Dr. Benjamine Runkle is an associate professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas.
He started this position in 2014 following post-doctoral work at the Institute of Soil Science at the University of Hamburg in Germany. He has three degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering: a B.S.E. from Princeton University and an M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.
He was awarded an NSF Faculty Early Career Development program grant from the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Engineering and also has funding from the USDA, USGS, NASA, DOE, and the private sector. He researches the terrestrial carbon and water cycles in natural and managed landscapes, with a recent focus on rice production systems in Arkansas.
This field-based research involves long-term measurements of environmental fluxes (e.g., evapotranspiration, and carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the landscape to the atmosphere) and provides the basis for process studies and computer modeling approaches to environmental systems.