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Nicole Hill

Lecturer, Natural and Applied Sciences
Ph.D., Cornell University, 2016
Postgraduate coursework, Binghamton University, 2011
B.S.C.E., University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2010
Office: Jennison Hall 111 | 781.891._2986 | nhill@bentley.edu
                       


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Bio

Nikki’s educational training is in biogeochemistry, geophysics, and civil engineering. She enjoys teaching students to think critically and apply physical and chemical processes to real world problems in water resources, energy, and climate change. Her past research projects have covered a diverse assortment of approaches and topics including, applying field- and modeling-based methods to estimating carbon dioxide outgassing from inland waters, investigating the influence of wastewater treatment plant outfalls on nitrogen cycling using field and molecular techniques, analyzing water quality and operations for drinking water treatment plants, and studying lunar soil mechanics for NASA.

Teaching Interests

Water quality; Hydrology; Geology; Environmental chemistry; Environmental physics; Climate science

Research Interests

Aquatic carbon and nitrogen cycling; Greenhouse gas emissions from inland waters; Urban hydrology and stormwater infrastructure; STEM education

Awards and Honors

2017, Innovative Teaching Award, Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
2016, Cross Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate Program Small Grant, Cornell Unviersity
2015, 2nd Place, Graduate Student Oral Presentation Competition, American Society of Agronomy (ASA) International Annual Meeting, Climatology & Modeling Section
2015, Center for Teaching Excellence Graduate Research and Teaching Fellow (CTE GRTF), Cornell University
2015, Soil and Crop Sciences Conference Travel Grant, Cornell University
2014, Center for Teaching Excellence Graduate Teaching Assistant Fellow (CTE GTAF), Cornell University
2014, Cornell University Conference Travel Grant, Cornell University
2013, Conference for Sustainability IGERTs (C4SI3) Travel Grant , Naitonal Science Foundation (NSF)
2012, Cross Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate Program Small Grant, Cornell University
2012, Integrated Graduate Education and Research Traineeship in Cross Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate, National Science Foundation (NSF IGERT)

Publications

Journal Article(s)
Hill, N. B., Riha, S. J., Walter, M. T. (2018). Temperature dependence of daily respiration and reaeration rates during baseflow conditions in a Northeastern U.S. stream. Journal of Hydrology Regional Studies, 19, 250-264. (link)

Rahm, B. G., Hill, N. B., Shaw, S. B., Riha, S. J. (2016). Nitrate dynamics in two streams impacted by wastewater treatment plant discharge: point sources or sinks?  Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 52 (3), 592-604. (link)

Hill, N. B. (2016). MAUVE: A new strategy for solving and grading physics problems. The Physics Teacher, 54 (5), 293-296. (link)

Conference Presentations

Hill, N. B. (2018). "Flipping Environmental Physics to promote quantitative literacy across disciplines." Presented at the Lilly Conference's Innovative Strategies to Advance Student Learning, Asheville, NC.

Hill, N. B. (2017). "Climate change in the valley: The story of Glacial Lake Hitchcock." Presented at the Hitchcock Center for the Environment's Nature Study Club, Amherst, MA.

Hill, N. B. (2016). "Climate change and the natural world." Presented at the Amherst Cinema's Science on Screen: Microcosmos, Amherst, MA.

Hill, N. B., Riha, S. J., Walter, M. T. (2015). "Spatiotemporal variability of carbon dioxide in and emissions from a headwater stream in Central New York." Presented at the American Society of Agronomy International Annual Meeting's Synergy in Science: Partnering for Solutions, Minneapolis, MN.

Hill, N. B., Rahm, B. G., Shaw, S. B., Riha, S. J. (2014). "In-stream microbial denitrification potential at wastewater treatment plant discharge sites." Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Hill, N. B., Riha, S. J., Wysocki, M. W. (2014). "Teaching physics to environmental science majors using a flipped course approach." Presented at the American Geophysical Union's American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Hill, N. B. (2014). "Influence of water infrastructure on hydrologic and biogeochemical cycles in agricultural and urbanizing watersheds in Central New York." Presented at the Dept. of Biological & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University's Soil & Water Lab Seminar Series, Ithaca, NY.

Hill, N. B. (2014). "Where did the nitrate-N go? Investigating nitrate transformations downstream of wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discharge sites" Presented at the Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cornell University's Biogeochemistry Environmental Science & Sustainability (BESS) Graduate Student Symposium, Ithaca, NY.

Hill, N. B. (2013). "A multifaceted approach to investigating in-stream reactive nitrogen from wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs)." Presented at the Portland State University's Conference for Sustainability IGERTs 3 (C4SI3), Portland, OR.

Service

Professional Service
Reviewer, Journal Article for The Physics Teacher, 2012 - Present
Reviewer, Grant Proposal for National Fellowships Program, Graduate Women in Science, Sigma Delta Epsilon - 2014
Session Co-Convener for “Salinization of Freshwater and Terrestrial Environments: Fate, Transport, Trends, Impacts on Biota and Biogeochemistry, and Solutions” with L.E. McPhillips, M.T. Walter, & S.S. Kaushal, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting - 2014
Working Group Facilitator for “An inter-IGERT approach to science communication, education, & outreach,” Conference for Sustainability IGERTs (C4SI3), Portland State University - 2013

Public Service
Board Member for Pioneer Valley Institute, 2017 - 2020
Tour Co-Leader for "The geology and biology of Cave Hill", 2017 - 2019
Tour Co-Leader for "The geology and biology of Mount Holyoke" - 2018
Program Assistant for CURIE Academy for high school girls, Diversity Programs in Engineering, Cornell University - 2014
Assistant Coach for Girls’ Distance, Ludlow High School Track and Field - 2010