Fall 2020 Student News


Molly Wick, a Water Resources Science Program PhD student at the University of Minnesota Duluth, was selected as the National Estuarine Reserve's first Margaret A. Davidson Fellow. Her funded two-year project will focus on the benefits and well-being people receive following changes in the health of the St. Louis River ecosystem.

The Margaret A. Davidson Fellowship is a competitive federal fellowship program that aims to help scientists and communities understand the coastal challenges that influence policy and management. The program places one graduate student at each of 29 National Estuarine Research Reserves. Led by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the inaugural class launches in fall 2020.Wick is advised by Lucinda Johnson, WRS faculty, NRRI.

Hannah Behar received her MS degree in August 2020.  Her thesis was entitled Modeling Stream Thermal Dynamics: The Influence of Beaver Dams in a Minnesota Watershed.  Behar was advised by Karen Gran and Salli Dymond.

Lara Frankson received her MS degree in June 2020.  Her thesis was entitled Measurement of Antibiotics in Water and Sediment: Determining Our Antibiotic Footprint.  Frankson was advised by Bill Arnold.

Emily Hyde received her MS degree in August 2020.  Hyde was advised by Cody Sheik.

Xiang Li received his masters degree in June 2020.  His thesis was entitled Drainage Timescale Estimates and Storage Change Analysis on a Basin Scale. Xiang is advised by John Nieber and will continue for his doctoral degree.

Kaela Natwora received her MS degree in August 2020.  Natwora is advised by Cody Sheik and will continue for her doctoral degree.

New Faculty

Melissa Wilson,  Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate.