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Tess Wynn Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Biological Systems Engineering
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061-0303

Phone: 540.231.2454
FAX:    540.231.3199

Curriculum Vita
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Areas of Interest:
  • Watershed management
  • Role of vegetation in stream and wetland systems
  • Urban stream systems
  • Streambank erosion
  • B.S. Agricultural Engineering, Virginia Tech, 1992
  • M.S. Civil Engineering, North Carolina State University, 1995
  • Ph.D. Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2004
Professional Experience
2011 - present Associate Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

2004 - 2011

Assistant Professor, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

1998 - 2004 Graduate Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
1996 - 1998 Field Coordinator/Extension Associate, Maryland Cooperative Extension, Frederick, Maryland
1995 - 1996 Senior Staff Engineer, Woodward-Clyde, Gaithersburg, Maryland
1994 - 1995 Environmental Modeler, North Carolina Division of Environmental Management
Selected Honors/Awards
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Alpha Epsilon, 2005
  • Graduate Dissertation Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta, 2005
  • AAUW Selected Professions Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, College of Engineering, 2001-2002
  • EPA Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Graduate Fellowship, 1999-2002
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 1992-1995
  • Virginia Tech 1992 Woman of the Year
  • DeBusk, K.M. and T.M. Wynn.  (in press).  Stormwater bioretention for runoff quality and quantity mitigation.  J. Environmental Engineering.
  • Utley, B.C., T.M. Wynn, N. Zhang, and L.E. Teany.  (in press).  Evaluation of a permittivity sensor for continuous monitoring of suspended sediment concentration.  Transactions of the ASABE.
  • Hession, W.C., T. Wynn, L.M. Resler, and J.C. Curran. 2010. Preface: Geomorphology and vegetation: Interactions, dependencies, and feedback loops. Geomorphology 116(3-4): 203-205.
  • Hopkinson, L.C. and T.M. Wynn.  2009.  Vegetation impacts on near bank flow.  Ecohydrology 2(4): 404-418.
  • Bartens, J., J.R. Harris, S.D. Day, T.M. Wynn, and J.D. Dove. 2009.  Ecologically Integrated Stormwater Distribution Using Tree Canopy and Structural Tree Soils.  Environmental Management 44(4):646-657.  DOI 10.1007/s00267-009-9366-9. 
  • Ranganath, S.C., W.C. Hession, and T.M. Wynn.  2009.  Livestock exclusion influences on riparian vegetation, channel morphology, and benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation  64(1):33-42.
  • Bartens, J., S.D. Day, J.R. Harris, J.D. Dove, and T.M. Wynn.  2008.  Can Urban Tree Roots Improve Infiltration through Compacted Subsoils for Stormwater Management?  Journal of Environmental Quality.  37(6): 2048-2057.
  • Wynn, T.M., M.B. Henderson, and D.H. Vaughan.  2008.  Changes in streambank erodibility and critical shear stress due to subaerial processes along a headwater stream, southwestern Virginia, USA.  Geomorphology 97:  260-273.
  • Piercy, C. and T. M. Wynn.  2008.  Predicting root density in streambanks.  J. of the American Water Resources Association 44(2): 496-508.
  • Clark, L. A. and T. M. Wynn.  2007.  Methods for determining streambank critical shear stress and soil erodibility: Implications for erosion rate predictions.  Transactions of the ASAE 50(1): 95-106.
  • Wynn, T. M. and S. Mostaghimi. 2006. The effects of vegetation and soil type on streambank erosion, southwestern Virginia, USA. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 42(1): 69-82.
  • Wynn, T. and S. Mostaghimi. (2006). Effects of riparian vegetation on stream bank subaerial processes in southwestern Virginia, USA. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 31(4):399-413.
  • Wynn, T., S. Mostaghimi, J. Burger, A. Harpold, M. Henderson, and L.-A. Henry. 2004. Variation in root density along stream banks. Journal of Environmental Quality. 33: 2030-2039.
  • Lee, E., S. Mostaghimi, T. M. Wynn. 2002. A model to enhance wetland design and optimization of nonpoint source pollution control. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 38(1):17-32.
  • Wynn, T. M. and S. K. Liehr. 2001. Development of a constructed subsurface flow wetland simulation model. Journal of Ecological Engineering. 16:519-536.
  • Wynn, T. M., S. Mostaghimi, J. W. Frazee, P. W. McClellan, R. M. Shaffer, and W. M. Aust. 2000. Effect of forest harvesting best management practices on surface water quality in the Virginia Coastal Plain. Transactions of the ASAE. 43(4):927-936.
  • Mostaghimi, S., T. M. Gidley (Wynn), and R. A. Cooke. 1994. Different approaches for controlling sediment. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 49(6):615-621.