Doug Lambert


204 Jarvis Hall

Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
bert at buffalo dot edu

Research interests

  • Alternative approaches to evaluation of stream restoration projects
  • Multi-disciplinary qualitative analysis of recorded audio and video data
  • Content management of real-world engineering knowledge
  • Digital-aged methods for documenting and sharing contextual knowledge

Personal statement

I am very excited to join this 4th cohort of ERIE doctoral trainees and honored to be in the company of such a remarkable group of researchers studying chemistry, biology, philosophy, geology, geography, and american studies.  My background is in engineering and oral history, and I am appreciative of the extraordinary interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities here in the ERIE program.

After some early career work in environmental engineering research and consulting, I spent the last several years as a researcher and practitioner in oral history content management.  Though seemingly different fields, the core challenges are the same in both environmental engineering and oral history. In both contexts, we take large amounts of data and process them into forms in which they can be interpreted meaningfully.  I am looking forward to bringing methods I have learned from private consulting grounded in the humanities into the environmental sciences and particularly ecosystem restoration (ER) and stream restoration (SR). 

Just as traditional ecological knowledge is increasingly understood as a valuable component to ecosystem restoration, experiential knowledge from scholars and practitioners is another untapped resource that has been largely ignored. Recorded interviews combined with new, database-driven evaluation methods can allow this type of anecdotal knowledge to be used credibly as evidence in research. In the ERIE context, I hope that knowledge documented in this way can help fill gaps that exist between the theory and practice of ER and SR. Also, multi-dimensional indexing methods from oral history and library science are well-suited to support multi-faceted media, which may open up new avenues for multi- and inter-disciplinary collaboration.


  • B.S. in Civil Engineering (SUNY Buffalo, 1997)

  • M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering (Carnegie Mellon, 2000)

Publications / Presentations


Bronner, C.E., Bartlett, A.M., Whiteway, S.L., Lambert, D.C., Bennett, S.J., & Rabideau, A.J. (2013). An assessment of U.S. stream compensatory mitigation policy: necessary changes to protect ecosystem functions and services. Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 49(2), 449-462. DOI: 10.1111/jawr.12034


Goodness, V., Lambert, D. & Whiteway, S. "Interdisciplinary evaluation of a wetland enhancement project for the Tuscarora Nation." Poster presented at 2012 NSF IGERT Trainee Video & Poster Competition (online) (2012, May).

Bronner, C.E., Bartlett, A.M., Whiteway, S.L., Lambert, D.C., Bennett, S.J., & Rabideau, A.J. "An assessment of U.S. stream mitigation policy: necessary changes to protect ecosystem functions and services." Poster presented at the Hudson River Environmental Society’s Clean Water Act at 40: Facing the Future Conference, Poughkeepsie, NY. (2012, May).

Lambert, D. "Oral history access: the evolution of and prospective directions for digital indexing." Presented at the Oral History Association Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. (2011, October)

Lambert, D. "Innovative ideas for audio software." Hands-on workshop presented at the Association of Personal Historians Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV. (2011, October).