Summer 2014 Student News

Alana Bartolai received her MS degree in March 2014. Her thesis was titled: A Contribution to a Synthesis Paper for the Great Lakes Futures Project: Investigating Climate Change as a Driver of Change in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin. Bartolai was advised by Katsumi Matsumoto.

Ryan Birkemeier received a travel grant to attend the Upper Midwest Stream Restoration Symposium in LaCrosse, WI, February 23-26, 2014 to present Baseflow Restoration in Minnehaha Creek: Watershed with Stormwater Infiltration. Birkemeier is advised by Joe Magner and John Nieber.

Hongyu Li received a travel grant to attend the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, February 23-28, 2014, to present: The Complementary Use of Wet Extraction Methods with FTIR to Investigate the Seasonal Changes of Sinking Particulate Organic Matter in Lake Superior. Li is advised by Elizabeth Minor.

Jiying Li received a travel grant to attend the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii February 23-28, 2014, and presented: Large lakes as analogues for sediment cycling of carbon and nitrogen in coastal and deep ocean. Li is advised by Sergei Katsev.

April Lueck received her MS degree in February 2014. Lueck was advised by Bruce Vondracek and Joe Magner.

Messias Macuiane received his PhD in April 2014. His dissertation was titled: Cage aquaculture and environment in Lake Malawi: an assessment of water quality, food web shifts, and development of a decision support tool for sustainable aquaculture. Macuiane was advised by Robert Hecky and Stephanie Guildford.

Jane Mazack was awarded a Sawyer Seminar Graduate Fellowship from the Institute for Advanced Study for the 2014-2015 academic year. The Sawyer Seminar (http://ias.umn.edu/programs/sawyer-seminar/) is funded through the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is entitled: “Making the Mississippi: Formulating new water narratives for the twenty-first century and beyond.” In addition to contributing to seminar activities, Mazack will continue her dissertation research, which focuses on the dynamics of winter-active aquatic insects and other macroinvertebrates in southeastern Minnesota's trout streams. As part of her duties, she will be involved in translating empirical results into various different educational media for dissemination to the general public. Mazack also received a travel grant to attend the Joint Aquatic Science Meeting in Portland, Oregon, May 18-23, 2014 where she presented: Overwinter emergence dynamics of adult Chironomidae [Insecta: Diptera] in groundwater-fed streams of southeastern Minnesota. Mazack is advised by Bruce Vondracek and Leonard Ferrington.

Paul Venturelli (Assistant Professor, FWCB) and Sam Kelly (Assistant Professor, Large Lakes Observatory, Duluth) have joined the Water Resources Science faculty.

Mohd-Rozham Zakaria received a travel grant to attend the Ocean Sciences Meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii February 23-28, 2014, to present: Sedimentary Fluxes of Great Lakes of Different Latitude Determined Using Moored Sequential Sediment Traps. Zakaria is advised by Robert Hecky and Stephanie Guildford.

Xiaowei Zhao received a travel grant to attend the Joint Aquatic Science Meeting in Portland, Oregon, May 18-23, 2014 to present a poster: Relationships between bacterial biodiversity and environmental parameters along an estuarine transect from the lower St Louis River to nearshore Lake Superior. Zhao is advised by Randall Hicks.