Kirk Barrett

Kirk Barrett

Assistant Professor

Department : Civil & Environmental Engineering

Email : kirk.barrett@manhattan.edu

Phone : 718-862-7517

Office : LEO 309

Education

Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University
M.S. in Computer Science, Kansas State University
B.S. in Chemicial Engineering, Kansas State University

About

Dr. Kirk Barrett has served as an assistant professor with Manhattan College’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department since 2011. Previously he served as the first director of the Passaic River Institute at Montclair State University for seven years and as the research director of the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute of Rutgers University for 5 years. As a registered Professional Engineer and certified Professional Wetland Scientist, Barrett has more than has 25 years’ experience in the field of water resources, specializing in surface/wetland hydrology, hydraulics and water quality processes. 

In addition, he has served as a Principal Investigator on projects funded by major federal research agencies including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Science Foundation, and U.S. Geological Survey. Barrett’s projects have also received funding from state agencies (the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection), and private foundations (Victoria Foundation and Landsberger Foundation).  

His findings have been published in respected scientific journals such as Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Water International, Ecological Engineering and Marine Pollution Bulletin. Barrett has been an invited speaker many times, including at Princeton and Columbia Universities, and has co-chaired several state and regional professional scientific conferences. 

Research

  • Surface hydrology, hydraulics and water quality
  • Ecological engineering and restoration, especially wetlands and rivers
  • Urban storm water and nonpoint source pollution control
  • Environmental monitoring and modeling

 

Professional Experience

Assistant Professor, Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Manhattan College, 2011-

Director, Passaic River Institute, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, 2004-2011.
Concurrent Appointments:
Chair, Interdisciplinary Committee, College of Science and Mathematics
Adjunct Faculty, Department of Earth and Environmental Studies

Research Director, Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, Rutgers University, Newark NJ,
1999 – 2004.
Concurrent Appointments:
Research Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, Newark.
Associated Faculty, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University, Newark
Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
Member, Institute for Marine and Coastal Science, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

Water resources engineer, The Bioengineering Group, Inc., Salem, Mass., 1997-1999.

Lecturer, Institute for Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1993 to 1994.

Hydrologic and water quality research engineer, Wetland Research, Inc. and Hey and Associates, Inc., Chicago, 1988-1992.

Environmental software engineer, RJN Group, Wheaton, IL, 1987-1988

Memberships:

  • Former Member of the New Jerse Water Monitoring Coordinating Council
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions
  • Former Vice-Chairman of the Environmental Commission of Essex County NJ

 

Publications & Professional Activities

  • Barrett KR, D Rodgers.  2015. Laboratory measurements of infiltration capacity by a double ringed infiltrometer and the Cornell Sprinkle Infiltrometer.   Water Practice & Technology.  International Water Association.  Vol 10 No 4 pp 761-766. doi: 10.2166/wpt.2015.093.  wpt.iwaponline.com/content/10/4/761
  • Attinti R, D Sarkar,  KR Barrett, R Datta. 2015. Adsorption of arsenic (V) from aqueous solutions by goethite/silica nanocomposite. International Journal of Environmental Science and Technology, Volume 12, Issue 12 , pp 3905-3914
  • Khairy, M, KR Barrett, R Lohmann. 2015. The changing sources of polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans in sediments and the ecological risk for nekton in the lower Passaic River and Newark Bay, New Jersey, USA. Environ Toxicol Chem. doi:10.1002/etc.3223
  • Feng, H, J. C. Galster, J. Lopes, N. M. Bujalski, K. R. Barrett and K. K. Olsen. 2012. Radionuclides (7Be, 210Pb and 137Cs) as Tracers for Soil and Sediment Erosion in New Jersey Stream Watersheds. In: Radionuclides: Sources, Properties and Hazards (Javier Guillen Gerada, ed.). Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp. 23-34
  • Barrett, K. R., and M. A. McBrien. 2007. A Chemical and biotic assessment of a degraded brackish marsh in the Meadowlands of northeastern NJ
  • Barrett, K. R., and M. A. McBrien. 2007. A Chemical and biotic assessment of a degraded brackish marsh in the Meadowlands of northeastern NJ. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. v 124, pp 63-88.
  • Barrett, K. R., W. Goldsmith and M. Silva. 2006. Integrated Geotechnical and Bioengineering Treatments for Streambank Stabilization along a Landfill. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. v 61, n 3 (May/June 2006) pp 144-152.
  • Weis, P., Barrett, K. R., T. Proctor, and R. Bopp. 2005. Studies of a contaminated brackish marsh in the Hackensack Meadowlands of northeastern New Jersey: An assessment of natural recovery. Marine Pollution Bulletin. v50, p 1405–1415.
  • Artigas, F. J., K. R. Barrett, and R. Holowczak. 2001. Digital Meadowlands: A Web-Based Decision Support System for an Urban, Estuarine Watershed. Proceedings of the Integrated Decision-Making for Watershed Management Symposium: Processes and Tools. Virginia Tech Publishing. pp 1-8.
  • Barrett, K. R. 1999. Ecological engineering in water resources: The benefits of collaborating with nature. Water International, Journal of the International Water Resources Association. v 24, p182-188.
  • Barrett, K. R., R. Holowczak and F. J. Artigas. 1999. A database of environmental documents about an urban estuary, with a WWW-based, geographic interface. Proceedings, Symposium on Water Resources and the World Wide Web.  American Water Resources Association. CD-ROM publication.
  • Hey, D. L., K. R. Barrett and C. Biegan. 1994. The hydrology of four experimental constructed marshes. Ecological Engineering. v 3, pp 319-343.
  • Hey, D. L., A. Kenimer and K. R. Barrett. 1994. Water quality improvement by four experimental wetlands. Ecological Engineering. v 3, pp 381-397.

Book Chapters and Conference Proceedings Papers:

  • Bragin, A. B., J. Misuik, C. A. Woolcot, K. R. Barrett, R. Jusino-Atrensino. 2005. A Fishery Resource Inventory of the Lower Hackensack River within the Hackensack Meadowlands District: A Comparative Study, 2001-2003 vs. 1987-1988. New Jersey Meadowlands Commission. 200 pp.
  • Barrett, K. R., K. Reinhart and W. Goldsmith. 2003. Soil Bioengineering Stabilization of an Eroding Streambank along a Sanitary Landfill, Mill Creek, Cincinnati, Ohio. Proceedings, World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2003 and Related Symposia (P. Bizier and P. A. DeBarry, eds). Am. Soc. of Civil Engineers/Environmental and Water Resources Institute. CD-ROM publication.
  • Barrett, K. R. 2000. Urban stormwater management and nonpoint source pollution control. Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology (J. Lehr, ed.) McGraw-Hill. pp 9.42-76.
  • McBrien, M. A. and Barrett, K. R. 2000. Wetlands. Standard Handbook of Environmental Science, Health and Technology, J. Lehr, editor. McGraw-Hill. pp 19.20-19.47.
  • Barrett, K. R. 1998. Two-Dimensional Flow and Transport Modeling for Hydraulic Design and Analysis of Treatment Wetlands. Water Resources Engineering 98: Proceedings of the 1998 International Water Resources Engineering Conference (S. Abt, et al, editors), American Society of Civil Engineers. pp 520-525.
  • Barrett, K. R. and W. Goldsmith. 1998. Bioengineered wetlands and ponds in an existing stream channel for stormwater management and ecological enhancement. Engineering Approaches To Ecosystem Restoration: Proceedings of the 1998 Wetlands Engineering & River Restoration Conference (Donald F. Hayes, ed). ASCE. CD-ROM publication.
  • Goldsmith, W., K. R. Barrett, M. Larson and W. Lattrell. 1998. Stabilization and restoration of an urban incised channel: Design, construction and monitoring. Engineering Approaches To Ecosystem Restoration: Proceedings of the 1998 Wetlands Engineering & River Restoration Conference (Donald F. Hayes, ed). ASCE. CD-ROM publication.

Selected Abstracts and Presentations:

  • Invited seminar speaker at numerous universities including Princeton U., Columbia U., Drexel U., U Maryland-College Park, Rutgers University Cook College, Seton Hall U., New Jersey Inst. Tech.
  • Barrett, Kirk, Joshua Galster, and Seth Xeflide. 2009. Investigation of Trends in Baseflow and Flood Flows in New Jersey and Their Correlation with Imperviousness. 2009 World Environmental & Water Resources Congress. Environmental & Water Resources Institute.
  • Barrett, Kirk R., J. Galster and Seth Kwaku Xeflide. 2009. Does urbanization really reduce stream baseflow? An empirical analysis in New Jersey. Annual conference of the New Jersey American Water Works Association.
  • Barrett, K. R., J. Galster and E. Slaff. 2008. Is flooding getting worse in New Jersey? A empirical investigation of flood trends. Annual Conference of the New Jersey Floodplain Management Assoc.
  • Galster, J; Feng, H. and Barrett, KR. 2008. Identifying the source of excess fine-grained sediments in New Jersey rivers using radionuclides. Annual Meeting, Geological Society of American Northeastern Section.
  • Barrett, KR. 2008. Water quality in the Rahway River.  State of the Rahway River Conference.  Rahway River Association.  Kenilworth, NJ.
  • Barrett, Kirk R. and Seth Kwaku Xeflide. 2007. Trends in Stream Baseflow in NJ. Annual conference of the New Jersey American Water Works Association.
  • Barrett, Kirk. R., and M. A. McBrien. 2005. A Chemical and biotic assessment of a degraded brackish marsh in the Meadowlands of northeastern NJ. Abstracts, Annual Meeting of the Estuarine Research Federation, Norfolk, VA
  • Liu, L. and Kirk Barrett. 2004. Effects of Seasonal and Harmonic Variations on Hydraulic Behavior in a Tidal Marsh. World Water and Environmental Resources Congress 2004, Salt Lake City, Utah. American Society of Civil Engineers/Environmental and Water Resources Institute.
  • Konsevick, E., K. R. Barrett and C. C. Hobble. 2002. Effects of drought on water quality in the lower Hackensack River. Annual Conference of the American Water Resources Association. Philadelphia.
  • Barrett, Kirk. R., A. Mizra and R. Holowczak. 2002. An automated data validation and alert system for a continuous environmental monitoring system. National Water Quality Monitoring Conference. Madison, WI.
  • Barrett, Kirk. R. 2002. Flow and Transport Modeling for Hydraulic Design and Analysis of Treatment Wetlands. Abstracts, Annual Conference of the Society of Wetlands Scientists. Lake Placid, NY.
  • Barrett, Kirk. R. 2001. Using Technology to Teach Sustainability: Digital Meadowlands. Education for Sustainability. New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. Madison, New Jersey.
  • Barrett, Kirk. R. 2001. An On-Line, Continuous Monitoring System of Hydrology and Water Quality of an Urban Estuarine System. EMAP Symposium 2001. Pensacola, Florida.
  • Barrett, K. R. 2000. Adding value to continuous, WWW-based environmental monitoring data. Abstract, Proceedings, Annual Conference of the American Water Resources Association. Miami, FL.
  • Barrett, K. R. 2000. Towards Sustainable Transportation On And To College Campuses. New Jersey Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability. The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ.
  • Mitsch, W. J., R. H. Kadlec, D. L. Hey, K. R. Barrett and M. S. Fennessy. 1991. Chemical mass balances of constructed riverine wetlands: The role of hydrologic and seasonal conditions. Symposium on Biogeochemistry of Wetlands. Baton Rouge, LA.

Professional Project Reports:

  • Sediment and nutrient loading to Speedwell Lake, Morristown, NJ. 2007. Submitted to the Whippany River Watershed Action Committee.
  • Dry-weather pollution from storm drains into the Charles River, Milford, Massachusetts. The Bioengineering Group, Salem, MA. 1997. Collected dry-weather flow samples, which were analyzed for sewage indicators. Analyzed data, wrote report.
  • Lake and watershed management plan for Lake Quannapowitt. Co-authored with the Friends of Lake Quannapowitt. 1996. It is a heavily used, urban, eutrophic, recreational lake in Massachusetts. Collected and compiled data from bird, fish and vegetation surveys and water quality monitoring. Worked with citizens' advocacy group to develop and report goals and actions to address eutrophication, nuisance wildlife and a myriad of human uses in and near the lake, 1997.
  • Master plan for stormwater and wastewater management for Gaza City, Gaza. Metcalf and Eddy Inc. 1997. Technical writer, editor and reviewer, while stationed in Gaza for 2 months. Developed text, data tables and graphics and reviewed engineering calculations.

 

 

Honors & Awards

Active Grants and Contracts

  • Principal Investigator.   Development of a New, Effective and Low-cost Media for Sustainable Management of Polluted Road Stormwater in Highly Urbanized Areas.  University Transportation Research Center, Region 2. 2015-2016.  $80,000
  • Principal Investigator.  Monitoring Infiltration Capacity of Different Types of Permeable Pavement.  University Transportation Research Center, Region 2.  2014-2015.  $15,600.
  • Co-Principal Investigator.   A green technology for nutrient and metals reduction in NJ coastal waters.   NJ Sea Grant through subcontract with Montclair State University.  Total budget: $ 139,995   MC budget: $20,000.  2014-2016.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Green Infrastructure for Stormwater Management: Demonstration Project in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  NYC Department of Environmental Protection and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation  through subcontract with Regional Plan Association.  $64,100.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Gowanus Canal Sponge Park for Stormwater Management.  USEPA through subcontract with dland studio, LLC.   $27,000.

Completed Grants and Contracts

  • Principal Investigator.  Explore NJ:  Attracting Hispanic and African American High School Students to Geoenvironmental Science.  National Science Foundation.  2011-2014. $198,000.
  • Principal Investigator.  REU: Transdisciplinary Research on Forest Lakes.  National Science Foundation.  2010-2011.  $360,000 (total award)
  • Co-Investigator. The Availability and Bioaccumulation of Sedimentary 2,3,7,8-TCDD and other Persistent Organic Pollutants in the Lower Passaic River.  Hudson River Foundation through subcontract with University of Rhode Island.  2011-2013.  $ 208,692 (total award)
  • Co-Principal Investigator.    Does urbanization decrease baseflow? A historical, empirical analysis in the coastal states of Eastern United States.  US Geological Survey National Institute for Water Resources. 2009-2011. $82,489.
  • Co-Investigator.  Identifying the source of excess fine-grained sediments in New Jersey rivers using radionuclides. New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute. 2008-2009. $30,000.
  • Principal Investigator. Effects of Urbanization on Stream baseflow on Rural, Urbanizing Watershed: A historical empirical analysis in New Jersey.  US Dept. of Agriculture. 2005-2008. $47,000.
  • Principal Investigator.    Passaic River Educational Environmental Monitoring Organization. 2007-2009. USEPA. $39,888.
  • Principal Investigator.  Phosphorus and Sediment Investigations of Speedwell Lake, Morris County, NJ.  Whippany River Watershed Action Committee, through the NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection.  2006-2007.   $14,400.
  • Co- Principal Investigator.  Invasive Plant Species in wetlands along the Passaic River.  USEPA. 2006-2009.  $46,800
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Summer Program in Environmental Science and Computer technology for 7th and 8th graders from Newark. Victoria Foundation, Landsberger Foundation, BMW America, Port Authority of NY/NJ, TD Bank, Covanta.  ~$120,000. 2006-2011.
  • Co-Principal Investigator. Urban River Restoration: Confronting the Challenge of Multiple Objectives under Multiple Constraints.  Rutgers U. Undergraduate Research Fellows Program. 2001. $2000.
  • Principal Investigator. Applicability of TABS-MD for modeling flow and transport in treatment wetlands.  US Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station. 1992.  $2500.
Additional Honors, Awards and Grants
  • In 2010, named to the Standing Committee on Water Quality and Quantity, which is part of the NJDEP's Science Advisory Board. 
  • Infrastructure Fellowship. US Department of Education, 1989, 1990.
  • Walter P. Murphy Fellowship for Graduate Study in Environmental Engineering. Northwestern University, 1988.
  • Named “Man of the Year” by the South Orange (NJ) Lions Club, 2003 for efforts to rehabilitate the Rahway River corridor
  • 2006 Essex County Executive Volunteer Award, presented by Joseph N. DiVincezo, Jr., Essex County (NJ) Executive, April 19 2006

 

 

Other

Dissertation/Thesis Committee Memberships

  • Sarath Chandra Jagupilla, PhD, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stevens Institute, 2009: Computation of pathogen TMDL components using rigorous statistical methods
  • Nasser Mansoor, PhD, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, Rutgers Univ., 2006: High-resolution geophysical imaging of shallow-water wetlands: a novel application applied to Kearny freshwater marsh, New Jersey Meadowlands
  • Gina Mongiello, Masters, Student, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Studies, Montclair State U, 2008: Evaluation of the Passaic River Institute Environmental Education Summer Program
  • Steve Spero, Masters, Department of Mathematics, Montclair State U, 2010 (expected): A Time-Series Analysis of the New Jersey Meadowlands Atmospheric and Chemical Weather Data
  • Michael Hardy, PhD-Environmental Management. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, Montclair State U, in progress
  • Pravin Anraj Punamiya, PhD-Environmental Management. Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science, Montclair State U, in progress

Community Service

  • Member, Lower Passaic Community Advisory Committee, 2009-
  • Trustee, Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions, 2006-2009
  • Member and Vice Chair, Essex County (NJ) Environmental Commission, 2002-2006
  • Member (and former chair), Rahway River Greenway Committee, Town of South Orange, NJ 2003-

Courses Taught/Teaching

  • CEEN 303      Fluid Mechanics
  • CEEN 307      Hydraulic Design
  • ENGS 115      Introduction to Engineering
  • ENGS 116      Introduction to Engineering Computation
  • ENGS 204      Environmental Engineering Principles
  • CEEN501        Water Resources Engineering


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