WRC Fellowship Recipients

2021 - 2022 Recipient

Photo of female graduate student, Erin Bast.ERIN BAST

Doctoral student working with Dr. Chris Filstrup and Dr. Joel Hoffman in Duluth

Hometown: Eagan, MN

Undergraduate: BA in Physics and Chemistry from Colby College

Research: Monitoring, sampling, and modeling Lake Superior streams, investigating harmful algal blooms in Lake Superior, and engaging with the local community and resource managers.

2020-2021 Recipient

Photo of Garner Kohrell, a WRS graduate studentGARNER KOHRELL
Masters student working with Dr. David Mulla in the Twin Cities

Hometown: Appleton, WI

Undergraduate: BS in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of Minnesota (May, 2020)

Research: Quantifying the impacts of future variations in climate and land use management on soil erosion in Minnesota Watersheds. Also trying to Determine the impacts of Kernza (Intermediate Wheatgrass) plantings on water uptake dynamics and nitrate leaching in Southwestern Minnesota wellhead protection areas. 

2019-2020 Recipient

Katie Cassidy, WRS Graduate StudentKATHRYN CASSIDY
Masters student working with Dr. Chan Lan Chun in Duluth

Hometown: Bloomington, MN

Undergraduate: BS in Environmental Science from St. Louis University (May, 2019)

Research: Environmental impacts of potassium acetate as a road salt alternative

2018-2019 Recipient

Kaela Natwora, WRS Graduate StudentKAELA NATWORA
Doctoral student working with Dr. Cody Sheik in Duluth

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Undergraduate: BS in Chemistry from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Research: Kaela's primary research is focused on understanding if nitrogen fixation aids cyanotoxin production in low nitrogen environments. Additionally, she is investigating the distribution of nifH genes across the Great Lakes and measuring nitrogen fixation rates.