Faculty and Staff


UNHSC Tom Ballestero

Thomas P. Ballestero, P.E., Ph.D.
238 Gregg Hall
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1405


Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at UNH
Member of the Environmental Research Group
Water Resource Engineering and Hydrology
UNH Stormwater Center Principal Investigator
UNH Coastal Habitat Research Team

Tom Ballestero is a hydrologist and water resources engineer.  He is an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of New Hampshire. His experience with surface water runoff extends back to 1976 when he co-taught short courses on modeling techniques.  His research focus is the restoration of impaired aquatic systems via hydrologic (for example instream flows) or physical measures, for example stream restoration or constructing living shorelines.  Dr. Ballestero teaches advanced courses on: stormwater systems, stream restoration, sediment transport, open channel flow, engineering hydrology, and hydrologic monitoring. Dr. Ballestero is the former Director of the New Hampshire Water Resources Research Center, and is presently a commissioner for the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.  Dr. Ballestero holds professional licensure as a:  Professional Engineer, Professional Hydrologist, Professional Geologist, and Groundwater Professional.

UNHSC James Houle

James Houle, Ph.D., CPSWQ, CPESC

244 Gregg Hall
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1445

UNH Stormwater Center Director


James Houle is the Director for the Stormwater Center. His responsibilities include directing and managing the Stormwater Center's growing body of research projects.  Areas of expertise include diffusion of innovative stormwater management solutions, the design and implementation of innovative stormwater control measures including green infrastructure (GI), and low impact development (LID) strategies, planning and implementation, operation and maintenance, and water resource monitoring.

Dr. Houle holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and has over twenty years of experience with water quality related issues in New England and is a certified professional in storm water quality (CPSWQ) and a certified professional in erosion and sediment control (CPESC).

UNHSC Alison Watts

Alison Watts, Ph.D.
222 Gregg Hall
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-0585

Affiliate Faculty


Alison Watts is an Assistant Research Professor in the UNH Department of Civil Engineering. Her research includes a study of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) transport from seal coated surfaces, research on the movement and transformation of PAHs in wetlands; nutrient removal mechanisms; statistical analysis of hydrologic data; ecological assessment of stormwater wetlands, and the use of stormwater wetlands to treat deicing runoff from airports. Dr. Watts has experience in groundwater studies, and wetlands mapping, as well as course work in hydrology, wetlands ecology, environmental microbiology, and geostatistics. She is involved in natural resource and wetlands conservation in her local community, and is a member of the Newfields Conservation Commission. Dr. Watts is a NH Professional Geologist, and has over ten years of experience as a consultant in contaminant investigations, site assessment and remediation. She has an MS in Geology, and a PhD in Civil Engineering/Water Resources.


UNHSC Daniel Macadam

Daniel Macadam, Ph.D. Candidate
242 Gregg Hall
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-4024


Research Engineer

Daniel Macadam is a Research Engineer for the Stormwater Center. His work involves planning, implementation, and performance monitoring of stormwater Best Management Practices (BMP). This can include site surveying and analysis, BMP design, experimental data collection and analysis, and assessment of BMP performance. He has experience in geospatial analysis, hydrologic and hydraulic modeling, and numerical programming. Daniel has an M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering and researched with the Stormwater Center investigating the effects of lateral, sidewall exfiltration on the water budget of a bioretention filter.

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John Nader

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Joe Dintino

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Elizabeth Buschert