Environmental Sciences Ph.D. Program

Program Alumni

The Environmental Sciences Ph.D. program admitted its first students in Fall 2002 and saw its first Ph.D. graduates in 2008. You can always learn more about our students by visiting our Current Students webpage.

Shishir Adhikari

2015, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Using modeling and GIS techniques to determine the distribution pattern of species and their related habitat.

Advisor: Volker Bahn

Alison Agather

2014, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in the analysis and speciation of mercury and other metals in environmental systems.

Advisor: Dr. Chad Hammerschmidt

Kathryn Barto

2008, Biological Sciences

Dissertation Title: An Assessment of the Allelopathic Potential of Alliaria Petiolata

Dissertation Director: Don Cipollini

Sweta Bose

2008, Chemistry

Dissertation Title: Dissolution Kinetics of Sulfate Minerals: Linking Environmental Significance of Mineral-Water Interface Reactions to the Retention of Aqueous CrO42- in Natural Waters

Katlin Bowman

2014, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Monomethylmercury (MMHg) is a potent neurotoxin that humans are exposed to primarily through the consumption of fish.

Jacquelyn Bracco

2015, Chemistry

Advisor: Steve Higgins

Email: bracco.2@wright.edu

Seth Brittle

2012, Chemistry
Recognition Year: 
2016

Research Interests: Determining the toxicological effect silver nanoparticles may have on biological organisms and investigating the environmental fate and transport of nanomaterials.

Advisor: Ioana Sizemore

Adam Burdsall

2013, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests:

Advisor: Abinash Agrawal

Email: burdsall.3@wright.edu

Kai Burington

2012, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Tachinid flies (Diptera: Tachinidae) are a diverse group of parasitoid insects with many different kinds of arthropod hosts, including plant feeding pest insects.

Sumantra Chatterjee

2010, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dissertation Title: Estimating Evaporation Using Remote Sensing: A Hybrid Approach Between Modis Derived Enhanced Vegetation Index, Bowen Ratio System, and Ground Based Micro-Meteorological Data

Edward Council

2012, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dissertation Title: Central Arctic Lithostratigraphy: Implication On Sediment Transport and Paleoceanography

Kevin Custer

2012, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: My research is looking at the effects of Nickel spiked sediments in situ on benthic communities, indigenous aquatic insects, and selected USEPA surrogate organisms.

Samantha Davis

2015, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Investigating the mechanisms of invasion by exotic species, and the effects of invasive species on native community composition and rare species survival.

Advisor: Don Cipollini

Shawn Devlin

2011, Biological Sciences

Dissertation Title: Littoral Zone Structure, Energy Mobilization and Benthic Food Webs in Oligotrophic Northern Temperate Lakes

Dissertation Director: Yvonne Vadeboncoeur

Kirandeep Dhami

2012, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: Population genetics through studies of the evolutionary relationships using ducks as model species.

Advisor: Jeff Peters

Chad Ferguson

2009, Biological Sciences

Dissertation Title: Conservation Genetics of a Near Threatened Freshwater Mussel Species (Lampsilis Cardium) and Improved Prospects for Recovery: How Nuclear and Mitochondrial DNA Analyses Inform Natural History and Conservation P

Behzad Ghanbarian-Alavijeh

2014, Physics

Research Interests: My main research interests are in development of theoretical methods to model hydraulic properties e.g., hydraulic conductivity and solute transport in porous media based on fractal geometry and percolation theory.

Arijit Guin

2008, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dissertation Title: The Continuity of High-Permeability Zones in Sedimentary Deposits

Dissertation Director: Robert Ritzi

Jeremy Heath

2012, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: I am studying the adaptive radiation of a group of gall midges, Asteromyia spp. (Cecidomyiidae: Diptera) on their goldenrod host plants.

Katherine Kapo

2009, Biological Sciences

Dissertation Title: Eco-Epidemiological Analysis For Screening-Level Ecological Risk Assessment: A Geographic Information Systems Approach

Dissertation Director: Allen Burton

Ed Kennedy

2012, Chemistry

Research Interests: All of my research interests have a common denominator ? discovering ways to improve quality of life ?

Tony Kim

2014, Physics
Recognition Year: 
2016

Research Interests: Parametric antenna in plasma for excitation of VLF and plasma waves by microwaves and laser beams.

Philip Lavretsky

2014, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: I am interested in population genetics and evolutionary ecology. My research focuses on the Mallard Complex composed of 13 extant mallard-like species found around the world.

Deah Lieurance

2012, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: My research interests include invasive plant biology, plant ecophysiology, plant allometry, and the biocontrol of alien exotic plants.

Advisor: Don Cipollini

Renalda Munubi

2015, Biological Sciences

Research Interests: I am studying the effects of algae food quality (C:N:P stoichiometry and biochemical compounds) on growth performance and behavior of cichlid fish (Tropheus brichardi)

Phuong Khanh Nguyen

2013, Chemistry

Research Interests: My research interest is to develop electrochemical modified sensors to detect and analytically quantify heavy metals in aqueous solution.

Advisor: Suzanne Lunsford

Christina Powell

2010, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dissertation Title: Biodegradation of Groundwater Pollutants (Chlorinated Hydrocarbons) in Vegetated Wetlands: Role of Aerobic Microbes Naturally Associated With Roots of Common Plants

Ke Qin

2014, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: My research interests include co-metabolism of chlorinated compounds in wetlands using ammonia oxidizing bacteria

Advisor: Abinash Agrawal

Ramya Ramanathan

2008, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Dissertation Title: Linking Plume Spreading to Hierarchical Stratal Architecture

Dissertation Director: Robert Ritzi

Chad Rigsby

2011, Biological Sciences
2016, PhD, Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: Though I have broad interests in invasive insect behavior, ecology, and physiology, my current research and interests pertain to the interactions between the emerald ash borer (EAB; Agrilus planipennis) and ash

Libby Roberson

2014, Biological Sciences

Research Interests:

Advisor: Don Cipollini

E-mail: sancomb.2@wright.edu

Richard Salisbury

2012, Pharmacology and Toxicology

Research Interests: Using molecular tools to understand and define environmentally mediated immune suppression

Advisor: Courtney Sulentic

Jeffrey Smigelski

2012, Physics

Research Interests: As a member of the Complex Systems Research Group here at WSU, my focus has been using a quantitative approach to understand and model the internal dynamics of physical systems using novel mathematical methods and digita

Mohamad Reza Soltanian

2015, Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests: My interests are focused on numerical modeling, especially Finite element method to model contaminant transport, unsaturated soil behavior, and ground water flow, as well as stabilization of expansive soils with additive

Laxminath Tumburu

2010, Biological Sciences

Dissertation Title: Crustacean endocrine disruption through a pathway involving nuclear receptors, cyclic nucleotides, and calcium transporters

Dissertation Director: Michele Wheatly

Adrienne Williams

2015, Physics

Research Interests: I am interested in the development of bio-based graphene field effect transistors with DNA nucleobases to serve as gate dielectrics with potential application as biosensors and in electronics.