Ecological Engineer Joins BESS Faculty

Dr. Andrea Ludwig has joined the faculty of the Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science (BESS) at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture.

Dr. Ludwig is an ecological engineer who will be working in the areas of stream restoration and watershed management. She will be conducting research into effective practices for decreasing non-point source pollution in the state’s watersheds. “Water quality and quantity issues are relevant to everyone, whether they include ensuring clean drinking water and recreational areas, or the changing regulations in stormwater,” said Dr. Ludwig.

Originally from Texas, she found an appreciation of the environment and outdoors at an early age. This lead to undergraduate and master’s coursework at the University of Arkansas, where she studied ecological engineering and her research included the effects of nutrient levels in streams on algae.

Dr. Ludwig completed her Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech before joining the faculty at the UT Institute of Agriculture. “I have greatly enjoyed my move to Tennessee and becoming a member of the BESS team,” she said.

“She only been with us a short time, but is already making contacts and developing an Extension program in watershed management, said Dr. Eric Drumm, Professor and Department Head of BESS.

Despite her short time in Tennessee, Dr. Ludwig has been impressed with her new surroundings. “I have been fortunate to find a wealth of opportunity for research and outreach work in water resources and applications amongst a faculty committed to the future of clean and abundant water in the state of Tennessee, surrounding regions, and internationally, “she said.

Dr. Ludwig has a joint Extension/research appointment in her new position. She says she is looking forward to creating outreach programs to keep the population informed and ensuring a sustainable water future.


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