Current Students

Name Degree Program Research Interest Campus Email
David Baldus MS Anthropogenic impacts on water systems, applications of remote sensing and GIS, surface water-groundwater interactions, and science education Duluth
Moe Benda PhD Development of regional water model integrating multiple disparate data sources to identify useable parameters for permitting and land use decisions. Duluth
Brian Bohman PhD Nitrogen fertilizer and irrigation management in the Upper Midwest to improve farmer's profitability and to reduce impact on drinking water Twin Cities
Amanda Brennan PhD Bioavailability of organic contaminants in the St. Louis estuary and river Duluth
Katie Bruesewitz MS Ecological interactions of invasive zooplankton Duluth
Emma Burgeson MS Hydrologic effects of beaver dam removal in the Knife River Watershed Duluth
Jake Callaghan PhD Microbial Ecology and Biogeochemistry Duluth
Katie Cassidy MS Environmental Impacts of Potassium Acetate as a Road Salt Alternative Duluth
Teso Coker MS Duluth
Peter Conowall MS Duluth
Megan Corum MS Impacts of invasive zooplankton on aquatic ecology Duluth
Karina Cuate PhD Drinking water quality with an emphasis on contamination removal Twin Cities
Lisa DeGuire MS Anthropogenic effects on water quality and the effect of invasive organisms on ecosystem health. Duluth
Robert Dietz PhD Paleoenvironmental reconstructions from aquatic sediments/fossils.  Application of stable isotope geochemistry to problems in (paleo)limnology and (paleo)ecology.  Linking conservation science and paleoenvironmental research.  Public policy implications of geosciences research. Twin Cities
Kelly Duhn MS Duluth
Devin Edge PhD Effects of photochemistry on dissolved organic matter (DOM) and potential subsequent nutrient release in storm plumes compared to non-plumes in Lake Superior and the Arctic. Duluth
Leah Egan MS Factors contributing to cyanobacteria harmful algal blooms (HABs) formation and toxicity in Minnesota lakes Duluth
Emily Fleissner MS Aquatic biology with a focus on behavioral and physiological characteristics of fish Duluth
Adam Frankiewicz MS Aquatic invertebrate taxonomy and scientific illustrations; focus on creating an updated scientific key for Sphaeriidae clams and freshwater Gastropod in the Great Lakes Region Duluth
Jacob Fredrickson PhD Physical Limnology/Oceanography, Field Instrumentation and Observation, Numerical Modeling Duluth
Erica Green PhD Geophysical fluid dynamics. Physical limnology and oceanography. Observations of internal waves and turbulence in Lake Superior. Duluth
Jonathan Hess MS Twin Cities
Elizabeth (Ellie) Hill MS Quantifying waterborne pathogens, FI, and MST markers from wastewater and recreational beaches.  Twin Cities
Audrey Huff PhD Biological limnology. Effects of benthic communities on nutrient cycling in large lake ecosystems. Duluth
Vadym Ianaiev PhD Duluth
Mitch Ihlang MS Exploring the impact of soil frost on the timing and mechanisms of groundwater recharge Duluth
Mariel Jones PhD Modelling water table fluctuations caused by snow and ice melt in peatland areas of Minnesota and their effects on methane gas emissions.  Twin Cities
Andy Kasun MS Studying the origins and impacts of sediment and nutrient loading of historically degraded streams, especially Lake Superior tributaries Duluth
Garner Kohrell MS Quantifying the impacts of future variations in climate and land use management on soil erosion in Minnesota Watersheds. Determining the impacts of Kernza (Intermediate Wheatgrass) plantings on water uptake dynamics and nitrate leaching in Southwestern Minnesota wellhead protection areas.  Twin Cities
Katie Kramarczuk MS Developing effective bioretention media mixes that work to filter harmful pollutants and nutrients such as phosphates and nitrates and prevent them from entering major bodies of water.  Twin Cities
Xiang Li PhD Data driven and machine learning approaches for tackling surface water and groundwater interactions. Explore physics guided machine learning approaches for incorporating baseflow recession analysis into groundwater modeling problems. Twin Cities
Brianna Loeks-Johnson PhD Microbial processing of nitrogen in freshwater systems Twin Cities
Philip Margarit PhD Development of hydrogeologic modeling tools to help better assess the efficacy of nitrate best management practices in Southeastern Minnesota.  Twin Cities
Betsy McKay MS Ecology and biogeochemistry of large lake benthic communities Duluth
Shawnee McMillian MS Duluth
Kaela Natwora PhD Effects of nitrogen fixation in certain species of Microcystis and the production of various microcystin congeners Duluth
Jacob Olson MS Invasive macrophytes (Potamogeton crispus and Myriophyllum spicatum) in lakes throughout Minnesota and investigating methods to restore native macrophyte communities and define restoration endpoints. Twin Cities
Mohamed Ouarani PhD Twin Cities
Alycia Overbo PhD Identifying and characterizing sources of chloride to Minnesota surface waters and groundwater Twin Cities
Tongyao Pu MS Physical limnology Duluth
Kaitlin Reinl PhD Cyanobacteria in Lake Superior and how it relates to watershed dynamics, climate change, water quality, and water resource management. Mathematical and statistical modeling as tools for predicting changes in aquatic ecosystems. Duluth
Kirsten Rhude MS Ecology, limnology, impacts of climate change and land use on water quality, environmental policy, and science education Duluth
Kasey Rundquist MS Public values of aquatic invasive species Twin Cities
Gage Sachs MS Organic geochemistry of lipids Duluth
Daniel Sandborn PhD Exploring the inorganic carbonate system along the gradient of fresh- to saltwater ecosystems, especially in relation to anthropogenic effects Duluth
Kirill Shchapov PhD Limnology, winter community ecology of large freshwater lakes, and climate change Duluth
Claire Simmerman PhD Twin Cities
Geordee Spilkia MS Mercury Removal in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Systems along the Lake Superior Basin Duluth
Victor Teng PhD Combining remote sensing and modeling to surface water/groundwater interactions. Twin Cities
Marissa Torrez Castro MS Contaminant interactions in natural systems, biogeochemistry, water quality  Duluth
Jason Ulrich PhD Twin Cities
Tyler Untiedt MS Environmental Microbiology. Understanding the microbiome associated with northern wild rice and competing vegetation. Duluth
Jonathan Utecht MS Aquatic ecology, Fisheries management, Aquatic Restoration, Climate Change implications Duluth
Thomas Venneman MS Duluth
Tamara Walsky MS Temporal Dynamics of Pathogens and Antibiotic Resistance in Raw and Treated Stormwater Twin Cities
Molly Wick PhD Studying relationships between indicators of human well-being and indicators of aquatic and riparian ecosystem condition at multiple scales within and among social/socioeconomic groups around the Laurentian Great Lakes, especially in the context of climate change and ecosystem remediation and restoration Duluth
Erika Winner MS Investigating the impacts of logging on ecohydrological processes Duluth
Limeimei Xu PhD Watershed assessment, defining hydrologic pathways and processes using stable isotopes Twin Cities
Julia Zimmer MS Microbial ecology of urban freshwater systems Duluth