Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan

Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Furman University
3300 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, SC 29613
Phone: 864-294-3361 / Fax: 864-294-3585

Education
2002. Ph. D. in Earth Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
1997. Master of Technology (M.Tech) in Geo-exploration, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, India
1995. M. S. in Applied Geology, Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, India
1993. B. S. in Applied Geology, Anna University, Chennai, India

Professional Membership
Member of American Geophysical Union since 1999, Association of American Geographers since 2000, Geological Society of America since 2000, and Carolina Geological Society (CGS) since 2002.

Recent Peer-reviewed Publications / Book Chapters

  1. 2011. Julian A. Reed, Steven P. Hooker, Suresh Muthukrishnan, and Brent Hutto, User Demographics and Physical Activity Behaviors on a Newly Constructed Urban Rail/Trail Conversion, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 8, pp. 534-542
  2. 2008. Reed. J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L., An ecological approach with primary-care counseling to promote physical activity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2008 (5), p. 169 – 183.
  3. 2007. Muthukrishnan, S., Lewis, G.P., and Andersen, C.B., Relationships between land cover, vegetation density, and nitrate concentrations in streams of the Enoree River basin, piedmont region of South Carolina, USA (Chapter 24), in, D. Sarkar, R. Datta, and R. Hannigan (eds.), Concepts and Applications in Environmental Geochemistry , Elsevier Press, New York, p. 517-542.
  4. 2007. Muthukrishnan, S., Geology:Long-Term Hydrologic Impacts of Land Use Change (Chapter 15), in, Diana Stuart Sinton and Jennifer J. Lund (eds.), Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum, ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, p. 212-222.
  5. 2007. Reed. J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L, A descriptive examination of a novel approach to primary care counseling for physical activity in a community health center in upstate South Carolina. The EJournal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 103(March) , 40-43.
  6. 2007. Reed. J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L. An ecological approach combined with primary care counseling to promote physical activity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5) Supplement: S80-S81, May 2007.
  7. 2006. Muthukrishnan, S., J. Harbor, K. J. Lim, and B. A. Engel, Calibration of a simple rainfall-runoff model for long-term hydrological impact evaluation, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 18(2):33-40.
  8. 2006. Lim, K. J., B.A. Engel, Z. Tang, S. Muthukrishnan , J. Choi, and K. Kim. Effects of Calibration on Runoff and Pollutant Estimation Using L-THIA GIS. Journal of Environmental Management, 78:35-43. SCI
  9. 2006. Lim, K. J., Engel, B., Muthukrishnan, S., and Harbor, J., Effects of Initial Abstraction and Urbanization on Estimated Runoff using CN Technology. Journal of American Water Resources Association (JAWRA), 42(3):629-643. SCI

Recent Conference / Presentations (* denotes student author)

  1. 2010. Muthukrishnan, S., and Davis, A., GIS and Sustainability: Project based introductory GIS course curriculum, POS3340, Annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 10 - 12, October 2010, Denver, CO.
  2. 2010. Muthukrishnan, S., Andersen, C. B., and Garihan, J. M., Linking Geology and Sustainability in Iceland, POS3216, Annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 10 - 12, October 2010, Denver, CO.
  3. 2010.  Andersen, B., Vulava, V., Callahan, T., Dripps, W., Muthukrishnan, S., Shelley, D., and Thom, T., Geochemical constraints on floodplain groundwater source, flow paths, and surface water mixing at Congaree National Park, South Carolina, Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 144
  4. 2010.  *Fowler, G, *Coffey, R., Andersen, B, Muthukrishnan, S., and Lewis, G., Geomorphic controls over nitrate concentrations in urban headwater streams of the South Carolina piedmont, Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 69
  5. 2010.  *Howerter, L., *Coffey, R., Muthukrishnan, S., Andersen, B, and Lewis, G., Geomorphic variability in urban and rural streams in the piedmont region of South Carolina, Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 69
  6. 2009.  *Fowler, G., and Muthukrishnan, S., Geomorphology of streams in urban golf courses in the South Carolina piedmont region, 58th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, March 12-13, St. Petersburg, FL
  7. 2008. *Cruz, A., Haney D. C., and Muthukrishnan, S., Relationships between urban land cover, fish assemblage structure, and channel geomorphology in the Enoree River basin, South Carolina, The Association of Southeastern Biologists, v. 55
  8. 2008. Lewis, G. P., Dripps, W. R., Andersen, C. B., Haney, D.C., Muthukrishnan, S., and Liao, M.-K., The Furman University River Basins Research Initiative: a multidisciplinary examination of urban influences on piedmont streams, South Carolina Water Resources Conference, October 14-15, North Charleston, SC
  9. 2008. Anderson, C., and Muthukrishnan, S., A study of hydrological impacts of land cover change using NLCD - effect of study area scale on the magnitude of impacts, Annual meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 11-12, Charlotte, NC
  10. 2008.  Taysom, B., and Muthukrishnan, S., Analysis of watershed imperviousness and its relationship to stream geomorphology, Annual meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 11-12, Charlotte, NC2007. *Ivan Irizarry , Suresh Muthukrishnan ,
  11. 2007. *Ivan Irizarry, Muthukrishnan, S., GIS based Water Quality Assessment of the Saluda and Reedy River Basins using SWAT Model, Annual Conference of South Carolina Independant Colleges and Universities, March 9, Greenville, SC
  12. 2007. Muthukrishnan, S., Earth from Space: Integrating Spatial Science and Technology into Introductory Geosciences Course. 2007 Annual Conference of the Association of American Geographers, May 17 – 21, San Francisco, CA.
  13. 2007. Suresh Muthukrishnan, *Angel A. Garcia,* Daniel Carrion, 2007. Stream channel responses to urbanization in upstate of South Carolina, Annual meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 29-30, Savannah, GA
  14. 2007. *Ivan Irizarry, Suresh Muthukrishnan, 2007.  GIS based Water Quality Assessment of the Saluda and Reedy River Basins using SWAT Model, Annual meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 29-30, Savannah, GA
  15. 2007. Reed, J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L. (2007). Using an ecological approach combined with primary care counseling to promote physical activity. National Conference of the American College of Sports Medicine, May 31st -June 3rd, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  16. 2007. Gregory P. Lewis, C. Brannon Andersen, Min-Ken Liao, Suresh Muthukrishnan, Weston R. Dripps and Dennis C. Haney, 2007. Urbanization and Water Quality in the South Carolina Piedmont, NABS 55th Annual Meeting, June 3-7, 2007, Columbia, South Carolina
  17. 2007. Andersen, C.B., Lewis, G.P., Dripps, W.R., and Muthukrishnan, S., 2007. Swimming in a Sea of Asphalt: The regional impacts of a half-century of rapid development on Greenville County's waterways, Stormwater Management in Greenville County: Where it's going and why it matters. May 30, 2007.

Recent Research / Teaching Grants

  1. 2010.  Thinking and acting regionally to reduce air pollution and climate change emissions across Upstate of South Carolina, Sustainable skylines initiative request for application, Environmental Protection Agency, Submitted with Upstate Forever.  Furman PI- Julian Reed, Co-PI- Suresh Muthukrishnan and Anna Mathews, $90,000 (Funded)
  2. 2009.  Geomorphology and GIS based study of the effects of developments on urban streams, Students: Luke Howerter and Ruthanne Coffey, $7,100 (Funded)
  3. 2008.  New course and study abroad program development focused on Geology and Environment of India.  Associated Colleges of the South – Faculty Renewal Grant, $3,050, (Funded)
  4. 2007.  Targeted Watershed Implementation Grant, Environmental Protection Agency.  (Upstate Forever - Lead, Furman University, and Clemson University). Furman Representatives: Suresh Muthukrishnan (PI), and Ken Peterson. $1.1 Million (Funded)
  5. 2007. Creative Advanced Planning Grant, Furman University, Suresh Muthukrishnan, one course reduction during 2007-08 (Funded)
  6. 2007. Implementing Furman University’s Trail Master Plan, Julian Reed (PI), Suresh Muthukrishnan, Recreational Trails Program Grant, $54,452 (Funded)
  7. 2007. Channel Responses to Urbanization: Long-Term Study of Little Creek, Furman Advantage Research Fellowship Program, Furman University, $3,200 (Funded)
  8. 2007.  Retracing Darwin:  A Multidisciplinary Galapagos Retreat, Inter-Institutional Initiative (DePauw, Furman, and Harvey Mudd), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Kevin S. Kinney (PI, DePauw University), $75,000 (Funded)
  9. 2006. A study of landuse and its relation to nutrient fluxes in Saluda and Reedy river basins of South Carolina, South Carolina Independent Colleges & Universities (SCICU), Suresh Muthukrishnan (PI) and Ivan Irizarry, $4,862  (Funded)
  10. 2006. Earth from Space: Spatial Science and Technology Focused Introductory Geosciences Course Development and Implementation, Associated Colleges of the South, Suresh Muthukrishnan (PI), $13,235 (Funded)
  11. 2005. A Watershed Research Consortium for Undergraduate Institutions, Inter-institutional initiative (Vassar-Furman-Middlebury), Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  Kirsten Menking (PI, Vassar College), $67,675 (Funded)
  12. 2005. River Basins Research Initiative NSF-REU Site, NSF-REU, Brannon Andersen (PI), Dennis Haney (Co-PI), Greg Lewis, Min Ken Liao, Suresh Muthukrishnan, Kenneth Sargent, John Wheeler, and Sandra Wheeler, $323,244 (Funded)
  13. 2004. Principal Investigator, South Carolina Space Grant Consortium (NASA), Identifying and modeling sources and sinks of nitrate using high resolution satellite data, Muthukrishnan, Andersen, Lewis, and Norman Levine of College of Charleston, $30,000 (Funded)

Recent Panels / Conference Sessions / Workshops 

  1. 2009. Panel Discussant, Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Examples and Opportunities, Computing and Mathematics Across the Sciences Workshop, Denison University, June 4-5.
  2. 2008.  Themed Session Chair, Fluvial Geomorphology and Watershed Studies in the Eastern United States, Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, Charlotte, NC
  3. 2007. Invited panelist for “Best Practices for Faculty, Staff, and Student Interactions”, in  Managing and Supporting GIS: a meeting for technologists, librarians and GIS specialists, Furman University, October 17-20, 2007
  4. 2007.  Session Chair, Fluvial Geomorphology and Watershed Studies in the Eastern United States, Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 29-30, Savannah, GA
  5. 2007.  Conducted and hosted a national GIS Workshop for librarians and computer support personal at Furman in October, 2007, funded by NITLE
  6. 2007 July.  Conducted a week long summer scholars workshop on the topic of “Understanding and Using GIS/GPS” for high school students, Furman
  7. 2007. Participant in the Lilly Seminar on Science and Religion: A Dialogue for the 21st Century, Furman University, Aug. 27-31, 2007.

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