Mentor Profiles

Diversity in research interests are needed to address the "Assessment and Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services at the Nexus of Food, Energy, and Water".

The mentors listed below plan to participate in the 2018 EcoREU research program. Applicants can include preferred mentor or research topics in their statement of interest. We'll try our best to accommodate student preferences.

Faculty Mentor Research Topic
Michelle Evans-White Studies stream ecosystem responses to land-use changes, hydrologic events such as flooding and drying, and nutrient enrichment.
Brian Haggard Studies water quality trends, constituent transport and dynamics in stormwater and aquatic systems, sediment and soil phosphorus dynamics, and nutrient enrichment in aquatic systems.
Lauren Greenlee Studies non-precious metals and metal oxide nanocatalysts for use in water treatment, electrochemical energy conversion, and agricultural applications.
Kent Kovacs Studies economics as it relates to natural resources, agriculture, and the environment.
Daniel Magoulick Studies population and community dynamics of freshwater fish and invertebrates, especially in the context of ecosystem conservation.
Cammy Willett Studies chemical contaminants in the environment, especially the impact of agricultural production systems on soil and water environments.
Jamie Hestekin Studies algae production into biodiesel and butanol, as well as charged separations of ions for industrial or commercial uses.
Qiuqiong Huang Studies natural resource economics and development issues including education, mirgration, and labor market outcomes.
Kusum Naithani Studies land and ecosystem ecology, spatiotemporal modeling, and land-atmosphere interactions.
Wen Zhang Studies environmental engineering, especially in drinking water and wastewater treatment systems.
Julian Fairey Studies the relationships between source water quality and drinking water treatment disinfection byproducts, with a particular interest in developing new technologies to reduce human health risks.

The EcoREU program has faculty advisors from various departments on campus including Biological Sciences (BISC), Geosciences (GEOS)Biological and Agricultural Engineering (BAEG), Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (CSES), Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness (AGAB), Horticulture (HORT), and Chemical Engineering (CHEG) have become part of our REU program family over the last 10 years.  This diversity of expertise is needed to address environmental sustainability and ecosystem management.

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