Weston Dripps
Associate Professor
119E Plyler Hall, Townes Science Center
Phone: (864) 294-3392
e-mail: weston.dripps@furman.edu

Education

2003 Ph.D. Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin - Madison

1995 M.S. Earth Sciences, Dartmouth College

1992 B.A. Geology, Amherst College

Academic Positions

2009-present Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Furman University

2010-present Affiliated Faculty, Shi Center for Sustainability, Furman University

2011-2012 Visiting Researcher, Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies, Lund, Sweden

2005-2009 Assistant Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Furman University

2002-2005 Assistant Professor of Earth and Geographic Sciences, UMASS - Boston

2002-2005 Director of Undergraduate Hydrogeology Certificate Program, UMASS-Boston

2001-2002 Researcher, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, MIT

Awards

2009 Student Organization Advisor of the Year, Environmental Action Group

2008 Alester G. Furman and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching

2008 Grand Prize Winner of the Student Conservation Association Mazda Multimedia Contest

2000-2001 Bailey Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, University of Wisconsin

2000-2001 Horton Research Grant Award, American Geophysical Union

1998 Thomas E. Berg Award for Excellence in Teaching, University of Wisconsin

1992 David F. Quinn Memorial Geology Prize, Amherst College

Current Collaborative Research Projects With Students

Spatial analysis of hydrological productivity in fractured bedrock terrains of northwestern South Carolina

Student: Brooks Bailey

The purpose of this study is to characterize hydrologically productive areas within the Piedmont of South Carolina based on their respective structural and geologic settings. Groundwater well data, geologic data, and geophysical logs are being combined to provide a better understanding of the controls of hydrologic productivity in the fractured bedrock of South Carolina and thereby improve our knowledge of complex, fractured bedrock aquifers within the Piedmont.

The water quality of suburban runoff and the effectiveness of rain gardens in mitigating the impacts of suburban runoff on a residential lake

Student: Alison Bressler

This project has two components: (1) quantify, analyze, and characterize the water chemistry of residential runoff on campus in an effort to better understand nutrient loading to Furman lake and (2) analyze the effectiveness of rain gardens to help improve water quality in the lake by reducing these nutrient loads. The project will contribute to the university’s lake restoration efforts.

An Assessment of the Hydrologic Variability of the Bunched Arrowhead Habitat

Student: Lindsey Beard

The intent of this study is to examine the hydrologic variability and storm response and its associated impact on the health of the endangered Bunched Arrowhead plant. Six different Bunched Arrowhead communities are being monitored as part of this study. In addition to the hydrologic monitoring, detailed site characterization and analysis of features important to the Bunched Arrowhead’s survival are also being assessed. Collectively, it is important to understand the Bunched Arrowhead’s habitat and hydrologic tolerances to determine how best to manage and protect this endangered plant species.  

A Comparative Analysis of Consumer Profiles among Farmers Markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Participants in the Upstate of South Carolina

Student: Mary Soike

The last ten years has seen a significant increase in the number of farmers markets and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) programs across the country, as well across the Upstate of South Carolina.  This study intends to evaluate the socio-demographic characteristics and motivations of farmers’ market and CSA patrons across the Upstate of South Carolina.  The assessment not only will provide a better understanding who is participating in the local foods movement here in the Upstate of South Carolina and why they are participating, but also perhaps, as importantly, help identify underrepresented local demographic groups within these marketplaces.

Courses for 2012-2013

Fall 2012

EES 112 Environmental Science

The major objectives of this course are to explore planet Earth and understand how human activity impacts the Earth system. At this point in Earth’s history, humans are now the single greatest environmental force on the planet. Through analysis of the data the class is intended to open student’s eyes to environmental problems facing society today and hopefully enlighten them to solutions to protecting our environment. The course will consist of a blend of traditional lecture, in-class discussion and exercises, and weekly films and laboratories.

FYW 1110 Global Water Issues

The course is intended to introduce students to and foster discussion on the many scientific and political facets of the world’s leading global water issues. The course covers a wide range of water resource and water policy topics and is conducted in an interactive seminar style.

Spring 2013

FYS 1126 Sustainability of Natural Resources

This course is intended to take an interdisciplinary scientific approach to addressing the issue of the sustainability of industrial, agricultural, and natural systems. The course covers a wide range of global, environmental topics with an emphasis on sustainability and is conducted in an interactive seminar style.

EES 230 Watershed Hydrology

Hydrology is the science dealing with the waters of the earth, their occurrence, distribution, and circulation, their chemical and physical properties, and their interaction with the environment. This course presents students the physical science of hydrology in the context of its application to real world problems. Emphasis is placed on understanding the physical processes (precipitation, evapotranspiration, runoff, soil water, and groundwater) that form the hydrologic cycle at the watershed scale.

Courses Taught

EES 111 Earth Science and the Silver Screen, EES 112 Environmental Science, EES 230 Watershed Hydrology, EES 330 Applied Hydrogeology, FYW 1110 Global Water Issues, FYS 1126 Sustainability of Natural Resources

Select University Service

2012-present University Admissions Committee

2006-present Environmental Action Group (EAG), Faculty Advisor

2008-present Bartram Society, Faculty Advisor

2009-present Core member of the Sustainability Planning Council (SPC)

2009-present Chair of the Sustainability Co-Curricular Student Engagement Committee

2008-present Campus Recycling Committee

2007-present Lake Restoration Committee

2008-2009 Faculty Development Mentor Program

2007-2008 Associated Colleges of the South Environmental Fellow for Furman University

Selected Professional Experience

1998 Hydrogeologist / Water Resource Planner, Martha’s Vineyard Commission, Oak Bluffs, MA

1995-1997 Hydrogeologist / Exploration Geologist, Earth Satellite Corporation, Rockville, MD

1992, 1994, 2001 High School Science Teacher, Swiss Semester, Zermatt, Switzerland

1992 Field Geologist, United States Geological Survey - Water Resources Division, Tucson, AZ

Professional Memberships

American Geophysical Union, Council on Undergraduate Research, Geological Society of America, Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education

Professional Publications (for last 5 years)

*denotes student co-author

Dripps, W., Lewis, G., *Baxter, R., and Andersen, C.B., in review.  Hydrogeochemical Characterization of Headwater Seepages Inhabited by the Endangered Bunched Arrowhead (Sagittaria fasciculata) in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina. Southeastern Naturalist.

*Baldwin, E. and Dripps, W., 2012. Spatial Characterization and Analysis of the Campus Residential Waste Stream at a Small Private Liberal Arts Institution. Resources, Conservation, and Recycling 65: 107– 115.

Dripps, W., *Ashman, K, *Saunders, M., and *Drake, S., 2012. The Impact of Golf Courses on Stream Water Temperature. The Open Environmental and Biological Monitoring Journal 5: 14-21

Dripps, W., 2012. An Integrated Field Assessment of Groundwater Recharge. The Open Hydrology Journal 6: 15 – 22.

Dripps, W. and *Granger, S., 2012. The impact of artificially impounded, residential headwater lakes on downstream water temperature. Environmental Earth Sciences Journal DOI 10.1007/s12665-012-1924-4

Westenbroek, S.M., Kelson, V.A., Dripps, W.R., Hunt, R.J., and Bradbury, K.R., 2010. SWB—A Modified Thornthwaite-Mather Soil-Water-Balance Code for Estimating Groundwater Recharge: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods 6–A31, 60 p.

Dripps, W. and Bradbury, K., 2009. The Spatial and Temporal Variability of Ground Water Recharge in a Forested Basin in Northern Wisconsin. Hydrological Processes, Vol. 24, No. 4, pp. 383-392.

Andersen, C.B. and Dripps, W., 2009. The Global Competition for Planetary Resources. This book chapter (Chapter 2) appears in the book “Competition: A Multidisciplinary Analysis”. Sense Publishers.

Dripps, W. and Bradbury, K., 2007. A Simple, Daily Soil-Water Balance Model for Estimating the Spatial and Temporal Distribution of Ground Water Recharge in Temperate Humid Areas. Hydrogeology Journal, Vol. 15, No. 3, pp. 433-444.

Dripps, W. R., Hunt, R. J., and Anderson, M. P., 2006. Estimating Recharge Rates with Analytic Element Models and Parameter Estimation. Ground Water, Vol. 44 Issue 1, p. 47-55.

Professional Presentations (for last 5 years)

*denotes student co-author

Dripps, W., 2012. The Impacts of Suburban and Urban Development on Headwater Stream Systems in the Piedmont Region. Clemson EEES Department Lecture Series, Clemson, SC. September 28, 2012.

*Baldwin, E. and Dripps, W., 2012. Spatial Characterization and Analysis of the Campus Residential Waste Stream at a Small Private Liberal Arts Institution. Association for Behavior Analysis International 2012 Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference, Columbus, OH, August 3–5, 2012.

Alavosious, M., Dripps, W., Smith-Sebasto, N., and Stratton, J., 2012. Sustainability in Higher Education: Integrating Behavior Change Principles into Inter-disciplinary Curricula. Association for Behavior Analysis International 2012 Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference, Columbus, OH, August 3–5, 2012.

Dripps, W., 2012. The Water Footprint of Food. Lund Sustainability Conference, Lund, Sweden. May 15, 2012.

Dripps, W., 2012. Because Even Small Things Matter - Be the Change! Sustainable People, Sustainable Business, Sustainable World Conference. Malmo, Sweden. April 27, 2012.

Dripps, W., 2012. The Impacts of Urbanization on Small Headwater Streams in the Blue Ridge and Piedmont Region of South Carolina, USA. Lunds Tekniska Hogskola, Water Resources Engineering Department Lecture Series, Lund, Sweden. April 25, 2012.

Dripps, W., 2012. Water Wars – Conflict or Cooperation. Conference on International Affairs: Security and Resources. Lund, Sweden. April 21, 2012.

Nicholas, K., Dripps, W., and *O’Bryne, D., 2012. Assessing Higher Education Curricula in Sustainability Science: Theory vs. Practice. Leuphana University Sustainability Summit, Luneburg, Germany, February 29 – March 2, 2012.

*Batts, V., Dripps, W., and Andersen, B., 2011. Hydrological and Biogeochemical Dynamics of Two Riparian Corridors in Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 60th Annual Meeting, Wilmington, NC, Mar. 23 – 25, 2011.

Harmon, B., Dripps, W., Andersen, B., and Deknight, B., 2011. Sustainable Collaborations: Developing and Maintaining Cross-Campus Partnerships for Sustainability Programming. 30th Annual Conference on “The First-Year Experience”, Atlanta, Georgia, February 4-8, 2011. 

Dripps, W. (moderator), Davis, A., Henry-Stone, L., and Werner, B., 2010. Infusing Sustainability into the Curriculum through Mellon Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World Meeting, Denver, CO,  Oct 10 - 12, 2010.

Dripps, W., 2010. The GREEN Room at Furman University. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World Meeting, Denver, CO,  Oct 10 - 12, 2010.

*Baldwin, E. and Dripps, W., 2010. A Campus Wide Waste Audit. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World Meeting, Denver, CO,  Oct 10 - 12, 2010.

Stratton, J., Dripps, W., and Inabinet, B., 2010. Advocating Sustainability: Learning from Campus, Teaching the Community. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - Campus Initiatives to Catalyze a Just and Sustainable World Meeting, Denver, CO,  Oct 10 - 12, 2010.

Dripps, W., 2010. Your Campus as a Pedagogical Opportunity. 2010 Lilly Conference on College and University Teaching and Learning, Greensboro, NC, Feb 5 – 7, 2010.

*Long, M., Dripps, W., and Andersen, C.B., 2010. Stream Water Chemistry During Storm Events in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina. Geological Society of America – Northeastern-Southeastern Section 59th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 14 – 16, 2010.

Andersen, C.B., Vulava, V., Callahan, T., Dripps, W., Muthukrishnan, S., Shelley, D., and Thom, T., 2010. Geochemical Constraints on Floodplain Groundwater Source Flow Paths and Surface Water Mixing at Congaree National Park, South Carolina. Geological Society of America – Northeastern-Southeastern Section 59th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 14 – 16, 2010.

*Batts, V., *Hedden, T., Andersen, C.B., Dripps, W., and Lewis, G., 2010. The Biogeochemical Dynamics of Groundwater – Surface Water Mixing in Urban Headwater Streams, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America – Northeastern-Southeastern Section 59th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 14 – 16, 2010.

*Wickard, A., *Long, M., Dripps, W., Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G., 2010. The Biogeochemical Impact of Effluent From a Poultry Processing Facility on a Small Headwater Stream, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America – Northeastern-Southeastern Section 59th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 14 – 16, 2010.

*Arrowood, S. and Dripps, W., 2010. Stream Temperature Dynamics and Influences in Urban Headwater Streams, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America – Northeastern-Southeastern Section 59th Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, March 14 – 16, 2010.

*Saunders, M., Dripps, W., *Ashman, K., and *Drake, S., 2009. The Impacts of Golf Courses on Stream Water pH and Dissolved Oxygen in the Upper Piedmont, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 58th Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, Mar. 12 – 13, 2009.

*Ashman, K., *Drake, S., Dripps, W., and *Saunders, M., 2009. The Impact of Golf Courses on Stream Water Temperature in the Upper Piedmont, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 58th Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, Mar. 12 – 13, 2009.

Dripps, W., Haney. D, Winiski, M., Liao, M., Goess, B, and Andersen, C., 2009. Active Learning: Shared Experiences Across Science Classrooms and Strategies for Matching Tools and Techniques to Courses and Course Objectives. 2009 Lily Conference on College and University Teaching, Greenboro, NC Feb. 20 – 22, 2009.

Dripps, W., 2008. Furman University’s Environmental Community of Students (ECOS). Association for the Advancement        of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond Meeting, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 9 – 11, 2008.

Dripps, W., 2008. The Furman University Green Guide to Sustainable Living. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond Meeting, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 9 – 11, 2008.

Dripps, W., 2008. Campus Sustainability Films in a General Education Science Course. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Working Together for Sustainability – On Campus and Beyond Meeting, Raleigh, NC, Nov. 9 – 11, 2008.

Lewis, G., Dripps, W., Andersen, C.B., Haney, D., Muthukrishnan, S. and Liao, M., 2008. The Furman University River Basins Research Initiative: A Multidisciplinary Examination of Urban Influences on Piedmont Streams. South Carolina Water Resources Conference, Charleston, SC Oct. 14 – 15, 2008.

Dripps, W., 2008. The Use of I-Clickers to Assess Student Perceptions and Misconceptions in an Introductory Earth Science Course. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 57th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, April 10 – 11, 2008.

*Granger, S. and Dripps, W., 2008. The Effects of Artificial Impoundment on Downstream Water Temperature in Upper Piedmont Streams, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 57th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, April 10 – 11, 2008.

*Moore, C., Dripps, W., and *Trierweiler, A., 2008. Quantifying Hydrologic Fluxes to a Small Impounded Piedmont Lake, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 57th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, April 10 – 11, 2008.

*Roberts, A., Dripps, W., Andersen, C.B., and Lewis, G., 2008. Sources of Nitrate in Four Urban Headwater Streams, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 57th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, April 10 – 11, 2008 

*Trieweiler, A., *Moore, C., Lewis, G., Andersen, C.B., and Dripps, W., 2008. Biogeochemistry of an Artificial Impoundment in the Upper Piedmont of South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 57th Annual Meeting, Charlotte, NC, April 10 – 11, 2008.

Dripps, W.R., 2007. A Campus Lake as a Pedagogical Opportunity. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, October 28 – 31, 2007.

Lewis, G., Andersen, C.B., Liao, M.,  Muthukrishnan, S., Dripps, W., and Haney, D., 2007. Urbanization and Water Quality in the South Carolina Piedmont. North American Benthological Society 55th Annual Meeting, Columbia, SC

Andersen, C.B., Dripps, W., Lewis, G. 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. Regional Conference on Stormwater Management in Greenville County: Where It is Going and Why It Matters, Greenville, SC

Dripps, W.R., *Holden, J., and *Hanford, H., 2007. Impacts of Urbanization on Stream Temperature and Stream Response within the Piedmont Region, Greenville, South Carolina. 15th Annual David S. Snipes / Clemson Hydrogeology Symposium, Clemson, SC

*Holden, J., Dripps, W., and *Hanford, H., 2007. A Comparative Analysis of Stream Response to Storm Events Among Rural,         Residential, and Commercial Watersheds Within the Piedmont Region, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 56th Annual Meeting, Savannah. GA

*Hanford, H., Dripps, W., and *Holden, J., 2007. A Comparative Analysis of Stream Temperatures Among Rural, Residential, and Commercial Watersheds Within the Piedmont Region, Greenville, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 56th Annual Meeting, Savannah. GA

*Deknight, B. and Dripps, W., 2007. Assessing Global Water Scarcity. Geological Society of America – Southeastern Section 56th Annual Meeting, Savannah. GA

*Baxter, R. and Dripps, W., 2007. Hydrogeologic Characterization of the Bunched Arrowhead, Sagittaria Fasculata. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 56th Annual Meeting, Savannah. GA

*O’Neill, B., *Abrams, K., *McCary, S, Lewis, G., Andersen, C.B., and Dripps, W., 2007. Temporal Variation in Physical and Chemical Parameters in Streams Draining Commercial, Residential, and Rural Watersheds, Enoree River Basin, South Carolina. Geological Society of America - Southeastern Section 56th Annual Meeting, Savannah. GA

Grants (From last 5 years)

Dripps, W., 2012. “A Comparative Analysis of Consumer and Farmer Profiles among Farmers’ Markets Across the Upstate of South Carolina”. Shi Center Faculty Research Grants, $5,000.

Dripps, W., 2012. “The Hydrologic Variability of the Bunched Arrowhead Habitat”, The Greenville Zoo Conservation Fund, $500.

Dripps, W., 2010 – 2011. “A Digital Resource Database for Earth and Environmental Sciences”, ACS Faculty Renewal Grant – Professional Development Grant, $3,256.

Dripps, W., 2010. “The Integration of Digital Video Technology within the EES Department”, Furman CTL Innovation Grant, $1,800.

Lewis, G., Dripps, W., Haney, D., Muthukrishnan, S., Andersen, C, and Liao, M, 2009. “Acquisition of Instrumentation to Enhance the Multidisciplinary River Basins Research Initiative at Furman University” South Carolina EPSCoR/IDeA Program. $22,500.

Triplitt, A. and Dripps, W., 2009. “Green Room Energy and Environmental Initiative (GREEN) Showcase Room: A Model for Low Impact Student Living” NWF Campus Ecology Fellowship. $1,311. 

Dripps, W., 2007. “Earth Science and the Silver Screen”. Associated Colleges of the South Keck Science Reform of Introductory Science courses for Non-Majors Mini-grants. $3,539.

Dripps, W., 2007. “The Use of I Clicker Technology Across the EES Curriculum”. Furman University Faculty Exploration Grant. $675.

Funded Student Research

Brooks Bailey, 2012. (Funded through Furman Advantage) “Analysis of Borehole Geophysical Logs Within the Piedmont Region of South Carolina”

Alison Bressler, 2012. (Funded through Furman Advantage) “The Chemistry of Residential Runoff and the Utility of Rain Gardens in Mitigating Nutrient Loads”

Virginia Batts, 2010. (Funded through Furman Advantage) “The Biogeochemical Dynamics of Groundwater Surface Water Mixing in Urban Streams, Greenville, South Carolina”

Molly Long, 2009. (Funded through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute) – “The Impacts of Storm Events on Urban Headwater Stream Chemistry”

Summer Arrowood, 2009. (Funded through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute) – “Stream Temperature Dynamics of Urban Headwater Stream Reaches”

Virginia Batts, 2009. (Funded through Furman Advantage) –“Ground Water, Hyporheic Water, and Stream Water Chemistry of Urban Headwater Streams.

Andrew Roberts, 2008. (Funded through Furman Advantage) - “Sources of Nitrate in Four Urban Headwater Streams, Greenville, South Carolina”

Sunny Rae Granger, 2008. (Funded through Furman Advantage) - “The Effects of Artificial Impoundment on Downstream Water Temperature in Upper Piedmont Streams, Greenville, South Carolina”

Summer Drake, 2008. (Funded through RBRI - Depaw University) – “Ground Water-Surface Water Chemistry in an Urban Headwater Stream in the Upper Piedmont, Greenville, SC”

Kevin Ashman, 2008. (Funded through RBRI - Georgia Southern) –“The Impacts of Golf Courses on Stream Water Temperature in the Upper Piedmont, Greenville, SC

Megan Saunders, 2008. (Funded through RBRI - Colby College) – “The Impacts of Golf Courses on Physical Stream Water Parameters in the Upper Piedmont, Greenville, SC”

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