry 104: 103-119.

    Pardo LH, et al. 2011. Effects of nitrogen deposition and empirical nitrogen critical loads for ecoregions of the United States. Ecological Applications 21: 3049-3082.

    Co-Authors and Collaborators:
    Aber, JD, Univ. New Hampshire; Aherne, J, Trent U; Aiken, G, USGS; Arseneau, K, Queens U; Bailey, SW, USDA FS; Bain, M, Cornell Univ; Barkay, T, Rutgers Univ.; Baron, J, USGS; Berkowitz, A, Cary Inst; Bisgoni, J, Cornell; Blum, J, Univ. Michigan, Ann Arbor; Bodaly, RA, Fisheries and Oceans Canada; Bookman, R, Hebrew U; Branfireun, B, Univ. Toronto; Bushey, J, Univ. Connecticut; Buso, DC, Inst. of Ecosystems Studies; Burns, D, USGS; Butler, TJ, Inst. of Ecosystems Studies; Campbell, JL, USDA FS; Chen, C, Dartmouth; Chen, L, Tetra Tech, Inc.; Cho, Y, Korea Marit Inst; Cosby, BJ, Univ. Virginia; Costello Staniec, A, Syracuse Univ.; Dahlgren, R, UC Davis; Demers, JD, Cornell University; Dennis, R, NOAA; Driscoll, KM, Syracuse Univ.;Effler, SW, Upstate Freshwater Institute; Engstrom, DR, Science Museum of MN; Evers, D, Biodiversity Research Instit.; Fahey, TJ, Cornell Univ.; Fernandez, IJ, Univ. Maine; Fisk, M, Miami U; Fitzhugh, R, Out of Science; Fuller, R, SUNY Plattsburgh; Fuss, C, Syracuse Univ; Gbondo-Tugbawa, S., The Louis Berger Group, Inc.; Geary, RJ, Hach Inc.; Gilmour, CC, Smithsonian Res. Instit.; Groffman, P, Inst. of Ecosystems Studies; Gubala, C, Univ Toronto; Haeuber, R, US EPA; Hairston, N, Cornell Univ; Hamburg, SP, Brown Univ.; Hardy, JP, U.S. Army Res. & Dev. Ctr.; Harris, R, Tetra Tech Inc.; Hayhoe, K, Texas Tech Univ.; Henry, E, Exponent; Henry, KS, U.S. Army Res. & Dev. Ctr.; Herlihy, AT, Oregon State Univ.; Hines, M, Univ. Massachusetts; Holmes, RT, Dartmouth College; Holsen, T, Clarkson Univ.; Houlton, BZ, Univ. California Davis; Johnson, CE, Syracuse Univ.; Kamman, NC, V.T. Dept. of Env. Conservation; Kiekbusch, J, Engineering Firm in Germany; Kram, P, Czech Geol Surv; Lambert, KF, Ecologic Inc.; Lautz, LK, SUNY ESF; Lawrence, G, U.S. Geological Survey; Leopold, D, SUNY ESF; Likens, GE, Inst. of Ecosystems Studies; Lorey, P, US Corp of Engrs; Lovett, GM, Inst. of Ecosystems Studies; Macavoy, D, Proctor and Gamble; Mason, RP, Univ. Connecticut; McNeil, B, WVU; Minocha, R, USDA FS; Mitchell, MJ, SUNY ESF; Montesdeoca, M, Syracuse Univ; Munthe, J, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Inst.; Murdoch, PS, USGS; Ollinger, SV, Univ. New Hampshire; Owens, E, Upstate Freshwater Inst; Pardo, L, US Forest Serv; Pirrone, N, CNR-Instit. Atmos. Pollution; Roy, KM, NY Dept. Environ. Conserv.; Rustad, L, USDA FS; Shaefer, D, Out of Science; Schafran, G, Old Dominion U; Selvendiran, P, Limno Tech; Shanley, JB, USGS; Smith, M, Valdosta St. Univ; Stoddard, JL, US EPA; Sullivan, T, E&S Environmental Chem. Inc.; Swain, EB, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency; Todorova, S, Syracuse Univ; Twiss, M, Clarkson Univ.; Warby, R, Arkansas St. U; Watmough, S, Trent U; Weathers, KC, Inst. of Ecosystems Studies; Wellington, BI, Newfields; Whitall, D, NOAA; Wiener, JG, Univ. Wisconsin; Wu, W, U Southern Mississippi; Yanai, R, SUNY ESF; Yavitt, JB, Cornell Univ; Yu, R, Rutgers; Zhai, J, Syracuse Univ.

    Postdoctoral Associates:
    Bookman, R., Hebrew Univ.; Bushey, J., Univ. of Connecticut; Dahlgren, R., Univ. of California, Davis; Fuller, R., SUNY Plattsburg; Gubala, G., Univ. of Toronto; Han, Y.J., Kangwon Univ.; Hoosbek, M., Wageningen Univ. the Netherlands; Johnson, C., Syracuse Univ.; Kiekbusch, Jana, Engineering firm in Germany; McAvoy, D., Proctor and Gamble; Pabian, S., Pennsylvania State Univ.; Schaefer, D., out of science; Smith, M., Valdosta St. Univ; Wu, W., Univ. of Southern Mississippi.; Whitall, D., NOAA.

    Graduate Students:
    Bailey, S.; Berton, R.; Blackwell, B.; Browne, B.; Chen, L.; Cho, Y.; Cirmo, C.; Denkenberger, J.; Dittman, J.; Fakhraei, H.; Fashu-Kanu, S.; Fitzhugh, R.; Fuss, C.; Gbondo-Tugbawa, S.; Geary, R.; Kram, P.; Lawrence, G.; Lorey, P.; Pardo, L.; Pourmokhtarian, A.; Sauer, A.; Schafran, G.; Schecher, W.; Selvendiran, P.; Todorov, D.; Todorova, S.; Wellington, B.; Werner, S.; White, J.; Yu, X.; Zhou, Q.

    Graduate Advisor:
    Bisogni, J.

    Role at the Hubbard Brook:
    Charles T. Driscoll conducts research on element cycling in atmospheric deposition, soil, soil waters and surface waters. He is interested in the response of northern forest ecosystems to disturbance(s), such as air pollution, forest cutting, climatic events, and climate change. His research involves long-term monitoring, field experimental manipulations and the development/application of computer models.

    Title at Hubbard Brook:
    Principal Investigator