University of Delaware
Asia Dowtin is a doctoral candidate in the University of Delaware department of geography, where she is a member of the ecohydrology group. Her dissertation research employs the use of both field and laboratory-based techniques in forest hydrology and biogeochemistry to investigate the role urban trees play in cycling water and solutes through remnant metropolitan forest fragments. Based in the Wilmington region in Delaware, her work specifically investigates how the physical characteristics (i.e., shape, size, structure, location) of these fragments help determine how precipitation, nutrients, and pollutants are both captured by and distributed within urban wooded ecosystems via throughfall and stemflow. An important goal of her research is to develop an improved means by which the hydrologic and hydrochemical ecosystem services (i.e., mitigation of local flood risks) provided by urban forest fragments can be quantified and subsequently utilized in strategically planning for the maintenance, conservation, and expansion of urban forest cover. Significant support for this research has been provided by a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Award.
Dowtin received a master's degree in geography with a climatology concentration from the University of Delaware and a bachelor's degree in meteorology with a minor in mathematics from the State University of New York College at Oneonta. In addition to her doctoral work, her broader research interests include regional scale trends in both hydroclimate and water resource management decision making processes.