The 29th TWRS has been cancelled to to COVID-19 health concerns.

2020 Poster Presenters-cancelled

Dr. Kalyanapu and Petra Byl 2013

Please be sure to attend the Poster Sessions on April 23, 2020, Thursday (1:30p.m.-4:15p.m.) in Room B where  student posters will be presented. 


  • Click Here to Submit Your Abstract 
  • Posters should be mounted on  poster-board no larger than 30"x40"Poster  board will be supplied by TNAWRA
  • Easels will be provided at the Registration Desk and  they must be returned when you take down your poster after the business meeting  on April 23. 
  • Poster must include an abstract.  
  • All posters must be displayed by 1:30pm on Thursday and remain in place  until 5:00 p.m.  
  • Presenters must be present during poster sessions and be prepared to give a  brief synopsis (5 minutes or less) to the poster judges.  
  • Poster session:  Room B  1:30p-4:15p
  • Following the Poster Session, we will have a lightning round of presentations from representatives from several agencies.  They will give 3-5 minute talks about their agency, what it's like to work there, and how to apply.
  • Awards for the best student posters and People's Choice  will be presented at the annual TNAWRA Chapter  Meeting at 7:00 p.m. Thursday, April  23. 
  • After the TNAWRA Chapter Meeting, please fold your easel up and take to the  Registration desk.  

Judging of Student Posters: Posters will be judged by 3 to 5  professionals from various backgrounds who are attending the Symposium. Posters  are given scores for each of the following categories: Abstract, presentation of  the material, technical content of the poster, topic originality and  format/style. If you are not affiliated with a university or a student poster  presenter and would like to be a judge, please send email to Daniel Saint at or Dana Waits at

Awards for Student Posters:To encourage student  participation, TN Section AWRA gives awards and certificates for best student  poster in each category of High School, Undergraduate & Graduate. The  Attendees will also vote for a "People's Choice Poster Award".  

High School Posters

No applicants this year.

Undergraduate Posters

Mapping and Measuring Lampenflora along Mammoth Cave's Frozen Niagara Tour Route. Jonathan Alford

Data Collection towards Understanding Stormwater Management and Flooding Issues in the Town of Gainesboro, Tennessee.  Marci M. Arms

Changing Groundwater Flow Directions in a Fuel-Contaminated Karst Aquifer in Nashville, Tennessee. Darrius Lawson

Watershed Comparison of the Effects of Land Use on Water Quality. Adam K. McLerran

Algal Adapations to Low Light in Mammoth Cave. Nakana'ela Morton

Production of Microcystin by the Terrestrial Cyanobacteria Nostoc Commune. Shakarah Nelson

Nanomaterial Quantification Towards Their Treatment. Steven C. Sawyer

Harmful Algal Blooms: Microcystin Toxin and Nutrient Analysis in the TSU Wetland. Tyrese Stanford

Harmful Algal Blooms: Microcystin Toxin and Nutrient Analysis in the Tennessee State University Wetland. Rodney Blackwell

Graduate Posters

Trends in Forest Throughfall Deposition in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Taylor Blackstone

Reducing Campus Stormwater Impacts: Brush Creek Reconnaissance and Restoration Proposal.  April D. Bledsoe

Effects of Didymophenia on Larval Chironomids: Assemblage Changes, Taxa Specific Feeding and Wearing of Mouthparts.  Peter W. Blum, IV

Dissolved Organic Carbon Fate and Acidification Behavior in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Jason Brown

Improving the Excess Shear Stress Equation Erosion Rate Estimates for Streambanks by Adjusting the Empirical Exponent Based on Bank Type. Justin C. Condon

Hydrologic Models to Evaluate Pollutant's Impacts on Microbiology. Preyanka Dey

Development of GIS-Based Watershed Vulnerability Assessment (GAVA) Tool for HUC-12 Level Watershed in Tennessee. Vinay Anand Dhanvada

Quantifying Tree Canopy Contributions to Stormwater Runoff Reductions in Urban Watersheds. Matthew C. Howard

Beaver Creek Restoration Project at Powell: A Case Study. Grace Long

Assessing Short-Term Effects of Translocation on the Spatial Ecology of Eastern Hellbenders. Bradley Nissen

Impacts of the Chimney Tops 2 Fire on Soil and Water Chemistry in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Sally A. Reamer

Investigating Nitrate Pollution of Urban Surface Waters using Stable Isotope Geochemistry.  Victoria Rexhause

Understanding the Fate of Engineered Nano Particles in the Environment. Syed M. Tareq

Didymosphenia Geminata Cells and Mats are Regulated by Different Environmental Factors in Southern Appalachian Streams. Spencer G. Womble

Impacts of Biomethane Potential Test Variabilities on Specific Methane Yield. Tyler Wright

Can Cover Crops Increase Infiltration to Assist Agricultural Producers to Adapt to Climate Change Impacts?  Adam A. Zimmerman

Doctoral Candidate Posters

Evaluation of Tropical Cyclone Flood Discharges Estimated with Rainfall from Parametric Models for Flood Risk Studies.  John T. Brackins

Nitrogen Removal in a Riparian Wetland with Contrasting Restoration Strategies.  Robert Brown

Allelopathic Effects of Cyanotoxin Microcystin-LR in Greater Duckweed, Spirodela Nolyrhiza (L.) Schleid. Shrijana Duwadi

Evaluation and   Identification Microplastics in Fresh Water . Chioma O. Ekechi

Modeling of Climate Change induced Flood   Risk in the Conasauga River Basin . Tigstu T. Dullo   

 Karst Groundwater: Monitoring Tools and Emerging Pathogens. Rachel Kaiser

Hydrologic Monitoring to Assess Restoration Success of WRP Easements in Tennessee and Kentucky. Collins Owusu

Professional Posters

Estimated Groundwater Withdrawals for Irrigation and Aquaculture in the Mississippi Delta, 2014-2017. J. Robinson