Suresh Muthukrishnan Furman University

Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan joined Furman faculty upon completing his Ph.D. at Purdue University where his research focus was on understanding and modeling the impacts of landuse/land cover transformations on water quality and runoff.  At Furman, his research focus is on studying the landscape transformations and human impacts including urban sprawl and its hydrologic impacts, landslides, flooding etc., as well as application of Geographical Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing (using drone, aerial, and satellite based observations) to address problems of scientific and societal importance.

He enjoys mentoring undergraduate students and helping his colleagues implement GIS based solutions to their teaching/research. He has played a pivotal role in developing and implementing GIS curriculum, promoting GIS awareness and usage on Furman's campus, and in supporting application of GIS and Remote Sensing for the community related projects.

Dr. Muthukrishnan strongly believes in immersive experiences for students and his class field trips as well as travel-study programs are designed to provide anincredible, life changing experience to our students. He has directed several study abroad programs including semester in India, and May Experience programs in Iceland and Tanzania. He is an avid photographer and enjoys taking extremely large, giga-pixel images​ of unique landscapes and incorporates them into his teaching. He has won outstanding graduate student of the year award and outstanding teaching award at Purdue University, and Henry Keith and Ellen Hard Townes Associate Professorship at Furman University.


Name Title Description

EES-112

Environmental Science

Study of human transformation of Earth as a trade-off for growth of the human enterprise. Topics include changes in population, land cover (agriculture, deforestation, urbanization), climate, nitrogen and phosphorous cycles, biodiversity; limits of water, soil, energy and mineral resources; and links between population and consumption patterns.

EES-113

Natural Hazards and Disasters

An introduction to the understanding of natural hazards and disasters (earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, etc) as violent and often destructive phenomena triggered by dynamic geological processes. Emphasis on the interrelationship among hazards and human role in them.

EES-201

Geographic Information Systems

Introduction to use of geographic information system analysis to enhance geographic pattern and relationship recognition in geo-spatial data. Data collection and data quality. Data transformation and linkages. GIS modeling.

EES-210

Surficial Processes

Introduction to the physical and chemical processes and their mechanics that operate within the Earth146s surficial systems to govern landform development. Includes quantitative analysis of geomorphic data in an interdisciplinary context, with emphasis on the interpretation of process.

EES-301

Remote Sensing

The theory and application of remote sensing studies as a tool for environmental management. Topics include the fundamentals of electromagnetic radiation, different methods of remote sensing, platforms and sensor technology, visual image interpretation, and digital image processing.

EES-410

Ocean and Climate Systems

This course is an introduction to the understanding of physics that govern the large scale circulations of the ocean and the atmosphere and its connection to the global climate. Emphasis will be on ocean-atmosphere interaction, energy transfer, climate changes and human impacts.

EES-472

Research and Analysis

Analysis of data, reading of scientific literature relevant to individual research, and writing of a thesis based on the results of an independent research project. Students must also present results at a professional meeting and to the department. EES-502 must be enrolled at the same time.

EES-475

Earth & Envrmntl Sci Seminar

FYS-1232

Eyes in the Sky

This course covers fundamentals of aerial photography and satellite imaging technologies; basics of image interpretation; geospatial data gathering, analysis, and application. Students will learn to collect aerial photographs to successfully complete a project.

Publications:

*Denotes undergraduate coauthor

  • 2015. Lewis, P.G., Andersen, C.B., Moloney*, T. P. , Muthukrishnan, S., Relationship between Dry Deposition of Ions and Urban Land Cover in the South Carolina Piedmont, Journal of Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 226:266, Springer Publication.
  • 2015. Muthukrishnan, S., Prioritization for Targeted Watershed Improvement, In ESRI Map Book, Vol. 30 (p18), 160 pages. ISBN: 9781589484252, ESRI Press.​
  • 2012. *Price, A. E., Reed, J. A., & Mutukrishnan, S. Trail user demographics, physical activity behaviors, and perceptions of a newly constructed greenway trail. Journal of Community Health, 37(6), 1264-1268.
  • 2011. Julian A. Reed, Steven P. Hooker, Suresh Muthukrishnan, and Brent Hutto, User Demographics and Physical Activity Behaviors on a Newly Constructed Urban Rail/Trail Conversion, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Vol. 8, pp. 534-542
  • 2008. Reed. J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L., An ecological approach with primary-care counseling to promote physical activity, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 2008 (5), p. 169 – 183.
  • 2007. Muthukrishnan, S., Lewis, G.P., and Andersen, C.B., Relationships between land cover, vegetation density, and nitrate concentrations in streams of the Enoree River basin, piedmont region of South Carolina, USA (Chapter 24), in, D. Sarkar, R. Datta, and R. Hannigan (eds.), Concepts and Applications in Environmental Geochemistry , Elsevier Press, New York, p. 517-542.
  • 2007. Muthukrishnan, S., Geology:Long-Term Hydrologic Impacts of Land Use Change (Chapter 15), in, Diana Stuart Sinton and Jennifer J. Lund (eds.), Understanding Place: GIS and Mapping Across the Curriculum, ESRI Press, Redlands, CA, p. 212-222.
  • 2007. Reed. J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L, A descriptive examination of a novel approach to primary care counseling for physical activity in a community health center in upstate South Carolina. The EJournal of the South Carolina Medical Association, 103(March) , 40-43.
  • 2007. Reed. J. A., Malvern, L., Muthukrishnan, S., Hardy, R., & King, L. An ecological approach combined with primary care counseling to promote physical activity. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 39(5) Supplement: S80-S81, May 2007.
  • 2006. Muthukrishnan, S., J. Harbor, K. J. Lim, and B. A. Engel, Calibration of a simple rainfall-runoff model for long-term hydrological impact evaluation, Journal of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA), 18(2):33-40.
Conference Presentations:

  • 2016. Muthukrishnan, S., and Winiski, M., Drone Technology for Low-Cost Precision Mapping on Campus and in the Community, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29-April 2, 2016 (61), San Francisco, CA.
  • 2016. Winiski, M., Muthukrishnan, S., *Peoples, T., Hipp, C. S., Snow, J. Z., and Baker, R., Developing a Web-Based Community Asset Map, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29-April 2, 2016 (61), San Francisco, CA.
  • 2016. *Mackey, J., and Muthukrishnan, S., Mapping Solar PV Potential for Furman University Using LiDAR and GIS, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29-April 2, 2016 (61), San Francisco, CA.
  • 2016. *Clark, K., and Muthukrishnan, S., Development and Application of a WebGIS based Facilities Management and Decision Support System, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, March 29-April 2, 2016 (61), San Francisco, CA.
  • 2015. Suresh Muthukrishnan, Quinn, J., Dripps, W., and Cozad, M., Tree Mapping and Ecosystem Services Calculation using Collector for ArcGIS: A Crowdsourcing Model.  Annual ESRI User Conference, July 20-24, 2015, San Diego, California.
  • 2015. *Keesee, J., Muthukrishnan, S., and Winiski, M., Feasibility of establishing an agricultural greenbelt around Greenville, South Carolina.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 21-25, 2015 (60), Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2015. *Caulfield, K., Muthukrishnan, S., GIS Based Modeling of Landslide Hazards and their Potential Impacts on the Local Communities in the Upstate of South Carolina. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 21-25, 2015 (60), Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2015. *McComb, L, Muthukrishnan, S., and Winiski, M., Future proofing recruitment strategies for Colleges and Universities using a GIS based approach. Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 21-25, 2015 (60), Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2015. *McCabe, W, Muthukrishnan, S., and Powers, A., Mapping "Food Deserts" in Greenville County.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 21-25, 2015 (60), Chicago, Illinois.
  • 2014. Suresh Muthukrishnan, Watershed Prioritization for Targeted Watershed Improvement, Upper Reedy River Watershed, Greenville, South Carolina. Annual ESRI User Conference,  July 14-18, 2014, San Diego, California.
  • 2014. *McCann, T., Muthukrishnan, S., and Reed, J., User demographics and patterns of use of the GHS Swamp Rabbit Trail in Greenville, South Carolina.  Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, April 8-12, 2014 (59), Tampa, Florida.
  • 2013. Ranson, W. R., Muthukrishnan, S., Johnston, E., Campbell, S., and Geier, P., Ongoing Research on Slope Stability in Upstate South Carolina:  Field Observations, Lineament Studies, and Landslide Modeling.  Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. October 27–30, 2013 Vol. 45, No. 7, p.154, Denver, Colorado.
  • 2013.  *Bailey, B J., Dripps, W. R., and Muthukrishnan, S., Spatial analysis of well yields in fractured bedrock terrains of the piedmont of northwestern South Carolina, 62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of Geological Society of America, 20-21 March 2013, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 2.
  • 2013.  *Campbell, S.., and Muthukrishnan, S., A study of drainage pattern evolution using automatically extracted lineaments in Cleveland Quadrangle, South Carolina, 62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of Geological Society of America, 20-21 March 2013, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 2.
  • 2013. *Johnston, E., Muthukrishnan, S., Landslide hazard zonation in the Mountain Bridge Wilderness Area using GIS-based modeling, , 62nd Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of Geological Society of America, 20-21 March 2013, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs. Vol. 45, No. 2.
  • 2012. *Kelliher, Caitlin, and Muthukrishnan, S., Analysis of Land Cover Changes and their Hydrologic Impacts from 1974 to 1990 in Greenville County, South Carolina, 61st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of Geological Society of America, Asheville, NC, 1-2 April 2012.
  • 2012. *Wynn, Luke A., and Muthukrishnan, S., Effectiveness of LiDAR for Rapid Channel Geomorphic Assessment, 61st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Section of Geological Society of America, Asheville, NC, 1-2 April 2012.
  • 2010. Muthukrishnan, S., and Davis, A., GIS and Sustainability: Project based introductory GIS course curriculum, POS3340, Annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 10 - 12, October 2010, Denver, CO.
  • 2010. Muthukrishnan, S., Andersen, C. B., and Garihan, J. M., Linking Geology and Sustainability in Iceland, POS3216, Annual meeting of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 10 - 12, October 2010, Denver, CO.
  • 2010.  Andersen, B., Vulava, V., Callahan, T., Dripps, W., Muthukrishnan, S., Shelley, D., and Thom, T., Geochemical constraints on floodplain groundwater source, flow paths, and surface water mixing at Congaree National Park, South Carolina, Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 144
  • 2010.  *Fowler, G, *Coffey, R., Andersen, B, Muthukrishnan, S., and Lewis, G., Geomorphic controls over nitrate concentrations in urban headwater streams of the South Carolina piedmont, Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 69
  • 2010.  *Howerter, L., *Coffey, R., Muthukrishnan, S., Andersen, B, and Lewis, G., Geomorphic variability in urban and rural streams in the piedmont region of South Carolina, Northeastern Section (45th Annual) and Southeastern Section (59th Annual) Joint Meeting (13-16 March 2010), Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 42, No. 1, p. 69
  • 2009.  *Fowler, G., and Muthukrishnan, S., Geomorphology of streams in urban golf courses in the South Carolina piedmont region, 58th Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Vol. 41, March 12-13, St. Petersburg, FL
  • 2008. *Cruz, A., Haney D. C., and Muthukrishnan, S., Relationships between urban land cover, fish assemblage structure, and channel geomorphology in the Enoree River basin, South Carolina, The Association of Southeastern Biologists, v. 55
  • 2008. Lewis, G. P., Dripps, W. R., Andersen, C. B., Haney, D.C., Muthukrishnan, S., and Liao, M.-K., The Furman University River Basins Research Initiative: a multidisciplinary examination of urban influences on piedmont streams, South Carolina Water Resources Conference, October 14-15, North Charleston, SC
  • 2008. Anderson, C., and Muthukrishnan, S., A study of hydrological impacts of land cover change using NLCD - effect of study area scale on the magnitude of impacts, Annual meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 11-12, Charlotte, NC
  • 2008.  Taysom, B., and Muthukrishnan, S., Analysis of watershed imperviousness and its relationship to stream geomorphology, Annual meeting of the Southeastern Geological Society of America, March 11-12, Charlotte, NC

Dr. Suresh Muthukrishnan's research interests cover the following areas: Fluvial Geomorphology, modeling land cover transformation and its impacts on water resources, landslides, and the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) and Remote Sensing methods to problem solving in social and environmental context.

The main question that Dr. Muthukrishnan's research seeks to answer is: to what extent human transformation of natural landscapes have influenced the natural river processes, and how do these changes in turn impact the humans? Using field based observations of stream geomorphology and GIS based modeling work, Dr. Muthukrishnan seeks to identify the problems such as bank erosion, sedimentation, and flooding, as well as to find the sources of such problems in order to find a solution.

Dr. Muthukrishnan collaborates closely with River Basins Research Initiative group as well as other faculty outside the group. In the recent years, Dr. Muthukrishnan and Dr. Julian Reed (Health Sciences) have established a long-term collaborative research project studying the social and health impacts of trail development and usage as well as rail2trail transformation, particularly focusing on trails in Greenville and Spartanburg counties. Dr. Muthukrishnan also collaborates with Dr. Bill Ranson and Dr. Jack Garihan on studying landslides in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Education
Ph.D.
Purdue University
M.Tech.
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, India
M.S.
Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay, India
B.S.
Anna University - Chennai, India

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