Shellie Bench

Shellie Bench
M.S., Environmental Microbiology

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Shellie received her B.S. degree from the University of California, Davis in 1999 where she majored in Genetics and served as an undergraduate research assistant in molecular and cellular biology. She then worked in the biosciences industry for several years on the development of high throughput DNA sequencing, including library construction, sequencing and optimization of new protocols. She also participated in a research expedition on the RV Atlantis/ DSRV Alvin in the East Pacific where she conducted DNA sequencing in a setting where it had never been attempted previously and in a workshop on Molecular Evolution at the Marine Biological Laboratory where she received extensive training in the theory and practice of analysis of protein and DNA sequence data.

Chunmei Chen
Ph.D., Environmental Soil Science

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Chunmei received her B.S. in Agricultural Resources and the Environment in 2004 from Nanjing Agriculture University, China, followed by a M.S. in Environmental Soil Science from the Institute of Soil Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2007. For her B.S. student research training project she studied silicon uptake dynamics of rice, maize, and sunflower, which focused on the separaton of root respiration from rhizomicrobial respiration, and the evaluation of rhizosphere priming effects. For her M.S., she evaluated the effects of CO2-induced changes in the quality and quantity of carbon input on soil carbon sequestration in paddy fields, and the response of soil native organic carbon to different exogenous substrates input to the paddy field. She also worked to quantify nitrogen uptake, distribution by rice and l osses from plant tissues using a 15-N labeling technique under elevated atmospheric CO2 concentrations.

Jennifer Gilbert

Jennifer Gilbert
Ph.D., Environmental Soil Management

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Jennifer received her B.S. degree in Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York-Buffalo in 1999 and her M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut in 2003. At SUNY-Buffalo she was a member of the Golden Key Honor Society and also received an internship from the New York Department of Environmental Conservation. She has participated in the Americorps program as an environmental educator and has worked for the past five years in many youth-oriented science and nature education programs. Her M.S. research at the University of Connecticut was part of a 10-year study of urban best management practices for stormwater pollution control and centered on reducing nonpoint pollution of surface water by sediments, nutrients, and heavy metals.

In 2005, Jennifer won the L.R. Ahuja Ag Systems Modeling Fellowship from the Soil Science Society of America.

Minghua Li

Minghua Li
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

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Minghua received his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Dalian University of Technology, People's Republic of China in 2002 and his M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering from Tulane University in 2004. He was awarded the 2003-04 Graduate Student Award for Outstanding Teaching Assistant from Tulane. Minghua has also worked as a consultant in site assessment and remediation for Environmental Resources Management (ERM) China.

Ming-yu Lin

Ming-yu Lin
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

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Ming-yu received both her B.S. degree in Civil Engineering in 2002 and her M.S. degree in Environmental Engineering in 2004 from the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan. Her M.S. research dealt with phytoplankton community structure analysis and system dynamic modeling in a local reservoir which provides drinking water to two million people in the municipality of Taipei. This research was aimed at developing a helpful tool to predict the eutrophication process, which caused severe water quality deterioration in the reservoir. Ming-yu is a member of the Phi Tau Phi Scholastic Honor Society at the National Taiwan University.

Kristian Paul

Kristian Paul
Ph.D., Environmental Soil Chemistry

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Kristian received his B.S. degree in 2002 from Montana State University in Environmental Soil and Water Science. In 1999, he was selected as a National Science Foundation Research Fellow which provided him the opportunity to conduct research at the Savannah River Ecology Laboratory investigating the use of constructed wetlands to remediate contaminated runoff from coal storage facilities. In 2000 he received a U.S. Department of Energy Research Fellowship to work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory on the immobilization of heavy metals in soils at Department of Defense sites throughout the U.S.

Yinan Qi

Yinan Qi
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

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Yinan received his B.S. degree in Engineering from the Harbin Institute of Technology in Harbin, China in 2000. In 2003 he received his Master of Philosophy degree in Environmental Engineering from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he studied fecal coliform inactivation and haloacetic acid formation. Yinan garnered the honors of Oustanding Student Organizer (1997) and Excellent Final Year Project (2000) while at the Harbin Institute of Technology.

Masayuki Shimizu

Masayuki Shimizu
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

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Masayuki received his B.S. degree in Environmental and Resource Engineering from the University of California-Davis in the spring of 2005. He received several scholarships and served as a tutor in science and math. Masayuki participated in undergraduate research projects in the areas of biometeorology and the reduction of manganese oxide in soil by humic compounds.

Amy Shober

Amy Shober
Ph.D., Environmental Soil Management

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Amy received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science and a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Virginia Tech University in 1998 and her M.S. degree in Soil Science from Pennsylvania State University in 2002. At Virginia Tech she conducted undergraduate research and was a teaching assistant in the Chemistry department and was the recipient of the Chemistry Academic Excellence Award and the American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior Award. Her M.S. research at Penn State focused on the fate and crop uptake of heavy metals in soils amended with municipal biosolids. She received the Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Award from the Northeast Branch of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America in 2001 and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Golden Key Honor Societies. Amy won a J. Fielding Reed PPI Fellowship in 2005 and was named a Hazel Burgett Endowed P.E.O. Scholar for 2004-05. She was awarded second place in the Outstanding Graduate Student Presentation Competition at the Northeastern Branch meeting of the Soil Science Society of America in July of 2004.

Adiyta Sood

Aditya Sood
Ph.D., Environment and Energy Policy

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Aditya received his Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering from the Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, India in 1991. In 1997 he received his Master of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he studied biosurfactant production and partitioning of phenanthrene into soil. Aditya has worked as an environmental engineer on wastewater treatment issues and pollution prevention techniques in the private sector.

Kristin Staats

Kristin Staats
M.S., Environmental Soil Chemistry

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Kristin received her B.S. degree in Environmental Soil Science from the University of Delaware in 2002. While at Delaware she was a Science & Engineering Scholar, a Delaware Water Resources Center Intern, and the recipient of a Degree with Distinction for her senior thesis research. Kristin also worked for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service as a soil scientist for three summers, as an intern with an environmental consulting firm, and as an undergraduate research assistant in the UD environmental soil chemistry laboratory. She was recently selected as the Outstanding Senior Student by the Northeast Branch of the American Society of Agronomy and Soil Science Society of America. Kristin is a native Delawarean and a recipient of the Burris Marshall Agricultural Scholarship. In May and June of 2003, Kristin studied agriculture in Namibia, Africa, made possible by an award from the University of Delaware and Delaware State University.

Ryan Tappero

Ryan Tappero
Ph.D., Environmental Soil Chemistry

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Ryan received his B.S. (2001) and M.S. (2003) degrees from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California with emphases in Environmental Science, Technology, and Engineering. As an undergraduate he received the SSSA Outstanding Soil Science Senior Award, the CH2MHill Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research in Environmental Engineering, and participated in an internship with the Land Disposal Unit of the California Regional Water Quality Board. He received the prestigious Sally Casanova Scholar award to support his M.S. program where his research focused on the use of novel phytoremediation strategies for soils contaminated with copper, chromium, and arsenic.

Yoana Voynova
Ph.D., Oceanography

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Yoana received her B.A. degree from Franklin and Marshall College in Environmental Science in 2006. She spent the fall semester of 2004 at the Sea Education Association inWoods Hole, Massachusetts. Yoana received the Mayaud Travel Grant Award in the summer of 2005 to investigate water quality and monitoring systems in the Black Sea and took a research cruise in the Bahamas, collecting live specimens of benthic foraminifers from carbonate sediments.

Mengqiang Zhu

Mengqiang Zhu
Ph.D., Environmental Soil Chemistry

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Mengqiang received his B.E. degree in Environmental Engineering from the North China Electric Power University in 2002. In 2005 he obtained a M.S. in Environmental Science from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. During his undergraduate study, he interned at the Baoding Sewage Treatment Plant and the Power Plant of Zhangjiakou in Hebei, China. He also won an award in the National College Mathematical Contest in Modeling. Mengqiang studied mechanisms of heavy metal retention on the micro-interface of minerals and was trained in synchrotron radiation theory and application in the Graduate Summer School of Nuclear Technology and Application, organized by the National Synchrotron Radiation Lab in China.

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