Schilling to speak on Iowa flooding potential at Coe

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2012-02-20 09:30:26 - General

Keith Schilling, a research geologist at the Iowa DNR Geological and Water Survey, will speak about Iowa flooding potential in an upcoming lecture at Coe College. Schilling’s lecture is a part of the Environmental Studies and Environmental Science Seminar presented by Coe, and will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. in Kesler Lecture Hall of Hickok Hall.  This event is free and open to the public.

In “Do We Have Increased Flooding Potential in Iowa’s River Systems?”, Schilling will discuss how watershed factors and stream-flow patterns affect flood potential in Iowa. Additionally, Schilling will present results from recent watershed modeling that suggest land use changes have potential for reducing flood risk in basins dominated by agriculture.

In addition to serving as a research geologist at the Iowa DNR Geological and Water Survey, Schilling works as an adjunct assistant professor in the University of Iowa Department of Geoscience. He is currently responsible for Walnut Creek Watershed Restoration and Water Quality Monitoring Project in Jasper County.  He also conducts research on a variety of other water-related issues in Iowa, including groundwater flow and quality, surface and groundwater interaction, nonpoint source pollution, and watershed and flood plain processes. Schilling has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles related to Iowa's water resources.

Schilling received a bachelor’s degree in geology from Knox College. Later, he obtained a master’s degree in water resources from Iowa State University and a Ph.D. in geology from the University of Iowa. Schilling joined the Iowa Geological Survey in 1997 after working as a senior hydrogeologist for Montgomery Watson, an environmental engineering firm based in Des Moines, where he specialized in contaminated site investigation and remediation.