Graduate Students

Name Degree Areas of Interest Campus Email
Zac Aanerud M.S.

Nitrogen cycle in corn fields in Lamberton, MN

Twin Cities [email protected]
David Adams M.S. Duluth
Grace Andriacchi M.S.

Quantify and delineate local geological and hydrogeological features in the Lake Nokomis area that may be causing perched groundwater conditions and affiliated issues impacting nearby properties.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Nichole Angell M.S.

Understanding the costs and effectiveness of various aquatic invasive species prevention techniques to inform managers how to better place their limited prevention resources across the Minnesotan landscape

Twin Cities [email protected]
Abigail Armstrong Latanich M.S.

Using eDNA and microscopy in mesocosm studies to investigate efficacious detection and monitoring methods of aquatic invasive species establishment from ballast water

Duluth [email protected]
David Baldus M.S.

Effects of stream restoration projects on the ecological health of North Shore streams through nutrient uptake dynamics

Duluth [email protected].edu
Matthew Belanger M.S.

Investigating how the use of livestock manure fertilizers affect chloride concentrations in Minnesota waters

Twin Cities [email protected]
James Moe Benda Ph.D. Duluth [email protected]
Alia Benedict Ph.D.

Functional roles of lower trophic levels in winter food webs

Duluth [email protected]
Elizabeth Boor M.S.

Investigating Chemicals of Emerging Concern (CECs) and their impact on septic wastewater treatment

Twin Cities [email protected]
Katie Bruesewitz M.S.

Dietary habits of an underperforming walleye population on a northern Minnesota reservoir.

Duluth [email protected]
Jake Callaghan Ph.D. Duluth [email protected]
Zixuan Chen Ph.D.

Reactive transport modeling of nitrate

Twin Cities [email protected]
Sarah Clauss M.S.

Examining the spread of didymo (considered an aquatic nuisance species) throughout the streams that feed into Lake Superior and how it affects the biological communities in affected streams

Duluth [email protected]
Megan Corum M.S.

Examining predatory zooplankton densities along a depth gradient across a day/night and seasonal scale

Duluth [email protected]
Kelly Duhn M.S.

Understanding how wetland fungalbiome influences nutrient cycling, especially as it relates to wild rice and the restoration of degraded or dominant species-shifted habitats.

Duluth [email protected]
Mark Ellman M.S.

The diets and causes of mortality of freshwater fish in winter lake ecosystems

Duluth [email protected]
Bradly Evraets M.S.


Duluth [email protected]
Levi Feucht M.S. Duluth [email protected]
Adam Frankiewicz M.S. Duluth [email protected]
Michael Frett M.S.

Utilizing fish sensory physiology to manage the spread of invasive species

Duluth [email protected]
Leah Glimsdal M.S.

Investigating invasive fish physiology, predator prey relationships, and possible management techniques

Duluth [email protected]
Erica Green Ph.D.

Observations of wind driven internal waves and turbulence in Lake Superior

Duluth gr[email protected]
Kaitlyn Hembre M.S.

Evaluating the relationship between macrophytes and water quality in the Twin Cities metro area

Twin Cities [email protected]
Audrey Huff Ph.D.

 Effects of benthic communities on nutrient cycling in large lake ecosystems

Duluth [email protected]
Vadym Ianaiev Ph.D. Duluth [email protected]
Mariel Jones Ph.D.

Examining the intricacies of spring and winter hydrological effects in Minnesota headwaters and peatland landscapes

Twin Cities [email protected]
Andy Kasun M.S.

The interplay of watershed history and fluvial equilibrium through use of remote sensing/mapping, sediment budgets, and sediment provenance and tracing.

Duluth [email protected]
Payton Kittaka M.S.

Investigating alkalinity, pH, and pCO in bodies of water around Minnesota

Duluth [email protected]
Britta Larson M.S.

Examining the microbial and geochemical requirements of wild rice to aid in restoration.

Duluth [email protected]
Jeremy Laurich M.S.

Investigating the effects of environmental growing conditions on the nutrient content of wild rice seeds

Duluth [email protected]
Xiang Li Ph.D.

Leveraging big data to improve streamflow prediction and to understand baseflow recessions

Twin Cities [email protected]
Denver Link M.S.

Zebra mussels affects on walleye food webs in Minnesota lakes to aid agencies and lake associations in management decisions.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Brianna Loeks Johnson Ph.D.

Microbial manipulations of nitrogen in freshwaters to better understand how to manage for the negative impacts of excess nutrients in lakes.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Reane Loiselle M.S.

Using stoichiometry and genomics to assess limiting factors for diverse Great Lakes algal blooms and their associated toxins

Duluth [email protected]
Leslie Ludtke Ph.D.

Groundwater modeling of the Pineland Sands aquifer region to better understand the impacts of intensive irrigation on nearby water bodies and wild rice populations.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Emma MacNeill Ph.D.

Examining modern and paleo-phytoplankton in the Great Lakes

Duluth [email protected]
Philip Margarit Ph.D.

Development of groundwater modeling tools to assess the efficacy of agricultural best management practices in southeastern Minnesota.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Rob McManus M.S.

Understanding how/if akinetes play a role in promoting Harmful Algal Blooms in Lake Superior

Duluth [email protected]
Elise Miller Ph.D.

Thinning trees in a coast redwood dominated forest affects forest hydrology and watersheds.

Duluth [email protected]
Ashley Murr M.S.

Analyzing the diel vertical migration patterns of zooplankton in Lake Superior using ADCP intensity data

Duluth [email protected]
Kaela Natwora Ph.D.

Nutrient dynamics and community structure that prompt and support harmful algal blooms (HABs)

Duluth [email protected]
Mohamed Ouarani Ph.D.

Working in collaboration with Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P, Morocco) on the use of integrated hydrological modeling for sustainable water resources management in arid coastal regions.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Anna Peterson M.S.

Impacts of lake associations on water quality 

Duluth [email protected]
Daniel Sandborn Ph.D.

Chemical limnology/oceanography along the continuum from large lakes to the global ocean

Duluth [email protected]
Benjamin Schleppenbach M.S.

Inventory of spawning redd locations and habitat partitioning among salmonid species in the Bois Brule River, WI

Duluth [email protected]
Josh Schrope M.S.

Investigating the sublethal impacts of deicing salts on fish behavior

Duluth [email protected]
Claire Simmerman Ph.D. Twin Cities [email protected]
Bailey Tangen M.S.

Assess the soil response to rainfall under soil health and conventional management systems, estimate field working days and their economic impacts under soil health and conventional management systems, and explore the importance of field working days for farmer quality of life and stress levels.

Twin Cities [email protected]
Victor Teng Ph.D.

Test whether using hydrological modeling can downscale the total water storage anomalies monitored by the Gravity Recovery Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). Currently using machine learning algorithms to simulate the storage-discharge relation with Hydrological Simulation Program-Fortran (HSPF) 

Twin Cities [email protected]
Anna Totsch M.S.

Determine effects of lake character and seasonality on AIS detections probability using eDNA. Optimize field and lab methods for maximizing detection probability of multiple AIS.

Duluth [email protected]
Karina Weelborg Ph.D.

Potential of wood as a water quality BMP in biochar stormwater filters and a woodchip denitrifying bioreactor

Twin Cities [email protected]
Quinn Whiting Ph.D.

Study of organic contaminants in Lake Superior sediments.

Duluth [email protected]
Molly Wick Ph.D.

Human well-being benefits of water resource management, including how aspects of place and personal identity influence benefits experienced by community members. 

Duluth [email protected]
Anu Wille Ph.D.

Detection and tracing of chronic wasting disease through hydrological transport vectors

Twin Cities [email protected]
Erika Winner M.S.

Effects of landscape properties on the drought resilience of forested watersheds in northern California

Duluth [email protected]
Limeimei Xu Ph.D. Twin Cities [email protected]