Fall 2017 Student News

Virginia Batts received her MS degree in July 2017. Her thesis was titled: Effects of Vegetation-Sediment Interactions on the Morphological Evolution of Coarse-Bedded Rivers: Results from Flume Experiments. Batts was advised by Karen Gran.

Brian Bohman presented a poster entitled: Adaptive Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Strategies to Reduce Nitrate Leaching from Potato Production at the Potato Association of America's 2017 annual meeting in Fargo ND July 23-27, 2017. Bohman is advised by David Mulla and Carl Rosen.

Butler and Jessen WRS Fellowship recipients were Chelsea Delaney, Nicki DeWeese, and Adam Frankiewicz. The Butler Jessen Water Resources Science Fellowship supports students admitted into graduate programs within the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center, a leader in freshwater management that connects University of Minnesota expertise to research problems on the national level. Delany is advised by John Nieber, DeWeese is advised by Donn Branstrator and Frankiewicz is advised by Valerie Brady and John Pastor.

Stephen Labuz received his MS degree in May 2017. He was advised by Rebecca Teasley.

The 2017 Smith Partners Sustainability Fellowship recipient is incoming PhD student Gloria Thomas. Thomas’ research interests are environmental chemistry, environmental microbiology and water quality. The Smith Partners Sustainability Fellowship supports interdisciplinary study for Water Resources graduate students to pursue the connections between sustainable water resources management, economics, and public policy.  The Fellowship affirms the University’s commitment to sustainability initiatives through cultivation of interdisciplinary problem-solving, collaborative leadership, and public private partnerships. Thomas is advised by Sebastian Behrens.

Kirsten Rhude is the first recipient of the Water Resources Center Graduate Student Fellowship. Kirsten graduated from Middleton High School in 2008 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2012. Her bachelor's degree is in biology and zoology. She is enrolled at UMD in the WRS Master's program and is working with Professor Bob Sterner.

Rachel Van Allen received her MS degree May 2017. Her thesis was titled: An organic geochemical record of inland migration in a coastal marsh, Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, USA. Van Allen was advised by Kathryn Schreiner.

Amber White presented a session and a poster on sediment in the St. Louis River Estuary at the International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant in Providence, RI July 16-21, 2017. White is advised by Nathan Johnson.