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Jane Frankenberger

Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Environmental and Ecological Engineering
(765) 494-1194


  • Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Cornell University, 1996
  • M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Minnesota, 1984
  • B.A., Physics and Religion, St. Olaf College, Minnesota. 1979

Research Summary

Dr. Frankenberger's research and extension goal is to advance tools for effective watershed management, reduce nutrient and pesticide losses to surface and ground water, and protect drinking water. Her research focuses on watershed modeling, agricultural drainage management, and water quality impacts of agricultural conservation practices. She recently developed a GIS-based model of the variable source area runoff-generating process responsible for transport of pollutants such as pathogens and pesticides transported primarily by surface runoff.

Selected Publications

  • Sui, Y. and J.R. Frankenberger, 2008. Nitrate loss from subsurface drains in an agricultural watershed using SWAT 2005. Trans. Am. Soc. Agric. Biol. Eng 51(4): 1263-1272.
  • Ale, S., L.C. Bowling, J.R. Frankenberger, S.M. Brouder, and E.J. Kladivko, 2010. Climate Variability and Drain Spacing Influence on Drainage Water Management System Operation. Vadose Zone Journal. doi:10.2136/vzj2008.0170.
  • Ale, S., L.C. Bowling, P.R. Owens, S.M. Brouder and J.R. Frankenberger, 2012. A distributed modeling approach to assess the watershed-scale impact of drainage water management. Agricultural Water Management. 107:23-33. doi:10.1016/j.agwat.2012.01.003.