Susa Stonedahl, PhD


Dr. Stonedahl teaches physics courses and has a professional interest in hyporheic exchange (water flowing through sediments in natural streams).

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Education and Training

  • PhD, MS, Northwestern University, Environmental Engineering and Sciences
  • BA, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn., Physics and Mathematics

Areas of Professional Interest

  • Hyporheic Exchange
  • Environmental Geophysics
  • Undergraduate Research


Undergraduate Projects

Investigating the Effect of Noisy Permeability Distributions on Hyporheic Flow (School Year 2013-2014): In this modeling study we examined the effect of additional variability due to noise on permeability grid cells and how this effects hyporhiec flow. This student presented his research at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Lexington Kentucky.

Stream Planform Identification (Summer 2013): We looked into ways of obtaining a detailed outline of a section of Black Hawk Creek using photogrametric and manual methods. Students presented this research at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco and at the Fifth Annual Illinois-Iowa ACS Undergraduate Research Conference here at SAU.

Impact on Hyporheic flow of Hydraulic Conductivity variability (Summer 2012): We layered sand in the lab and measured the resulting hydraulic conductivity values and modeled the effect this would have on hyporheic flow. Blog

Recent Publications

Journal Articles (Refereed)

Stonedahl, S. H., Sawyer, A. H., Stonedahl, F., Reiter, C. and Gibson, C., 2018. Effect of Heterogeneous Sediment Distributions on Hyporheic Flow in Physical and Numerical Models, Groundwater. DOI:

Gibson, C, Woodall, N, Reiter, C, and Stonedahl, S. H., 2017, Designing and Evaluating the Quality and Cost-effectiveness of Saturated Sediment Permeameters, International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities. Vol 9, Article 4. DOI:

Stonedahl, S.H., Harvey, J.W., and Packman, A.I., 2013, Interactions between hyporheic flow produced by stream meanders, bars, and dunes, Water Resour. Res., 49, doi: 10.1002/wrcr.20400.

Stonedahl, S.H., Harvey, J.W., Detty, J., Aubeneau, A., and Packman, A.I., 2012, Physical controls and predictability of stream hyporheic flow evaluated with a multi-scale model, Water Resour. Res., 48, 10, doi: 10.1029/2011WR011582.

Harvey, J.W., Drummond, J.D., Martin, R.L., McPhillips, L.E., Packman, A.I., Jerolmack, D.J., Stonedahl, S.H., Aubeneau, A.F., Sawyer, A.H., Larsen, L.G., and Tobias, C.R., 2012, Hydrogeomorphology of the hyporheic zone: Stream solute and fine particle interactions with a dynamic streambed, J. Geophys. Res., 117, G00N11: Doi: 10.1029/2012JG002043.

More About Dr. Stonedahl

Courses Taught

Physics 203
Physics 204
Physics 253


Stonedahl, S.H., Stonedahl, F., Lohberg, M., Lusk, K., and Miller, M., 2013, Photogrammetric Method and Software for Stream Planform Identification. Abstract H43E-1500, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 12, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

Stonedahl, S.H., Cooper, D.G., Everingham, J.M., Kracium, M.D., and Stonedahl, F., 2012, Quantifying the impact on hyporheic flow of assuming homogenous hydraulic conductivity distributions within permeameters. Abstract H13I-06, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 3, 2012, San Francisco, CA

By Students:
Godfrey, M. and Stonedahl, S. H. 2014, Investigating the Effect of Noisy Permeability Distributions on Hyporheic Flow. National Conference on Undergraduate Research, April 4, 2014 Lexington, KY

Lohberg, M., Lusk, K., Miller, D., Stonedahl, F., and Stonedahl, S.H., 2013, Investigating Methods of Stream Planform Identification. Abstract ED33D-0794, American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, December 11, 2013, San Francisco, CA.

Lusk, K., Lohberg, M., Miller, D., Stonedahl, F., and Stonedahl, S. H., 2013, Investigating Photogrammetric Methods for Stream Planform Identification. Fifth Annual Illinois-Iowa ACS Undergraduate Research Conference November 16, 2013 Davenport, IA


Susa Stonedahl

Engineering and Physics
Hayes Hall
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

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