Current Students

Qasim Mehdi, Ph.D. student

Research interests/activities:

We are analyzing the health and ecosystem threats of different carbon policies: rollback of Clean Power Plan (CPP) with Alternative Clean Energy (ACE), accelerated CPP, carbon tax at national level, carbon trading at national level and business as usual with carbon sequestration. We are quantitatively analyzing how each policy impacts emissions of air toxics both on state and national level with respect to their cost and risks under different Representative Concentration Pathway (RCP) scenarios. This research can help policy makers determine which policy has environmental justice and economically viability to and protect our ecosystems and the health of our communities.


Nicholas LoRusso, Ph.D. student

Research interests/activities

Nicholas is from Syracuse, NY and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Chemistry, from SUNY Environmental Science & Forestry.  He joined Syracuse University’s Civil & Environmental Engineering Department in May 2016 as a laboratory technician.  He’s led the collection and chemical analysis of stream and soil water at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest under the direction of Dr. Charles Driscoll. Also during that time he completed his Master’s in Environmental Engineering Science. His research currently focuses on seasonal fluxes and characterization of dissolved organic matter in both calcium-treated and reference watersheds.


Connor Olson, Ph.D. student

Research interests/activities

I earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science in biology at Middle Tennessee State University. My previous work focused on investigating anthropogenic stressors in remote Appalachian Mountain streams, with an emphasis on mercury. Much of this work has involved the use of riparian spiders as bioindicators of mercury flux from aquatic to terrestrial systems via emergent aquatic insects. Papers and biographic information


Laura Markley,Ph.D. Student

Research interests/activities

Laura Markley has a B.S. in Environmental Earth Science from Eastern Connecticut State University and her M.S. in Earth & Environmental Science from Lehigh University. She is interested in the impacts of natural and anthropogenic contaminants in water on human and environmental health. Her research is focused on the impact of plastic pollution along its life cycle, from everyday plastic use and release of endocrine disrupting compounds, to waste generation and potential release into the environment as microplastics. She is also founder of Waste-Free PhD, a website and social media platform aimed at communicating the science around sustainability and promoting waste reduction.  Papers and biographic information

 

Shuai Shao, Ph.D. Student

Research interests/activities

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from Beijing Jiao Tong University and my Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from Syracuse University. My master’s thesis focused on investigating long-term responses in soil solution and stream-water chemistry at hubbard brook after experimental addition of wollastonite. My current research with Dr.Driscoll focuses on the analysis of the effects of acidic deposition and future climate changes on streams in the Adirondack Park using the integrated biogeochemical model PnET-BGC. Our studies improved understanding of the past, present, and future effects of changing sulfur and nitrogen deposition and climate on stream ecosystems in the Adirondack region of New York. 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.

 

 


 


Syracuse University
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Syracuse, NY 13244
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