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McDonald Hydrology 

Research Group Director

Dr. Walter McDonald is an assistant professor in the Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering Department at Marquette University. Dr. McDonald obtained a PhD in Civil Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2016 and holds a MS in Civil Engineering (2012) from Texas A&M University and a BS in Civil Engineering (2010) from Texas Tech University. 

Curriculum Vitae

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Graduate Students

Charitha Gunawardana, Ph.D Student

Real-time controls for green infrastructure


Nathan Hay. M.S. Student

Monitoring air quality using drones

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Kassidy O’Malley, M.S. Student

Antibiotic resistance genes in stormwater systems

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Elizabeth Regier, M.S. Student

Monitoring the performance of green infrastructure


Spencer Sebo, M.S. Student

Impact of green infrastructure on residential derived inflow and infiltration



Former Students

Joe Naughton. M.S. Student

Current: NOAA Knauss Policy Fellow


Undergraduate Students

Current Students

Colin Barrington. Evaluation of nation-wide TMDL compliance

Veronika Folvarska. Monitoring green stormwater infrastructure.

Rich Gonzini. Remote sensing of water quality

Denny Malec. Impact of residential hydrology on inflow and infiltration

Former Students

Yuhan Dai. Thermal land use analysis using GIS and drone imagery

Adam Gottlieb. Assessing the impact of Hurricane Harvey on flood frequency equations

Julian Velazquez. Modeling the Ochomogo River watershed, Nicaragua

Mike Heinz. Synthesis of stormwater regulatory criteria across the U.S.

Kevin Hautzinger. Evaluation of MS4 compliance in southeastern Wisconson