Restoring the natural water cycle in cities: My research

As I mentioned in my About Me page, I am a doctoral student at Iowa State University. I study urban hydrology and geographical information systems, also known as GIS. In this post, I go into a bit more detail about what I actually study, and how I conduct my research. I will go into more detail on many of the topics I talk about here later in expanded topic posts, but for now, here’s a little about my research!


In short, I study the effects of urbanization on the environment, specifically on the natural hydrologic cycle. Now, that’s a very big topic. (Literally, the hydrologic cycle is global. Ha!) Narrowing that huge topic down, I specifically study stormwater in urban residential areas and the things that homeowners (or renters!) can do to help restore a more natural, and sustainable hydrologic cycle. Continue reading

What’s in a name? Scientia Natura

I chose the name SciNatura for a couple of reasons. It’s a blend of science and nature, obviously, and while this completely fits the scope of my blog, it is actually a little more complex than that. SciNatura is actually the blend of two Latin words, scientia and natura.

Scientia f (genitive scientiae); first declension Pronunciation (The Classical not Ecclesiastical)

knowledge; body of knowledge

Natura f (genitive naturae); first declension Pronunciation

the natural world (as well/alternatively: the nature of a thing; character)

Therefore, the full and complete name of my blog is actually Scientia Natura.

If you listen to the pronunciation found in the links above, you’ll note that both words, in Latin, are pronounced quite a bit different than their English descendants. I know that most people who read the title will pronounce SciNatura with the expected Sci (as in the word ‘sigh’) Natura (nature with an “ah” ending), and that’s ok. But, it’s really supposed to be:

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