William Shuster Ph.D.

William Shuster Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Civil and Environmental Engineering

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William Shuster Ph.D.




Ph.D., Environmental Science, 2000. The Ohio State University, Columbus.

B.S., Physics, 1987. University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Research Interests

  • Urban hydrology
  • The hydraulics of urban soils
  • Rendering of ecosystem services from urbanized landscapes
  • Social equity in services from engineered civil infrastructure systems
  • Stormwater and wastewater management
  • Integration of green-gray infrastructures through civil-environmental engineering best practices
  • Demolition science


Selected publications (70+ peer-review journal publications)

Full Water-Cycle Monitoring in an Urban Catchment Reveals Unexpected Water Transfers (Detroit MI, USA). 2019. Hoard, C., Haefner, R.*, Shuster, W., Pieschek, R., and Beeler, S., accepted August 2019: Journal of American Water Resources Association

An analytic approach to discerning saturation-excess and infiltration-excess overland flow regimes in urban soils. R Stewart*, A Bhaskar, T Parolari, J Jian, D Herrmann, L Schifman, and WShuster. Accepted August 2019, Hydrological Processes.

Modeling the effectiveness of landscape permeability on rainwater runoff reduction in Luohe, China. 2018. Bai, T., A.L. Mayer*, W.D. Shuster. MDPI Sustainability, http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/10/3584/pdf

 Black carbon in urban soils: implications for water quality management with green infrastructure. 2018. Schifman, L.A., A. Prues, K. Gilkey, Shuster, WD*. Science of the Total Environment. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.396

 Widespread loss of intermediate soil horizons in urban landscapes. 2018. Herrmann, D.L., L.A. Schifman, W.D. Shuster*. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. http://www.pnas.org/content/115/26/6751.short

Measurement of urban soil hydraulic properties and comparison with simulated data. 2018.  Schifman, L.A. and W.D. Shuster*. J. Hydrologic Eng.,  doi/full/10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001684

Street-level emissions of methane and nitrous oxide from the wastewater collection system in Cincinnati, Ohio. 2018. Fries, A.E., L.A. Schifman, W.D. Shuster, and A. Townsend-Small*. Environmental Pollution. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envpol.2018.01.076

Professional Affiliations

American Geophysical Union
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Sigma Xi