Scavia Lab

I have been so impressed with the students, postdocs, and visiting scholars that have been part of our research team over the years.   You can see the our Great Lakes and coastal marine projects here.

Research Associates

Yu-Chen Wang: Data processing and spatial analysis.

As a Research Associate, Yphoto_ycwu-Chen participates in several research projects in the Scavia Lab, focusing on data downloading, cleaning, and compiling water quality and geospatial data for modeling. He also applies his spatial and analytical skills on water quality hotspot mapping and visualization.

Yu-Chen’s broader research interests include building spatial or statistical models to improve the understanding of human impacts on the ecosystem and environmental quality. He has an MS in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from National Taiwan University and an MS in Natural Resources and Environment with a focus in Environmental Informatics from the University of Michigan.

Colleen Long: Data processing, spatial analysis, and Remote Sensing

Colleen participates in several projects in the Scavia Lab, focused on compiling and analyzing data to help better inform watershed models and answer questionsColleen about land management throughout watersheds.

Before joining the Scavia Lab, Colleen spent four years at the Illinois State Geological Survey, where her work focused on studying the effectiveness of BMP’s on improving water quality of roadway runoff.  She received her MS from the University of North Carolina (Geology with focus on remote sensing of hydrology) and BS from the University of Michigan (Geological Sciences and PitE).

 

 

Alumni

PostDocs and Visitors:

Awoke Dagnew Teshager: Eco-hydrological watershed modeling to evaluate the impact of change in land management and climate on water quality and quantity.Nathan (Nate) Manning: Assessing the interface between aquatic and terrestrial systems.  Serghei Bocaniov: Modeling the interaction between physical and biogeochemical processes in large lakes. Isabella Bertani: Understanding how local and global stressors affect the functioning of freshwater ecosystems and communities; Rebecca (Becca) Logsdon Muenich: Watershed modeling to evaluate land management and ecosystem services in watersheds; Margaret Kalcic: Watershed modeling to predict the impacts of land management and climate change on nutrient loading to the Great Lakes; Yao Hu: Modeling and Analysis of the Impacts of Changes in Watershed Dynamics.Xiaobo Liu: Modeling, assessing and forecasting nutrient impacts and invasive species on lake/reservoir systems (2013-2014); Dan Obenour: Geostatistical Modeling of Hypoxia Formation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico and HAB formation in Lake Erie (2013-2014); Michael Manolidis: Implementing hydrodynamic modeling with particle tracking capabilities in the Great Lakes (2014); Kyung Hwa Cho; PhD watershed and water quality models (2011-2012); Mary Anne Evans: Forecasting Great Lakes and Estuarine Eutrophication, 2009-12; Ibrahim Alameddine: Modeling watersheds and receiving-water bodies, 20011-2012; Myriam Larose, Modeling land-use change impacts on water pollution, 2010-2012; Yong Liu:  Forecasting Estuarine Eutrophication, 2008-2009

PhD:

Dan Rucinski: Ecological models ofthe causes of hypoxia in Lake Erie, Irem Daloglu; Diffusion of Innovations, an application to agriculture, with an emphasis on comparing policy alternatives, Dan Obenour: Geostatistical Modeling of Hypoxia Formation in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, James Roberts: Effects of hypoxia on the benthic fish community of Lake Erie’s central basin, 2010 Andrew Bell: Adaptive agricultural development in the Amazon: Informing decision with agent-based models, 2010 Chenwan Wang, Visiting PhD Student. Interested in modeling the eutrophication process, 2010; Pingjian Yang: Visiting PhD Student from Peking University.  Research topic: Modeling Lake Eutrophication

Masters:

Daniel Gerding, Berry Kennedy, Makely Lyon, Josh Rego, Emily Taylor: Designing Innovative Corporate Water Risk Management Strategies from an Ecosystem Services Perspective; Alicia Ritzenthaler, Chelsea Ransom, Steve Rippberger: The primary focus of this 2011-2012 team’s project is to evaluate water management in the greater Laikipia area of Kenya and provide recommendations for water use; Caitline Ryan, Melissa Antokal, Ajay Varadharajan, Nagapooja Seeba: The 2010-2011 Mpala Wildlife Foundation Master’s Project; Julie Mida: The role of Mysis relicta in the Great Lakes ecosystem response to the loss of Diporeia, 2010 Greg Jacobs: Quantifying and modeling divergence in life history traits of juvenile largemouth bass, 2008 Dan Fishman: Ecosystem effects of invasive mussels in Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron, 2008 Erica Zontek, Brian Collerun; Ken Mori: An integrated assessment for policy options for ecotourism in Northeastern Michigan, MS Project 2007 Yuntao Zhou: Assessing screening models for estuarine eutrophication, 2006 Emily Wilke: Indicators of Ecosystem Health for the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, 2006

Undergrads:

Jennifer Kullgren; Senior Honors Thesis: Evaluating the success of Lake Trout refuges in the Great Lakes, 2007 Carolyn Hwang; Senior Honors Thesis: The role of community participation and level of economic development in effective marine management, 2005; 2016 UROP Students (Jaylene Gutierrez, Steve Beattie, E’Lise Harden, Sara Hansen, Ashley Gignac)