Students & Alumni

Students

Alexander, Catherine
Alexander, Catherine G.
Full-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Taylor
Office: ML-252E
Phone: x4448

Catherine Alexander got her AA in Science from Ocean County College, her BS and ME in Environmental Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, and another BS in Plant Science from Rutgers University. She has been professionally engaged in environmental management issues, including ecological restoration projects, invasive species eradication, and trail improvement efforts. Catherine has switched gears a bit from environmental engineering, combining all of her previous education, successes, and failures to complete required courses, research, and publications for a PhD, Environmental Management at Montclair State University. Catherine has passed the written and oral qualification exams, providing a dissertation proposal that focuses on urban agriculture and its potential for contributing to local and global food security, with related ecological resiliencies and best management practices that provide added value toward sustainability.

Anderson, Marcia
Anderson, Marcia
Part-Time
Admitted: 2005
Advisor: Taylor
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Marcia earned her BS in Biology with honors from Monmouth University, another BS with high honors in Environmental Planning and Design / Landscape Architecture from Rutgers University. She earned her MA in Instruction and Curriculum in Earth Science Suma cum Laude from Kean University and she has been an NJDEP Certified Tree Expert for 12 years. Marcia is a PhD Candidate in Environmental Management at Montclair State University. Marcia’s PhD dissertation is: "Measuring the Effectiveness of Integrated Pest Management Communications in three different settings: A study in effective message delivery." Marcia works as an Environmental Scientist for the US Environmental Protection Agency. She is an EPA FIFRA Inspector and is the lead presenter of the monthly EPA National Pesticide Inspector Training Webinar Series.

Bozzolasco, Alejandra
Bozzolasco, Alejandra
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Vedwan
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Alejandra M. Bozzolasco earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies and an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Ramapo College of New Jersey and an M.A. in Environmental Management from Montclair State University. She has a background in both the social and biological sciences, but her research interests lie in Environmental Justice, Child and Nature Study, Urban Planning, and Animal and Gender Rights and Studies. Ali, as she is affectionately known by her friends and family, is a life-long student who has a thirst for knowledge and a fascination with learning. Ali is a vegan animal rightist and a certified Yoga Instructor and Fitness Professional who loves to help others. She is a published poet, loves to read the classics, and enjoys spending time outdoors whether in the woods or down-the-shore. She looks forward to becoming a Professor and Environmental Justice activist when she completes her Ph.D. at Montclair State University.

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Burli, Pralhad
Full-Time
Admitted: 2013
Advisor:
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Pralhad Burli has two master’s degrees in Economics, one from the University of Mumbai and the other from the University of Southern California at Los Angeles. He worked as a consultant at The World Bank and as an economist at Deloitte prior to joining the Ph.D. program in Environmental Management in the Fall of 2013. His research interests include studying the economics of renewable energy and application of econometric techniques to understand the linkages between environment and society. He is also working as a research assistant for the US-India Consortium for Development of Advanced Biofuel Systems under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Chanda, Sagarika
Chanda, Sagarika
Full-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Ophori
Office: ML-358S
Phone: 3456

Sagarika Chanda earned a B.Sc. in Physics and an M.Sc. in Hydrology from Andhra University, India. She was employed as a Research Intern in the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in New Delhi, India for two years. Currently, she is an Adjunct Instructor and a third year Ph.D. student officially advancing to candidacy. Her research focuses on the significance of water management in semi-arid areas using hydrologic models and remote sensing techniques for quantifying the spatial and temporal variation of water and energy budgets over the drought affected agricultural areas of the Southern San Joaquin Valley in California.

Das, Padmini
Das, Padmini
Full-Time
Admitted: 2008
Advisor: Sarkar
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Padmini Das is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies where she is pursuing her doctoral studies in Environmental Management under the supervision of Dr. Dibs Sarkar. She completed her Bachelor of Science with a major in Microbiology from the University of Pune, India in 2003. She has two Masters Degrees in Environmental Science, one from the University of Pune and the other from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She joined Montclair State University in the Fall 2008 semester and became a Ph.D. candidate in the Fall 2010 semester. Padmini received a Graduate Student Research grant from the Geological Society of America (GSA) in 2009 for her proposal titled “Development of a Urea-catalyzed Phytoremediation System using Vetiver Grass to Detoxify 2, 4, 6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) Contaminated Soil,” which is also her Ph.D. dissertation research. Currently, she is serving as the Student Representative in the Ph.D. program Executive Committee and is also representing the student body of the College of Science and Mathematics in the Graduate Council at MSU.

DiGianni, Joseph
DiGianni, Joseph
Part-Time
Admitted: 2006
Advisor: Sternberg
Office: ML-252
Phone: x4448

Joseph DiGianni has a B.A. in Geography from Montclair State University and an M.S. in Transportation Planning from New Jersey Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. dissertation deals with the link between transportation, land use, and the environment in the inner-ring metropolitan suburbs during the post-twentieth century period of American urban history. He has been working on his doctoral research for five years with his advisor, Dr. Rolf Sternberg, whose expertise as an urban geographer has been instrumental in giving him the theoretical and practical background to accomplish this task. His committee includes Dr. Greg Pope of CSAM, Dr. Peter Freund of CHSS, and Mr. Joseph Mirabella of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Outside of his dissertation work he is an employee of the Department of Commerce where he is a Field Representative for the Census Bureau, collecting survey-based data and updating maps. He also teaches undergraduate courses in World Geography and American Urban Studies as an adjunct at Montclair State University.

Diglio, Luke
Diglio, Luke
Part-Time
Admitted: 2006
Advisor: Bologna
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Luke Diglio earned a B.A. from the State University of New York at Geneseo in Natural Science Education and an M.A. from Montclair State University in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Education. He is currently employed as a tenured Earth Science teacher and also serves as a seasonal worker with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife’s Bureau of Freshwater Fisheries. Luke has advanced to candidacy in the Environmental Management Ph. D. program and is currently researching the population dynamics of a potential relict metapopulation of eastern brook trout in the headwaters of the South Branch of the Raritan River.

Dolcemascolo, Paola
Dolcemascolo, Paola
Full-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Monsen
Office: SH-140
Phone: x5423

Paola Dolcemascolo earned her B.S. in Biology from Rutgers University and her M.S. in Biology from New York University, where she specialized in Evolutionary Genetics. Her interests lie in merging ecology and genetics to enhance existing and future wildlife management plans, including monitoring the illegal trade of wildlife. She is particularly dedicated to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Officially a Ph.D. candidate, her dissertation involves understanding the consequences of anthropogenic influences on the population structure of emblematic herpetofauna, including the Diamondback Terrapin, a turtle inhabiting Jamaica Bay and the New Jersey Meadowlands, two incredibly urbanized areas. She has received a grant from the National Park Service to work on Diamondback Terrapins in Gateway National Recreation Area, as well as a grant from the New Jersey Water Resources Research Institute to work on amphibian diseases in the state of New Jersey.

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Du, Xu
Full-Time
Admitted: 2013
Advisor:
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Xu Du has a bachelor's degree from Beijing Normal University and a master’s degree in Environmental Science from New Jersey Institute of Technology. His research interests include using GIS in urban planning, and his research project is about applying cellular automata in urban simulation. Currently, he is first year PhD student in the Environmental Management PhD program and working as a Doctoral Assistant.

Duchesne, Rocio
Duchesne, Rocio
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Chopping
Office: ML-358S
Phone: x3456

Rocio Duchesne earned a B.S. in Biology from the Universidad del Atlantico, Colombia, and an M.S. in Statistics from Montclair State University. Rocio is now pursuing her Ph.D. in Environmental Management at Montclair State University, where she is researching remote sensing of terrestrial ecosystems. Her research focuses on mapping shrub expansion in Arctic tundra using satellite information from two NASA satellites: MISR and MODIS. Rocio’s research is possible thanks to a NASA-sponsored research project in which Professor Mark Chopping is the Principal Investigator. As part of the project, Rocio has participated in two field expeditions to Alaska, the most recent of which was partially funded by a grant she received from the Geological Society of America.

Hansen, Melissa
Full-Time
Admitted: 2012
Advisor: Passchier
Office: ML-358S
Phone: x3456

Melissa Hansen earned her B.S. in Earth Science: Geology at Kean University (2009) and an M.S. in Geoscience at Montclair State University (2011). She entered the Environmental Management Ph.D. program in Spring 2012 and works as a Research Assistant with Dr. Sandra Passchier funded by NSF. Her research interests are in the area of Antarctic sedimentology focusing on ice-rafted debris in order to understand Pliocene ice dynamics and their response to climate change.

Iranah, Pricilla
Full-Time
Admitted: 2012
Advisor: Lal
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Pricila Iranah joined the PhD Environmental Management program in Fall 2012. She graduated from the University of Mauritius in 2006 with a BSc in Biology. She then undertook an MSc in Environmental Management at Coventry University in UK, graduating in 2008. She has worked in her home country (Mauritius) as ecologist for a private forest and wildlife reserve. She has been active at national level, working with the Government of Mauritius and other stakeholders in helping define an island-wide policy and strategic plan for sustainability, as well as policy mechanisms for invasive alien species control. Her interests are in policy mechanisms that impact terrestrial biodiversity conservation on Small Island Developing States.

Johnson-Ferdinand, Amy
Johnson-Ferdinand, Amy
Part-Time
Admitted: 2004
Advisor: Yu
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Amy V. Ferdinand earned her undergraduate degree from Howard University and a Master’s degree from Central Michigan University. She is the Director of Environmental, Health & Safety at Montclair State University (MSU). In addition, as Sustainable Development Coordinator for MSU she is active in several sustainable campus development and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) projects. Amy’s area of interest is the environmental, health, safety, and socio-economic impacts of Brownfields on sustainable urban redevelopment. The focus of her Ph.D. research is Brownfields redevelopment assessment via multiple rating systems, simulation, and spatial analysis. Amy is past president of the New Jersey College Health and Environmental Safety Society (NJCHESS), a member of the Passaic County Brownfields Commission, the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (Critical Infrastructure Protection Bureau) Colleges and Universities CFATS Working Group, the New Jersey State Industrial Safety Committee, and the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), New Jersey Chapter.

Justus, Faith
Justus, Faith
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Chopping
Office: ML-358S
Phone: x3456

Faith Justus earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Horticulture from Moi University, Kenya in 2003. She later joined Montclair State University for her Master’s degree in Environmental Studies, graduating in 2010. While pursuing her Master’s degree, she was a Graduate Assistant under Dr. Danlin Yu. In the Fall of 2010, she joined the Ph.D. program in Environmental Management. Her broader interest is in applications of GIS and remote sensing in environmental management and problem solving. Her current research, under the supervision of Dr. Mark Chopping, is assessing the applicability of MISR data in mapping shrubs and vegetation cover in Kenya savanna ecosystems for better management and resource monitoring.

Koberle, Melissa
Koberle, Melissa
Part-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor:
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Melissa Koberle is a part-time, first year Ph.D. student and is a Project Manager/Environmental Scientist with CDM, an environmental engineering and consulting firm. She earned a B.A. in Environmental Science and Biology from Muhlenberg College and an M.A. in Environmental Science from Rutgers Newark/New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her research interests are implementing sustainable and green practices during hazardous waste assessment and remediation.

Li, Nanzhu
Li, Nanzhu
Full-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor: Deng
Office: ML-358N
Phone: 3456

Nanzhu Li earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering in China, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Pace University, New York. She is part of the Environmental Management Ph.D. program at Montclair State University, which is helping her pursue her dream of enabling environmental protection. Nanzhu is very interested in utilizing new technologies to treat contaminated water and lands. Her dream career is to clean up pollution and the planet. She loves nature and science, and thinks that humans should get along with our home, the Earth. By the way, if anyone wants to learn more about Chinese language and culture, she will be glad to help.

Mitchell, Schenine
Mitchell, Schenine
Part-Time
Admitted: 2005
Advisor: Taylor
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Schenine Mitchell works in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). At the EPA, she serves as Brownfields Project Officer for several Brownfields Assessment and Environmental Workforce and Job Development Training grants; she currently serves as the Secondary Co-Chair of the Regional Environmental Justice Work Group. Her work was recognized by the EPA in 2001 when she became the recipient of the Region 2 Regional Administrator’s Award for Excellence Bronze Medal for her work with the former EPA USTfields program. She has been a two-time recipient of the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund which offers the only merit-based scholarship competition program open exclusively to federal employees. In addition, she is also a 2007 graduate of the Darlene Young Leadership Academy which is offered through the United States Department of Agriculture Graduate School. Her educational achievements include a B.S. in International Environmental Studies with a Minor in Political Science from Rutgers University (Cook College) and an M.A. in Environmental Management from Montclair State University. She is currently pursuing a PhD. in Environmental Management at Montclair State University with an interest in dissertation research on Brownfields Gentrification and Environmental Justice. She is active in a variety of civic and cultural organizations including Blacks in Government, the National Society of Black Engineers, the National Black MBA Association, the New Jersey African American Chamber of Commerce, and the National Society of Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences.

Ndiege, Anthony
Ndiege, Anthony
Full-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor: Mukherjee
Office: PA-449
Phone: 7464

Anthony Ndiege entered the Environmental Management Ph.D. program after earning an MBA degree from Montclair State University in 2011. In 2009, Anthony received the Alumni Association Graduate Student Citation Award for the School of Business. Before joining MSU, Anthony worked as a Brand Manager. Currently, Anthony is a Ph.D. Research Assistant in the School of Business running the Center for International Business. His research interest is integrating green supply chain practices into organizational strategy.

Neill, Wendy
Neill, Wendy
Part-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor:
Office: ML-116
Phone: 5423

Wendy L. Neill graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1990, and is a Certified Teacher in NJ. She received an M.A. in Liberal Studies from Thomas Edison University in 2009, and her capstone project focused on using archaeology to reconstruct past climate change. She received a grant from the Geraldine Dodge Foundation in 2009 and 2010 which gave her the opportunity to collaborate with sustainability leaders and become a certified Sustainability Educator. Her current research is focused on social aspects of Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Water Conservation; her advisor is Dr. Neeraj Vedwan in the Anthropology Department.

Nieddu, Garrett
Admitted: 2013
Advisors: Billing, Forgoston
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Garrett Nieddu earned an A.A. degree from Ocean County Community College, a B.S. degree with a double major of Mathematics and Physics, as well as a M.S. degree in mathematics from Montclair State University. As an undergraduate Garrett worked as a research assistant for Dr. Mary Lou West in the physics department, organizing and analyzing astronomic observation data. Garrett's master level thesis was done under the advisement of Dr. A. D. Trubatch in the mathematics department at Montclair State University. The work was a numerical investigation of the Korteweg de Vries(KdV) equation, particularly focused on the behavior of three discretizations of the KdV equation. For his doctoral studies Garrett will work with Dr. Lora Billings and Dr. Eric Forgoston from the Mathematics department, working in population and disease dynamics. Of special interest is disease extinction in coupled populations.

Nunez, Rosita
Nunez, Rosita
Part-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor:
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Rosita is a first-year part-time student. She has an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ and an M.B.A. from Rutgers University. Her research interest is in the field of environmental forensics, focused on chemicals used in consumer goods. Currently, she works in Technical Marketing for a life sciences company. Rosita has also taught physical chemistry at the College of St. Elizabeth and currently adjuncts at Montclair State University in the Mathematics department. She lives in Northern NJ with her husband, two children and one dog.

Oleksy, Robert
Oleksy, Robert
Part-Time
Admitted: 2006
Advisor:
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Robert Oleksy earned a B.A. in Biology from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Environmental Management from Montclair State University. Since 2009, he has been working as an Environmental Health and Safety Manager at ThyssenKrupp VDM USA Inc, overseeing their manufacturing operations in both Florham Park, NJ and Reno, NV. Prior, he accumulated over 15 years of experience in the EHS and Analytical Laboratory field. He has also been a member of the Franklin Borough Planning Board for 10 years. He is excited to be part of Montclair State University's Ph.D. program in Environmental Management, and is looking forward to using his education and experience in Environmental Planning and Policies.

Olsen, Kevin
Olsen, Kevin
Part-Time
Admitted: 2005
Advisor: Kruge
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Kevin Olsen received a B.A. in Chemistry from Plymouth State College of the University System of New Hampshire and a Master's degree in Chemistry from Montclair State University. He worked in the environmental, pharmaceutical, and instrumentation industries before coming to Montclair State to work full-time as the Instrumentation Specialist for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Kevin advanced to candidacy in the Fall of 2011 and his dissertation research focuses on the organic chemistry of contaminated estuary sediments. Kevin's other research interests include the history of science. Kevin is active in the Laboratory Robotics Interest Group, the North Jersey Highlands Historical Society, and the Roebling Chapter of the Society for Industrial Archaeology. His publications on historical topics have appeared in The American Neptune and The Highlander. He is the author of A Great Conveniency, a Maritime History of the Passaic River, Hackensack River, and Newark Bay.

Onel, Naz
Onel, Naz
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Mukherjee
Office: PA-420
Phone: 5423

Naz Onel entered the Environmental Management Ph.D. program after earning an MBA degree from MSU in 2010. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Lambda Graduate Honor Society, and Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society. Naz is currently working under the supervision of Dr. Avinandan Mukherjee on research addressing risk perceptions of individuals towards environmental quality, cross-cultural differences in environmental knowledge and attitudes, and environmental social marketing issues. Her research exemplifies the role of interdisciplinary collaboration in order to promote sustainability. Naz is also the Doctoral Research Assistant in the School of Business as well as the Editorial Doctoral Assistant of the IJPHM published by Emerald Publishers - one of the world’s leading scholarly publishers of journals based in the U.K.

Panja, Saumik
Full-Time
Admitted: 2012
Advisor: Deng
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Saumik is a PhD student in Environmental Management. He received the Bachelor of Science degree with Honors in Microbiology from the University of Calcutta in 2009, and graduated with a Masters in Environmental Science from the same university in 2011. He joined Montclair State University in Fall of 2012. He has received the Endowment Foreign Scholarship (2012) from the University of Calcutta after completing his master’s for good academic performance and acceptance in a foreign university. His research interests include bioremediation and phytoremediation.

Pawlish, Michael
Pawlish, Michael
Full-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Varde
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Michael Pawlish grew up in a beach town in New Jersey, and after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Rhode Island, he headed west. Michael completed an MBA at San Francisco State University and went on to work in the dot-com boom. Recognizing that he wanted to have a more environmentally-focused career with an international perspective, he decided to move to Sweden to pursue a Master’s degree at Lund University in Environmental Science. Upon completing his second Master’s, Michael moved to New York City and completed a project at Columbia Business School where his research focused on the financial performance of sustainable corporations. Michael went on to work as an Environmental Consultant for corporations, government agencies and non-profits. Upon hearing about Montclair State University’s new Ph.D. program in Environmental Management, Michael quickly applied and started coursework in 2009. Currently, Michael is in his fifth year with a research focus on energy efficiency. Most recently, Michael was part of a research team that was awarded a $218,000 grant to study data centers which are highly energy intensive.

Qian, Yu
Qian, Yu
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Feng
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Yu Qian is originally from Kunming, China, where she earned a B.S. in Biotechnology from Hunan University. After completing her degree, she came to Montclair State University in Fall 2010 to pursue my Ph.D. degree in Environmental Management. Her research interest includes understanding the biogeochemical cycle of metals in estuarine and coastal ecosystems. She uses the Synchrotron x-ray microbeam in her research to understand the mechanism of metal translocation between sediments and wetland plants.

Rambal, Anila
Rambal, Anila
Full-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Molina
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Anila Rambal is a third year Ph.D. student preparing for her oral comprehensive exams. She has an undergraduate degree in Microbiology, and a Master’s and Pre-Ph.D (M.Phil) in Environmental Science from India. She moved to the United States in the Fall of 2007 to join Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) for her M.S. in Environmental Studies. Currently she work as an Adjunct at Montclair State University and her area of research is primarily focused on Environmental Chemistry and Toxicology.

RoyChowdhury, Abhishek
Roy Chowdhury, Abhishek
Full-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor: Sarkar
Office: ML-358S
Phone: x3456

Abhishek RoyChowdhury earned a B.S. in Zoology (Honors) and an M.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Calcutta, India. He received the Endowment Foreign Scholarship 2011 from the University of Calcutta after completing his Master’s degree for his good academic performance and acceptance in a foreign university. He joined the Environmental Management Ph.D. program in the Fall 2011 semester as a full-time student and is currently working as a Doctoral Assistant. His research interests are in the areas of environmental quality and remediation, mainly phytoremediation. His dissertation project involves sustainable remediation of acid mine impacted systems in the surface coal mines.

Sanchez, Gin Dean
Sanchez, Gin Dean
Part-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Lal
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Gin Dean Sanchez is a Dominican by birth; however, he immigrated to the United States in 1997. He completed his first B.Sc. degree in Physics from the University Autonoma of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He also completed a second B.Sc. degree in Physics from Benedictine College, in Atchison, Kansas. In 1997, he joined the U.S Army, where, after graduating from the Science Academy of Fort Sam Houston, Texas, he worked for six years as a Veterinary Food Inspector. He became a licensed High school Teacher in 2003, and currently teaches Physics and Engineering Design at the Academy of Architectural and Construction trades in the Paterson School District. He also holds a position as Adjunct Faculty at Passaic County Community College (PCCC). In 2009, he earned an M.Sc. degree in Environmental Sciences at Montclair State University, where, that very same year he joined the Ph.D. program in Environmental Management.

Shell, Rebecca
Shell, Rebecca
Part-Time
Admitted: 2008
Advisor: Prezant
Office: SH-B01
Phone: x6945

Rebecca Shell earned her Master’s degree in Tropical Fisheries Ecology and Marine Biology from James Cook University (thesis title: “Indirect effects of predation on Cryptocentrus singapurensis communities on the Great Barrier Reef: the effect of biotic physical disturbance on spatial arrangement”) and a B.A. in Environmental Biology from Barnard College (Factors influencing PCB body burdens in Hudson River striped bass, Morone saxatilis”). She been employed as a Research Technician in the Marine Biology lab at Montclair State University since 2006, and began her doctoral studies part-time in 2008. Her dissertation will investigate effects to benthic and infaunal communities from small-scale hard clam aquaculture operations in Barnegat Bay, sampling started in fall 2012.Other projects she has worked on at Montclair State University include benthic invertebrate biodiversity of the Gowanus Canal, biodiversity of fouling invertebrates in the Hudson estuary, and effects to freshwater invertebrates from hydroraking operations. She has previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Ecology at Seton Hall University, as a Research Assistant at the American Museum of Natural History in invertebrate zoology, and has mentored high school scholars through the Weston Science Scholars Program since 2007.

Sherwood, Natalie
Sherwood, Natalie
Full-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor: Wu
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Natalie Sherwood attended Rutgers University where she earned a B.S. in Zoology. She earned her Master’s degree from Montclair State University in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution. Her Master’s thesis focused on habitat selection of the threatened wood turtle. She is currently a Ph.D. student in the Environmental Management program at Montclair State University. Her research focuses on the turtle harvest and its effects on wild populations, heavy metal contamination in harvested species and the economics of the harvest. Her research interests also include wildlife protection and conservation. Additionally, she focuses on studying human impacts on wildlife and their habitats, with the goal of finding ways to alleviate human pressures on wildlife. Other research areas of interest include conservation of wetland and aquatic habitats.

Sidhu, Virinder
Sidhu, Virinder
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Sarkar
Office: ML-358S
Phone: 3456

Virinder Sidhu earned a B.S. in Agriculture (Honors) and an M.S. in Soil Science from Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, Punjab, India. His M.S. thesis titled, “Phytoremediation behavior of different vegetables for cadmium contaminated soils” focused on phytoextraction capabilities of vegetable crops like Indian mustard, broccoli, spinach and fenugreek. He worked as a Research Fellow for four years in various projects at PAU that were funded by the Indian Council of Agricultural Research, Central Institute for Cotton Research, Sir Ratan Tata Trust and University of Florida, before coming to the U.S.A. His research interests include phytoremediation of soils/sediments contaminated with heavy metals/organic compounds. His dissertation project involves sustainable restoration of copper contaminated soils in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan using biofuels feedstock. He is working as a doctoral assistant and presently in his fourth year of the Ph.D. program.

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Singh, Jay Prakash
Full-Time
Admitted: 2013
Advisor:
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Jay Prakash Singh received his bachelor degree in Microbiology and a master’s in Environmental Science, both from the University of Calcutta. He worked as a junior project scientist at Institute of Environmental Studies and Wetland Management before joining the Ph.D. program in Environmental Management in the Fall of 2013. His research interest lies in bioremediation by means of microbial action and molecular techniques.

Singh, Sushant
Singh, Sushant
Full-Time
Admitted: 2010
Advisor: Vedwan/Sarkar
Office: ML-358S
Phone: 3456

Sushant Singh has a B.S. in Botany from BNMU, India and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from Magadh University, India. He worked for 6 years as an Ad-hoc Lecturer in an undergraduate and post graduate department of Environment and Water Management and Master of Computer Application at A.N. College, Patna, India. He has worked with UNICEF as a Project Group Leader and Coordinator and with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) as an Assistant Pollution Control Expert. He represented India in the Asian Forum for Cross-Cultural Dialogue in 2009, held in China. He has been working in the area of arsenic contamination in water, soil, and the food-chain for several years. Mr. Singh is a second year Ph.D. student and is working to develop a sustainable socioeconomic model of arsenic mitigation in Bihar, India. His areas of interest are deriving social vulnerability scales and vulnerability mapping in arsenic affected areas, establishing sustainable practices and management of mitigation technologies, and developing socioeconomic models in contaminated areas.

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Sirakov, Martin
Full-Time
Admitted: 2013
Advisor:
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Martin Sirakov has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Saint Peters University, and a Master of International Affairs from Pennsylvania State University. Currently, he is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Management at Montclair State University. Martin's professional interests are in research and analysis of economic, political and social trends. His research interest is in the relationship between social capital and sustainable development, specifically as it relates to water and food management.

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Soleimanifar, Hanieh
Full-Time
Admitted: 2013
Advisor:
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Hanieh Soleimanifar joined the Environmental Management PhD program in Fall 2013. She earned her Bachelor and Master’s degree in Mining Engineering in Iran. As a mining engineer with environmental interests, eliminating the harmful effects of mining and mineral contaminants is her primary goal. In her master thesis, she did a case study on mine water pollution and remediation. Her research interests include environmental remediation, mine waste management, and water and wastewater treatment.

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Stagg, Betsy
Full-Time
Admitted: 2009
Advisor: Galster
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Elizabeth (Betsy) Stagg, P.E.,P.P., is a full-time Ph.D. Candidate in the Environmental Management Program. She is a licensed professional Engineer and Planner. She has an M.S. from Manhattan College in Environmental Engineering and an M.S. in Chemistry from Fairleigh Dickinson University. She owns her own Consulting Engineering business and belongs to a number of profession societies. She has also been an Elected Official in her hometown for the past nine years. She is a Trustee of the NJ Highlands Coalition. Her research is in the area of flood mitigation techniques. She was a contributing writer in “Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Sustainability,” Edited by Robert W. Taylor; McGraw Hill 2011.

Witherell, Ben
Witherell, Ben
Part-Time
Admitted: 2005
Advisor: Feng
Office: ML-116
Phone: x5423

Ben Witherell is a Montclair State University Ph.D. candidate in Environmental Management. He was recently appointed by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s Commissioner Bob Martin as the Director of Economic Analysis for the NJDEP. Ben joins the DEP with 20 years of environmental experience, including 12 years as an Environmental Consultant where he managed site remediation projects and conducted public outreach training for non point source pollution and storm water management. He has also worked for the Delaware River Basin Commission, the U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Resources Division, and was a Dean John A. Knauss Policy Fellow in the United States Congress. Ben received his Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from Tufts University, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.

Wolde, Bernabas
Wolde, Bernabas
Full-Time
Admitted: 2011
Advisor: Lal
Office: ML-358N
Phone: x3456

Bernabas Wolde has a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Economics specializing in Natural Resource and Environmental Economics. He worked as a Lecturer in a Haramaya University in Ethiopia before joining the Ph.D. program in Environmental Management in the Fall of 2011. His research interests include integrating life cycle analyses and econometric approaches to understand the architecture of integration of alternative energy into the mainstream energy system

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Alumni

NameDegreeYearDissertation TitleCurrent Position
Shevon Letang PhD 2013 Citizens' Perspectives of Access to the Decision Making Process and Community Improvement as Determinants of Brownfields Redevelopment Success Sustainability Coordinator, Department of Health & Safety, MSU
Pravin Punamiya PhD 2013 Green Remediation of Veterinary Antibiotics in Soil-Water Systems Post-Doctoral Research Associate at MSU in EAES
Aimann Sadik PhD 2013 Corporate Social Responsibility and the Gold Mining Industry: the Ghana Experience Senior Environmental Assessment Administrator in the Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan, Canada
Michael Nwachukwu PhD 2010 Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in Soil and Management of Occupational Wastes in Automobile Mechanic Villages, Imo River Basin Nigeria Senior Lecturer, Federal University of
Technology Owerri, Nigeria. Consultant, Anambra-Imo River Basin and Rural Development Authority.
Seth Xeflide PhD 2010 An Assessment of Surface Water Resource Potential of New Jersey, USA Hydrogeologist at Ridgeline Environment Inc., Alberta, Canada
Naushad Kollikkathara PhD 2009 Integrated System Dynamic Study and Prognosis on Municipal Solid Waste Management for Northern New Jersey Urban Area Research Principal, Systems Knowledge Institute, New Jersey
Mark Yidana PhD 2009 Management of Groundwater for Productive Uses in the Afram Plains Area, Ghana Lecturer, Department of Earth Science, University of Ghana, Legon
Jennifer Callanan DEM 2008 Long Term Impacts of Forest Fires on Soil Chemical Properties as a Result of Mineral Alteration, and its Implications for Forest Fire Management Practices Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science, William Paterson University
Victor Owueme DEM 2008 Characterization and Assessment of Contaminated Sediments in Lower Passaic River, New Jersey Water Resources Engineer, AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Atlanta