The Klos Environmental Lab @ Marist College

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Current Students and Projects

Ju

Julianna Alder-Colvin, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Co-advisor for project: Influence of spatial heterogeneity in groundwater exchange rates on lake ecosystem function, University of Notre Dame Environmental Research Center, Wisconsin
  • Advisor for project: Quantifying the influence of Japanese knotweed on infiltration rates of forest soils
  • Advisor for funding sources: $7000 NSF-REU Co-Advisor, Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award

Katey

Katey Samarro, Undergraduate, Marist College

    • Advisor for research project and tiered mentoring with local high school students (MH-YES): Spatial scaling of watershed factors affecting stream health in the Hudson River Valley
    • Advisor for funding sources: $4200 School of Science Summer Research Award

Gabi2

Gabi DeGennaro, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Spatial patterning of microplastic accumulation in sediments of a drinking water reservoir, Chadwick Lake, New York
  • Co-advisor for project: Influence of geomorphology and hydrology on Japanese knotweed in Fern Tor Preserve, New York

KatieB

Katie Butterfield, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Mapping nutrient inputs to Sprout Creek from agricultural practices

Olivia&Brennan

Olivia Fabrizi and Brennan Duarte, Undergraduates, Marist College

  • Advisor for team project: Mother Nature’s Hit Single: Evaluation of music-based science communication.
  • Advisor for funding sources: $9,999 Strategic Planning Projects Advisory Committee Grant (canceled – COVID-19),

Olivia Fabrizi, Undergraduate, Marist College                                                                                    Fall 2019 – current

  • Advisor for project: Spatial data compilation, digitization, and visualization for the Fall Kill watershed.
  • Advisor for funding sources:$1500 Sheryl Todd Family Foundation, $4200 School of Science Summer Research Award, $3700 Tarver Family Summer Award (canceled – COVID-19)

Emma

Emma Butzler, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Septic system policy guidance for spatially complex regions: Investigating relations between population density, wealth disparity, soil geology, and watershed health

Sam

Samantha Musso, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Cyanotoxins in the Hudson River: Experimental investigation of warming and water chestnut’s combined influences on cyanobacterial community assemblage and resulting toxicity
  • Advisor for funding sources: $6,500 Hudson River Foundation (canceled – COVID-19), $3000 Sheryl Todd Family Foundation

Luke

Luke Hatch, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Influences of spatial heterogeneity in hyporheic exchange and nutrient dynamics on fluvial ecosystems in semi-arid, irrigated versus hemiboreal, non-irrigated systems, Utah and New York.

Brittney Portes

Brittney Portes, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Localizing terroir for the future using global datasets, and the effects of viticulture expansion in the Hudson Valley on the resilience of soil health under a changing climate

Madison

Madison Langweil, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Influence of groundwater upwelling on river and lake system resilience under a changing climate

Past Students and Projects

Tadd

Tadd Bindas, Undergraduate, Marist College

Currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Hydroinformatics at Pennsylvania State University

  • Advisor for Honors Thesis project: Road salts and faults: Preferential transport of high salinity groundwater via geologic faults that connect highways to streams
  • Advisor for funding sources: $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award

Brooke

Brooke Peterson, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Groundwater inflow as a control on Blanding’s Turtle populations in mitigated wetlands
  • Advisor for funding sources: $3400 School of Science Summer Research Award, $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award, $400 Marist VPAA Student Travel Award

Ellie

Ellie Petraccione, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Co-advisor for Honors Thesis project: Assessing the potential for harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Hudson River: Spatial abundance of cyanobacteria and their abiotic controls
  • Co-advisor for communication project: Communicating the risking risk of harmful algal blooms (HABs) in the Hudson River: Interactive digital visuals for use with the general public
  • Advisor for funding sources: $6,500 Hudson River Foundation, $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award, $646 Marist VPAA Student Travel Award

Colleen

Colleen Bradley, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Storage dependence index: A sub-annual climatic metric to predict the depth of soil
  • Advisor for research project and tiered mentoring with local high school students (MH-YES): Hydrologic and anthropogenic controls on spatial nutrient dynamics in the Fall Kill and Sprout Creek, New York
  • Advisor for funding sources: $3400 School of Science Summer Research Award, $1000 School of Science Summer Research Award, $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award, $690 Marist VPAA Student Travel Award

MHYES2019

Kaitlin LaRosa, Haider Qureshi, Estefani Rojas, Marina Tawil, Marist College, MH-YES Program

  • Tiered mentorship for project: Battle of the Streams: Water impoundments and influence on algal growth and nutrient dynamics in the Fall Kill and Sprout Creek, New York

Carter

Carter Schuh, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Spatial patterns of microplastic accumulation in tributary-estuaries of the Hudson River
  • Advisor for funding sources: $3400 School of Science Summer Research Award, $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award

James

James Robitaille, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Assessing spatial variation in hyporheic exchange in the Saw Kill creek bed.
  • Advisor for project: Analysis and visualization of HRECOS datasets to understand event-scale turbidity dynamics in the Hudson River Estuary.

Clairice

Clairice Drexler, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for Honors Thesis project: Relation of groundwater inflow and organic sediment accumulation in Blanding’s turtle habitat present in artificial and natural wetlands, Arlington, New York
  • Advisor for funding sources: $400 Marist VPAA Student Research Award

Jeramie

Jeramie Glynn, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Co-advisor for project: Spatial analysis to identify processes controlling geomorphic slumping

Emily

Emily Poole, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Best practices for water resources communication through video and social media

Alex

Alexandra Barnes-Schwartz, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Water quality influences of beaver dams in the Hudson Valley

Jess

Jessica Howe, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Co-advisor for project: Barges on the Hudson River: Resiliency of coastlines to oil spills

Bree

Breanna Marmion, Undergraduate, Marist College

  • Advisor for project: Remote sensing of temporal and spatial patterns in beaver dam construction in the Shingle Shanty Preserve, Adirondacks, New York

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Pre-Marist

Will Durrett,

Undergraduate, Colorado College, Summer 2013 – Spring 2014

  • Co-advisor for his senior thesis project focused on subsurface ecohydrologic regimes within mountain systems

Dane Vannosdeln,

Masters of Arts in Teaching Student, Colorado College, Summer 2014 – Spring 2015

  • Research mentor for his master’s thesis focused on the character impacts of outdoor-based instruction within diverse (socioeconomic status, race, and cognition) student populations

Leona Waller and Ellen Becket,

Undergraduates, Colorado College, Summer 2013

  • Advised their independent summer research fellowship to quantify participant presences for water resource management at the annual “Burning Man” festival within the Black Rock Playa, Nevada

Edward Crawford,

Undergraduate, Colorado College, Summer 2013

  • Advised and directed a summer research fellowship designed to expose him to field methods in hydrology

Daniel Boyes,

Undergraduate, Colorado College, Summer 2011

  • Advised a component of his senior project looking at human impacts to stream quality

Jackie Hancock,

MSc Student, University of Idaho, 2010 – 2011

  • Provided advising in the planning and implementation of her Master’s project focused on the relations of surface/ground-water exchange and salmonid habitat

                                           

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