PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
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Sujay Kaushal

Professor

University of Maryland, College Park
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center & Department of Geology
skaushal@umd.edu

 

Professional Experience: 

2013 - Present | Professor

University of Maryland, College Park 

Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center

Department of Geology 

2010 - 2013 | Assistant Professor

University of Maryland, College Park 

Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center

Department of Geology 

 

2008 | IGB Fellow in Freshwater Science

Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries​

2005 - 2009 | Adjunct Assistant Professor 

University of Maryland, Baltimore County

2005 - 2010 | Assistant Professor 

University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science

2001 - 2003 | Postdoctoral Scientist

Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY

Education: 

2003 | University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

Ph.D, Ecology and Evolutionary ​Biology 

1997 | Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

B.A., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

GRADUATE STUDENTS
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Joe Galella

Ph.D Student

University of Maryland, College Park
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center & Department of Geology

M.S. Geoenvironmental Studies, Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania

B.A. Geosciences, Franklin & Marshall College

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Carly Maas

Ph.D Student

University of Maryland, College Park
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center & Department of Geology

B.S. Geology, Appalachian State University 

 

Sydney Shelton 

Ph.D Student

University of Maryland, College Park
Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center & Department of Geology

B.S. Sustainability Studies & Environmental Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

RESEARCH STAFF
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Ruth Shatkay

Lab Manager | Research Assistant

rshatkay@umd.edu

M.S. Environmental Science

B.S. Architecture

University of Maryland, College Park

Alexis Yaculak 

Research Assistant

yaculak@umd.edu

B.S. Geology, University of Maryland, College Park

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Joe Malin

Senior Thesis Student, 2021

Robert Stutzke

Undergraduate Intern, 2021

Kyriaki Papageorgiou

Undergraduate Intern, 2021

ALUMNI

Kelsey Wood 

M.S. 2020; Lab Manager, 2016-2018

"Tree trade-offs in stream restoration: impacts on riparian groundwater quality"

Now an Environmental Project Scientist/Geologist at Sundance Consulting 

Carol Morel

M.S. 2020

"Tracking transport of 'chemical cocktails' of trace metals using metals using sensors in urban streams"

Now a Research Scientist at National Climate Adaptation Science Center

Shahan Haq

M.S. 2018; Research Technician, 2014-2016

"Effects of salinization on base cation, nutrient, carbon, and trace metal biogeochemistry in human-impacted rivers in the Eastern US" 

Now an Associate Director for ESG & Climate Risk Solutions at Moody's Analytics

Tom Doody

Ph.D. 2017

"Hydrological, biological, and geochemical relationships among carbon, nitrogen, and base cations in restored and unrestored urban streams" 

Rose Smith 

Ph.D. 2016

"Dissolved and gaseous fluxes of carbon and nitrogen from urban watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay"

Now a Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, University of Utah 

Michael Pennino

Ph.D. 2016

"Sources and transformations of nitrogen and carbon in urban watersheds"

Now an ecologist at the EPA

Tammy Newcomer-Johnson

Ph.D. 2015

"Nitrogen uptake and denitrification in restored and degraded urban streams: impacts of organic carbon and integrated stormwater management"

Now an ecologist at the EPA

Gwen Sivirichi 

M.S. 2009 

"Longitudinal patterns in streamwater chemistry and carbon and nitrogen mass balances in restored and degraded stream networks"

Now a Technical Director at AKRF Environmental Consulting

Katie Delaney

M.S. 2009 

"Organic nitrogen and carbon transformations in a stream network of the Chesapeake Bay watershed"

Carolyn Klocker

M.S. 2007 

"Whole stream nitrogen uptake and denitrification in a restored stream of the Chesapeake Bay"

Now Environment & Energy Program Leader at the Cornell Cooperative Extension

Kristine Hopfensberger

Ph.D. 2007 

"Effects of annual and perennial community dynamics of tidal freshwater marsh ecosystem functioning"

Now a Professor and Director of the Environmental Science Program at Northern Kentucky University 

FORMER RESEARCH STAFF

Jenna Reimer 

Lab Manager, 2019-2021

Shuiwang Duan

Research Associate, 2010-2018

Julia Gorman

Lab Technician, 2013-2014

Metthea Yepsen

Lab Technician, 2012-2013

Melissa Grese

Lab Technician, 2008-2011

FORMER UNDERGRADUATE COLLABORATORS 

Alexis Yaculak

Senior Thesis Student, 2020-2021

"A longitudinal study of redox sensitive elements along a regenerative stormwater conveyance (RSC) system"

Walter Boger

Senior Thesis Student, 2020-2021

"High frequency sampling of the Campus Creek RSC"

Bill Li

Senior Thesis Student, 2020-2021

"Relationships between dissolved organic carbon, iron and manganese concentrations in the Susquehanna, Patuxent, and Potomac Rivers"

William Nguyen

Senior Thesis Student, 2019-2020

"The influence of road salts on the mobilization of bioreactive elements in regenerative stormwater conveyance systems"

Daniel Silberstein

Senior Thesis Student, 2018-2019

"A synoptic survey of Campus Creek"

Senior Thesis Student, 2018-2019

"Spatial and temporal trends in salinization in the northeast branch of the Anacostia River"

Julian Leal

Undergraduate Intern, 2018

Megan Houlihan

Senior Thesis Student, 2017-2018

"Diurnal variations in urban stream chemistry"

Kevin Mei

Senior Thesis Student, 2016-2017

"Effects of deicing agents on stream water chemistry"

Nathan Bailey

Senior Thesis Student, 2015-2016

"The effect of sulfate inputs on sulfide abundance and sulfur isotopic compositions of two constructed wetlands"

Elizabeth Lee

Undergraduate Intern, 2014-2015

Evan McMullen

Senior Thesis Student, 2013-2014

"Potential impacts of anthropogenic impervious surfaces on alkalinization in urban watersheds"

Tom Doody

Senior Thesis Student, 2012-2013

"Characterizing carbon sources and quality in four Baltimore streams with uorescence spectroscopy"

Grant Jiang

Senior Thesis Student, 2010-2011

"Impact of stream channel urbanization on dissolved oxygen concentrations"

Tess Van Orden

Undergraduate Intern, 2011

Evan Smith

Harold Manrique Hernandez

REU Fellow, 2009