Kevin Gardner

Vice Provost for Research
Phone: (603) 862-4334
Office: Environmental Research Group, Gregg Hall Rm 336, Durham, NH 03824
Kevin Gardner

My research has focused on the very broad idea of mitigating human impact on the environment, which includes mitigating our impact on ourselves! In recent years much of my work has been in the field of sustainability science and engineering, where I have been fortunate to work with colleagues across a broad disciplinary spectrum to approach wicked social-ecological-technological problems. Over the years I have also worked extensively in remediating sediments contaminated with metals and non polar organic compounds and also on the leaching of metals and elements from industrial byproducts such as coal ash, solid waste incinerator ash, slags, and treated soils.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Union College

Research Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainability

Courses Taught

  • CEE 705: Intro Sustainable Engineering
  • CEE 723: Environmental Water Chemistry
  • CIE 788: Project Planning and Design
  • CIE 851: Intro Sustainable Engineering
  • CIE 888: Master's Project Paper
  • CIE 896: Learning from Dams

Selected Publications

Cheney, D., Logan, J. M., Gardner, K., Sly, E., Wysor, B., & Greenwood, S. (2019). Bioaccumulation of PCBs by a seaweed bloom (Ulva rigida) and transfer to higher trophic levels in an estuarine food web. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 611, 75-93. doi:10.3354/meps12840

Roy, S. G., Uchida, E., de Souza, S. P., Blachly, B., Fox, E., Gardner, K., . . . Hart, D. (2018). A multiscale approach to balance trade-offs among dam infrastructure, river restoration, and cost. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(47), 12069-12074. doi:10.1073/pnas.1807437115

Song, C., Gardner, K. H., Klein, S. J. W., Souza, S. P., & Mo, W. (2018). Cradle-to-grave greenhouse gas emissions from dams in the United States of America. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 90, 945-956. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2018.04.014

Stang, S., Wang, H., Gardner, K. H., & Mo, W. (2018). Influences of water quality and climate on the water-energy nexus: A spatial comparison of two water systems. Journal of Environmental Management, 218, 613-621. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.04.095

Mo, W., Lu, Z., Dilkina, B., Gardner, K., Huang, J. -C., & Foreman, M. C. (2018). Sustainable and Resilient Design of Interdependent Water and Energy Systems: A Conceptual Modeling Framework for Tackling Complexities at the Infrastructure-Human-Resource Nexus. Sustainability, 10(6), 1-10.

Rogers, S. H., Halstead, J. M., Gardner, K. H., & Carlson, C. H. (2011). Examining Walkability and Social Capital as Indicators of Quality of Life at the Municipal and Neighborhood Scales. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 6(2), 201-213. doi:10.1007/s11482-010-9132-4

Watts, A. W., Ballestero, T. P., & Gardner, K. H. (2006). Uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in salt marsh plants Spartina alterniflora grown in contaminated sediments. Chemosphere, 62(8), 1253-1260. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2005.07.006

Linkov, I., Satterstrom, F. K., Kiker, G., Seager, T. P., Bridges, T., Gardner, K. H., . . . Meyer, A. (2006). Multicriteria Decision Analysis: A Comprehensive Decision Approach for Management of Contaminated Sediments. Risk Analysis, 26(1), 61-78. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2006.00713.x

Chakraborti, R. K., Gardner, K. H., Atkinson, J. F., & Van Benschoten, J. E. (2003). Changes in fractal dimension during aggregation. Water Research, 37(4), 873-883. doi:10.1016/s0043-1354(02)00379-2

Theis, T. L., & Gardner, K. H. (1990). Environmental assessment of ash disposal. Critical Reviews in Environmental Control, 20(1), 21-42. doi:10.1080/10643389009388388

Most Cited Publications