Spring 2017 Student News

Ellen Cooney presented the Impact of extreme rain events on Lake Superior's biogeochemistry at the AGU Chapman Conference on Extreme Climate Event Impacts on Aquatic Biogeochemical Cycles and Fluxes in San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 22-27, 2017. Cooney is advised by Elizabeth Austin-Minor.

Rachel VanAllen presented Effects of sea level rise and coastal marsh transgression on soil organic matter in a Chesapeake Bay salt marsh at the AGU fall meeting in San Francisco, CA December 12-16, 2016. VanAllen is advised by Kathryn Schreiner.

Water Resources Students in Action (WRSIA) helped to organize Shared Water, Shared Responsibility: Engaging Minnesota’s Communities, Students, & Policy-Makers event March 23 at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Co-sponsored by the University's Humphrey School of Public Affairs' Center for Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy and the University's Water Resources Center, the event addressed challenges facing clean water and explore how Minnesotans from all walks of life can play a role in promoting sustainable practices.

Inspired by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s Year of Water Action, the event included a reception and poster session on water research, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with policy experts.

WRS External Review

The Water Resources Science graduate degree program underwent an external review in October 2017.  The reviewers, Jon Bartholic, Professor and Director, Institute for Water Research, Michigan State University, Robyn Hannigan, Founding Dean, School for the Environment, University of Massachusetts-Boston and James Hurley, Director, Aquatic Sciences Center; Chair, Environmental Chemistry and Technology Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison, met with faculty and students from both the Twin Cities and Duluth campuses, as well as Deans from the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences and the Provost.  They prepared a report to acknowledge the program as essential to the University of Minnesota and to identify suggested changes to move the program forward.  Faculty and leadership are meeting soon to discuss next steps.

New WRS faculty: Sara Heger, Onsite Sewage Treatment Program, Sustainable Waste Management Engineering, Bruce Monson, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, areas of interest: Limnology, mercury and emerging contaminants in aquatic environments and Melissa Mauer-Jones, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry-Duluth, areas of interest: Photochemical and microbial degradation of polymers and pollutants in natural water systems, environmental analytical chemistry