John Russell Manson

Professor of Physics

Phone: 609.652.4354
Office: H-224
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Dr. Russell Manson is a Professor of Applied Physics and the Director of the Masters program in Data Science and Strategic Analytics (DSSA) at Stockton University. He has over twenty years of experience in education covering a broad and diverse swathe of academia. His educational passions lie in environmental physics, engineering, science and technology and in particular in computational modeling and data science. In addition to Stockton, he has taught at Bucknell University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Le Moyne College and the George School. He has also worked for the British Civil Service as a Senior Watershed Scientist working in the Catchment Management Program of The Macaulay Institute. Dr. Manson has extensive research and teaching experience in computer modeling, water and environmental engineering, computational geophysics and natural systems management with particular emphasis on surface water transport processes and hydrology. His work is published in journals such as the Nature(Geosciences), Journal of Computational Physics, the International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids, Geophysical Research Letters, Environmental Science and Technology, Water Resources Research, Water Research and Freshwater Biology. He has an vigorous international research agenda with ongoing projects in Scotland, Iceland and Poland.



Bachelor of Engineering (1st Class Honours) – University of
Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering –
      University of Glasgow, 1994.


Environmental physics (streams, rivers and estuaries).
Water resources engineering (hydraulics and hydrology).
Computer modeling, data science, analytics.
High performance computing.


Physics for Life Sciences I/II
Computational Mechanics
Physics for Life Sciences Laboratory
Data Structures and Analysis
Parallel Computing
Introduction to Modeling and Simulation
Planet Earth, Big Data, Scotland: The Land and People
Natural Resources Engineering


Effect of temperature on stream metabolism. Transient storage in streams.


Demars, B. O. L., J. Thompson, and J. R. Manson. "Stream metabolism and the open diel oxygen method: Principles, practice, and perspectives (vol 13, pg 356, 2015)." LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY-METHODS 15.2 (2017): 219-219.

Trout, J., Manson, J. R., King, D., Decicco, N., Prince, A., Di Mercurio, A., & Rios, M. (2017, January). Final Results from A Pilot Project to Investigate Wake Vortex Patterns and Weather Patterns at the Atlantic City Airport by the Richard Stockton College of NJ and the FAA. In APS April Meeting Abstracts.

Mackenzie DW, Lester D, Manson JR, and Yeh C (2016) Do Suicides From the Golden Gate Bridge Cluster? Psychological Reports, 118(1) pp70–73. DOI: 10.1177/0033294115625565

Demars, B. O., Gíslason, G. M., Ólafsson, J. S., Manson, J. R., Friberg, N., Hood, J. M., ... & Freitag, T. E. (2016). Impact of warming on CO2 emissions from streams countered by aquatic photosynthesis. Nature Geoscience, 9, 758-761.

Manson, J. R., Wallis, S. G., Demars, B. O., Mick, J. D., Gíslason, G. M., Ólafsson, J. S., & Friberg, N. (2016). A Comparison of Three Solute Transport Models Using Mountain Stream Tracer Experiments. Hydrodynamic and Mass Transport at Freshwater Aquatic Interfaces: 34th International School of Hydraulics, 77.

Demars, B. O., Thompson, J., & Manson, J. R. (2015). Stream metabolism and the open diel oxygen method: Principles, practice, and perspectives. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 13(7), 356-374.

BOL Demars, J Thompson, J and JR Manson, (2015), Stream metabolism and the open diel oxygen method: Principles, practice, and perspectives. Limnol. Oceanogr. Methods, 13: 356–374. doi:10.1002/lom3.10030

Trout, J., Manson, J. R., Rios, M., King, D., & DeCicco, N. (2015). Initial Results of Coupling the Output of a Regional Weather Model and a Localized Computational Fluid Dynamics Model at the Atlantic City International Airport. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 60.

DeCicco, N., Trout, J., Manson, J. R., Rios, M., & King, D. (2015). Investigating Anomalies in the Output Generated by the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) Model. Bulletin of the American Physical Society, 60.

Manson, J. R., & Wallis, S. G. (2015). Hydraulic Influences on Dispersion and Reaeration in Rivers. Rivers—Physical, Fluvial and Environmental Processes, 543.

Wallis, S. G., Manson, J. R., & Demars, B. O. L. (2015, May). On the re-aeration coefficient in channels of complex shape. In Informatics, Networking and Intelligent Computing: Proceedings of the 2014 International Conference on Informatics, Networking and Intelligent Computing (INIC 2014), 16-17 November 2014, Shenzhen, China (p. 259). CRC Press.

Wallis, S. G., Osuch, M., Manson, J. R., Romanowicz, R., & Demars, B. O. L. (2013). On the Estimation of Solute Transport Parameters for Rivers. Experimental and Computational Solutions of Hydraulic Problems: 32nd International School of Hydraulics, 415.

Demars, B. O. L., & Manson, J. R. (2013). Temperature dependence of stream aeration coefficients and the effect of water turbulence: A critical review. Water Research, 1(47), 1-15.

O'Gorman, E. J., Pichler, D. E., Adams, G., Benstead, J. P., Cohen, H., Craig, N., Manson, J. R. ... & Gudmundsdottir, R. (2012). Impacts of warming on the structure and functioning of aquatic communities: individual-to ecosystem-level responses.

BOL Demars, JR Manson et al. (2011) Temperature and the metabolic balance of streams. Freshwater Biology 56 (6), 1106-1121

Manson, J. R., Demars, B. O. L., & Wallis, S. G. (2011). Integrated experimental and computational hydraulic science in a unique natural laboratory. In Experimental Methods in Hydraulic Research (pp. 123-131). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Wallis, S. G., & Manson, J. R. (2011). Some observations on the similarity of tracer data from a small river. In Experimental Methods in Hydraulic Research (pp. 307-316). Springer Berlin Heidelberg.

Demars, B. O., Manson, J. R., Ólafsson, J. S., Gislason, G. M., & Friberg, N. (2011). Stream hydraulics and temperature determine the metabolism of geothermal Icelandic streams. Knowledge and Management of Aquatic Ecosystems, (402), 05.

Manson, J. R., & Olsen, R. J. (2010). Diagnostics and rubrics for assessing learning across the computational science curriculum. Journal of computational Science, 1(1), 55-61.

Manson, J. R., Wang, D., Wallis, S. G., Page, R., & Laielli, M. J. (2010). A massively parallel semi-Lagrangian algorithm for solving the transport equation. Procedia Computer Science1(1), 327-335.

Manson, J. R., & Olsen, R. J. (2010). Assessing and refining an undergraduate computational science curriculum. Procedia Computer Science, 1(1), 857-865.

Aniszewski, A., Bialik, R. J., Czernuszenko, W., Gałek, M., Hachaj, P. S., Hachaj, P. S., Manson, J. R., ... & Rędowicz, W. (2008). Site verified contaminant transport model as a mathematical vehicle for prevention of the natural acquifer contamination. Publs. Inst. Geophys. Pol. Acad. Sc, 21-28.

DG Lumsdon, I Marc, RJ Cooper, JR Manson (2005) Model assessment of biogeochemical controls on dissolved organic carbon partitioning in an acid organic soil... Environmental science & technology 39 (20), 8057-8063

 Publications 2000 and earlier