Graduate Research Fellowships Program

Graduate Research Fellowships in NIWR FY 1999, 2000, 2001

(March 1999 - February 2002)

Andrea Arruda Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, NDSU
Fellowship: March 1999-December 2001
Ph.D. Dissertation: Analysis of Environmental Pollutants by Luminescence Spectroscopy
Advisor: Andres Campiglia, Department of Chemistry, NDSU
Cooperators: Dakota Technologies, Inc., Fargo North Dakota
Current Position: (NDSU Graduate Student)

Edward S. DeKeyser Ph.D., Animal and Range Sciences, NDSU, December 2000
Fellowship: March 1999-February 2000
Ph.D. Dissertation: A Vegetative Classification of Seasonal and Temporary Wetlands Across a Disturbance Gradient Using a Multimetric Approach
Advisor: Donald R. Kirby, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, NDSU
Cooperators: Northern Prairie Research Center, Jamestown, North Dakota
Current Position: Rangeland Scientist, NDSU, Fargo

Megan A. Jaskowiak Ph.D. Program, Botany, NDSU
Fellowship: March 1999-February 2002
Ph.D. Dissertation: The Periphyton in the Sheyenne River, North Dakota
Advisor: Marvin W. Fawley, Department of Botany, NDSU
Cooperators: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, North Dakota State Department of Health
Current Position: (NDSU Graduate Student)

Melani L. Tescher M.S., Biology, UND, July 2000
Fellowship: March 1999-July 2000
M.S. Thesis: An Analysis of Mercury in Mallards from Kellys Slough National Wildlife Refuge in Grand Forks County, North Dakota
Advisor: Sally Pyle, Department of Biology, UND
Cooperators: Center for Air Toxic Metals, UND Energy and Environmental Research Center
Current Position: Ph.D. Candidate, University of Neveda-Reno

Rochelle A. Nustad M.S., Civil Engineering, NDSU December 2000
Fellowship: March 1999-June 2001
M.S. Thesis : Determination of the Factor Causing Elevated Phosphorus Levels in a Natural Wetland and Methods for Remediation
Advisor: Wei Lin, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU
Cooperators: Pelican River Watershed District
Current Position: Civil Engineer, North Dakota District, Water Resources Division, USGS, Grand Forks, ND

Paul A. Skubinna M.S. Program, Geology and Geological Engineering, UND
Fellowship: March 1999-February 2001
M.S. Thesis : Modeling the Hydrogeochemistry of Denitrification in In-Situ Microcosms, in the Elk Valley Aquifer
Advisor: Scott Korom, Department of Geological Engineering, UND
Cooperators: ND State Water Commission, ND State Department of Health
Current Position: (UND Graduate Student)

Kyle D. Zimmer Ph.D. Program, Zoology, NDSU
Fellowship: Summer, 1998; March 1999-May 2001
Ph.D. Dissertation : Effects of Fathead Minnows and Drainage on Wetlands Ecosystems
Advisor: Malcolm Butler, Professor of Zoology
Cooperators: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Bemidji, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center, Jamestown ND
Current Position: (NDSU Graduate Student)

Stuart Hurley M.S. Program, Environmental Engineering, NDSU
Fellowship: March 2000-February 2001
M.S. Thesis : An Investigation of Ozone Consumption Rates and By-Product Formation at the Moorhead Water Treatment Plant
Advisor: Wei Lin, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Cooperators: Moorhead Water Treatment Plant; Fargo Water Treatment Plant
Current Position: (NDSU Graduate Student)

Eric C. Dodds M.S. Program, Environmental Engineering, NDSU
Fellowship: March 2001-October 2001
M.S. Thesis: Evaluation of Peat Uptake Capacity for Copper and Nickel in Constructed Wetlands of the LTV Mining Company
Advisor: Wei Lin, Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering
Cooperators: LTV Steel Mining Company, Minnesota
Current Position: (NDSU Graduate Student)

Melissa J. Meyer Ph.D. Program, Chemistry, UND
Fellowship: May 2001-August 2001
Ph.D. Dissertation : Rapid Spray Extraction and Analysis of Organic Compounds from Water
Advisor: Anthony J. Borgerding, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, UND
Cooperators: Dakota Technologies, Inc., Fargo, ND
Current Position: (UND Graduate Student)

Anthony T. Miller M.S. Program, Zoology, NDSU
Fellowship: March 2001-December 2001
M.S. Thesis : Northern Forested Wetlands: Characteristics and Influences of Upland Tree Harvest
Advisor: Malcolm Butler, Professor of Zoology
Cooperators: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources; U.S. Forest Service
Current Position: (NDSU Graduate Student)

Graduate Summer Research Fellowships Awarded Between
October 1992 and February 1998

Cheryl D. Feigum M.S., Zoology, NDSU, 1995 (Earned a Ph.D. in Soil Science at NDSU in 1999)
Fellowship: Summer, 1993 and 1994
M.S. Thesis : Development of an Index of Biotic Integrity for the Buffalo River, Minnesota
Advisor: John J. Peterka, Department of Zoology
Cooperators: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
Current Position: Environmental Scientist, Houston Engineering, Inc., Fargo, ND

Brett Hovde M.S., Agricultural Economics, NDSU, 1994
Fellowship: Summer 1993
M.S. Thesis: Dollar Values of Two Prairie Potholes
Advisor: J.A. Leitch, Department of Agricultural Economics, NDSU
Cooperators: ND State Department of Health; ND Water Commission; USA Corps of Engineers
Current Position: Staff, North Dakota Water Commission, Bismarck, ND

Srinivas Repala M.S., Civil Engineering, NDSU 1994
Fellowship: Summer 1993
M.S. Thesis: An Investigation of the Potential for Contamination of the Buffalo Aquifer near Moorhead, Minnesota, City Wells
Advisor: G. Padmanabhan, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU
Cooperators: City of Moorhead, Minnesota
Current Position: Software engineer, Water Resources, MYTA Corporation, Washington D.C.

Rick Alan Hart M.S., Zoology, NDSU 1995
Fellowship: Summer 1994
M.S. Thesis : Habitat Suitability Criteria for the Otter Tail River, Minnesota
Advisor: John J. Peterka, Department of Zoology, NDSU
Current Position: Invertebrate Biologist, Division of Ecological Services, MN Department of Natural Resources

Anil Peggerla M.S. Program, Civil Engineering (did not complete program)
Fellowship: Summer 1994
M.S. Thesis : Water Quality Modeling of the Red River of the North at Fargo, North Dakota Using QUAL2E
Advisor: G. Padmanabham, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU
Current Position: Software Development Manager, Water Resources, Phoenix American, Inc. San Francisco, CA

Bruce Pankratz M.S., Biology, UND, 1995
Fellowship: Summer 1994
M.S. Thesis: Environmental Variables Affecting Periphyton Communities at Kellys Slough, North Dakota
Advisor: L. Elliot Schubert, Department of Biology, UND [no longer at UND]
Current Position: (Unknown)

Richard L. Rezanka M.S., Zoology, NDSU 1997
Fellowship: Summer 1995
M.S. Thesis : Development of Regional Water Quality Predictors Using Benthic Indicators
Advisor: Malcolm G. Butler, Department of Zoology, NDSU
Current Position: Senior Marine Science Technician, US EPA Research Vessel Lake Guardian

Stephanie Syverson M.S., Chemistry, UND, 1995
Fellowship: Summer 1995
M.S. Thesis: Fiber Optic pH Sensor Based on Evanescent Wave Absorption Spectroscopy and Solid-Phase Microextraction
Advisor: David Tilotta, Department of Chemistry, UND
Current Position: (went to Iowa State for doctoral studies, Current position not known)

James Triebwasser M.S., Botany, NDSU, 1997
Fellowship: Summer 1995
M.S. Thesis: Comparison of Phytoplankton Communities of the Sheyenne and Red Rivers and Their Role in Water Quality
Advisor: Marvin Fawley, Department of Botany, NDSU
Cooperators: Water Treatment Plant, Fargo, ND
Current Position: Plant Protection and Quarantine Officer, USDA Aphis Program, Duluth, Minnesota

Sheila Merschman M.S., Chemistry, UND, 1997
Fellowship: Summer 1996
M.S. Thesis : Solventless Determination of Aromatic Contaminants in Water by Solid Phase Microextraction and Ultraviolet Absorption Spectroscopy
Advisor: David Tilotta, Department of Chemistry, UND
Current Position: Analytical Chemist, Merck, Inc. New Jersey

Kim Giovannielli M.S. Candidate, Zoology, NDSU (thesis not completed)
Fellowship: Summer, 1996
M.S. Thesis: Economic Value of the Wetland Functions of Mud Lake
Advisor: Malcolm Butler, Professor of Zoology, NDSU
Current Position: Biology Lab Manager, College of New Rochelle, New Jersey

Richard J. Jaeger Ph.D. Chemistry, UND 2001 (expected)
Fellowship: Summer 1997
Ph.D. Dissertation : Environmentally Friendly Determination of "Oil and Grease" in North Dakota Water Sources
Advisor: David T. Pierce, Department of Chemistry, UND
Current Position: Technical staff, Dionex Corporation, Westmont, Illinois

Karen A. Phillips Ph.D. Botany, NDSU 1998
Fellowship: Summer 1996 and 1997
Ph.D. Dissertation : Phytoplankton Community Structure Under Ice in Shallow North Dakota Lakes
Advisor: Marvin Fawley, Department of Botany-Biology, NDSU
Cooperators: ND State Department of Health
Current Position: Post-doctoral Research Associate, Department of Biology, NDSU

Aaron J. Meyer M.S., Natural Resources Management, NDSU, 1998
Fellowship: Summer 1997
M.S. Thesis: Estimating the Effect Wetlands Have on Flood Hydrographs Through Computer Simulation
Advisor: Jay A. Leitch, Department of Agricultural Economics, NDSU
Cooperators: International Joint Commission (ND, MN, Manitoba)
Current Position: Water Resource Protection and Program Management Specialist, Stearns County Minnesota

Allen J. Schlag M.S., Geology, UND, 1998
Fellowship: Summer 1997
M.S. Thesis : Preliminary Results from an In-Situ Denitrification Test within the Elk Valley Aquifer
Advisor: Scott F. Korom, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, UND
Cooperators: ND State Water Commission; ND Department of Health
Current Position: Manager, UND Water Quality Laboratory, Grand Forks

Jon Paul Jones M.S., Geology, UND, 1998
Fellowship: Summer 1998
M.S. Thesis: Determining Capture Zones for Three-Dimensional, Heterogeneous, Anisotropic Aquifers by Monte Carlo Analysis
Advisor: Phillip Gerla, Department of Geology and Geological Engineering, UND
Current Position: Ph.D. Program in Geology, University of Waterloo, Ontario Canada

Lee Beauvais M.S. Program, Civil Engineering, NDSU (expected May 2001)
Fellowship: Summer, 1998
M.S. Thesis: Effects of Wind Mixers on Wastewater Stabilization Lagoon Systems
Advisor: Wei Lin, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU
Cooperators: City of West Fargo, ND
Current Position: Engineer, City of West Fargo

Andrew Bradshaw M.S. Program, Civil Engineering, NDSU
Fellowship: Summer, 1998
M.S. Thesis : Investigation of Ammonia Removal by Nitrification in Biological Treatment System Relevant to Moorhead
Advisor: Wei Lin, Department of Civil Engineering, NDSU
Cooperators: City of Moorhead (MN) Wastewater Treatment Facility
Current Position: Consulting Engineer, Fargo, ND