Current Students

Some current graduate students:

Laura Markley,
Ph.D. Student

Research interests/activities

I’m interested in the impacts of natural and anthropogenic water contaminants on human health and water supplies. Specifically, I would like to consider how these contaminants are released and what mechanisms and conditions allow for their transport, persistence, and toxicity in the environment. Previously, I have researched the source and distribution of arsenic contamination in groundwater supplies in Lebanon, CT and the use of the Goethite-Hematite (G/H) ratio as a paleoprecipitation proxy in paleosols in the mid-Atlantic region of the US.  Papers and biographic information

Geoff Millard,
Ph.D. Studentgeoff-millard_2016-resized

Research interests/activities

I completed my Master’s work last spring examining the impacts of watershed liming on mercury cycling in an Adirondack watershed.  Lime has been applied in North America and Europe as a method to prevent and/or remediate the impacts of acidic deposition.  I plan on expanding on this work in my PhD, comparing mercury and DOC dynamics of watershed liming with in-stream liming.  I have previously worked on nutrient cycling in forested ecosystems in the Adirondack Park and urban carbon fluxes in the city of Syracuse. Papers and biographic information.

Rouzbeh Berton,
Graduated with Ph.D. April 2017

Research interests/activities

I’m interested in climate change impact studies at watershed scale in the northeastern United States. I’m looking for trends in historical records of temperature, precipitation, and discharge (hydrological variables). In case of any detectable trends, I’m interested to find the drivers. The monthly/seasonal/annual times series analyses of the Merrimack Watershed (the fourth largest basin in New England which drains much of NH and northeastern portions of MA) hydrological variables have shown the existence of trends in respond to climate variations. The connection of oceanic indices to precipitation and discharge variations may improve understanding of future water resources availability in the Northeast. I hypothesize that temporal changes in discharge are related to AMO and NAO variations since precipitation and discharge are highly correlated in the Merrimack Watershed. The impacts of NAO variations on discharge has been investigated however less remains known about the influence of the AMO on discharge even though increases in temperature (due to anthropogenic climate change) is found to be the main driver of discharge variations in the Northeast. Papers and biographic information 

Habibollah Fakhraei,
Post Doctoral Fellow

Research interests/activities

I am interested in the application of mathematical methods for studying dynamic response of aquatic and terrestrial environments to the anthropogenic disturbance, particularly elevated acidic deposition. I am currently focusing on using a comprehensive biogeochemical model, PnET-BGC, to evaluate acid load capacity of watersheds in Adirondack Park and Great Smokey National Park and develop TMDLs of acidity for acid-impaired ecosystems. I am also interested in optimizing chemical equilibrium models for the determination of equilibrium constants from field and experimental data. Using this technique to the field water chemistry data across Adirondack Lakes, NY, and stream waters and soil solutions in Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, I am characterizing proton and aluminum binding properties of dissolved organic matters in northeastern U.S. Papers and biographic information

Amy Sauer,
Ph.D. Student

Research interests/activities

My current research focuses on the production and transfer of methylmercury through terrestrial food webs across the northeastern landscape.  Using selected songbird and invertebrate prey species, I will examine and compare patterns of methylmercury bioaccumulation within northern hardwood forests, high-elevation boreal forests, and Sphagnum bog habitats in the Adirondack Park of New York State.  Additional data collected from long-term, ecological research sites in the northeastern United States will be utilized to determine the relationships between mercury deposition and regional patterns of environmental health. Papers and biographic information.


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