Summer 2020 Student News

Sophia Lafond-Hudson received her Ph.D in May 2020.  Her dissertation was entitled: Biogeochemical interactions and ecological consequences of sulfur in stands of wild rice.  Lafond-Hudson was advised by Nate Johnson and John Pastor.  

Brianna M. Loeks-Johnson published findings from  her research project, Upper Midwest lakes are supersaturated with N2 in the July 2020 issue of Preceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. The article, co-authored by Loeks-Johnson and her advisor Jim Cotner, chronicles research and findings from their study of nitrogen loss from lakes and the accompanying impact on surrounding watersheds. 

New WRS Faculty

Dan Larkin, Assistant Professor/Extension Specialist, Department of Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology & Minnesota Aquatic Invasive Species Research Center (Twin Cities)

Lindsay Pease, Assistant Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Soil, Water, and Climate (Twin Cities) and the NW Research & Outreach Center (Crookston)

Wendy Smythe, Assistant Professor, Departments of American Indian Studies and Earth and Environmental Sciences (Duluth)


Mojtaba Fakhraee was awarded the Universities Council on Water Resources Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation Award in Natural Science and Engineering.
Fakhraee received his Ph.D. in Water Resources Science in August 2018. His Ph.D. work, titled A New Insight Into The Geochemistry Of Sulfur In Low Sulfate Environments, has implications on studying sulfur cycling in low sulfate environments such as large freshwater systems as well as the oceans of the geologic past (>0.5 billion years ago). He is currently a postdoc at Yale University.