Olsson 113C Lab: ​Stormwater Lab, Thornton D010 Engineer's Way
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My lifelong love for the outdoors translated directly into the study of environmental and water resource engineering. At UVa, I have the honor of working with a new generation of engineers who will work to create a sustainable future. In addition to developing technical abilities, I encourage students to consider current environmental challenges and to develop effective collaborative skills.

Whenever I have the chance, I enjoy exploring wild places with my husband, daughter, and son. I’m also a runner, birder, and family genealogist.


B.S. Environmental Technology, Cornell University, 1984

M.S. Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1989

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Cornell University, 1991

We work with community partners to test innovative stormwater designs and to develop and apply computational models of water resource systems."

Teresa B. Culver, Director of Undergraduate Program in Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Smart Buildings/Cities
Risk and Decision Analysis
Optimization Models and Methods
Environmental Engineering
Water Resources

Selected Publications

Evaluating the impact of uncertainty of reservoir operation for malaria control as the climate changes in Ethiopia, Climatic Change, 2016, 136, 601-614, DOI 10.1007/s10584-016-1639-8. Reis, J., T.B. Culver, P.J. Block, and M.P. McCartney
Reservoir Operation for Recession Agriculture in Mekong Basin, Laos, J. Water Resour. Plann. and Manage., 2014, 04014083, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)WR.1943-5452.0000485. Reis, J., T.B. Culver, G. Lacombe, and S.S. Sellamutta
Simulation-Optimization for the Design of Outlet Control Structures for Ecological Detention Ponds." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., 2014, 140(11), 04014031, DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE) WR.1943-5452.0000420. Mobley, J.T., T.B. Culver, and T.E. Hall
Design of Outlet Control Structures for Ecological Detention Ponds." J. Water Resour. Plann. Manage., 140(2), 250-257, 2014. Mobley, J.T. and Culver, T.B.
Understanding Precipitation Fidelity in Hydrological Modeling, Journal of Hydrologic Engineering, 2012, 17(12), 1315–1324. Mobley, J.T., T.B. Culver, and R.W. Burgholzer

Courses Taught

Introduction to Environmental Engineering and Laboratory
Fluid Mechanics and Laboratory
Stormwater Management
Environmental Systems Modeling and Management
Groundwater Hydrology and Contaminant Transport


Margaret S. Peterson Award, American Society of Civil Engineers 2020
Service to the Institute Award, Environmental Water Resources Institute, ASCE 2002
Walter L. Huber Research Prize, American Society of Civil Engineers 2002
National Science Foundation CAREER Award 1995-1999
Civil Engineering Teaching Award, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia 2005
Lilly Teaching Fellow 1994-1995

Featured Grants & Projects

Mid-Atlantic Transportation Sustainability Center Removing Nitrate from Stormwater with Biochar in Roadway Soils
Department of Education, Graduate Assistance Areas of National Need Doctoral Development Program to Produce Faculty Members with Expertise in Resilient Infrastructure