Graduate Students & Researchers

Currently Advised Graduate Students

Julianna Tresca. Master’s of Natural Resources – Hydrology.  Options and Choices for PFAS Passive Sampling of Groundwater.
Hayden Rudd.  Ph.D. High Resolution Mass Spectrometry as a Diagnostic Tool for Assessing Groundwater Quality.
Sedanur Yilmaz. 
Master’s of Natural Resources – Hydrology.
David Craig.  2022. Masters of Environmental Assessment.  Source Identification of Per- and Poly-fluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Cedar Lake, Alcona and Iosco County, Michigan.
Wendell Bunch. 2022. Masters of Environmental Assessment.  A Review of Microgrids Ability to Enhance Readiness for Military and First Responders.

Past Graduate Students
Hayden Rudd.
Master’s of Science in Natural Resources – Hydrology.  Assessing the Vulnerability of Coastal Plain Groundwater to Flood Water Intrusion using High Resolution Mass Spectrometry.
Joe Donlon.
Masters of Environmental Assessment. Regulatory overview of PFAS and identification of potentially impacted sites in Denver, CO using GIS analysis.
Robert Booth. Masters of Environmental
Assessment. Challenges associated with intermediate ozonation in drinking water treatment during cold weather: A case study.

Dr. Solomon Ghezehei. Research Scholar (2019-2021). Short Rotation Woody Crops and Wood Products for the Southeastern USA. (2014-current).




Poplar “sticks” to 10″ logs in 10 years.  Not bad.

Dr. Melanie Hedgespeth. Post-Doctoral Scholar. Municipal Wastewater Application To Forests: Participatory Science To Understand Human Exposure And Risks To Chemical Contaminants Of Concern. (2016-2020). (currently USEPA Postdoctoral Fellow).


Chad Broadway. Masters of Environmental Assessment. Evaluating the Impact of Intermittent Flooding on Growth and Annual Productivity of Non-Managed Loblolly Pine Stands at the B. Everett Jordan Lake Reservoir, N.C.
Sarah Brecht. Master’s of Science -Toxicology.  Comparative Analysis of Non-targeted and Suspect-screening High Resolution Mass Spectrometry for Hydroponic Soybeans in Different Irrigation Sources.  (Currently, Ph.D. Zurich, Switzerland)


Kyle Goeke Dee. Master’s of Forest Management. Loblolly Pine Growth and Productivity With and Without Municipal Wastewater Irrigation. (South Carolina Forestry Commission).
Nancy Gibson. Master’s of Science in Natural Resources. Forest Hydrology. Impacts of Municipal Wastewater Irrigation to the Water Balance of a Forested Water Reuse System.
(US Forest Service- Hydrologist  Idaho).
Michael Liebl. 2019. Masters of Environmental Assessment. Pharmaceuticals and personal care product impacts to groundwater from the land application of treated wastewater effluent: A comparison of three land application systems.


Shane Beeson. Masters of Environmental Assessment. Pollution discharge from Hurricane Florence: Examining How North Carolina is Impacted by Modern Day Storms. 

Aurora Baker. Masters of Environmental Assessment.  A Review of Non-targeted Screening Approaches to Monitoring Groundwater.


Liudmila Maslova. Masters of Environmental Assessment.  Water Quality Responses From Major Hurricanes in Robeson County: A Review and Historic Data Analysis. 

Alex Ewald. Master’s of Science in Natural Resources.  Productivity and Profitability for Poplar on Fertile and Marginal Sandy Soils with Different Fertilization and Planting-Density Treatments. . Employed  CHM2-Hill Inc.


Shawn Shifflet. Ph.D. Using Ecohydrology and Bioenergy to Assess Ecosystem Services on Multifunctional Landscapes. (USPEA ORISE Post Doctoral Scholar – Cincinnatti, OH).

Andrew McEachran.  Ph.D. Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Product (PPCP) Occurrence, Distribution, and Export at a Forest-Water Reuse System. (USPEA ORISE Post Doctoral Scholar – RTP NC).

Michael Fisher. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. Reductive Dechlorination of Dieldrin and Potential Impact for Remediation in the Southeastern USA.

Kristin Smith. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. Evaluating the potential for vapor instrusion at superfund sites in North Carolina contaminated with volatile organic compounds.//


Katie Tatum. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. The use of constructed wetlands as secondary wastewater treatment for the removal of pharmaceuticals and personal care products:  A review. 

Lauren Pillow. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. Recreational water quality criteria and its effectiveness at protecting human health:  A review of state and federal standards. Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Airell Oakes Swanson. Master’s of Environmental Assessment.  Establishing Pollinator Habitat at Solar Farms in North Carolina: a Feasibility Study.

Andrew Birch. Masters of Natural Resources – Hydrology. Evaluating the Subsurface Export of Municipal Wastewater at a Forested Land-Application Site.  North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Groundwater

Aana Taylor-Smith. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. Pharmaceutical compounds in land-applied sludge and plant uptake: A review. Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.


Tamika Brown.  Master’s of Environmental Assessment. Implications for a Drug Take Back Program in the Veterans Affairs Healthcare System. U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Elizabeth Wilcox. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. Pharmaceuticals in the environment: review of current disposal practices for medications and the influence of public perception on environmental risks. Employer: City of Raleigh.


Anna Barnes Alicea.  Master’s of Natural Resource – Assessment.  Phytotoxicity of Silver Nanoparticles to Hydroponic Hybrid Poplar and Willow Cuttings.  Employer: URS Corp.

Damain Maddalena. Ph.D. – Forestry. Utilizing Stable Isotopes and Spatial Analysis to Understand Hillslope Ecohydrological. Employer. Employer: Post-doctoral scholar. US. DOE. Oak Ridge National Labs.

Heather Sorenson. Master’s of Environmental Assessment. 1,4 Dioxane and the Application of Phytoremediation at North Carolina Hazardous Waste Groundwater Contaminated Sites. Employer: NC DENR.


Shawn Dayson Shifflet. Master’s of Natural Resource – Hydrology. Species Trials of Short Rotation Woody Crops on Two Waste Water Application Sites. Employer: NCSU


Jim Kimani.  Master’s of Environmental Assesssment. GIS Analysis of Fuel Removal at Phytoremediation Demonstration Site.  Employer:  NC DENR

Brian Fetzer.  M.Sc. Natural Resources – Hydrology.  Isotope Analyses of Tree Leaves Around Hog Waste Lagoons.  Employer:  ITG, New Bern, NC

Ricky Ebersohl.  Master’s of Environmental Assesssment.  Undergraduate Perceptions of Renewable Energies and Careers.   Employer:  NC DENR

Laurie Nielsen.  Master’s of Environmental Assesssment. GIS Analysis of Biofuel Acreage at NC WWTP.  Employer:  Wake Technical Community College


Maternity leave
Cathy Thompson (Ph.D. committee)  Tracking Organic Matter from Source to Sink in the Waiapu River Watershed, New Zealand: A Geochemical Perspective. Employer: CSIRO, New Zealand


Rachel Cook M.Sc. Phytoremediation of a Petroleum-Hydrocarbon Contaminated Shallow Aquifer, Elizabeth City, NC: Planting Methods and Preliminary Results.  Employer:  BASF


Thorne Gregory M.Sc. DIfferences in Sediment Organic Matter Composition and PAH Weathering Between Non-Vegetated and Recently Vegetated Fuel-Oiled Sediments.


Maternity leave
Jennifer Musella  M.Sc.  Impact of Plant Organic Matter on PAH Desorption from Petrogenic-Polluted Sediments.  Employer: ENSR, Colorado


Adam Sharpe  M.Sc.  What Factors Influence Freshwater Molluscan Survival in the Conasauga River?  Employer:  CH2M-Hill

Euh-na Cho (Ph.D. committee) Bioturbation as a Novel Method to Characterize the Toxicity of Aquatic Sediment.

Katrina White (Ph.D. committee) Bioavailability of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons in the Aquatic Environment.  Employer: US FDA


Waverly Thorsen (Ph.D. committee) Bioavailability of Particulate-Sorbed Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons  Employer: NC State University