Robert Shannon, Ph.D.

Robert Shannon, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • Coordinator, Environmental Resource Management Program
  • Assistant ENRI Director for Environmental Education
  • Water Resources
245 Agricultural Engineering Building
Shortlidge Road

University Park, PA 16802

Areas of Expertise

  • Wetland biogeochemistry
  • Riparian wetlands
  • Construction of wetlands for waste treatment
  • Pollutant impacts on aquatic systems


  • Ph.D Environmental Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 1993
  • M.S. Environmental Science and Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State 1988
  • B.S. Environmental Resource Management, secondary major in Biology, The Pennsylvania State University 1979


  • ERM 151 - Careers and Issues in Environmental Resource Management
  • ERM 412 - Resource Systems Analysis
  • ERM 450 - Wetland Conservation

For information about courses please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Society of Wetland Scientists
  • Certified Professional Wetland Scientist (SWS)
  • PWS certification review panel member
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Sigma Xi


  • Strobl, R.O., P.D. Robillard, R.D. Shannon, R.L. Day, and A.J. McDonnel. 2006. A water quality monitoring network design methodology for the selection of critical sampling points: Part 1. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 112:137-158.
  • Avery, G.B., R.D. Shannon, J.R. White, C.S. Martens, and M.J. Alperin. 2002. Controls on methane production in a tidal freshwater estuary and a peatland: Methane production via acetate fermentation and CO2 reduction. Biogeochemistry 62:19-37.
  • Ehrhart, B.J., R.D. Shannon, and A.R. Jarrett. 2002. Effects of construction site sedimentation basins on receiving stream ecosystems. Trans. of American Society of Agricultural Engineers 45:675-680.
  • Flite, O.P. III, R.D. Shannon, R.R. Schnabel, and R.R. Parizek. 2001. Nitrate removal in a riparian wetland of the Appalachian valley and ridge physiographic province. Journal of Environmental Quality 30:254-261.
  • Ferree, M.A., and R.D. Shannon. 2001. Evaluation of a second derivative UV/visible spectroscopy technique for nitrate and total nitrogen analysis of wastewater samples. Water Research 35:327-332.
  • Rauhofer, J., A.R. Jarrett, and R.D. Shannon. 2001. Effectiveness of sedimentation basins that do not totally impound a runoff event. Trans. of American Society of Agricultural Engineers 44:813-818.
  • Shannon, R.D., O.P. Flite III, and M.S. Hunter. 2000. Subsurface flow constructed wetland performance at a Pennsylvania campground and conference center. Journal of Environmental Quality 29:2029-2036.
  • Avery, G.B., R.D. Shannon, J.R. White, C.S. Martens, and M.J. Alperin. 1999. Effect of seasonal changes in the pathways of methanogenesis on the d13C values of porewater methane in a Michigan peatland. Global Biogeochemical Cycles 13:475-484.
  • Edwards, C.E., R.D. Shannon, and A.R. Jarrett. 1999. Sedimentation basin retention efficiencies for sediment, nitrogen, and phosphorus from simulated agricultural runoff. Transactions of the ASAE 42:403-409.