|Dr. Michelle Soupir
I am an Associate Professor in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at Iowa State University in 2008. I received my B.S. degree in Biological and Agricultural Engineering from Kansas State University and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. I have a research and teaching appointment and serve as chair of ABE’s diversity committee.
|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.
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.
|Ji Yeow Law
Ji Yeow joined our group as a Water Quality Engineer in 2018. He completed his M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering at ISU in 2017 on a project related to woodchip bioreactors. He is currently working on the Black Hawk Lake water quality monitoring project and brings expertise in data analysis and technical writing.
|Andy Craig: Andy graduated with B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Civil Engineering Department at the University of Iowa. He worked as a Hydraulic Engineer at IIHR – Hydroscience & Engineering and led the design of the ABE research flume. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and overseeing research projects in the flume lab. His research is related to design of prairie strips for mitigation of microbial pollutants.|
|Areba Syed: Areba received her B.E in Urban and Infrastructure Engineering in 2012, and M.E in water resources management in 2015 from Pakistan. She is currently a Fulbright Fellow and Ph.D. student in Agriculture and Biosystems Engineering. Her research involves using the SWAT model to evaluate paired watersheds in the Black Hawk Lake watershed.|
|Laura Alt: Laura received her B.A. degree in Biology at Simpson College in 2016. Laura is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Science at ISU. For her Ph.D. project she is studying the impacts of prairie strips on antimicrobial resistance. Laura is co-advised by Drs. Howe and Soupir.|
|Alyssa Iverson: Alyssa received her B.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU in 2019 and is currently pursuing an M.S. degree. Her research is related to the degradation of antibiotics in prairie strip soils.|
|Lindsey Murry: Lindsey received her B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in 2019. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and her research is related to improving the design of woodchip bioreactors for addressing a wider range of agricultural pollutants. She is an NSF DataFEWSion Traineeship Fellow.|
|Tim Neher: Tim received his B.S. degree in Environmental Science from Virginia Tech in 2015. After graduation he worked for the USGS in Richmond, VA as a Hydrologic Technician. Tim completed a M.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in 2019 and he is currently pursuing a Ph.D., exploring the Food Energy Water Nexus with an emphasis on microbial water quality and AMR. He is also an NSF DataFEWSion Traineeship Fellow.
|Abby Schaefer: Abby is currently pursuing a B.S./M.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU. Her research involves the microbial community function of woodchip bioreactors and varying carbon sources. Abby is co-advised by Drs. Howe and Soupir.|
|Alexis Slade: Alexis is currently pursuing a M.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU. Her research involves the impact of carbon source and hydraulic residence time on nitrate removal in woodchip bioreactors.|
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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. Her research project investigated phenotypic resistance of enterococcus in drainage from swine amended fields.
Martha Zwonitzer: Martha graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1998 with a degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science. Her research project investigated relationships between antibiotic resistance and attachment to quartz in E. coli isolates from swine facilities. She completed her degree in 2015 and is currently employed by Monsanto.
Rachel McDaniel: Rachel completed her M.S. degree in the Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering Department at ISU in summer 2011. Her research studied the resuspension of E. coli from cowpies directly deposited into streams. She 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 from ISU in fall 2012 and is now an Environmental Engineer at Burns & McDonnell in Kansas City.
Rohith Gali, Ph.D.: 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 on a project monitoring and modeling water quality in the Hickory Grove Lake Watershed. Rohith is now working at Waterborne Environmental.
Pramod Pandey, Ph.D.: 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, Ph.D.: 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 studying the impacts of poultry manure application on drainage water quality. She currently works for Iowa DNR.
Chunyu Liao, Ph.D.: 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 was co-advised with Dr. Jarboe and is currently a post-doc at NC State.
Chenkai (Rex) Wu: Rex received his BS degree from Chejiang University in Biosystems Engineering. He completed his MS degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University in 2016. His project involved assessment of water quality from fields amended with poultry manure. He is currently working for the Standards Institute in China.
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. Bailey is now a lecturer in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at Kansas State University.
Xiao Liang, Ph.D.: 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 Senior Data Scientist at Elevate in Dallas, Texas.
Charles Ikenberry, Ph.D.: 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. Charles completed his degree in 2016 and is currently with Fyra Engineering in Des Moines, Iowa.
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.
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 a Civil Engineer by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Norfolk, Virginia.
Maurice Washington: Maurice received his B.S. degree from NC A&T and M.S. degree from Penn State in 2012. He completed his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in July 2017. His project involved the use of POCIS for detection of emerging contaminants. Maurice currently works as a Water Resources Control Engineer for the California N. Coast Regional Water Quality and Control Board (Ag and Cannabis Unit).
Conrad Brendel: Conrad graduated from the Civil Engineering Department at Iowa State University in 2015. He completed a M.S. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in May 2017 and his project involved monitoring water quality in the Black Hawk Lake watershed. Conrad is currently pursuing a Ph.D. at Virginia Tech.
Emily Martin: Emily received her B.S. degree in Environmental Science at ISU in 2016. She completed her M.S. degree in Environmental Science in May 2018 on the impacts of residence time and influent nitrate concentration on woodchip bioreactor performance. Emily currently works for the Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation as a Grant Writer.
Katherine van der Woude: Katherine received her B.S. degree in Agronomy at ISU in 2016 and her M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture from ISU in August 2018. Her project involved monitoring the impact of conservation practices on nitrate levels in the Black Hawk Lake Watershed.
Alex Martin: Alex received his B.S. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU in 2016. He completed a M.S. degree in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering in August 2018 on prairie pothole water dynamics and water quality. Alex works for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.
Liz Rieke: Liz received a B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU. She is currently a Project Scientist at the Soil Health Institute.
Hannah Guyer: Hannah received a M.S. in Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at ISU in 2018. Her work involved the impact of manure application timing on drainage water quality. She is currently a Water Resources Design Engineer at Bolton & Menk, Inc. in Mankato, MN.
Elliot Rossow: Elliot received a B.S. in Agronomy and Environmental Science from ISU in 2016 and M.S. in Environmental Science in 2018. He is currently a Senior Research Associate at Kula Bio in Somerville, MS.