Current Students

Catherine Alexander
Alexander, Catherine G.
Taylor

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.

Yaritza Acosta
Acosta, Yaritza
Wu
CEL-230A
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BA BiologyYaritza Acosta Caraballo's research interests lie in environmental biology, aquatic ecology and conservation. She is interested in quality assessment of aquatic systems as a means of biological and chemical monitoring as well as investigating the impacts of land use types in these systems.

Michael Ayers
Ayers, Michael
Blacic
CEL-306
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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.

Anthony Bevacqua
Bevacqua, Anthony
Yu
CEL-306
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BS Environmental Science with a Marine Studies and Geographic Information Systems minor, PSM Environmental ScienceAnthony's research interests are in the coastal environment. During his Master's he worked as a research assistant for Stockton University Coastal Research Center. His current research examines vulnerability and resilience to coastal hazards and sea level rise by coupling mapping techniques and numerical indicators using human and physical geographic data.

Bozzolasco, Alejandra
Bozzolasco, Alejandra
Vedwan

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.

Parlhad Burli
Burli, Pralhad
Lal
CEL-306
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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.

Christie Castellano
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.

Daniel Ciarletta
Ciarletta, Daniel
Lorenzo-Trueba
CEL-306
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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.

Nicholas D'Ambrosio
D'Ambrosio, Nicholas
Yu

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.

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Du, Xu
Varde
CEL-230A
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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.

Melissa Hansen
Hansen, Melissa
Passchier
CEL-306
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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.

Pricilla Iranah
Iranah, Pricilla
Lal
CEL-306
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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.

Richard James
James, Richard
Brachfeld
CEL-306
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BS in Environmental ScienceRichard's research interests lie in remediation, and phytoremediation.

Nadia Jamil
Jamil, Nadia
Feng
CEL-306
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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.

Arye Janoff
Janoff, Arye
Lorenzo-Trueba
CEL
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BS in Environmental ScienceArye is interested in coastal system evolution through time, and how management strategy interacts with the system’s natural behavior with respect to current and projected sea level rise.

Lisa Johnson
Johnson, Lisa
Taylor
CEL-306
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BA in Human Ecology with a minor in Philosophy. MS in Sustainability ScienceLisa Johnson’s research interests center around smart city growth, sustainable urban planning and business development, and environmental policy. Her current research focuses on how the built and natural environment cohere into a livable system and how green practices can help to implement the best solutions for creating integrated systems of urban infrastructure.

Jessie Kolodin
Kolodin, Jesse
Lorenzo-Trueba
CEL-232
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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.

Nanzhu Li
Li, Nanzhu
Deng
CEL-230A
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BS in Environmental Engineering, MS in Environmental ScienceNanzhu Li is very interested in utilizing new technologies to treat contaminated water and lands.

Erik Lyttek
Lyttek, Erik
TBD
CEL-230A
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BA in BiologyErik's research interests include fostering linkages between environment, society and the corporate world.

Martha Mahady
Martha Mahady
CEL-230A

AA Anthropology, AAS Landscape Management and Design, AS Biology, AS Environmental Studies, BA Psychology, BS BiologyMartha Mahady's research interest is ecology of invasive plants.

Schenine Mitchell
Mitchell, Schenine
Taylor

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.

Wendy Neill
Neill, Wendy
Taylor
Sprague Library
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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.

Jing Nie in Times Square
Nie, Jing
Feng
CEL-230A
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Garrett Nieddu
Nieddu, Garrett
Billing, Forgoston
CEL-230A
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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.

Rosita Nunez
Nunez, Rosita
Wang

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.

Robert Oleksy
Oleksy, Robert
Lal

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.

Sydney Oluoch
Oluoch, Sydney
Lal

BS Biochemistry, MS Biochemistry, MS Molecular Biology, MS Environmental SciencesSydney Oluoch’s research interest are investigating the future sustainable energy options for developing nations (Sub-Saharan Africa) that can drive economic development while providing stable, cheap and clean energy.

Felix Oteng
Oteng, Felix
Alo
CEL-230A

BS in Geology, MS in GeoscienceResearch interests center around climate and hydrological modeling. Currently looking at impacts of Mid-21st century climate change on water resource availability for the Passaic River Basin.

Alessandra Rossi
Rossi, Alessandra
Wu
CEL-306
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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.

Gin Dean Sanchez
Sanchez, Gin Dean
Lal

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.

Rebecca Shell
Shell, Rebecca
Prezant
SH
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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.

Natalie Sherwood
Sherwood, Natalie
Wu
CEL-100
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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.

Jay Parkash Singh
Singh, Jay Prakash
Krumins
CEL-306
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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.

Hanieh Soleimanifar
Soleimanifar, Hanieh
Deng
CEL-306
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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

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.

Bhagyashree Vaidya
Vaidya, Bhagyashree
Goodey
CEL
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My previous research was focused on solvent extraction and separation of rare earth elements from ores using organophosphinic acids. My current research interests involve restoration of low functioning, contaminated soils using bioremediation techniques.

Wieczerak, Taylor
Lal
CEL
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Lisital Yang
Yang, Lisitai
Deng
CEL
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My previous research interests are concentrated on environmental remediation with an emphasis on water pollution control using the fundamentals of aquatic chemistry. Now I expect to be working with Dr. Deng on water treatment and reuse using innovative and green technologies such as ferrate (VI)-based treatment processes.

Lei Zheng
Zheng, Lei
Deng
CEL-230A
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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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