Derek Heeren, Ph.D., P.E.
241 L.W. Chase Hall
Lincoln: East Campus
Personal Links:• CurriculumVitae.pdf
• Heeren Research Website
• Water for Food Global Institute
Professional Memberships:• American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE)
• Soil Science Society of America
• Nebraska Section of the ASABE
Water for Food Global Institute Faculty Fellow
- Ph.D., Biosystems Engineering, Oklahoma State University, 2012
- M.S., Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University, 2008
- B.S., Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University, 2004
- Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Oklahoma
- 58% Research
- 40% Teaching
- 2% Service
Areas of Research and Professional Interest
- Double degree program (M.S.) with the Water for Food Global Institute (WFI) and the IHE Delft Institute for Water Education, Delft, the Netherlands: Advanced Water Management for Food Production
- Research partnership with the Water for Food Global Institute (WFI) and the Indian Agricultural Research Institute, Delhi, India: Improving Water Management, Agricultural Production and Food Security in Drought-Prone Areas
Fountain Wars Student Club
- National competition: Placed 2nd (2017), 1st (2016), 2nd (2015), and 1st (2014)
- UNL Fountain Wars Website
- Videos and pictures
Aug 11, 2016: BSE harvests bumper crop of awards at ASABE conference
Sep 08, 2015: Fountain Wars team building momentum for future
- MSYM 452/852 Irrigation Systems Management (fall semesters)
- AGEN/MSYM 854 Irrigation Laboratory and Field Course (summer of even years)
- MSYM 855 Advanced Irrigation Management (spring of odd years)
- AGEN/BSEN 957 Modeling Vadose Zone Hydrology (spring of even years)
- MSYM 462 Equipment Systems (spring semesters)
About Derek Heeren
The overarching objective of Derek's research program is to enhance and improve both the sustainability of water resources (water quantity and water quality) and the profitability of agricultural production in Nebraska and the Great Plains. The objective of his teaching program is to prepare students to be wise managers of irrigation, water resources, and agricultural systems. Derek obtained his doctorate while working as a Research Engineer in the Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department at Oklahoma State University. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agricultural and biosystems engineering from South Dakota State University. Before graduate school, Derek spent two years working at a geotechnical engineering firm in the St. Louis, Missouri, area. Derek grew up in southeastern South Dakota on a farm that included corn, soybean, alfalfa, dairy, and beef production. During high school he developed an interest in conserving natural resources while participating in FFA land judging and natural resources competitions.
Honors and Awards
- Distinguished Alumnus Award. 2017. Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, South Dakota State University.
- Honoree, recognized for performing highly impactful research. 2017. UNL College of Engineering.
- ASABE Superior Paper Award. 2016. For the refereed journal article: Heeren, D. M., G. A. Fox, and D. E. Storm. 2015. Heterogeneity of infiltration rates in alluvial floodplains as measured with a berm infiltration technique. Transactions of the ASABE 58(3): 733-745.
- New Faces of Engineering recognition by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. 2012.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) STAR Graduate Fellowship. 2011-2012.
Refereed Journal Articles (since 2014):
- Freiberger, R. P., D. M. Heeren, D. E. Eisenhauer, A. R. Mittelstet, and G. A. Baigorria. 2018. Tradeoffs in model performance and model effort for long-term phosphorus leaching based on in-situ field data. Vadose Zone Journal (in press).
- Barker, J. B., D. M. Heeren, C. M. U. Neale, and D. R. Rudnick. 2018. Evaluation of variable rate irrigation using a remote-sensing-based model. Agricultural Water Management 203: 63-74, doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2018.02.022.
- Barker, J. B., C. M. U. Neale, D. M. Heeren, and A. E. Suyker. 2018. Evaluation of a hybrid reflectance-based crop coefficient and energy balance evapotranspiration model for irrigation management. Transactions of the ASABE 61(2): 533-548, doi: 10.13031/trans.12311.
- Miller, K. A., J. D. Luck, D. M. Heeren, T. Lo, D. L. Martin, and J. B. Barker. 2018. A geospatial variable rate irrigation control scenario evaluation methodology based on mining root zone available water capacity. Precision Agriculture, doi: 10.1007/s11119-017-9548-z.
- Barker, J. B., T. E. Franz, D. M. Heeren, C. M. U. Neale, and J. D. Luck. 2017. Soil water content monitoring for irrigation management: A geostatistical analysis. Agricultural Water Management 188: 36-49, doi: 10.1016/j.agwat.2017.03.024.
- Lo, T., D. M. Heeren, L. Mateos, J. D. Luck, D. L. Martin, K. A. Miller, J. B. Barker, and T. M. Shaver. 2017. Field characterization of field capacity and root zone available water capacity for variable rate irrigation. Applied Engineering in Agriculture 33(4): 559-572, doi: 10.13031/aea.11963.
- Heeren, D. M., G. A. Fox, C. J. Penn, T. Halihan, D. E. Storm, and B. E. Haggard. 2017. Impact of macropores and gravel outcrops on phosphorus leaching at the plot scale in silt loam soils. Transactions of the ASABE 60(3): 823-835, doi: 10.13031/trans.12015.
- Lo, T., D. M. Heeren, D. L. Martin, L. Mateos, J. D. Luck, and D. E. Eisenhauer. 2016. Pumpage reduction by using variable rate irrigation to mine undepleted soil water. Transactions of the ASABE 59(5): 1285-1298, doi: 10.13031/trans.59.11773.
- Miller, R. B., D. M. Heeren, G. A. Fox, T. Halihan, and D. E. Storm. 2016. Heterogeneity influences on stream water-groundwater interactions in a gravel-dominated floodplain. Hydrological Sciences Journal, doi: 10.1080/02626667.2014.992790.
- Heeren, D. M., G. A. Fox, and D. E. Storm. 2015. Heterogeneity of infiltration rates in alluvial floodplains as measured with a berm infiltration technique. Transactions of the ASABE 58(3): 733-745, doi: 10.13031/trans.58.11056.
- Miller, R. B., D. M. Heeren, G. A. Fox, T. Halihan, D. E. Storm, and A. R. Mittelstet. 2014. The hydraulic conductivity structure of gravel-dominated vadose zones within alluvial floodplains. Journal of Hydrology 513: 229-240, doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.03.046.
- Heeren, D. M., G. A. Fox, and D. E. Storm. 2014. Technical note: Berm method for quantification of infiltration at the plot scale in high conductivity soils. Journal of Hydrologic Engineering 19(2): 457-461, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000802.
- Penn, C. J., D. M. Heeren, G. A. Fox, and A. Kumar. 2014. Application of isothermal calorimetry to the study of phosphorus sorption onto soils in a flow-through system. Soil Science Society of America Journal 78(1): 147-156, doi: 10.2136/sssaj2013.06.0239.
- Heeren, D. M., G. A. Fox, A. K. Fox, D. E. Storm, R. B. Miller, and A. R. Mittelstet. 2014. Divergence and flow direction as indicators of subsurface heterogeneity and stage-dependent storage in alluvial floodplains. Hydrological Processes 28(3): 1307-1317, doi: 10.1002/hyp.9674.