Dr. Daniel Hirmas has been very busy lately; publishing research articles, learning how to predict water movement in soil, researching the ease of water movement through soil and adapting a multistripe laser triangulation (MLT) scanner to study soil pores and preferential flow. His most recent achievement is a series of articles published by three separate professional society websites featuring his current research in the field of soil hydrology that he hopes will enable soil scientists to better manage water resources in the future.
Hirmas' research on hydraulic conductivity was featured in articles at crops.org, soils.org and agronomy.org. The three websites are the on-line repository for the American Society of Agronomy, the Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.
Hirmas' work was also recently published in the Valdose Zone Journal and was titled, "Relating Quantitative Soil Structure Metrics to Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity." It was a collaborative effort undertaken between students and faculty at the University of Kansas and Rutgers University. Contributing authors included Hirmas' student Dennis Eck and fellow faculty member Nate Brunsell and Rutgers University faculty member Daniel Gimenez and his student Mingming Qin. This paper was also included in a portion of Eck's Master's thesis.