McDonald Hydrology

The McDonald Hydrology research group at Marquette University seeks to develop novel methods to design, manage, and monitor stormwater infrastructure under changing land use patterns and climate variability. Our work also evaluates the uncertainty and quality of hydrologic data, while concurrently seeking to develop a greater understanding of how we can use that data to solve increasingly complex and ambiguous problems. In addition, our passion for water sustainability is demonstrated through engineering education research that is focused on improving student learning and motivation within engineering using novel pedagogical practices.

Student Opportunities

  • We currently have a number of research opportunities for M.S. and Ph.D. assistantships on projects related to real-time control of stormwater systems and monitoring of green stormwater infrastructure. See full ad here.
  • I am always seeking motivated Masters and PhD students interested in stormwater and hydrology research. Interested candidates should contact Dr. McDonald at walter.mcdonald(at)