Winter 2022 Community News

Minnesota Stormwater Research Program is featured in the December 2021 issue of the Journal of Contemporary Water Research and Education. John Bilotta and Jeff Peterson authored the  Minnesota Stormwater Research and Technology Transfer Program - A Comprehensive Approach to Collaborative Research.  The program report concludes: "As the program emerges from its infancy, explorations are underway to collaborate with and leverage instate programs and resources working within the stormwater arena. The program has the potential to serve as a model of stormwater research program has the potential to serve as a model of stormwater research collaboration and grow to address local, regional,and national needs."

Chia-Yang Chen joined Onsite Sewage Treatment Program in December 2021. Chen will be working on the Evaluation and Application of Biochar and Iron-Enhanced Sands in Septic Systems project. Sara Heger is the PI on the progect. Chen received his PhD in Environmental Engineering, National Cheng Kung University and his research interests include biomass and bioenergy, thermal treatment, water treatment, air pollution and hydrogen energy.

Water Resources alumni Kaitlin Reinl received UCOWR's 2022 PhD Dissertation Award for her dissertation titled: The intersection of climate change, watershed influence, and phytoplankton dynamics in Lake Superior, which details explores how climate change is impacting phytoplankton dynamics in Lake Superior using monitoring, experimental, and computer modeling approaches. Reinl is a Postdoc at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and also works as the Research Coordinator at the Lake Superior National Estuarine Research Reserve, Superior, WI.

Sarah Roth joined the Water Resources Center as a Research and Extension Coordinator March 14, 2022. Roth previously worked for  the Center for Changing Landscapes at the University of Minnesota, where she worked as a Research Associate. Roth has worked collaboratively on numerous research projects focused on the social science aspects of water and environmental issues. Prior to her research position, she was the Education Coordinator at the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District, where she coordinated numerous outreach activities and managed an active grant program. Roth earned her BS degree in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from North Carolina State University and her MS degree in Natural Resource Science and Management from the University of Minnesota. In her new role at the WRC, Roth will manage a portfolio of programs and projects, including USGS-funded programs, the Watershed Innovations program, and large-scale grants awarded by the National Science Foundation. In addition, she will develop an independent research and Extension program by building on her previous work.