John D Albertson

John D. Albertson

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

John Albertson received his B.S. in civil engineering from SUNY Buffalo; an MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford; a Masters in hydrology from Yale; and a Ph.D. in hydrologic science from the University of California at Davis. Before coming to Duke, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Albertson's research interests include surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy
  • Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Ciemas, Rm 2465, Durham, NC 27708
  • Office Phone: (919) 660-5468
  • Email Address: john.albertson@duke.edu
  • Websites:

Education

  • Ph.D. University of California at Davis, 1996

Research Interests

Surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.

Specialties

Hydrology
Atmospheric Science
Climate Modeling
Air quality
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Impacts

Courses Taught

  • CEE 463L: Water Resources Engineering
  • CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
  • CEE 780: Internship

Representative Publications

  • Foster-Wittig, TA; Thoma, ED; Albertson, JD, Estimation of point source fugitive emission rates from a single sensor time series: A conditionally-sampled Gaussian plume reconstruction, Atmospheric Environment, vol 115 (2015), pp. 101-109 [10.1016/j.atmosenv.2015.05.042] [abs].
  • Rigby, JR; Yin, J; Albertson, JD; Porporato, A, Approximate Analytical Solution to Diurnal Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Growth Under Well-Watered Conditions, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol 156 no. 1 (2015), pp. 73-89 [10.1007/s10546-015-0018-8] [abs].
  • Vico, G; Thompson, SE; Manzoni, S; Molini, A; Albertson, JD; Almeida-Cortez, JS; Fay, PA; Feng, X; Guswa, AJ; Liu, H; Wilson, TG; Porporato, A, Climatic, ecophysiological, and phenological controls on plant ecohydrological strategies in seasonally dry ecosystems, Ecohydrology, vol 8 no. 4 (2015), pp. 660-681 [10.1002/eco.1533] [abs].
  • Vico, G; Thompson, SE; Manzoni, S; Molini, A; Albertson, JD; Almeida-Cortez, JS; Fay, PA; Feng, X; Guswa, AJ; Liu, H; Wilson, TG; Porporato, A, Climatic, ecophysiological, and phenological controls on plant ecohydrological strategies in seasonally dry ecosystems, Ecohydrology, vol 8 no. 4 (2015), pp. 660-681 [10.1002/eco.1533] [abs].
  • Della Chiesa, S; Bertoldi, G; Niedrist, G; Obojes, N; Endrizzi, S; Albertson, JD; Wohlfahrt, G; Hörtnagl, L; Tappeiner, U, Modelling changes in grassland hydrological cycling along an elevational gradient in the Alps, Ecohydrology, vol 7 no. 6 (2014), pp. 1453-1473 [10.1002/eco.1471] [abs].

Additional Information

Honors and Awards

  • USDA-ARS, Natural Resource Institute Outside Collaborator of the Year Award (2000)
  • NASA, New Investigator Program (NIP) in the Earth Sciences Award (1999)
  • Packard Fellowship Nominee for University of Virginia (1998, 1999)
  • AGU, Hydrology Section, Outstanding Student Paper Award (1996)
  • NASA Graduate Student Fellowship in Global Change Research (1994-1996)
  • Hutchinson Fellowship, Institute of Biospheric Studies, Yale University (1992-1993)
  • Charles Wood Scholarship, Yale University (1991-1993)
  • Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship, Hudson River Foundation (1992)
  • Northeast Utilities Chairman's Award for Outstanding Performance (1989)

Professional and Service Activities

  • Water Resources Research, Associate Editor (2000-2003)
  • National Science Foundation, Hydrology Grant Selection Panel, Member, (2001, 2002, 2006)
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology, Associate Editor, (1998-2002)
  • AGU, Committee on Large Scale Field Experimentation, Chair, (1996-2001)
  • AGU, AIP, and AMS Journals, Frequent Manuscript Reviewer
  • NSF, NASA, DOE, Proposal Reviewer
  • AGU, Committee on Student Paper Awards, Member, (1999-2002)
  • EPA/NSF, Water and Watersheds Program, Proposal Review Panel Member, (1998, 1999)
  • AGU, Convener of several special sessions over past four years
  • European Union, Advisor to Project on Volga’s River Water Resources (1998-2001)
  • American Geophysical Union, member
  • Irish EPA, Advisor to Project on Eutrophication from Agricultural Sources (2001-2004)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member
  • Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society), member
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut