AEES Webinar Series

AEES is proud to host a series of webinars featuring leaders and up-and-coming stars in the field of ecological engineering. 

Dr. Bill Mitsch

Dr. Bill Mitsch received a B.S. in mechanical/industrial engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.E. in environmental engineering and a Ph.D. in systems ecology under H.T. Odum, both degrees at the University of Florida. Dr. Mitsch currently services on the faculty at Florida Gulf Coast University. He is Eminent Scholar and Director of the Everglades Wetland Research Park and the Juliet C. Sproul Chair for Southwest Florida Habitat Restoration and Management.


He is a Professor Emeritus at The Ohio State University where he taught for 26 years and is the founding director of the Olentangy River Wetland Research Park, now Ramsar Wetland of International Importance. His research and teaching have focused on wetland ecology and biogeochemistry, wetland creation and restoration, ecological engineering, ecosystem restoration, and ecosystem modeling.


Dr. Mitsch has authored or co-authored over 700 reports, published abstracts, books, and papers, including 5 editions of the popular textbook Wetlands. He is one of the founders of AEES and served as the first president of the organization in 2002. He is also the founder and editor-in-chief of the international journal Ecological Engineering. He served in that role from 1992-2017. Among other numerous awards, he was awarded the first Odom Award for Excellence in Ecological Engineering in 2018 by AEES.

Dr. Desiree Tullos

Dr. Desirée Tullos, Ph.D., P.E., D.WRE, M.ASCE is a professor in the Department of Biological & Ecological Engineering at Oregon State University in Corvallis. Desiree’s expertise is generally on water resources engineering, with an emphasis on sustainable river management. She is currently working on field and modeling studies of sediment dynamics of dam removal, fish use of turbulence around engineered log jams, reservoir operations under a warming climate, analysis of uncertainty in water resources modeling, flood forecasting and management in India, and mechanics of flow around dense vegetation.

Prior to arriving at OSU, she worked as an engineering consultant on river restoration and stormwater management projects and conducted research as a postdoc for the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. At Oregon State University, Desirée teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in Systems Analysis, Ecohydraulic Engineering, River Engineering, and NonPoint Source Pollution. She has served as a peer reviewer for a variety of journals and proposal review panels, chaired conference sessions, served on a National Research Council committee. She received NSF's Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award in 2009, earned her PE in 2011, and was a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan in 2011.

Desirée received her BSCE from University of Tennessee, Master of Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University, and her Ph.D. in Biological Engineering from NCSU.  Desirée achieved her D.WRE in spring 2014 and was recognized at the AAWRE 10th Anniversary Ceremony in Portland, Oregon.

Dr. Cully W. Hession
Dr. Tess Thompson

The webinar Virginia Tech’s StREAM Lab:Wicked Good for Research, Education & Outreach featured a host of presenters from Virginia Tech led by two former AEES Presidents 


Dr. Cully Hession - a professor and professional engineer in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.  He served as AEES president from 2009-2010.  He has established a multi-department, multi-college research, outreach, and education program focused on understanding the fundamental physical processes of streams. His research emphases include channel structure and sediment dynamics, analysis and prediction of the influence of human activities on streams, evaluation of techniques for measuring and improving in-stream habitat, and development of technologies and strategies for successful stream restoration.

Dr. Tess Thompson – an associate Professor in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech.  She served as AEES President  from 2014-2015.  The overarching goal of her research program is to protect and restore stream and wetland systems, with three major objectives: 1) to determine the fundamental processes involved in streambank erosion and to develop improved measurement devices and mathematical models to predict erosion rates; 2) to develop more accurate computational models and software for the design of wetland systems; and, 3) to develop methods to minimize the impact of urbanization on stream ecosystems.

The presentation included 6 others from their research team: Dr. Nicholas Polys, Nicholas Christensen, Laura Lehmann, Dr. Leighton Reid, Tom Saxton, and Elizabeth Prior.

The next webinar is planned for fall 2022. Please keep an eye out for announcement emails and information in the next edition of AEES Quarterly about this upcoming webinar.