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.
Research Interests: Using modeling and GIS techniques to determine the distribution pattern of species and their related habitat.
Advisor: Volker Bahn
Research Interests: I am interested in the analysis and speciation of mercury and other metals in environmental systems.
Advisor: Dr. Chad Hammerschmidt
Dissertation Title: An Assessment of the Allelopathic Potential of Alliaria Petiolata
Dissertation Director: Don Cipollini
Dissertation Title: Dissolution Kinetics of Sulfate Minerals: Linking Environmental Significance of Mineral-Water Interface Reactions to the Retention of Aqueous CrO42- in Natural Waters
Research Interests: Monomethylmercury (MMHg) is a potent neurotoxin that humans are exposed to primarily through the consumption of fish.
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
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.
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
Dissertation Title: Central Arctic Lithostratigraphy: Implication On Sediment Transport and Paleoceanography
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.
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
Dissertation Title: Littoral Zone Structure, Energy Mobilization and Benthic Food Webs in Oligotrophic Northern Temperate Lakes
Dissertation Director: Yvonne Vadeboncoeur
Research Interests: Population genetics through studies of the evolutionary relationships using ducks as model species.
Advisor: Jeff Peters
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
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.
Dissertation Title: The Continuity of High-Permeability Zones in Sedimentary Deposits
Dissertation Director: Robert Ritzi
Research Interests: I am studying the adaptive radiation of a group of gall midges, Asteromyia spp. (Cecidomyiidae: Diptera) on their goldenrod host plants.
Dissertation Title: Eco-Epidemiological Analysis For Screening-Level Ecological Risk Assessment: A Geographic Information Systems Approach
Dissertation Director: Allen Burton
Research Interests: All of my research interests have a common denominator ? discovering ways to improve quality of life ?
Research Interests: Parametric antenna in plasma for excitation of VLF and plasma waves by microwaves and laser beams.
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.
Research Interests: My research interests include invasive plant biology, plant ecophysiology, plant allometry, and the biocontrol of alien exotic plants.
Advisor: Don Cipollini
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)
Research Interests: My research interest is to develop electrochemical modified sensors to detect and analytically quantify heavy metals in aqueous solution.
Advisor: Suzanne Lunsford
Dissertation Title: Biodegradation of Groundwater Pollutants (Chlorinated Hydrocarbons) in Vegetated Wetlands: Role of Aerobic Microbes Naturally Associated With Roots of Common Plants
Research Interests: My research interests include co-metabolism of chlorinated compounds in wetlands using ammonia oxidizing bacteria
Advisor: Abinash Agrawal
Dissertation Title: Linking Plume Spreading to Hierarchical Stratal Architecture
Dissertation Director: Robert Ritzi
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
Research Interests: Using molecular tools to understand and define environmentally mediated immune suppression
Advisor: Courtney Sulentic
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
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
Dissertation Title: Crustacean endocrine disruption through a pathway involving nuclear receptors, cyclic nucleotides, and calcium transporters
Dissertation Director: Michele Wheatly
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.