Outreach and Service Activities

I am engaged in a number of professional service and outreach activities. I chair a National Academies committee on Independent Scientific Review of Everglades Restoration Progress. The Everglades is a large drainage area in south Florida, including the Everglades National Park. The restoration was started in the 1990s and is planned to extend to the 2040s. It is one of the largest and most complex restoration projects in the country, estimated to cost $14B. I serve as chair for the board of the Hubbard Brook Research Foundation, a support group for the Hubbard Brook Ecosystem Study. I serve on the board for the Skaneateles Lake Association and work on nutrient control programs. I serve as an Associate Editor for the journals Biogeochemistry and Research. I served as a guest editor for a series of papers on mercury science in NYS published in the journal Ecotoxicology. I also serve as an ad hoc editor for the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Photo of Northeast Shark River Slough in the Everglades, Will Graf.

I do outreach and science translations on public environmental policies on controls on atmospheric emissions of carbon dioxide and mercury and effects of climate change and mercury contamination.

Penobscot River

I am involved in analysis of a large mercury contaminated river/estuary ecosystem, the Penobscot River and Estuary in ME. This contamination occurred in the late 1960s and has been the subject of a litigation in U.S. District Court in Maine between the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) and a chemical company. I have conducted a detailed analysis of the contamination and made recommendations to the court on remediation strategies, and have been an expert witness in the case. I continue to advise NRDC and the Court as a consultant on the Penobscot River/Estuary restoration effort. Data from this contamination was used by students in the CEE senior capstone design class this spring (2020) to analyze a remediation approach for the river/estuary (thin layer capping).

Professional societies:

  • American Chemical Society
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • National Academy of Engineering

Syracuse University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
151 Link Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244
(315) 443-3434 (phone)
(315) 443-1243 (fax)
ctdrisco@syr.edu