William E. Schnabel

  • WERC Director
  • Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • PO Box 755860
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5860
  • Phone: (907) 474-7789 / (907) 699-2431 (mobile)
  • Fax: (907) 474-7041
  • weschnabel@alaska.edu
  • CV
Appointments
Research
  • 7/16 – Present
    University of Alaska Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK

Director, Institute of Northern Engineering
Director, Water and Environmental Research Center
Associate Dean, College of Engineering and Mines
Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 1/15 – 6/16
    University of Alaska Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK

Interim Director, Institute of Northern Engineering

  • 8/13 – 6/16
    University of Alaska Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK
     

Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • 7/12 – 1/15
    University of Alaska Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK

Associate Director, Institute of Northern Engineering

  • 7/09 – 1/15
    University of Alaska Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK

Director, Water & Environmental Research Center
Research Associate Professor

  • 9/07 – 6/09
    University of Alaska Fairbanks | Fairbanks, AK

Research Assistant Professor

  • 8/06 – 9/07
    Golder Associates Inc. | Duluth, MN

Senior Project Engineer

  • 1/02 – 7/06
    University of Alaska Anchorage | Anchorage, AK

Assistant Professor

  • 6/00 – 11/01
    Ecolotree Incorporated | North Liberty, IA

Project Engineer / Project Manager

Funded Research (PI or co-PI)

PI. GCI Fiber Optic Project (2016).  Led an interdisciplinary team to evaluate options for connecting remote Arctic communities via fiber optic cable.  Investigation focused on the impacts of placement methods (trenching, direct lay, poles) across permafrost-impacted, polygonal ground.  Funding Agency:  General Communications Incorporated.  Grant Total:  $67,000

PI. UAF Participation in Denali Commission’s Initiative for Environmentally Threatened Communities (2016).  Organized and led an interdisciplinary team to evaluate threats of erosion, flooding, and permafrost degradation in Alaska’s rural communities.  Funding Agency:  The Denali Commission.  Grant Total:  $50,000

PI. Herder Burner:  A Field Test of Chemical Herders for In Situ Burning of Crude Oil (2014-2015).  Constructed a test basin and performed meso-scale field trials of aerial applied chemical herders for in situ burning.  Funding Agency:  SL Ross; the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers.  Grant Total:  $692,452

PI. Ice Thickness Measurements on the Yukon River Using Ground Penetrating Radar. (2013). Conducted GPR surveys of Yukon River ice to evaluate potential ice road routes to Tanana, Alaska. Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.  Grant Total:  $18,823

PI. Geophysical Methods for Arctic and Subarctic Transportation Planning. (2010-2014). Evaluated the use of electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) for visualizing frozen ground characteristics in continuous and discontinuous permafrost zones.  Funding Agency:  US Department of Transportation/Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.  Grant Total:  $195,262

PI. North Slope DSS:  A GIS-Based Support System for Informing Water Resource Decisions. (2008-2012). Developed new and modified existing water resource models for inclusion into a modular decision support framework.  The decision support system was designed for use by industry, regulatory agencies, scientists, municipal planners, and other stakeholders associated with Alaskan North Slope water resources.  Funding Agency:  US Department of Energy.  Grant Total:  $1,048,032

PI. Using Modeling to Assess CO2 Sequestration, Engineering, Environmental, and Economic Issues Related to a Proposed Coal-to-Liquids Plant in Interior Alaska.  Conducted measurements, evaluation, and modeling to investigate feasibility of offsetting CO2 production of a proposed industrial facility through the cultivation of biomass fuels.  Funding Agency:  US Air Force.  Grant Total:  $261,278

PI. Impacts of Cold Region Open Dumps on Microbial Water Quality (2009 – 2010).  Surveyed microbial water quality in rural Alaskan villages associated with solid waste sites.  Evaluated possible feedback mechanisms between microbial water quality and human health.    Funding Agency:  USGS/National Institute for Water Resources.  Grant Total:  $20,000'

PI. Kuparuk Foothills Hydrology Study (2006 – 2011).  Evaluated quality and quantity of lake water resources for industrial use on Alaska’s North Slope.  Contributed to an interdisciplinary multi-project initiative to characterize surface water flow processes on the North Slope.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.  Grant Total:  $2,188,046

PI. Partitioning Behavior of Pathogen Indicator Organisms in Snowmelt(2008 – 2009).  Investigated the survivability and partitioning dynamics of fecal indicator organisms associated with agricultural activities.  Constructed snow lysimeters to capture snow and assess snowmelt water quality.  Funding Agency:  USDA-CSREES.  Grant Total:  $99,951

PI (UAA). Sources and Dynamics of Fecal Coliform Bacteria in University Lake (2005-2006).  Employed bi-weekly sampling and source tracking to investigate origin and fate of fecal indicator bacteria in an impacted lake.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

PI (UAA). Characterizing Sources and Growth Potential of Indicator Bacteria in Cold Region Streams (2005-2006).  Modified the Antibiotic Resistance Analysis source tracking method for use in cold region water bodies.  Funding Agency:  USGS/UAF Water and Environmental Research Center

PI (UAA). An Evapotranspriation Landfill Cap at Elmendorf Air Force Base (2004-2010).  Modeled, designed, constructed, and monitored two pilot-scale basin lysimeters for the assessment of evapotranspiration covers employed at cold region landfills.  Developed a method utilizing Electrical Resistivity Tomography to visualize and quantify vadose zone soil moisture.  Project led to the installation of a full-scale evapotranspiration cover.  Funding Agency:  USAF/Weston Solutions

PI (UAA). Developing Sustainable Waste Management Technologies in Sichuan, China(2005).  Project was performed as a supplement to an Engineers Without Borders student group trip.  Undergraduate research involved literature review, presentation, and design of sustainable water/wastewater/waste management solutions for use in a remote Chinese village.  Funding Agency:  University of Alaska Anchorage

PI (UAA). Spatial, Temporal, and Phase Distribution of Fecal Coliform Bacteria in Chester  Creek (2004-2005).  Employed weekly sampling and spatial analysis to develop a conceptual model and propose best management practices for an urban stream.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation

PI (UAA). Metals Uptake from Surface Waters Through a Sand Filter Willow Wetlands(2003). Constructed a greenhouse wetlands to investigate the use of willow plantations as a best management practice for surface water quality.  Funding Agency:  Alaska EPSCoR

Co-PI. Hydro-Sedimentological Monitoring and Analysis Program for Material Sites on the Sagavanirktok River: Phase 1 (2015 – present).  Collect river discharge and sediment measurements associated with resurfacing efforts on the Dalton Highway.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.  Grant Total:  $1,455,716

Co-PI. Phytoremediation in Kaltag, Alaska.  Phase III:  Phytoremediation of Soil Contaminated with DRO and 1-chloro-octadecane - Initial Field Implementation (2014-2015).  Installed a field test plot to mitigate contaminated soil in Kaltag, AK.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.  Grant Total:  $25,000

Co-PI. Meteorological and Hydrological Monitoring and Analysis Program for the Ambler Corridor:  Phase 1-3 (2012-present).  Monitoring, modeling, and evaluating watershed processes in four remote rivers to support planning efforts for a transportation corridor to the Ambler mining district.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Industrial Development and Export AuthorityGrant Total:  $1,373,519

Co-PI. Water, Energy, and Food Security in the North: Synergies, tradeoffs, and building community capacity for sustainable futures  (2013-present). The Sustainable Futures North (SFN) project 1 is concerned primarily with developing a more sophisticated understanding of the interactions among environmental security2 and natural resource development in the North American Arctic and Subarctic regions.  Funding Agency:  National Science Foundation.  Grant Total:  $1,227,455

Co-PI. Regional Assessments of Vulnerability and Environmental Security—Water Security in a Changing Coastal Environment (2011-2013).  Performed an integrative assessment of water assets and vulnerability in the Bristol Bay region of Alaska, and use this activity as a 'sandbox' for defining features and requirements, towards the development of a GIS-based decision support system.  Funding Agency:  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  Grant Total:  $134,560

Co-PI. Surface Water Flow Monitoring and Analysis for the North Slope Umiat Corridor (2009-2014). Worked with an interdisciplinary team to conduct hydrologic/meteorologic monitoring and analysis to support resource development activities on Alaska’s North Slope.  Focused on collecting snowmelt discharge measurements of remote arctic rivers.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities.  Grant Total:  $2,734,784

Co-PI. Data Rescue, Inventory, and Network Analysis of Hydroclimate Data in Arctic Alaska (2010-2011).  Created and populated a searchable database of hydrologic and meteorological data collected by state and federal agencies in Arctic Alaska.  Funding Agency:  U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  Grant Total:  $196,638

Co-PI. Attenuation of Herbicides in Sub Arctic Environments (2008-2010).  Performed field and lysimeter fate and transport studies on a suite of herbicides proposed for use along Alaskan transportation corridors.  Funding Agency:  Alaska University Transportation Center.  Grant Total:  $209,830

Co-PI. Sagavanirktok River/Bullen Point Hydrology Project (2008 – 2010).  Worked with an interdisciplinary team to conduct hydrologic/meteorologic monitoring and analysis to support resource development activities on Alaska’s North Slope.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Natural Resources.  Grant Total:  $999,352

Co-PI (UAA). Independent Third Party Review of the Proposed Kincaid Estates Subdivision, Anchorage, Alaska(2005). Surface water infiltration and groundwater contaminant fate/transport characteristics were assessed to predict the impacts of a proposed subdivision upon a local aquifer.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Legislature

Co-PI (UAA). Evaluation of Stormwater Treatment by Constructed Wetlands in Alaska (2002  -2003).  The performance of three wetlands constructed for stormwater treatment was evaluated with respect to contaminant mitigation and design performance over a period of two field seasons.  Funding Agency:  Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities

Co-PI (UAA). Fundamental and Applied Research on Water Generated during the Production of Gas Hydrates (2003).  Treatment options for water and wastewater produced during methane hydrate extraction were evaluated for use at North Slope drilling installations.  Funding Agency:  Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

Co-PI (UAA). Community Based Service Learning Minigrant:  Collection, Analysis, and Dissemination           of Water Quality Data for the Chester Creek Watershed (2003). Collaborated with faculty members from Geology and Biology departments to institute a student-run water quality sampling and assessment program.  Funding Agency:  UAA

  • Water and Environmental Research Center (WERC)
  • 437 Duckering
  • 306 Tanana Loop
  • PO Box 75 5860
  • Fairbanks, AK 99775-5860, USA