Former WABL Students

Yadav Sapkota on the coast34) Yadav Sapkota, Ph.D., Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated Fall 2021
Dissertation Title: Soil Organic Matter Accretion, Complexity, and Degradation in Eroding Coastal Wetlands.
Current Position: Bennett Aerospace, Inc., US Army Corp Engineer Research and Development Center, Vicksburg, MS

Callie Snow leans over instruments in a boat33) Callie Snow, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Co-Chair with Dr. Sibel Bargu; Graduated Fall 2021
Thesis Title: Effects of Freshwater Input on Nutrient Loading, Toxic Cyanobacteria Bloom Development and Cyanotoxin Production in Lake Pontchartrain Estuary, Louisiana.

Erol Knaus working in the wetlands32) Erol Knaus, Master's, Coastal & Ecological Engineering, LSU
Graduated: Spring 2021
Thesis Title: Changes in wetland soil processes and ecosystem function six years after marsh creation in Barataria Bay, Louisiana
Current Position: Working for LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in Baton Rouge as an Engineer 2.

Peter Mates working in the wetlands31) Peter Mates, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2020
Thesis Title: Determining pre-project wetland soil and estuarine sediment properties and Phosphorus cycling in the Area of Influence of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion
Current Position: Working for an Environmental consulting company, ENCOS, in Louisiana.

Laura Thompson30) Laura J. Thompson, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Spring 2020
Thesis Title: Sediment Biogeochemistry of Dredge Pits in the Northern Gulf of Mexico Shelf
College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Researcher at FAU Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution, Ft. Pierce, FL

two people in graduation robes smiles29) Alina Spera, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2019
Thesis Title: Decadal Changes of Soil Physiochemical Properties in a Freshwater Wetland After Hydrologic Reconnection.
Current Position: Currently pursuing a Ph.D at University of Texas – El Paso

a woman with a soil core in a marsh28) Jessica Vaccare, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Spring 2019
Thesis Title: Impacts of Anthropogenic Activities on Coastal Wetland Microbes and Microbially-Mediated Processes in Coastal Louisiana.
Current Position: Working at DB Laboratories, Environmental consulting in Rockledge, Florida.

Katie Bowes27) Katie Bowes, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Fall 2018
Thesis Title: From the River to the Gulf: An investigation of Biogeochemical Cycling in Wetland Soils and Coastal Shelf Sediments. 
Current Position: Working for Martin County, Florida in the Ecosystem restoration and coastal engineering division.

Sarah Wood in waders in a marsh26) Sarah (Wood) Lewis, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2017
Thesis Title: Biogeochemical Processes Linked to Important Ecosystem Services in Restored and Natural Louisiana Wetlands.
College of the Coast & Environment-Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Employed at Lord & Winter, a large environmental consulting company who opened an office in Baton Rouge in 2017.

A man crouces in a marsh25) Brian Levine, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated:Fall 2016
Thesis Title: Implications of the Long- term Presence of Crude Oil from the Deepwater Horizon Spill on Salt Marsh Biogeochemistry 
College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award Current Position: Received a Ph.D. from Massey University in New Zealand on phosphorus dynamics at the aquatic/agroecosystem interface. Currently doing a post-doc with USDA in Columbus, Ohio.

a woman holds a soil sample; muddy water can be seen behind her24) Nia Hurst, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2016
Thesis Title: The Effect of Restoration on Nitrate Reduction and Biogeochemical Functioning in Louisiana Wetlands: Bottomland Hardwood Forests and Deltaic Sediments
Current Position: Employed as a Research Biologist at The US Army Corps of Engineers-ERDC at Vicksburg MS.

a woman sitting in a forest23) Havalend Steinmuller, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2015
Thesis Title: Anthropogenic Impacts on Soil Microbial Processes in Coastal Wetlands: Nutrient Loading and Rising CO2 Levels
College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Havalend graduated with a Ph.D. under the guidance of Dr. Lisa Chambers in the Department of Biology at the University of Central Florida focused on coastal wetland carbon dynamics and is currently working as a post doc at Florida State's Coastal and Marine Laboratory.

a woman in tall grass holds a mallet22) Lindsey Green, Master's (Professional), Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2015
Project Title: The effects of a novel dredge material disposal technique on nitrate removal in the Lower Atchafalaya River, Louisiana
Current Position: Lindsey has returned from a stint in Germany and is pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.

a man holds up a soil core; water is visible behind him21) Nhan (Nathan) Nguyen, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Fall 2014
Thesis Title: Legacy Phosphorus Implications In the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary Sediments Due to the 2011 Bonnet Carre Spillway Opening.
Current Position: Nathan is working at Athlon Solutions, as a technical service rep. Nathan consults on water chemistry and process treatment with refineries and chemical production plants. He also assesses water system performance in order to improve the efficiency of the plants.

a woman bends over some equipment in the grass20) Morgan McKee, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2014
Thesis Title: Effect of Storm Surge and Nutrient Loading on Coastal Wetland Soil Processes: Implications for Ecosystem Function
Current Position: Morgan was immediately employed in environmental consulting upon graduation and since early 2016 is working in the USDA-National Resource Conservation Service as a Soil Conservationist in Warwick, RI

two men crouch in tall grass19) Jason Pietroski, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2014
Thesis Title: Effect of the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Critical Marsh Soil Microbial Functions
College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Jason was employed with the US Army Corp of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS as a research scientist working on hydric soils.  After a tour of the world, he is back employed with the US Army Corp of Engineers in the Pacific Northwest.

18) Eric Roy, PhD, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Fall 2013
Thesis Title: A Multi-scale Investigation of Nutrient Dynamics in the Lake Pontchartrain Estuary and Basin
College of Coast & Environment – Outstanding Dissertation Award
Current Position: Eric is an Associate Professor at the University of Vermont.

17) Jacob Berkowitz; PhD, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2013
Thesis Title: Incorporating Science – based Approaches into the Rapid Assessment of Wetlands and Streams: Validation, Restoration Trajectory, and Method Development
Current Position: Dr. Berkowitz is a Research Soil Scientist with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS. and is also an adjunct faculty member in our department at LSU.

16) Jared Theriot, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2012
Thesis Title: Effects of Carbon and Nitrogen Transformations in Restored Wetland and Wastewater Soils
College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Jared is a medical doctor and is a surgical resident in New York City, a long way from Houma, LA, in more ways than one.

15) Christine VanZomeren, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2011
Thesis Title: Fate of Diverted Mississippi River Nitrate on Vegetated and Nonvegetated Coastal Marshes of Breton Sound Estuary College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Dr. Vanzomeren received a Ph. D. at the University of Florida in the Department of Soil and Water Science working with Dr. Ramesh Reddy on Nitrogen dynamics in wetlands. Christine is employed at the US Army Corp at Vicksburg, MS..

14) Jeremy L. Conkle, PhD, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Spring 2010
Dissertation Title: Pharmaceutical Compounds in Treatment Wetlands: Potential Removal and Effects on Microbial Processes
Current Position: Dr. Conkle is an Associate Professor at Texas A&M- Corpus Christi.

13) Brett Marks, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Spring 2010
Thesis Title: Effects of Salinity on Nitrogen Cycling in Wetland Soils and Sediments of Breton Sound Estuary, LA
Current Position: After obtaining his M.S. degree in Oceanography  and Coastal Sciences at LSU, Brett obtained an M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Brett now works for Franks International as a Mechanical Engineer in Lafayette, LA.

12) Dhaval Shah, Master's, Civil Engineering, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2009
Thesis Title: Phosphorus dynamics in the marshland upwelling system
Current Position: Engineer I, at Providence Engineering and Environmental Group, LLC. Providence is an environmental group which deals with all kinds of media groups such as Waste, Wastewater, Hazardous Waste, Air, Natural Resources, Risk Assessment and Mitigation.

11) Dr. Lisa (Gardner) Chambers, Master's, Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, LSU
Graduated: Spring 2008
Thesis Title: Denitrification enzyme activity as an indicator of nitrate loading in a wetland receiving diverted Mississippi River water
College of the Coast & Environment – Outstanding Thesis Award
Current Position: Dr. Chambers is an Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.

10) Maj. Hannon Didier, Master's, Environmental Studies, LSU
Graduated: Summer 2007
Thesis Title: Biogeomorphic evaluation of Caminada-moreau maritime beach ridges with respect to future restoration initiatives
Current Position: Hannon is currently serving active duty in the US Army

9) Lynette Malecki-Brown, PhD, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: Spring 2007
Dissertation Title: Effects of Alum on Phosphorus Sequestration, Macrophytes, Microbial Community and Mineralogy in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Wetlands
Current Position: Dr. Malecki-Brown is a Senior Scientist with the Environmental Consulting Comany of Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. Winter Park, FL

8) Shannon (Curtis) White, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2005
Thesis Title: A characterization of phosphorus removal in STA-1 West Cell 5B
Current Position: Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gainesville, FL

7) Chakesha S. (Martin) Harvey, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2004
Thesis Title: Phosphorus flux from sediments in the Kissimmee River Upper Chain of Lakes
Current Position: District Conservationist for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), USDA Service Center, Gainesville, FL

6) Sue (Simon) Lindstrom, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2003
Thesis Title: Phosphorus Retention and Release of Soils in a Constructed Wetland for Wastewater Treatment
Current Position: Senior Environmental Scientist with WSP, an international consulting company, in Washington DC Metro Area.

5) Kevin Grace, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2003
Thesis Title: Phosphorus removal and soil stability with emergent and submerged vegetation communities in treatment wetlands
Current Position: Employed at D.B. Environmental Laboratories, Gainesville, FL. Areas of research include STA optimization for phosphorus removal, factors limiting SAV growth in Lake Okeechobee, and biological health criteria in canals in Florida.

4) Alex Aycrigg, Master's (professional), Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2003
Thesis Title: Nitrogen cycling indicators of ecological condition
Current Position: Project Manager, Environmental Consulting, Froehling & Robertson, Inc. North Carolina

3) Erin (Bostic) Corstanje, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2003
Thesis Title: Phosphorus cycling in a nutrient-impacted freshwater wetland: spatial, temporal and hydrologic effects 
Current Position: New Product Development Project Management Director , George Medicines UK.

2) Lynette Malecki-Brown, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2002
Thesis Title: Temporal and spatial variability of nutrient fluxes from sediment in the lower St. Johns River (IFAS Thesis of the Year Award) 
Current Position: Received Ph.D. in Soil and Water Science (2007). Dr. Malecki- Brown is a Senior Scientist with the Environmental Consulting Company of Breedlove, Dennis & Associates, Inc. Winter Park, FL

1) Katie Barch, Master's, Soil & Water Science, UF
Graduated: 2002
Thesis Title: Spatial and temporal patterns of biogeochemical cycling of nitrogen in a nutrient-impacted subtropical wetland
Current Position: Environmental Specialist, Environmental Consulting, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc., Arlington, VA