Current Students

Alexander, Catherine
Alexander, Catherine G.
Taylor
ML-252E
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AA in Science, BS and ME in Environmental Engineering, BS in Plant ScienceCatherine Alexander's research 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.

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Ayers, Michael
Blacic
ML-358N
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BS and MS in GeologyMike Ayers' research interests center around the characterization of groundwater flow and translation of data into more efficient water management practices.

Bozzolasco, Alejandra
Bozzolasco, Alejandra
Vedwan
ML-358N
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BA in Environmental Studies, MA in Liberal Studies, MA in Environmental ManagementAlejandra M. Bozzolasco 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. She looks forward to becoming a Professor and Environmental Justice activist when she completes the program.

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Burli, Pralhad
Lal
ML-358N
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MS in EconomicsPralhad Burli's 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.

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Castellano, Christie
Bologna
SH
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BS and MS in Marine Biology and Coastal SciencesChristie Castellano's Master's thesis focused on the distribution and abundance of gelatinous zooplankton and their impacts on planktonic community structure in Barnegat Bay, NJ. Her research interests include impacts of major storm events on planktonic community structure in Barnegat Bay, the further investigation of planktonic communities in other bodies of water on the New Jersey coast including differences between day and night community structures, as well as potential strategies of improving water quality and its effect on zooplankton communities in coastal areas.

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Ciarletta, Daniel
Passchier
ML-358N
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BS in Oceanography, MS in GeoscienceDaniel Ciarletta was employed as a marine scientist and project manager at Alpine Ocean Seismic Survey, Inc. for four years, before returning to school. His research interests are in the area of sedimentology, currently focusing on marine sediment transport processes and their modification by human interaction with the seabed.

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D'Ambrosio, Nicholas
ML-116
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BA in Liberal Studies, MS in Environmental Policy StudiesNicholas D’Ambrosio is an environmental professional with over a decade of experience in the environmental consulting industry. He is a certified Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and holds various additional training certifications. Elements of Mr. D’Ambrosios’ experience, both domestic and abroad include: project management; design, development, implementation and collection of site field data; remedial investigations and activities; development and execution of Health & Safety work plans for various utility, construction and remediation site activities; Preliminary, Phase I & II Site Assessments/Investigations; wetland delineation, characterization and evaluation (soils, hydrology, and vegetation); assessment of development-related environmental impacts, mitigation, construction and restoration. He serves as a Trustee for The Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions (ANJEC), as a member of the New Jersey Section American Water Resources Association, and of the South Orange Development Committee.

DiGianni, Joseph
DiGianni, Joseph
Sternberg
ML-252
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BA in Geography, MS in Transportation PlanningJoseph DiGianni's 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.

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Du, Xu
ML-358N
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BS and MS in Environmental ScienceXu Du's research interests include using GIS in urban planning, and his research project is about applying cellular automata in urban simulation.

Hansen, Melissa
Passchier
ML-358S
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BS in Earth Science: Geology, MS in GeoscienceMelissa Hansen's 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
Lal
ML-358N
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BS in Biology, MS in Environmental ManagementPricila Iranah has been active at the 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.

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James, Richard
ML-358N
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BS in Environmental ScienceRichard's research interests lie in remediation, and phytoremediation.

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Jamil, Nadia
Sarkar
ML-358N
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BS in Geology, MS in Hydrogeology and Environmental GeologyNadia Binte Jamil's Master’s dissertation topic was Impacts of Industrialization on hydrogeological environment of Tongi Industrial Area, Bangladesh where she evaluated the effects of industrial pollution on water and soil quality. She wants to continue working on groundwater contamination and remediation.

Koberle, Melissa
Koberle, Melissa
Lal
ML-116
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BA in Environmental Science and Biology, MA in Environmental ScienceMelissa Koberle's research interests are implementing sustainable and green practices during hazardous waste assessment and remediation.

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Kolodin, Jesse
Lorenzo-Trueba
ML-116
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BS in Economics, MS in Geosciences with a concentration in Coastal GeomorphologyJesse Kolodin's current research focuses on the Geomorphology of Barrier Island Systems of NJ in relation to sea level rise.

Li, Nanzhu
Li, Nanzhu
Deng
ML-358N
3456

BS in Environmental Engineering, MS in Environmental ScienceNanzhu Li is very interested in utilizing new technologies to treat contaminated water and lands.

Mitchell, Schenine
Mitchell, Schenine
Taylor
ML-116
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BS in International Environmental Studies with a Minor in Political Science, MA in Environmental ManagementSchenine Mitchell works at the EPA, where she serves as Brownfields Project Officer for several Brownfields Assessment and Environmental Workforce and Job Development Training grants. She is interested in dissertation research on Brownfields Gentrification and Environmental Justice.

Ndiege, Anthony
Ndiege, Anthony
Wang
PA-449
7464

MBAAnthony Ndiege's research interest is integrating green supply chain practices into organizational strategy.

Neill, Wendy
Neill, Wendy
Taylor
ML-116
5423

Certified Teacher in NJ, MA in Liberal StudiesWendy L. Neill's current research is focused on social aspects of Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture and Water Conservation.

Nieddu, Garrett
Billing, Forgoston
ML-116
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AA, BS in Mathematics and Physics, MS degree in MathematicsGarrett Nieddu's master level thesis was done under the advisement of Dr. A. D. Trubatch in the mathematics department and 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 be working in population and disease dynamics; of special interest is disease extinction in coupled populations.

Nunez, Rosita
Nunez, Rosita
ML-116
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MS in Chemical Engineering, MBARosita's 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.

Oleksy, Robert
Oleksy, Robert
Lal
ML-116
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BA in Biology, MA in Environmental ManagementRobert Oleksy 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.

Panja, Saumik
Sarkar
ML-358N
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BS in Microbiology, MS in Environmental ScienceSaumik's research interests include bioremediation and phytoremediation.

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Restaino, Dena
Bologna
SH
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BS in Biology, MS in Biology w/ Physiology concentrationDena Restaino's Master's research was geared toward developing a qPCR method for detection of early life history stage, Sea Nettles in Barnegat Bay, NJ. Her subsequent research has focused on the temporal and spatial distribution of early life history stage, Sea Nettles in Barnegat Bay.  For her Doctoral Research she would like to assess the impact of an Invasive species on fish populations in Barnegat Bay, and the restoration of eelgrass populations within the bay.

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Rossi, Alessandra
Wu
ML-358N
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MS in Biology, MS in EcologyAlessandra Rossi is interested in studying the health of water bodies in terms of invasive species, pathogens, and the dynamics of nutrient loads at the ecosystems level. She is also interested in the impact of climate change (extreme events) on these load, and environmental remediation for future Best Management Practices.

RoyChowdhury, Abhishek
Roy Chowdhury, Abhishek
Sarkar
ML-358S
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BS in Zoology, MS in Environmental ScienceAbhishek Roy Chowdhury's 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
Lal
ML-116
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BS in Physics, BS in Physics, Licensed High school Teacher, MS degree in Environmental SciencesGin Dean Sanchez immigrated to the United States in 1997 and 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.

Shell, Rebecca
Shell, Rebecca
Prezant
SH-B01
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BA in Environmental Biology from Barnard College, MS in Tropical Fisheries Ecology and Marine BiologyRebecca Shell earned her Master’s degree in Tropical Fisheries Ecology and Marine Biology from James Cook University with her thesis, Indirect effects of predation on Cryptocentrus singapurensis communities on the Great Barrier Reef: the effect of biotic physical disturbance on spatial arrangement. 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.

Sherwood, Natalie
Sherwood, Natalie
Wu
ML-116
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BS in Zoology, MS in Biology w/ Ecology and Evolution concentrationNatalie Sherwood 's research interests also include wildlife protection and conservation, and 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
Sarkar
ML-358S
3456

BS in Agriculture, MS in Soil ScienceVirinder Sidhu's MS thesis, Phytoremediation behavior of different vegetables for cadmium contaminated soils focused on phytoextraction capabilities of vegetable crops like Indian mustard, broccoli, spinach and fenugreek. 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.

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Singh, Jay Prakash
Krumins
ML-358N
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BS in Microbiology, MS in Environmental ScienceJay Prakash Singh's research interest lies in bioremediation by means of microbial action and molecular techniques.

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Sirakov, Martin
ML-358N
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BA in Political Science and Philosophy, Master of International AffairsMartin Sirakov's professional interests are in research and analysis of economic, political and social trends, and 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
ML-358N
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BS and MS in Mining EngineeringHanieh Soleimanifar's research interests include environmental remediation, mine waste management, and water and wastewater treatment.

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Stagg, Betsy
Galster
ML-358N
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MS in Environmental Engineering, MS in ChemistryElizabeth (Betsy) Stagg, P.E.,P.P., is a licensed professional Engineer and Planner. Her research is in the area of flood mitigation techniques.

Wolde, Bernabas
Wolde, Bernabas
Lal
ML-358N
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BS and MS in Economics specializing in Natural Resource and Environmental EconomicsBernabas Wolde's 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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Zheng, Lei
Deng
ML-358N
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BS in Environmental Engineering and Science, MS in Environmental EngineeringLei's previous research experiences cover constructed wetland restoration and remediation of Non-Aqueous Phase Liquids (NAPLs) contaminated soil and groundwater. He now expects to be working with Dr. Yang Deng on advancing the applications of Ferrate (VI) in wastewater treatment and drinking water quality areas.

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