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Kimberly Van Meter

Assistant Professor



Building & Room:

2468 SES

Office Phone Voice:

(312) 996-0455

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We explore the ways in which climate, land use and management practices impact water quality in anthropogenic landscapes. In recent work, we have focused on the long-term impacts of intensive agricultural practices on water quality. We are interested in the development of parsimonious modeling frameworks to explore biogeochemical nutrient dynamics and contaminant transport across a range of scales, to better our understanding of functional linkages between watersheds and lake/coastal systems, and to explore the short- and long-term impacts of human activity on water quality.  The work in our lab is inherently interdisciplinary, situated at the crossroads of hydrology and biogeochemistry, and providing outward linkages to a range of different disciplines, from ecology to economics.

Selected Publications

Complete list of publications on Google Scholar

  1. Van Meter, K.J., P. Van Cappellen, N.B. Basu, “Legacy nitrogen may prevent achievement of water quality goals in the Gulf of Mexico,” Science, 22 Mar 2018, doi 10.1126/science.aar4462​
  2. Van Meter, K.J., N.B. Basu, “Time Lags in Watershed-Scale Nutrient Transport: An Exploration of Dominant Controls,” Environmental Research Letters (2017), doi 10.1088/1748-9326
  3. Vero, S.E., K.G. Richards, P. Mellander, K.J. Van Meter, N.B. Basu, M.G. Healy, O. Fenton, “The environmental status and implications of the nitrate time lag in Europe and North America,” Hydrologeology Journal, doi 10.1007/s10040-017-1650-9
  4. Van Meter, K.J., N.B. Basu, P. Van Cappellen, “Exploring Nitrogen Legacies and Time Lags: A 150-year Longitudinal Study of the Susquehanna and Mississippi River Basins,” Global Biogeochemical Cycles 31 (2017) 2016GB005498
  5. Bitterman, P., E. Tate, K.J. Van Meter, N.B. Basu, “Water Security and Rainwater Harvesting: A Conceptual Framework and Candidate Indicators,” Applied Geography 76 (2016):75-84
  6. Van Meter, K.J., N.B. Basu, J.J. Veenstra, C.L. Burras, “The Nitrogen Legacy: Emerging Evidence of Nitrogen Accumulation in Anthropogenic Landscapes,” Environmental Research Letters 11 035014, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/11/3/035014.  Included in ERL’s Highlights of 2016 collection
  7. Van Meter, K.J., N.B. Basu, D. McLaughlin, M. Steiff, “The Socio-ecohydrology of Rainwater Harvesting in India: Understanding Water Storage and Release Dynamics at Tank and Catchment Scales,” HESS 20.7 (2016): 2629
  8. Van Meter, K.J. & N.B. Basu, “Catchment Legacies and Time Lags: A Parsimonious Watershed Model to Predict the Effects of Legacy Storage on Nitrogen Export,” PLoS one 10.5 (2015): e0125971
  9. Van Meter, K.J., N.B. Basu, “Signatures of Human Impact: Size Distributions and Spatial Organization of Wetlands in the Prairie Pothole Landscape,” Ecological Applications 25.2 (2015): 451-465, IF 4.3
  10. Van Meter, K.J., N.B. Basu, E. Tate, J. Wyckoff, “Monsoon Harvests: The Living Legacies of Rainwater Harvesting Systems in South India,” Environmental Science & Technology 48.8 (2014): 4217-4225, IF 6.2


BA English, 1989, University of Iowa
MS Chemistry, 1996, University of Iowa
MS Civil and Environmental Engineering, 2012, University of Iowa
PhD Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2016, University of Waterloo
Post-Doctoral Fellow Earth and Environmental Sciences, 2017, University of Waterloo