Current Members

Heather Govenor

Heather Govenor
Ph.D. Student (co-advised by Dr. Cully Hession of Biological Systems Engineering)
IGC Fellow
Project Title: Community and ecological waterborne risks in mixed use watersheds in the Central Appalachian Coalfields

Kyle Jacobs

Kyle Jacobs
B.S./M.S. Student (co-advised by Dr. Cully Hession of Biological Systems Engineering)
Project Title: Environmental dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes from vegetable production (part of "Farm to Fork" project)

Cristina Marcillo

Cristina Marcillo
Ph.D. Student
IGC Fellow and Carver Fellow
Project Title: Advancing equity: Comparing drinking water quality violations across rural and urban Virginia

Lauren Wind

Lauren Wind
PhD Student (co-advised by Dr. Cully Hession of Biological Systems Engineering)
IGC Fellow
Project Title: Environmental dissemination of antibiotic resistance genes from vegetable production (part of "Farm to Fork" project)

Samuel Withers

Samuel Withers
Undergraduate Research Asistant (co-advised by Dr. Tess Thompson of Biological Systems Engineering)
Project Title: Application of engineered wetlands to treat community and mining wastewaters

Austin Wozniak

Austin Wozniak
Undergraduate Research Asistant
Project Title: Assessing the water quality of roadside springs

Alumni

Richard (Rich) Allevi

Richard (Rich) Allevi
M.S., March 2012
Current Position: Owner/Founder, Sun Tribe Solar, LLC, Charlottesville, VA
Thesis: Detection of human and non-human markers of fecal contamination in rural drinking water

Nick Cook

Hannah Billian
M.S., June 2016
Current Position: Staff Engineer, HydroLogics, Greeley, CO
Thesis: Fecal matters: fate and transport of traditional fecal indicator bacteria and source-tracking targets in septic drainfields

Jake Cantor

Jake Cantor
M.S., June 2016 (co-advised by Dr. Emily Sarver of Mining & Minerals Engineering)
Current Position: Project Engineer, Hazen and Sawyer, Boston, MA
Thesis: A multi-disciplinary approach to tracking the downstream impacts of inadequate sanitation in Central Appalachia

Nick Cook

Dr. Nick Cook
Ph.D., August 2015 (co-advised by Dr. Emily Sarver of Mining & Minerals Engineering)
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
Dissertation: Surface Water Quality and Aquatic Ecological Health in Central Appalachian Streams

Robert (Bobby) Jocz

Robert (Bobby) Jocz
M.S., June 2012
Current Position: Staff Engineer, Prince William County Public Works Department, Prince William, VA
Thesis: Development of a stochastic model to estimate human risk associated with indicator bacteria impaired watersheds

DrHehuan

Dr. Hehuan Liao
Ph.D., April 2015; Post-doctoral Researcher, Sept 2015-Sept 2016
Current Position: Visiting Scholar, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, South University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China
Dissertation: Improving microbial fate and transport modeling to support TMDL development in an urban watershed ; Post-doctoral project: Relative impacts of water quality and habitat measures on aquatic ecology in West Virginia

Liz Luby

Liz Luby
B.S., May 2012 (two years as senior undergraduate researcher)
Current Position: PhD Candidate, Soupir Lab, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Project Title: Design of a Microsoft Access database to facilitate data mining; 2012 ASABE K. K. Barnes competition, 2nd place

Kelsey Pieper

Dr. Kelsey Pieper
Ph.D., 2015
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Dissertation: Characterizing waterborne lead in private water supplies

Tamara (Tammy) Smith

Tamara (Tammy) Smith
M.S., May 2013
Current Position: Environmental Engineer 2, Georgia Department of Natural Resources Air Branch, Atlanta, GA
Thesis: Relationships between fecal indicator bacteria contamination and demographic data in twelve rural Virginian counties

Lory Willard

Lory Willard
M.S., September 2014 (co-advised by Dr. Tess Thompson of Biological Systems Engineering)
Current Position: Project Engineer I , City of Raleigh Public Works Stormwater Management, Raleigh, NC
Thesis: Does it pay to act mature? Assessing the performance of a bioretention cell seven years post-construction