Chris Cianfrani

Chris CianfraniI am an Associate Professor of Hydrology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. My research and teaching lie at the intersection of environmental engineering, water resource management, and ecology. Specific research areas include stream restoration, watershed assessment, and sustainable water use with projects located primarily in the Northeastern United States. I recently have begun work designing a new program with students 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. Additionally, I co-direct the Collaborative Modeling Center at Hampshire College which supports a community dedicated to multi-disciplinary scientific research and innovative educational practices.

Areas of Interest

  • Water Resources
  • Ecological Engineering
  • Fluvial Geomorphology
  • Stream Restoration


  • PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Vermont, 2005
  • MES Environmental Science, 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