Edward P. Glenn

Edward Glenn
Part-time Faculty, Emeritus Professor
Joint Appointment, Professor, Wildlife & Fisheries Science

University of Arizona, 1965-1966
B.A., Biology, University of Hawaii, 1969
M.S., Botanical Sciences, University of Hawaii, 1973
Ph.D., Botanical Sciences, University of Hawaii, 1978

Areas of Research Interest:

Evapotranspiration and ecohydrology of riparian vegetation; phytoremediation and revegetation; arid zone conservation & environmental biology; desert botany; wetland & aquatic plants; seaweed aquaculture; halophytes & salt tolerance mechanisms.

Examples of Recent Environmental Projects:

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (2007-2009): Water use and ecohydrological relations of saltcedar and native plants on the Lower Colorado River (with P. Nagler, USGS, PI).

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (2007-2009): Water use of shrubs and grasses irrigated with brine from a reverse osmosis plant in a desert irrigation district (with M. Yoklic, University of Arizona, PI).

U.S. Department of Energy UMTRA Program (1992-2009): Water use by grazed and ungrazed plants over a nitrate-contaminated plume at a former uranium mill site in the Great Basin Desert.

Restoration of abandoned agricultural land at Arizona Public Services’ Redhawk Electric Generating Facility: We used innovative land preparation and water harvesting techniques so that initial plantings would mature into a self-sustaining native desert community in the future.

Revegetation of mine tailings at Resolution Copper Company in Superior, Arizona: We designed and tested evapotranspiration (ET) caps that would support vegetation and prevent infiltration without the need for geotextiles or evaporation barriers between the tailings and the cap material.

Los Reales Landfill, City of Tucson: We designed and tested low-cost ET caps that meet EPA and ADEQ standards and are compatible with current landfill practices.

Revegetation and Phytoremediation of Boston Mill Site, San Pedro River: We developed methods to revegetate a historic mill site with riparian grasses and shrubs, including an innovative method for restoring giant sacaton grass to the site, a threatened species in Arizona riparian corridors.

Irrigation of Halophytes with Brine from Reverse Osmosis and Floride Removal Plants: We designed and built a halophyte planting to receive mildly saline brine from a Floride Removal Plant in Twentynine Palms, CA, and are conducting a demonstration project for disposal of brine from a CAP desalination plant in Marana, AZ.

Other projects include: Restoration Potential of the Colorado River Delta, Mexico (Funding sources: USFWS-National Wetlands Council); Vegetation Mapping of the Colorado River Delta (NASA); Water Budget for the Colorado River Delta (Environmental Defense Fund); Phytoremediation of Lead Contaminated Soils (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation); Seaweed Aquacutlure as a Community Enterprise on Molokai (NOAA, USDA-SBIR Phase II); Rapid Denitrification of Contaminated Soils (NSF-TRIF); Tree Rings to Detect Stress in Cottonwood and Willow (NSF-TRIF)l Water Use by Riparian Species, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation; Treatment and Disposal of Industrial Waste Water and Solids from Guayule Processing, Yulex Corp.

SWES 408/508 - Technical Writing for the Life Sciences
SWES 474/574 - Aquatic Plants and the Environment
SWES 475/575 - Freshwater and Marine Algae

Journal Articles


Title: Integrating remote sensing and ground methods to estimate evapotranspiration
Author(s): Glenn EP, Huete AR, Nagler PL, et al.
Source: CRITICAL REVIEWS IN PLANT SCIENCES Volume: 26 Issue: 3 Pages: 139-168 Published: 2007

Title: Bacterial community changes during plant establishment at the San Pedro River mine tailings site
Author(s): Rosario K, Iverson SL, Henderson DA, et al.
Source: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY Volume: 36 Issue: 5 Pages: 1249-1259 Published: SEP-OCT 2007

Title: Reconciling environmental and flood control goals on an arid-zone river: Case study of the Limitrophe Region of the Lower Colorado River in the United States and Mexico
Author(s): Glenn EP, Hucklebridge K, Hinojosa-Huerta O, et al.
Source: ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Volume: 41 Issue: 3 Pages: 322-335 Published: MAR 2008

Title: Relationship between remotely-sensed vegetation indices, canopy attributes and plant physiological processes: What vegetation indices can and cannot tell us about the landscape
Author(s): Glenn EP, Huete AR, Nagler PL, et al.
Source: SENSORS Volume: 8 Issue: 4 Pages: 2136-2160 Published: APR 2008

Title: Natural bioremediation of a nitrate-contaminated soil-and-aquifer system in a desert environment
Author(s): Jordan F, Waugh WJ, Glenn EP, et al.
Source: JOURNAL OF ARID ENVIRONMENTS Volume: 72 Issue: 5 Pages: 748-763 Published: MAY 2008

Title: Wide-area estimates of stand structure and water use of Tamarix spp. on the Lower Colorado River: Implications for restoration and water management projects
Author(s): Nagler PL, Glenn EP, Didan K, et al.
Source: RESTORATION ECOLOGY Volume: 16 Issue: 1 Pages: 136-145 Published: MAR 2008

Title: Detecting date palm trees health and vegetation greenness change on the eastern coast of the United Arab Emirates using SAVI
Author(s): Alhammadi MS, Glenn EP
Source: INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF REMOTE SENSING Volume: 29 Issue: 6 Pages: 1745-1765 Published: 2008

Title: The effect of wetland vegetation on the survival of Escherichia coli, Salmonella typhimurium, bacteriophage MS-2 and polio virus
Author(s): Karim MR, Glenn EP, Gerba CP
Source: JOURNAL OF WATER AND HEALTH Volume: 6 Issue: 2 Pages: 167-175 Published: JUN 2008

Title: Riparian vegetation dynamics and evapotranspiration in the riparian corridor in the delta of the Colorado River, Mexico
Author(s): Nagler PL, Glenn EP, Hinojosa-Huerta O, et al.
Source: JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT Volume: 88 Issue: 4 Pages: 864-874 Published: SEP 2008