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Corey D. Markfort

Corey Markfort College of Engineering


Assistant Professor
Civil and Environmental Engineering                                             and Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Research Engineer
IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering

323E Stanley Hydraulics Laboratory
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242

Email: corey-markfort (at)
Office: (319) 335-6168




  • Ph.D. 2013, Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. 2005,  Civil Engineering, University of Minnesota
  • B.S. 2003,  Civil Engineering, University of Evansville


Fellowships and Awards

  • Old Gold Early Faculty Fellowship, University of Iowa
  • NASA—Earth and Space Science Fellowship
  • NSF—Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship – IGERT Fellowship
  • Alvin G. Anderson Award, for academic achievement in hydraulic engineering and water resources, University of Minnesota
  • Frank and Julie Tsai Award, St. Anthony Falls Laboratory
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award: Atmospheric Sciences Section, AGU Fall Meeting
  • Outstanding Student Paper Award: Hydrology Section, AGU Fall Meeting
  • IGERT Supplemental Research Grant
  • Graduate Assistantship in Areas of National Need—GAANN Fellowship

Bio Sketch

Corey Markfort is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and Faculty Research Engineer at IIHR—Hydroscience & Engineering at the University of Iowa. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher in the Wind Engineering and Renewable Energy (WiRE) Laboratory at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland and was research associate in the St. Anthony Falls Laboratory (SAFL) at the University of Minnesota. He received a BS (2003) in Civil Engineering from the University of Evansville in Indiana. He then moved to the University of Minnesota, where he completed an MS (2005) in Civil Engineering, focusing on water-quality measurement and control. Next, he worked for three years as a consultant, where he specialized in environmental engineering, urban watershed management, lake ecosystem management, and stream restoration design. He returned to SAFL in 2008 to pursue a PhD (2013) focusing on various environmental fluid mechanics problems, specifically land-lake-atmosphere interactions, the atmospheric boundary layer, and wind energy. During the first two years, he was a fellow in an interdisciplinary NSF IGERT program, non-equilibrium dynamics across space and time. He was subsequently awarded a NASA Earth and Space Science fellowship to investigate the effects of deforestation on biosphere-hydrosphere-atmosphere interactions in the Amazon rainforest, the interactions between wind farms and the atmospheric boundary layer, and the wind sheltering of small lakes by forests and complex terrain.

Research Interests

  • Earth systems dynamics and change
  • Environmental fluid mechanics
  • Turbulence
  • Atmospheric boundary layer
  • Renewable energy and wind engineering
  • Biosphere-atmosphere exchange
  • Physical Limnology
  • Water resources engineering
  • Hydrology


Last modified on September 3rd, 2020
Posted on September 25th, 2014