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Roja Kaveh Garna

BSE Ph.D. Student

Ph.D., Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2022 Expected

M.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology (SUT), 2018

B.S., Civil & Environmental Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology (IUST), 2014

January 2019-present, Graduate Research Assistant, Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech

August 2015-January 2018, Graduate Research Assistant, Sharif University of Technology (SUT)

August 2015- August 2016, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Sharif University of Technology (SUT)

Recipient of Pratt Fellowship from Department of Biological Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2019

Ranked among the top 0.33%, of about 30,000 participants in the Nationwide University Entrance Exam for MSc, Civil Engineering.

Ranked among the top 0.2%, of about 300,000 participants in the Nationwide University Entrance Exam in Mathematics and Physics.

Member of National Organization for Development of Exceptional Talents (NODET) 

Teaching Assistant for CIE_20-676 Open Channel Hydraulics Laboratory, Sharif University of Technology, 09/2015 - 01/2016

Teaching Assistant for CIE_20-660+ Stochastic Hydrology, Sharif University of Technology, 01/2016 – 05/2016

The overarching objective of my research is the development, incorporation, and testing of livestock subroutines into the SWAT model. The developed model will enhance the understanding of the impacts of livestock management on food production and manure-based nutrient dynamics at different spatial and temporal resolutions. The new model will allow animal management (e.g., nutrition, environment, stocking density, etc.) to be altered based on economic and environmental constraints. The developed model can be used to optimize crop and livestock management practices to mitigate the effects of climate change, maximize food output, and minimize environmental impacts. This work will evaluate the resilience of current livestock management systems under climate change, land-use change, and different animal management strategies and explore management alternatives to sustain resilient and environmentally sustainable animal agriculture across the region. 

Reviewed Journals

Wagena, M.B., Leiebe, D., Garna, R.K., White, R., Fuka, D.R., Collick, A.S., Bosch, D.J., Easton, Z.M. Development and application of a process-based broiler routine for the SWAT model. (Manuscript in preparation)

Moghim, S., & Garna, R.K. (2019). Countries' classification by environmental resilience. Journal of environmental management, 230, 345-354.

Garna, R.K., Abrishamchi, A., Derivation of The Reservoir Operation Rule Curves with Emphasis on The Environmental Needs in Adapting to Climate Change, Case Study: Lake Urmia River Basin, Iran, AWRA 2017 Summer Specialty Conference on Climate Change, VA, US - Abstract Accepted 

Javadian, M., Kaveh, R., & Mahmoodinasab, F. (2016). A study on experimental model of dam break problem and comparison experimental results with analytical solution of Saint-Venant equations. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Research, 7(5), 1239-1245.

Oral Presentations

Garna, R.K., Khatami, F., Studying the Connection Between ENSO Indicators and Monthly Rainfall, Temperature and Sea Level - Case Study: Urmia Lake Basin, First International Conference on Climate Change, Ministry of Energy, Tehran, Iran, February 2017.     

Kaveh, R., Javadian, M., Assessment of Dam Break Problem by Experimental Model and Comparing the Results with Analytical Solution of Saint-Venant Equations, Second International Conference in New Research on Civil, Architecture and Urban Management, Amir Kabir University of Technology, Tehran, Iran, July 2016.