PhD, Geology (Hydrogeology), University of Wisconsin-Madison – 2008
My research focuses on quantifying the controls on groundwater flow in wetland ecosystems and how groundwater interacts with both surface water as well as vegetation. This work uses a range of tools to better understand how groundwater moves through the subsurface. These tools include monitoring wells, seepage meters, stream gaging, soil cores, near surface geophysical methods, and numerical modeling. I also have a particular interest in distributed sensing using temperature as a groundwater tracer.
Mamer, E. and C.S. Lowry, 2013, Quantifying spatially distributed groundwater/ surface water interactions using temperature signals and paired fiber-optic cables. Water Resource Research, 49, 1–11, doi:10.1002/2013WR014235Cristea N.C., J.D. Lundquist, S.P. Loheide II, C.S. Lowry, and C.E. Moore 2013, Modeling how vegetation cover affects climate change impacts on streamflow timing and magnitude in the upper Tuolumne Basin, Sierra Nevada. Hydrological Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9909
Lowry, C.S., and M.N. Fienen. 2013, CrowdHydrology: crowdsourcing hydrologic data and engaging citizen scientists. Ground Water. doi:10.1111/j.1745-6584.2012.00956.x
Fienen, M.N., and C.S. Lowry. 2012, Social.Water a crowdsourcing tool for environmental data acquisition. Computers and Geosciences. doi:10.1016/j.cageo.2012.06.015
Lowry, C.S., S.P. Loheide II, C.E. Moore, and J.D. Lundquist. 2011, Groundwater controls on vegetation composition and patterning in mountain meadows. Water Resources Research. W00J11 doi:10.1029/2010WR010086
Lowry, C.S., J.S. Deems, S.P. Loheide II, and J.D. Lundquist. 2010, Linking snowmelt derived recharge and groundwater flow in a high elevation meadow system, Sierra Nevada Mountains, California. Hydrological Processes. doi:10.1002/hyp.7714
Lowry, C.S., and S.P. Loheide II. 2010, Groundwater dependent vegetation: quantifying the groundwater subsidy. Water Resources Research. 46: W06202. doi:10.1029/2009WR008874.
Lowry, C.S., D. Fratta, and M.P. Anderson, 2009, Ground penetrating radar to identify mechanisms controlling spring flow in a peat dominated wetland. Journal of Hydrology. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2009.04.023