Kenneth H. Reckhow

Kenneth H. Reckhow

Professor Emeritus of Water Resources

Kenneth H. Reckhow is a professor at Duke University with faculty appointments in the School of the Environment and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. From 1996 to 2004 he served, on a part-time basis, as Director of the University of North Carolina Water Resources Research Institute. He is a past president of the National Institutes for Water Resources, past President of the North American Lake Management Society, and past Chair of the North Carolina Sedimentation Control Commission. Dr. Reckhow served as Chair of National Academy of Sciences Panel on the USEPA Total Maximum Daily Load Program (2001), as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on USGS National Water Quality Assessment (2000-01), and as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Restoration of the Everglades Ecosystem (2003-05). He is currently Chair of the National Academy of Sciences Panel on the Evaluation of Chesapeake Bay Progress Implementation for Nutrient Reduction to Improve Water Quality (2009-2011). He has published two books and over 100 papers, principally on statistical and probabilistic water quality modeling, uncertainty and decision/risk analysis, and pollutant loading assessment. In addition, Dr. Reckhow has taught several short courses on water quality modeling and monitoring design, and he has written eight technical guidance manuals on water quality modeling. Dr. Reckhow’s recent and current research focuses on Bayesian network (influence diagram) modeling of environmental contaminants in aquatic ecosystems; his recent and current teaching covers water quality assessment/modeling and decision/risk analysis. He is now serving, or has previously served, on the editorial boards of Risk Analysis, Water Resources Research, Water Resources Bulletin, Lake and Reservoir Management, Journal of Environmental Statistics, and Urban Ecosystems. He received a B.S. in engineering physics from Cornell University in 1971 and a Ph.D. from Harvard University in environmental systems analysis in 1977.

In The News


Gronewold, Andrew D., Song S. Qian, Robert L. Wolpert, and Kenneth H. Reckhow. “Calibrating and validating bacterial water quality models: a Bayesian approach..” Water Research 43, no. 10 (June 2009): 2688–98.
Seo, D. I., E. Lee, C. Lee, and K. H. Reckhow. “Estimation of Margin of Safety for Korean TMDL Development.” Desalination and Water Treatment 2 (2009): 19–23.
Reckhow, K. H., S. S. Qian, and R. D. Harmel. “A Multilevel Model of the Impace of Farm-Level BMPs on Phosphorus Runoff.” Journal of the American Water Resources Association, no. 45 (2009): 369–77.
Kenny, M. A., G. B. Arhonditsis, L. C. Reiter, M. Barkley, and K. H. Reckhow. “Selection of Nutrient Criteria Variables using the Predictive Approach for the Kissimmee Chain-of-Lakes in Florida using Structural Equation Modeling.” Lake and Reservoir Management 25 (2009): 119–30.
Gronewold, A., K. Reckhow, and D. Vallero. “Improving Human and Ecological Exposure Assessments: A Bayesian Network Modeling Approach.” Epidemiology 19, no. 6, Suppl. S (November 2008): S228–29.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 899: Master's Project (ENVIRON 899: Master's Project)

Contact Information

Box 90328
Durham, NC 27708-0328
A 317A Lev Sci Res Ctr
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., Harvard University (1977)
M.S., Harvard University (1972)
B.S., Cornell University (1971)