CWRS Personnel

Amplifying the Impact of Nonprofit Partners

  • The Center for Watershed Research & Service (CWRS) has a diverse team of faculty that span environmental engineering, chemistry, history, communications, and biology; reflecting the multi-faceted nature of environmental problems and truly sustainable solutions.

    Center for Watershed Research & Service Personnel

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    Dr. William H.J. Strosnider


    Research Role:
    • Director, Ecological Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Identification/Quantification of watershed impacts
    • Passive treatment of acid mine drainage
    • Sustainable stormwater management
    • Passive treatment of municipal wastewater
    • Aquatic/Terrestrial ecosystem restoration

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    Dr. Joel Z. Bandstra


    Research Role:
    • Associate Director, Environmental Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Analysis of time-series environmental data
    • Environmental database creation
    • Surface/subsurface reactive transport modeling
    • Applied environmental mathematics
    • Class-five acid mine drainage kayaking!

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    Dr. Denise Holladay Damico


    Research Role:
    • Associate Director, Water Historian

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • United States water law
    • The intersection of water control, race and class
    • Environmental history
    • Local history
    • Sustainability and the Humanities

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    Dr. Timothy Bintrim


    Research Role:
    • Co-Advisor Environmental Action Society

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Environmental literature
    • Environmental advocacy
    • Sustainable foods

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    Dr. Lauri Chose


    Research Role:
    • Scholar of Environmental Literature

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Environmental Literature
    • Environmental Advocacy

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    Dr. Gail M. Drus


    Research Role:
    • Plant Community Ecologist

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Riparian Plant Invasions
    • Invasive Plant Management
    • Plant Response to Disturbance
    • Desert Riparian Ecology

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    Dr. John Harris


    Research Role:
    • Nuclear Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Outreach Education
    • Data analysis

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    Dr. Lane Loya


    Research Role:
    • Ecologist

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Aquatic macroinvertebrate ecology
    • Ecosystem assessment
    • Dragonfly and damselfly diversity
    • Riparian arthropod food webs

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    Dr. Charles M. MacVean


    Research Role:
    • Entomologist

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Integrated pest management
    • Biodiversity conservation
    • Terrestrial ecosystem restoration/management

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    Dr. Devonna Sue Morra


    Research Role:
    • Marine & Freshwater Biologist

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Ecosystem assessment
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • SCUBA

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    Mr. Shawn Simmers P.E.


    Research Role:
    • Environmental Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Air pollution control
    • Terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem restoration
    • Waste-coal utilization (co-generation)
    • Industrial wastewater treatment
    • Acid mine drainage treatment

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    Dr. Rachel Wagner


    Research Role:
    • Environmental Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • TMDL sediment modeling
    • GIS
    • Alternative energy
    • Waste management

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    Dr. Irene Wolf


    Research Role:
    • Molecular Biologist

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Characterization of ecosystem/organism stressors
    • Genetic analysis

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    Dr. Edward P. Zovinka


    Research Role:
    • Inorganic Chemist

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Solid/liquid inorganic constituent analysis
    • Green chemistry
    • Technical service-learning

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    Ms. Paula Craw


    Service Role:
    • Director of Service Learning

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Coordination of volunteers
    • Service-learning techniques

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    Ms. Debra Nagel


    Service Role:
    • Communications Coordinator

    Pertinent Expertise:
    • Website design
    • Grant accounting
    • Master Gardener