Robert W. Nairn, PhD
Director, Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds
David L. Boren Professor
Sam K. Viersen Family Presidential Professor
School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science
The University of Oklahoma
202 W. Boyd St., Room 334
Norman, OK 73019-1024
Office: (405) 325-3354
The Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds
The University of Oklahoma Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds (CREW) conducts research focusing on watershed biogeochemistry and ecological engineering.
The faculty, staff and students of CREW seek to understand:
- The biogeochemical transport and fate of materials and energy in all environmental media on the watershed-scale, with a focus on water quality in drastically disturbed catchments.
- The opportunities and challenges presented by ecological engineering, the design of sustainable ecosystems integrating society and the natural environment for mutual benefit, with emphasis on mine water passive treatment systems, stream and wetland restoration, and similar ecotechnologies.
Latest CREW News
Joplin Globe September 17, 2017 "Progress Made in Cleaning Up Tar Creek Superfund Site, but Work Remains"
Science Daily May 24, 2017 "Metals from Bolivian mines affect crops and pose potential health risk, study suggests"
OU Forum April 24, 2017 "Professor's Perspective with Robert Nairn"
Norman Transcript January 28, 2017 "Collaborative Bishop Creek Restoration Brings Community Partners Together"
OU Daily February 24, 2017 "OU Engineering Professor Receives Award for Work in Land, Water Restoration"
Norman Transcript February 23, 2017 "Superfund Cleanup Lands OU Professor National Accolade"
Norman Transcript February 20, 2017 "OU Professor Honored for Work Rehabilitating Contaminated Water"
Miami News-Record November 6, 2016 "Excavation completed at Commerce Passive Treatment System"
Miami News-Record September 19, 2016 "Commerce Passive Treatment System proves successful"
Bay Journal November 23, 2015 "Grass really is ‘greener’ on other side of street in community experiment"
KTUL November 16, 2015 "New life to Tar Creek"
OU Nightly October 19, 2015 "OU researchers working to clean up Commerce’s contaminated water"
National Public Radio State Impact Oklahoma October 1, 2015 "Challenges and Progress Cleaning Up One of Oklahoma's Most Polluted Places"