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Benjamin R. Runkle

Benjamin R. Runkle

Assistant Professor

ENGR 231

College of Engineering

(BENG)-Biological & Agricultural Engineering

Phone: 479-575-2878

Fax: 479-575-2846

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Research Focus

  • Micrometeorological fluxes
  • Dissolved organic matter in wetlands
  • Carbon and water cycle interactions

Application Areas

  • Rice irrigation strategies
  • Carbon accounting
  • Evapotranspiration management
  • Global climate models

BENG 4933 Sustainable Watershed Engineering (Fa). 3 Hours

BENG 500V: Modeling Environmental Biophysics (Spr/alternating). 3 Hours


B.S.E., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
Post-undergraduate Fulbright Scholarship, University of Mauritius
M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Civil & Environmental Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
Post doctoral Research Scientist:  January 2010 – August 2014 Institute of Soil Science, University of Hamburg, Germany

See also my google scholar profile: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=SeZEXyoAAAAJ&hl=en

Or my ResearchGate profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Benjamin_Runkle

Or my ORCID profile: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2583-1199

Or my SCOPUS profile: https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=24779753600

Peer-reviewed Publications

  1. Linquist BA; Marcos M; Adviento-Borbe MA; Anders M; Harrell D; Linscombe S; Reba ML; Runkle BRK; Tarpley L; Thomson A, (2018) Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Management Practices that Impact Emissions in US Rice Systems, Journal of Environmental Quality (online version, here), 47(3), 395-409, doi:10.2134/jeq2017.11.0445.
  2. Sabrekov AF, Runkle BRK, Glagolev MV, Terentieva IE, Stepanenko VM, Kotsyurbenko OR, Maksyutov SS, and Pokrovsky OS, (2017) Variability in methane emissions from West Siberia’s shallow boreal lakes on a regional scale and its environmental controls, Biogeosciences, 14, 3715-3742, https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-14-3715-2017.
  3. Runkle BRK, Rigby JR, Reba ML, Anapalli SS, Bhattacharjee J, Krauss KW, Liang L, Locke M, Novick KA, Sui R, Suvocarev K, White PM, (2017), Delta-Flux: an eddy covariance network for a climate-smart Lower Mississippi Basin, Agricultural & Environmental Letters, 2:170003. doi:10.2134/ael2017.01.0003.
  4. Cresto Aleina F, Runkle BRK, Brücher T, Kleinen T, Brovkin V, (2016) Upscaling methane emission hotspots in boreal peatlands, Geosci. Model Dev., 9, 915-926,  http://www.geosci-model-dev.net/9/915/2016/, doi:10.5194/gmd-9-915-2016.
  5. Avagyan A, Runkle BRK, Hennings N, Haupt H, Virtanen T, Kutzbach L, (2016) Dissolved organic carbon dynamics during the spring snowmelt at a boreal river valley mire complex in Northwest Russia. Hydrological Processes, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.10710/abstract, 30(11), 1727–1741, doi:10.1002/hyp.10710
  6. Cresto Aleina F, Runkle BRK, Kleinen T, Kutzbach L, Schneider J, Brovkin V, (2015) Modeling micro-topographic controls on boreal peatland hydrology and methane fluxes, Biogeosciences, 12, 5689-5704, http://www.biogeosciences.net/12/5689/2015/, doi:10.5194/bg-12-5689-2015
  7. Avagyan A, Runkle BRK, Hartmann J, Kutzbach L, (2014) Spatial variations in pore-water biogeochemistry greatly exceed temporal changes during baseflow conditions in a boreal river valley mire complex, Northwest Russia. Wetlands, 34(6), 1171-1182 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13157-014-0576-4).
  8. Avagyan A, Runkle BRK, Kutzbach L (2014) Application of high-resolution spectral absorbance measurements for the determination of the dissolved organic carbon contents. Journal of Hydrology, 517, 435–446 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0022169414004247).
  9. Sabrekov AF, Runkle BRK, Glagolev MV, Kleptsova IE, Maksyutov SS, (2014) Seasonal variability as a source of uncertainty in the West Siberian regional CH4 flux upscaling. Environment Research Letters, 9, 045008 (http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/9/4/045008).
  10. Runkle BRK, Wille C, Gažovic M, Wilmking M, Kutzbach L (2014): The surface energy balance and its drivers in a boreal peatland fen of northwestern Russia. Journal of Hydrology, 511, 359-373 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S002216941400078X).
  11. Runkle BRK, Sachs T, Wille C, Pfeiffer E-M, Kutzbach L, (2013) Bulk partitioning the growing season net ecosystem exchange of CO2 in Siberian tundra. Biogeosciences, 10, 1337-1349 (http://www.biogeosciences.net/10/1337/2013/bg-10-1337-2013.html).
  12. Helbig M, Boike J, Langer M, Schreiber P, Runkle BRK, Kutzbach L, (2013), Spatial and seasonal variability of polygonal tundra water balance, Lena River Delta, Northern Siberia. Hydrogeology Journal, 21(1), 133-147 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10040-012-0933-4).
  13. Runkle BRK, Wille C, Gažovic M, Kutzbach L, (2012) Attenuation correction procedures for water vapour fluxes from closed-path eddy-covariance systems. Boundary-Layer Meteorology, 142(3), 401-423 (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10546-011-9689-y).
  14. Sonnentag O, Detto M, Vargas R, Ryu Y, Runkle BRK, Kelly M, Baldocchi DD, (2011) Tracking the structural and functional development of a perennial pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium L.) infestation using a multi-year archive of webcam imagery and eddy covariance measurements. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 151(7), 916-926 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0168192311000773).
  15. Sonnentag O, Detto M, Runkle BRK, Teh YA, Silver WL, Kelly M, Baldocchi DD, (2011) Carbon dioxide exchange of a pepperweed (Lepidium latifolium L.) infestation: how do flowering and mowing affect canopy photosynthesis and autotrophic respiration? Journal of Geophysical Research, 116, G01021 (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1029/2010JG001522/full).
  16. Dougherty W, Kartha S, Rajan C, Lazarus M, Bailie A, Runkle BRK, Fencl A, (2009) Greenhouse gas reduction benefits and costs of a large-scale transition to hydrogen in the USA. Energy Policy, 37(1), 56-67 (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0301421508003418).

2001-2003  Research Associate, The Stockholm Environmental Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

BAEG Department Outstanding Teacher, Spring 2016.

Runkle was part of the 2018 Rice Technical Working Group Distinguished Rice Research and/or Education Team Award for “Advancing irrigation management practices to achieve sustainable intensification outcomes”, alongside Merle Anders, Michele Reba, Christopher Henry, Joseph Massey, Jarrod Hardke, Arlene Adviento-Borbe, Steve Linscombe, Dustin Harrell, and Bruce Linquist.

Advisor to senior design team, Gunlogson competition for ASABE, 2018, placed 2nd.

2018 Rising Teaching Award, UA College of Engineering

2018 NSF CAREER Grant Awardee

2018 Faculty advisor, oSTEM Rookie Chapter Award