Team

Project Leads, Graduate Students, and Interns making this grant a reality

Project leads

Rebecca Muenich, PI Otakuye Conroy-Ben, Co-PI Clinton Williams, Co-PI Peter CondenCo-PI
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George Brooks, Team Mentor John Wann, Team Mentor    

Graduate students

Chrisovalantou (Dula) Karakozis Emma Bonham Sarah Zinke Emily Crowder
Dula is completing an MA in GIS at ASU. Her project is focused on evaluating the spatial patterns of agriculture in the U.S. over time. Emma Bonham is an MS student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. She worked as an intern last summer and is continuing her work on the project as an MS student. Her project is on evaluating nutrient balances on small and diversified farms. Sarah Zinke is an MS student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Her project is focused on endocrine disrupting contaminants in agricultural waters.

Emily Crowder is an MS student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment. Her project is focused on antibiotic resistance and relevant genes in wastewater. 

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Noah Rudko Billy Krukowski Junpei Hara

 

Noah graduated with an M.S. Thesis in Spring of 2021. Noah was an MS student in Hydrosystems Engineering at ASU. He worked as an intern last summer and will continued with the grant on his MS. His project was developing a model to predict manure lagoon overflows and seepage.

Billy graduated with M.S. Thesis in Summer 2020. Billy was a graduate student in Hydrosystems Engineering at ASU. His project was focused on nutrient recovery from reclaimed water and  trade-offs with associated risks. 

Junpei graduated with an M.S. project in Spring 2018. Junpei was a graduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU and his project was focused on quantifying microbial communities in reclaimed wastewater.

 

Student Interns

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Andrea Amavisca Jorgi Anderson
Noah Fonesca Brandon Li
Andrea is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Andrea’s project is in conjunction with STEPS and focused on understanding agriculture impacts on legacy P in Phoenix. Jorgi is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Jorgi’s project is focused on evaluating the fate of nitrogen co-cyrstals. Noah is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Noah’s project is focused on understanding biological risks of graywater use in agricultural applications. Brandon is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Brandon’s project is focused on understanding chemical risks of graywater use in agricultural applications.
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Catherine Torrie Jose Becerra (2022/2021)
Qingyun Chen (2021) Shannon Malinda (2021)
Catherine is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Catherine’s project is focused on understanding the influence of agricultural management on soil health. Jose is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Jose’s project is focused on urban agriculture by designing an irrigation project at a local community farm.

Qingyun is an undergraduate student in the environmental engineering program. Her project investigated yield effects of aquaponic systems.

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Shannon is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Her focus is aquaponics systems.
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Michael Roman (2021) Suraya Sidique (2020/2021)
Carlos ‘Ander’ Zamora (2021) Marie Bear (2020)
Michael is an undergraduate student in environmental engineering at ASU. He is currently working on irrigation design and water resources management. Suraya is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Her project is focused on the ability of a biochar soil amendment to reduce plant uptake of antibiotics as well as rejuvenate microbial communities essential to soil health. Ander is an undergraduate student double majoring in chemical engineering and ecology. His project explores the ability of biochar to limit antibiotic uptake in agricultural crops. Marie is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Marie’s project is focused on developing a water use estimator for agricultural producers in the Verde Valley, AZ. 
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Emma Bonham (2020) Wesley Colvin (2020/2021) Jeanene Hanley (2020/2021) Samantha Stone (2020)

Emma is an undergraduate student majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Sustainability at ASU. Emma’s project focuses on water use efficiency for landscapes and urban gardens.  

Wesley is an undergraduate Environmental Engineering student at ASU. His project focused on the fate and transport of Tetrabromobisphenol A in agricultural ecosystems. Jeanene is a sustainable agriculture student at MCC. Her project focused on the fate and transport of Tetrabromobisphenol A in agricultural ecosystems.

Samantha is an undergraduate Environmental Engineering student at ASU. Her project is focused on urban home garden water usage in the Phoenix area.

Tannis Breure (2019) Nate Fousel (2019) Noah Rudko (2019) Katy Skillings (2019)

Tannis is an undergraduate student in Environmental Engineering at ASU. Tannis’s project is focused on BioChar use in arid agricultural ecosystems under a changing climate.

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Nate Fousel is an undergraduate Engineering student at MCC. Nate’s project is focused on vertical farming.

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Noah Rudko is an MS student in Hydrosystems Engineering at ASU. Noah’s project is focused on determining the effects of land use change and forest management on stream flows in the Verde River Watershed.

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Katy is an undergraduate student in the Chemical Engineering program at ASU. Katy’s project is focused on analyzing soil and water samples for antibiotic resistance, microbial population and physical chemical properties.

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Eliza Terlinden (2019)      
Eliza is a graduate student in Biological Design at ASU. Eliza’s project focuses on Antibiotic Resistance Genes in soil.