Trainees

Cohort 3 (2021-2023)

Alex ClerveringA

Alex Cleveringa

Dept: Agronomy– Crop Production & Physiology
Projected Grad: 2025
Advisor: Fernando Miguez
Research Interest:

I am interested in developing tools that provide readily accessible statistical analyses of data generated from on-farm trials across the Midwest. I am also creating an ontology to make the dataset I’m working with findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable by others.

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Kyle DeLong

Dept: Agronomy – Agricultural Meteorology
Projected Grad: 2025
Advisor:  Brian Hornbuckle
Research Interest:

I am highly interested in environmental security, specifically related to the sustainability of agriculture for the use of food, feed for livestock, fiber, and fossil-fuel alternatives. My current research is to validate soil moisture estimators (i.e., microwave satellites and numerical models) in the Corn Belt. My motivation is to put these soil moisture estimators into context to management decisions made by farmers with the hope of improving agricultural efficiency.

Motahareh Kashanian

Dept: Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering
Projected Grad: 2026
Advisor: Sarah M Ryan
Research Interest:

I am interested in mathematical programming and uncertainties in sustainable energy systems. As an industrial engineer, I want to continue my way to be able to fill the gaps between Artificial Intelligence, Operations Research, Theories, and Real-World Applications.

Holly Loper

Dept: EEOB-  Microbiology
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisor: Steven Hall
Research Interest:

Broadly my research interests lie in improving the ways we study and monitor microbial processes in the environment to help better minimize our detrimental impacts of agriculture on nature. Currently, I am testing the efficacy and sustainability of a novel method of microbial nitrogen fertilization for corn. To do so I am utilizing a new field study design consisting of massive intact soil cores enclosed on the sides and bottom with a single pipe to collect individual drainage from each soil monolith. With these enclosed soil blocks I am hoping to improve quantification of nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions in the field. With such improvements, I am analyzing how incremental differences in fertilizer rate application, soil type, and the use of microbial nitrogen fixation in maize can affect nitrate leaching and nitrous oxide emissions.

Gabrielle Myers

Dept: Agricultural & Biosystems Engineering
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisor: Raj Raman & Daniel Andersen
Research Interest:

I am using technoeconomic modeling and life cycle analysis approaches on three interrelated food, bioenergy, and cropping systems. My research topics have included an anticipatory technoeconomic analysis of cell-cultured meat production and a technoeconomic analysis on the viability of shared anaerobic digestion systems for swine production. I am currently engaged in field-work examining the impacts of perennial groundcover systems on water quality from maize-production sites.

Jarrett Morrison

Dept: Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisor: Lu Liu
Research Interest:

 

My research focus is on resilience in the water resources sector.  I am currently building models to see how implementing new technologies can enhance the resilience of wastewater treatment facilities during increased wet weather events.  The research stems from increasing frequency and intensity of wet weather events due to climate change.

 

Kelly Nascimento Thompson

Dept: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Projected Grad: 2024
Advisor: Dr. Richard Cruse & Dr. Brian K. Gelder

Research Interest:

My research focuses on GIS and Remote Sensing applied to Soil and Water conservation integrating the Daily Erosion Project with STRIPS project for erosion modeling purposes. Our end goal is to ground-truth the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model by comparing erosion simulation results to the data collected at the STRIPS h-flumes. Investigating residue cover (cover crops, bare soil, and cash crops) through the application of Remote Sensing techniques and Google Earth Engine is another interest of mine.

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Cohort 2 (2020-2022)

 

Richard Magala

Richard Magala

Dept: Natural Resource Ecology & Management
Projected Grad: 2024
Advisor: Lisa Schulte Moore

 

Research Interest:

I am specifically interested in landscape ecology to advance science in decision-making through ecological modeling that is instrumental to bolster environmental sustainability. My research is hinged towards understanding how People in Ecosystem and Watershed Integration (PEWI) can be used to promote multi-functional ecosystem landscapes.

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Meyer Bohn

Meyer Bohn

Dept: Agronomy
Projected Grad: 2022
Advisor: Bradley Miller

 

Research Interest:

I specialize in digital soil mapping techniques that optimize sampling design and improve geospatial analysis of remote-sensed data in concert with machine-learning to map the spatial distribution of soil properties in support of precision agriculture and environmental modeling.

Honors and Awards

  • 2nd place Region V Team Soil Judging
  • Iowa Learning Farms Soil Health Educational Video Competition 1st Place People’s Choice; 2nd Place Judges Choice

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Lab Page: Geospatial Laboratory for Soil informatics

Loulou DickeyLoulou Dickey

Dept: Civil, Const, & Environ. Eng.
Projected Grad: 2022
Advisor: Chris Rehmann
Research Interest:

I am currently investigating the function and performance of water quality practices in Iowa. My research on saturated riparian buffers and bioretention cells has allowed me to gain insight into both urban and rural water quality issues and the intersection of FEWS. I am passionate about improving Iowa’s waters and increasing awareness about water quality issues through education and community outreach.

Email: lcdickey@iastate.edu

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Rachel SorensenRachel Sorensen

Participant through November 2021

Dept: Toxicology
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisor: Boris Jovanovic
Research Interest:

Testing the toxicity of PVC-based microplastics, nanoplastics and commonly used plasticizers on D. melanogaster.

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Tiffanie StoneTiffanie Stone

Dept: Natural Resource Ecology and Management (NREM) and Env. Sci.
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisor: Janette Thompson
Research Interest: 

I am working with an interdisciplinary research team developing models to integrate local food systems, climate dynamics, built forms and environmental impacts into the urban food, energy, water system (FEWS) nexus. I am using survey tools, focus groups, and land use GIS to analyze and visualize food system sustainability from environmental, economic, and socio-political perspectives. I am particularly interested in understanding how to design for equity and in urban food systems.

 Honors and Awards

  • N. “Ding” Darling Scholarship, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation ($1,000 competitive award), 2020.
  • 50 CFANS Hunger Fighters, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), University of Minnesota, May 17, 2021.
  • Second place in the poster competition for the ACLCA Conference (see presentations above for reference).

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Haleigh SummersHaleigh Summers

Dept: Sustainable Ag
Projected Grad: 2024
Co-Advisors: John Tyndall, Emily Zimmerman

 

Research Interest:

My research involves using geospatial and economic data to enhance spatial targeting of conservation practices across the state of Iowa.

Honors and Awards

  • Teaching Excellence Award (May 7th, 2021).

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Cohort 1 (2019-2021)

 


Chin-Yuan “Jeff” Chu

Program: Industrial Engineering
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisor: Gul Kremer

Research Interest: …utilizing data analytic tools to manage the risk of supply chain in FEWS (food, energy, and water systems) nexus, helping farmers, companies, and policymakers develop innovative and sustainable solutions.


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Garrison Gunter

Program: Chemical Engineering
Projected Grad: 2024
Advisor: Robert Brown

Research Interest: …developing pyrolysis plants capable of effectively converting waste biomass into biofuel and value-added chemicals.


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Lindsey MurryLindsey Hartfiel

Program: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Projected Grad: 2024
Advisor: Michelle Soupir

Research Interest: …practices to improve water quality in agricultural settings through agricultural engineering methods.

Honors and Awards

  • Harold and Katherine Guy Graduate Fellowship;
  • Wendell Miller Scholarship, Iowa State University (2019-2022)


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Charlie LabbuzettaCharlie Labuzzetta


Program: Statistics & Environmental Science
Projected Grad: 2022
Advisor: Zhengyuan Zhu

Research Interest: ..statistical analysis of satellite imagery for monitoring natural resources and best management practices.++


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Virginia “Gina” Nichols


Program: Crop Prod & Physiology
Projected Grad:2021
Advisor: Matt Liebman & Sotirios Archontoulis

Research Interest: …quantifying the benefits of diverse crop rotations on environmental, social, and economic scales.

Honors and Awards

  • Iowa State University Teaching Excellence Award
  • Fulbright finalist


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Tim Neher

Tim Neher


Program: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
Projected Grad: 2022
Advisor: Michelle Soupir

Research Interest:…antibiotic resistance indicators in agriculture, related it to quantities of antibiotics used by livestock owners and to evaluate in-field or edge-of-field practices that may potentially provide opportunities to reduce resistance indicators as well as provide economic benefits to farmers.

Honors and Awards

Guy Fellowship Award, 2020, Iowa State University. Fellowship established to promote research in soil and water conservation.


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Matt Nowatzke

Matt Nowatzke

Participant through December 2020


Program: Crop Prod & Physiology
Projected Grad: 2023
Advisors: Emily Heaton, Andy Vanloocke

Research Interest: …the intersection of data science, agriculture, and human-centered design to identify models and systems that couple human decision-making with sound agricultural and environmental practices.

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Gorkem EmirhuseyinogluGörkem Emirhüseyinoğlu


Dept: Industrial Engineering
Projected Grad: 2022
Advisor: Sarah Ryan

Research Interest: …investigating land use and management decisions to reduce nutrient runoff while maximizing agricultural profit under market and precipitation uncertainty.
** Görkem entered the program in the Spring of 2020.


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