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Rebecca B. Neumann

Rebecca B. Neumann Assistant Professor

 rbneum@uw.edu
 206-221-2298
 Wilcox 168
 Hydro-biogeochemistry Research Group

Education

  • Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Rice University

Biography

Becca joined the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Washington in the summer of 2011. At UW she leads the hydro-biogeochemistry research group, which works to advance mechanistic understanding of subsurface flow and biogeochemical reaction processes that impact water and food quality and influence global climate change. Prior to 2011, she was a NOAA Climate and Global Change postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University where she studied how plant roots and soil conditions modulate the amount of water moved through the landscape. She obtained her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a thesis project focused on understanding one of the major human health problems in Bangladesh: arsenic contaminated groundwater. Prior to graduate school, Rebecca worked as an environmental engineering consultant for EG&G Technical Services, and received her B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and B.A. in Art and Art History from Rice University. Outside of work, Becca enjoys hiking, mountaineering and rock climbing with her husband and two kids.

Research

The Hydro-biogeochemistry research group works to advance mechanistic understanding of subsurface flow and biogeochemical reaction processes that impact water and food quality and influence global climate change; mechanistic understanding of these processes is required for the development of sound management strategies that protect human and environmental health. We address these topics by working at across vastly different spatial scales — from the scale of an individual plant root up to the field and regional scales — and by using a combination of complementary techniques, including fieldwork, laboratory investigation and numerical modeling.

Awards and Honors

  • Recipient of University of Washington’s Innovation Award, March 2016
  • Recipient of Department of Energy’s Early Career Award, May 2013
  • Best Poster Award, Gordon Research Conference, Environmental Sciences: Water, June 2008
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 2007
  • Fellow of the Martin Family Society for Sustainability, 2006 – 2009
  • Recipient of Parish Fellowship and Leadership Rice Envision Grant, 2001
  • Recipient of Max Roy Scholarship for full tuition to Rice University, 1997 – 2001