Chris Cianfrani (pronounced: kris chun-frahn-ee)

I am Director of the Teaching and Learning Initiative and Professor of Hydrology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. My teaching and research lie at the intersection of education, environmental engineering, water resource management, and ecology. Specific research areas include student-centered and student-driven innovative educational models, sustainable water use, stream restoration, and watershed management with research projects located primarily in the Northeastern United States. Currently, I work with students at Hampshire College to analyze the effectiveness of a greywater reuse/recycling system in the newly constructed R.W. Kern Center, certified as a “Living Building” in the spring of 2018. This project seeks to understand the relationships between the living and built environment and to increase awareness of the ways in which we consume and dispose of resources.

Areas of Interest

  • Sustainable Water Use
  • Ecological Engineering
  • STEM Education


  • PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont, 2005
  • MES Environmental Studies, Yale School of Forestry, 1996
  • BS Environmental Systems, University of Pennsylvania, 1993


Contact Information

School of Natural Science
893 West Street
Amherst, MA 01002
Phone: 413-559-6048