Cornelia Mutel

Senior Science Writer and Archivist
IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering

Country: USA
Office: 423B SHL
Phone Number: 319-335-5315
Personal Website/Resume:

Research Areas
IIHR Senior Science Writer and Archivist Connie Mutel was educated in biology and music at Oberlin College, and received an M.S. degree in plant ecology at the University of Colorado. She then used that training to write a widely-used book on the natural history of Colorado, initiating a career in scientific writing and interpretation. She came to the University of Iowa in 1975 and to IIHR in 1990 to assist then-director Jack Kennedy with a biography of noted hydrologist Hans A. Einstein (son of Albert Einstein). Since that time, in addition to her Einstein work, she has completed 8 books and many articles on a variety of science-based subjects, including a history of IIHR (Flowing Through Time – ). In 2000, she established IIHR’s Archives, which she still oversees. Her most recent writing has reflected the increasingly complex interaction between Iowa’s altered natural environment, the state’s hydrology, and the consequences of climate change. She also lectures extensively on these subjects. Connie and her husband (a UI astronomy professor) live on 18 acres of oak-hickory woodland near Iowa City that they are working to restore to biodiversity and health. Connie remains active in groups and volunteer efforts that work to educate Iowans about the interactions of nature and human activity, and the multiple benefits of restoring Iowa’s native ecosystems. Her areas of interest include: • Interactions between human activities and Iowa’s environmental integrity and natural history; restoration ecology; interpretation of these subjects for the lay public • IIHR’s history • Hans Albert Einstein’s contributions to hydraulic engineering

  • M.S., Environmental Biology, University of Colorado, USA
  • B.S., Biology & Music, Oberlin College, USA