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Holly Peterson, Ph.D, EIT

Holly Peterson was working with monkeys and trolls near Oslo, Norway, when she received an offer to return to Butte to teach at Montana Tech.  It was an easy decision—Ja! Or in English instead of Norwegian—Yes!  She missed the beauty of Montana; the environmental engineering program at Montana Tech was growing by leaps and bounds; and she had developed new research interests that could benefit the department and the campus.  To date, Holly still appreciates the small-college atmosphere of Montana Tech where faculty develop personal interests in the academic and career accomplishments of every student, and she savors the opportunity to work with students that have heart-felt desires to understand, solve, and prevent environmental problems throughout the world.

Education

Ph.D. Civil Engineering—Washington State University Pullman, WA, December 1989

M.S. Engineering Science—Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology Butte, MT, May 1984.

B.S. Environmental Engineering—Montana College of Mineral Science and Technology Butte, MT, May 1982.

Positions Held

  • Professor 1999—present

  • Associate Professor 1994—1999

  • Assistant Professor 1990—1994

Honors/Awards

Montana Academy of Sciences Mershon Outstanding Montana Tech Alumni Recognition Award 1998.

Carnegie Foundation Montana Professor of the Year 1996.

Coeur d'Alene Mines Corp. Faculty Achievement Award 1995.

Burlington Res. Foundation Faculty Achievement Award 1993.

Washington State University Outstanding Women Graduate Student Honor 1989.

Engineer-In-Training Certification 1982.

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1982.

Courses Taught

Air Diffusion Modeling – ENVE 3130
Advanced Air Diffusion Modeling – ENVE 5630
Environmental Software—ENVE 1060
Air Diffusion Modeling – ENVE 3130
Risk Analysis—ENVE 4210
Advanced Air Diffusion Modeling – ENVE 5630

 

Research

“Domestic Dogs as Biosamplers for Studying Contamination in Residential Areas and Efficacy of Remediation,” PI: Holly Peterson, date: 2005-2006, amount: $60,000, funding agency: Mine Waste Technology Program.

“CALPUFF Modeling of Copper Smelter Emissions,” PI: Holly Peterson, date: 2004-2005, amount: $60,000, funding agency: Mine Waste Technology Program.

“Domestic Dogs as Biosamplers for Studying Contamination in Residential Areas and Efficacy of Remediation,” PI: Holly Peterson, date: 2005-2006, amount: $60,000, funding agency: Mine Waste Technology Program.

“CALPUFF Modeling of Copper Smelter Emissions,” PI: Holly Peterson, date: 2004-2005, amount: $60,000, funding agency: Mine Waste Technology Program.

"Dispersion of Pheromones, Pesticides, and Smoke in the Atmosphere", PI: Holly Peterson, proposed date: 2000-2003, amount: $105,000, funding agency: U.S. department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Missoula Technology and Development Center.

"An Acoustic Sounder for Characterizing the Atmospheric Surface Layer during Diffusion Experiments", PI: Holly Peterson, proposed date: 1998-2001, proposed amount: $72,919, funding agency: Department of the Army, Army research Office, DURIP Program.

"An Investigation of Plume Behavior on Engagement Scales in the Stable Atmospheric Boundary Layer", PI: Holly Peterson, proposed date: 1998-2001, proposed amount: $391,888, funding agency: Department of the Army, Army research Office, DEPSCoR Program.

"Air Pollutant Concentrations in the Vicinity of Buildings: Model Development and Evaluation", PI: Holly Peterson, proposed date: 1997-1999, proposed amount: $389,304, funding agency: "Development and Testing of a Model for Instantaneous Plume Dispersion and Concentration Fluctuations", PI: Holly Peterson, date: 1995-1998, amount: $55,000, funding agency: Department of the Army, Army Research Office, AASERT Program.

"A New Lagrangian Approach to Studying Instantaneous Plume Dispersion and Concentration Fluctuations", PI: Holly Peterson, date: 1994-1997, amount: $275,000, funding agency: Department of the Army, Army Research Office, DEPSCoR Program.

"The Development of a New Experimental Technique for Measuring the Lagrangian Travel Times of Dispersing Tracer Plumes", PI: Holly Peterson, date: 1994-1995, amount: $61,776, funding.

"Development of a SF6 Tracer Laboratory at Montana Tech", PI: Holly Peterson, date: 1992-1994, amount: $66,276, funding agency: National Science Foundation Instrumentation and Laboratory Improvement (ILI) Program.

"An Investigation of Plume Concentration and Velocity Fluctuations in Stable and Convective Conditions", PIs: Holly Peterson and Brian Lamb (WSU), date: 1992-1993, amount: $90,396, funding agency: United States Environmental Protection Agency.

"An Investigation of Instantaneous Dispersion and Plume Concentrations in Stable Conditions", PI: Holly Peterson, date: 1992-1993, amount: $12,561, funding agency: Montana EPSCoR Program.

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Peterson, H. and M. Madden (2006) “Development of a New Biomonitoring Technique Using Domestic Pets as Sentinel Species,” Journal of Intermountain Sciences, submitted.

Strand, T., Lamb, B., Allwine, G., Peterson, H., and H. Thistle (2005) “Development and Evaluation of a Simple Dispersion Model for Simulation of Insect Pheromone Dispersion within Forest Canopies,” Forest Science, submitted.

Peterson, H., Smith, T., Thistle, H., and B. Lamb (2004) “A Tracer Investigation of Pheromone Dispersion in a Lodgepole Pine Forest Canopy,” Journal of Intermountain Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 1-4: 8-19.

Thistle, H., Peterson, H., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Strand, T., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2004) “Surrogate Pheromone Plumes in Three Forest Trunk Spaces: Composite Statistics and Case Studies”, Forest Science, Vol. 50, Number 55: 610-625.

Peterson, H., Donovan, T., O’Neill, S., and B. Lamb (2003) “Peak Concentrations and Plume Diffusion in the Atmospheric Surface Layer”, Journal of Intermountain Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 2/3: 87-100.

Peterson, H. and M. Madden (2006) “Development of a New Biomonitoring Technique Using Domestic Pets as Sentinel Species,” Journal of Intermountain Sciences, submitted.

Strand, T., Lamb, B., Allwine, G., Peterson, H., and H. Thistle (2005) “Development and Evaluation of a Simple Dispersion Model for Simulation of Insect Pheromone Dispersion within Forest Canopies,” Forest Science, submitted.

Peterson, H., Smith, T., Thistle, H., and B. Lamb (2004) “A Tracer Investigation of Pheromone Dispersion in a Lodgepole Pine Forest Canopy,” Journal of Intermountain Sciences, Vol. 10, No. 1-4: 8-19.

Thistle, H., Peterson, H., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Strand, T., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2004) “Surrogate Pheromone Plumes in Three Forest Trunk Spaces: Composite Statistics and Case Studies”, Forest Science, Vol. 50, Number 55: 610-625.

Peterson, H., Donovan, T., O’Neill, S., and B. Lamb (2003) “Peak Concentrations and Plume Diffusion in the Atmospheric Surface Layer”, Journal of Intermountain Sciences, Vol. 9, No. 2/3: 87-100.

Peterson, H., T. Donovan, S. O’Neill, and B. Lamb (2000) "Concentration Fluctuations and Short-term Peaks for Plumes in the Surface Layer", Journal of Applied Meteorology, submitted.

Peterson, H., D. Mazzolini, S. O’Neill, and B. Lamb (1999) "Instantaneous Spread of Plumes in the Surface Layer", Journal of Applied Meteorology, 38, 343-352.

Peterson, H. (1997) "A Tracer Laboratory for Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Programs," Preprints of the ASEE 1997 Annual Conference, American Society of Engineering Education, June 15-18, 1997.

Peterson, H., and B. Lamb (1995) "An Investigation of Instantaneous Diffusion and Concentration Fluctuations", Journal of Applied Meteorology, 34, 2724-2746.

Peterson, H. and B. Lamb (1992) "Comparison of Results from a Meandering Plume Model with Measured Atmospheric Tracer Concentration Fluctuations," Journal of Applied Meteorology, 31, 553-564.

 

Published Books:

Contributing Author to: Ganesan, K., Louis, T., and R. Dupont (1996) Air Toxics - Problems and Solutions, Gordon Breach Publishers, The Netherlands, ISBN 90-5699-503-0.

 

Published Extended Abstracts:

Smith, T., Peterson, H., Thorpe, K., Tcheslavskaia, K., Thistle, H., Strand, T., and B. Lamb (2004) “Diffusion of Insect Pheromones in a Forest Canopy: Co-Located Tracer/Electroantennogram Experiments,” American Society for Agricultural Engineers Annual International Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Thistle, H., Strand, T., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Peterson, H., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2003) “Pheromone Plume Wander in Three Forest Canopy Trunk Spaces”, International Plant Protection Congress, Beijing, China.

Thistle, H., Strand, T., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Peterson, H., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2002) “Mass Balance of Pheromone Surrogate Plumes in the Canopy Trunk Space Dispersion”, American Society for Agricultural Engineers Annual International Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Thistle, H., Strand, T., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Peterson, H., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2002) “Pheromone Dispersion within a Forest Canopy”, extended abstract for Proceedings of Spray Efficacy Research Group, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Smith, T., Peterson, H., Thorpe, K., Tcheslavskaia, K., Thistle, H., Strand, T., and B. Lamb (2004) “Diffusion of Insect Pheromones in a Forest Canopy: Co-Located Tracer/Electroantennogram Experiments,” American Society for Agricultural Engineers Annual International Meeting, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Thistle, H., Strand, T., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Peterson, H., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2003) “Pheromone Plume Wander in Three Forest Canopy Trunk Spaces”, International Plant Protection Congress, Beijing, China.

Thistle, H., Strand, T., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Peterson, H., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2002) “Mass Balance of Pheromone Surrogate Plumes in the Canopy Trunk Space Dispersion”, American Society for Agricultural Engineers Annual International Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Thistle, H., Strand, T., Allwine, G., Lamb, B., Peterson, H., Holsten, E., and P. Shea (2002) “Pheromone Dispersion within a Forest Canopy”, extended abstract for Proceedings of Spray Efficacy Research Group, Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Peterson, H., M. Dunleavy, and B. Lamb (2000) "A Tracer Investigation of Air Pollutants in the Vicinity of an Isolated Building", International Symposium on Measurement of Toxic and Related Air Pollutants, Air and Waste Management Association, RTP, North Carolina.

Dunleavy, M., H. Peterson, and B. Lamb (2000) "Concentration Fluctuations and Plume Dispersion in the Vicinity of an Isolated Building", Eleventh Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the AWMA, American Meteorological Society, 313-316.

Avise, J., H. Peterson, and B. Lamb (2000) "Concentration Fluctuations and Plume Dispersion within 100 m of an Isolated Source during Stable Conditions", Eleventh Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the AWMA, American Meteorological Society, 309-312.

Peterson, H., O’Neill, S., and B. Lamb (1997) "A Simple Approach for Estimating Short-term Peak Concentrations with Time-averaged Models", Preprints of the 12TH Symposium on Boundary Layers & Turbulence,

Mazzone, C., and H. Peterson (1997) "An Investigation of Probability Distributions for Concentration Fluctuation Data", Preprints of the 12TH Symposium on Boundary Layers & Turbulence, American Meteorological Society, 122-123.

Donovan, T., and H. Peterson (1997) "Comparison of Measured Concentration Fluctuations to Data from a Meandering Diffusion Model", Preprints of the 12TH Symposium on Boundary Layers & Turbulence, American Meteorological Society, 120-121.

Peterson, H., and B. Lamb (1996) "A Tracer Approach to Investigating Instantaneous Plume Diffusion and Turbulence" Ninth Joint Conference on the Applications of Air Pollution Meteorology with the AWMA, American Meteorological Society, 37-40.

Peterson, H., Ballard, P, and B. Lamb (1995) "A Lagrangian Approach to Studying Instantaneous Plume Dispersion and Concentration Fluctuations" Eleventh Symposium on Boundary Layers and Turbulence, American Meteorological Society, 140-143.

 

Scientific and Professional Societies

Society of Woman Engineers
American Meteorological Society
American Society for Engineering Education
Montana Academy of Sciences
Society of Women Engineers

 

Experience

Member, Butte Silver Bow County Board of Health, Butte, MT.

 

Founder, Auditor Foundation, Inc., Butte, MT.

Peer Reviewer for the Journal of Applied Meteorology, The Bulletin of the AMS, Intermountain Journal of Science, and Atmospheric Environment.

Asso. Editor, Intermountain Journal of Sciences

Board Member-at-Large, Montana Academy of Sciences, 2001-2003.

National Science Foundation Reviewer 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997.

Environmental Protection Agency Reviewer 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999.

Department of Energy Reviewer 1994, 1999.