Kevin Gardner

Vice Provost for Research
Phone: (603) 862-4334
Office: Environmental Research Group, Gregg Hall Rm 336, Durham, NH 03824
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Kevin Gardner is VIce Provost for Research at UNH, and is responsible for the overall research at UNH, a Carnegie Research Very High, Land, Sea, and Space Grant Institution. He has focused on building research capacity and external partnerships, developing centers and institutes, advancing core instrumentation and computing facilities, and providing support and professional development for research faculty and postdocs.

His research has focused on the very broad idea of mitigating human impact on the environment, which includes mitigating our impact on our own society. In recent years much of this work has been in the field of sustainability science and engineering, working with colleagues across a broad disciplinary spectrum to approach wicked social-ecological-technological problems. Over the years Kevin has worked extensively in remediating sediments contaminated with metals and non polar organic compounds and on the leaching of metals and elements from industrial byproducts and wastes such as coal ash, solid waste incinerator ash, slags, and treated soils.


  • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University
  • M.S., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Clarkson University
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Union College

Research Interests

  • Environmental Engineering
  • Sustainability

Courses Taught

  • CEE 705: Intro Sustainable Engineering
  • CEE 723: Environmental Water Chemistry
  • CEE 795: Independent Study
  • CEE 799: Senior Honors Thesis
  • CIE 788: Project Planning and Design
  • CIE 851: Intro Sustainable Engineering
  • CIE 888: Master's Project Paper
  • CIE 895: Independent Study
  • CIE 896: Learning from Dams

Selected Publications

Cheney, D., Logan, J. M., Gardner, K., Sly, E., Wysor, B., & Greenwood, S. (2019). Bioaccumulation of PCBs by a seaweed bloom (Ulva rigida) and transfer to higher trophic levels in an estuarine food web. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 611, 75-93. doi:10.3354/meps12840

Roy, S. G., Uchida, E., de Souza, S. P., Blachly, B., Fox, E., Gardner, K., . . . Hart, D. (2018). A multiscale approach to balance trade-offs among dam infrastructure, river restoration, and cost. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 115(47), 12069-12074. doi:10.1073/pnas.1807437115

Song, C., Gardner, K. H., Klein, S. J. W., Souza, S. P., & Mo, W. (2018). Cradle-to-grave greenhouse gas emissions from dams in the United States of America. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 90, 945-956. doi:10.1016/j.rser.2018.04.014

Stang, S., Wang, H., Gardner, K. H., & Mo, W. (2018). Influences of water quality and climate on the water-energy nexus: A spatial comparison of two water systems. Journal of Environmental Management, 218, 613-621. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2018.04.095

Clausen, J. L., Georgian, T., Gardner, K. H., & Douglas, T. A. (2018). Optimization of Field and Laboratory Sample Processing for Characterization of Metallic Residues at Military Training Ranges. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 100(5), 603-608. doi:10.1007/s00128-018-2311-y

Rogers, S. H., Halstead, J. M., Gardner, K. H., & Carlson, C. H. (2011). Examining Walkability and Social Capital as Indicators of Quality of Life at the Municipal and Neighborhood Scales. Applied Research in Quality of Life, 6(2), 201-213. doi:10.1007/s11482-010-9132-4

Watts, A. W., Ballestero, T. P., & Gardner, K. H. (2006). Uptake of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in salt marsh plants Spartina alterniflora grown in contaminated sediments. Chemosphere, 62(8), 1253-1260. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2005.07.006

Linkov, I., Satterstrom, F. K., Kiker, G., Seager, T. P., Bridges, T., Gardner, K. H., . . . Meyer, A. (2006). Multicriteria Decision Analysis: A Comprehensive Decision Approach for Management of Contaminated Sediments. Risk Analysis, 26(1), 61-78. doi:10.1111/j.1539-6924.2006.00713.x

Chakraborti, R. K., Gardner, K. H., Atkinson, J. F., & Van Benschoten, J. E. (2003). Changes in fractal dimension during aggregation. Water Research, 37(4), 873-883. doi:10.1016/s0043-1354(02)00379-2

Theis, T. L., & Gardner, K. H. (1990). Environmental assessment of ash disposal. Critical Reviews in Environmental Control, 20(1), 21-42. doi:10.1080/10643389009388388

Most Cited Publications