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Leigh Ann Long
Leigh Ann joined our group as a Research Associate in 2012.  She received her B.S. degree in Agronomy and her M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture, both from Iowa State University.  She is currently managing the Water Quality Research Lab and the Black Hawk Lake water quality monitoring project.
Leigh Ann Natasha Hoover
Natasha joined our group as a Research Associate in 2012. She received her BS in environmental sciences from ISU in May 2010 and her M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and Environmental Science in spring of 2012. She is currently managing projects related to water quality from poultry manure amended cropland and woodchip bioreactors.
Natasha

Graduate Student Researchers

Conrad Brendel
Conrad graduated from the Civil Engineering Department at Iowa State University in 2015.  He is pursuing a M.S. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and his project involves monitoring water quality in the Black Hawk Lake watershed. 
Conrad Ji Yeow Law
Ji Yeow is pursuing a joint B.S./M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering at ISU.  He is working on our woodchip bioreactor project funded by the Iowa Soybean Association.
Ji Yeow

Liz Luby
Liz received her B.S. degree in Biological Systems Engineering at Virginia Tech in 2012. She is pursuing an M.S. degree and her project involves the fate and transport of antibiotic resistant genes from lands amended with swine manure.  Liz is co-advised with Dr. Moorman.
Liz Maurice Washington
Maurice received his B.S. degree from NC A&T and M.S. degree from Penn State in 2012.  He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering and his project involves the use of POCIS for detection of emerging contaminants.  Maurice is co-advised with Dr. Moorman.
Maurice

Antionette Fowlkes
Antionette received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Alabama A&M University in 2016.  For her M.S. project she is studying the impact of management practices on antibiotic resistant bacteria and genes.
Antionette Katherine van der Woude
Katherine received her B.S. degree in Agronomy at ISU in 2016.  For her M.S. project she is monitoring the impact of conservation practices on water quality in the Black Hawk Lake Watershed. 
Katherine

Alex Martin
Alex received his B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU in 2016.  For his M.S. project he is working on the impacts of prairie potholes on water quality.  Alex is co-advised by Drs. Kaleita and Soupir.
Alex Elliot Rossow
Elliot received his B.S. degree in Environmental Science in 2015 and Agronomy in 2016, both at ISU. His Ph.D. project is monitoring the fate and transport of antibiotics, antibiotic resistant bacteria, and antibiotic resistant genes from manure amended agricultural fields.
Elliot

Emily Martin
Emily received her B.S. degree in environmental Science at ISU in 2016.  For her M.S. project she will be investigating the impacts of residence time and influent nitrate concentration on woodchip bioreactor performance.
Emily Martin\    

Former Graduate Students and Post Doctoral Scholars

Trang Hoang
Trang graduated from Water Resources University in Vietnam in 2006.  Following graduation she worked as a researcher for the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment.  Trang received an M.S. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Environmental Science from ISU in December 2010. 
Martha Zwonitzer
Martha graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1998 with a degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science.  Following graduation she worked as a research assistant and laboratory manager in the legume genetics and breeding program at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Oklahoma. She is currently employed by Texas A&M. 
Rachel McDaniel
Rachel completed her M.S. degree in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at ISU in summer 2011 and is now an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University.
Amy Cervantes
Amy graduated with a B.S. degree from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010.  She completed her M.S. degree in Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at ISU in 2012.  She in now an Environmental Engineer at Seneca Companies in Des Moines

Jason Garder
Jason graduated with a Civil Engineering degree from South Dakota State University in 2011.  His M.S. research involved assessing the tylosin concentrations and antibiotic resistant enterococci in tile flow below fields receiving swine manure applications.  He graduated in fall 2012 and is now an Environmental Engineer at CDM Smith in Kansas City.
Rohith Gali
Rohith graduated with a B.Tech. degree from Acharya N.G. Ranga Agricultural University in Hyderabad, India and an M.S. degree from the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Kansas State University.  He completed a Ph.D. in the ABE department at ISU in 2014 and is now working at Waterborne Environmental.
Pramod Pandey
Pramod received a Master of Technology from the IIT in Agricultural and Food Engineering in 2003 and a MS from WSU in Environmental Engineering in 2007.  He completed his Ph.D. at ISU in fall 2012 and worked as a post-doc, modeling the resuspension of E. coli  from stream sediments. He is currently an Extension Specialist at UC Davis in the School of Veterinary Medicine.
Claire Hruby
Claire graduated from Wesleyan University in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences in 1998 and completed an M.S. in Geology at Iowa State University in 2002.  She completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Science in 2015 and works for Iowa DNR.

Chunyu Liao
Chunyu received her B.S. degree in Biological Engineering at Hubei University of Technology and M.S. in Environmental Microbiology from Huazhong Agricultural University in China. She is currently a PhD student in Microbiology at ISU working on a project to improve understanding of genetic and environmental factors driving E. coli  attachment to particles.  Chunyu is co-advised with Dr. Jarboe.
Chenkai (Rex) Wu
Rex received his BS degree from Chejiang University in Biosystems Engineering.  He plans to complete his MS degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University in 2015. His project involves assessment of water quality from fields amended with poultry manure.
Bailey Sullivan, Ph.D.
Dr. Sullivan joined our group as a postdoctoral scholar from 2014 - 2015.  She received her BS and MS degrees from Kansas State University and her PhD from Texas A&M. She managed our USDA NIFA grant on antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in agricultural systems. Dr. Sullivan is now a lecturer in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at the University of Arkansas
 

Xiao Liang
Xiao graduated with a Biotechnology degree from Nanjing Agricultural University in 2009 and has worked as an intern for the Chinese Academy of Science.  For her Ph.D. project she studied E. coli interactions with particles in streams. Xiao is currently working as a Data Scientist at Elevate in Dallas, Texas.
Xiao ASABE Charles Ikenberry
Charles received his B.S. from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Civil Engineering and his M.S. from Kansas State University in Biological and Agricultural Engineering.   His Ph.D. research involved improving wetland processes in a watershed scale model and conducting scenarios to prioritize wetland placement to maximize water quality benefits.  Dr. Ikenberry completed his degree in 2016 and is currently employed by Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Charles

Miguel Israel Chavez-Santoscoy
Miguel completed his M.S. degree in the Chemical and Biological Engineering at ISU in 2016.  His advisor was Dr. Cademartiri and Dr. Soupir was his co-advisor.  He project involved detection of E. coli  in waters used phage.  Miguel is currently a Ph.D. student in CBE at Iowa State.
Miguel Ross Tuttle
Ross graduated from Civil Engineering at Iowa State and is currently pursuing his M.S. degree.  He is investigating the fate and transport of antibiotic resistant bacteria to tile waters during rainfall events.  Ross is employed as an Environmental Engineer by I+S Group in Storm Lake, Iowa.
Ross
     
 

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