lecture in CELS 120

People

Faculty

Director

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Mark Chopping

Phone
973-655-7384
Email
choppingm@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 312

Affiliated Faculty

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Matthew Aardema

Assistant Professor, Biology

Phone
973-655-3584
Email
aardemam@montclair.edu
Location
Science Hall, 129
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Clement Alo

Chairperson, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-7579
Email
aloc@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 402
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Lora Billings

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-5108
Email
billingsl@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 206B
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Kevin Bilyk

Assistant Professor, Biology

Email
bilykk@montclair.edu
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Renata Blumberg

Associate Professor, Nutrition and Food Studies

Phone
973-655-3428
Email
blumbergr@montclair.edu
Location
University Hall, 4012
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Paul Bologna

Professor, Biology

Phone
973-655-4112
Email
bolognap@montclair.edu
Location
Science Hall, 112
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Cortni Borgerson

Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Email
borgersonc@montclair.edu
Location
Dickson Hall
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Stefanie Brachfeld

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Research, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-5129
Email
brachfelds@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 206A
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Ying Cui

Assistant Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-7273
Email
cuiy@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 418
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Yang Deng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-6678
Email
dengy@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 424
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Boxiang Dong

Assistant Professor, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-4093
Email
dongb@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Computing and Information Science, 227E
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Colette Feehan

Assistant Professor, Biology

Phone
973-655-4248
Email
feehanc@montclair.edu
Location
Science Hall, 132
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Huan Feng

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-7549
Email
fengh@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 422
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Eric Forgoston

Chairperson, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-7242
Email
forgostone@montclair.edu
Location
Conrad J. Schmitt Hall, 332
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Jinshan Gao

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone
973-655-5136
Email
gaoj@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 344
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Nina Goodey

Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone
973-655-3410
Email
goodeyn@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 406A
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Katherine Herbert

Associate Professor, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-5398
Email
herbertk@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Computing and Information Science, 227H
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Rashmi Jain

Professor, Information Management and Business Analytics

Phone
973-655-7847
Email
jainra@montclair.edu
Location
School of Business
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Scott Kight

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-5426
Email
kights@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 206C
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Jennifer Krumins

Professor, Biology

Email
kruminsj@montclair.edu
Location
Science Hall, 118
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Pankaj Lal

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-3137
Email
lalp@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 426
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Jorge Lorenzo Trueba

Associate Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-5320
Email
lorenzotruej@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 302
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Carlos Molina

Professor, Biology

Phone
973-655-3302
Email
molinac@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 400
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Glen O'Neil

Associate Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Phone
973-655-3791
Email
oneilg@montclair.edu
Location
Richardson Hall, 376
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Duke Ophori

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-7558
Email
ophorid@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 310
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Sandra Passchier

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-3185
Email
passchiers@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 324
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Greg Pope

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-7569
Email
popeg@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 220C
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Stefan Robila

Professor, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-4230
Email
robilas@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Computing and Information Science, 327K
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Matthew Schuler

Assistant Professor, Biology

Phone
973-655-7191
Email
schulerm@montclair.edu
Location
Science Hall, 113
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Robert Taylor

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-4129
Email
taylorr@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 414
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Amy Tuininga

Director, PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-3667
Email
tuiningaa@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 100G
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Dirk Vanderklein

Chairperson, Biology

Phone
973-655-5265
Email
vanderkleid@montclair.edu
Location
Science Hall, 116
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Aparna Varde

Associate Professor, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-4292
Email
vardea@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Computing and Information Science, 227A
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Yawei Wang

Chairperson, Hospitality and Tourism

Phone
973-655-4099
Email
wangya@montclair.edu
Location
School of Business
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Meiyin Wu

Professor, Biology

Phone
973-655-7117
Email
wum@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 100D
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Danlin Yu

Professor, Earth and Environmental Studies

Phone
973-655-4313
Email
yud@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Environmental & Life Sciences, 314
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Michelle Zhu

Professor, College of Science and Mathematics

Phone
973-655-4289
Email
zhumi@montclair.edu
Location
Center for Computing and Information Science, 327B

Current Students

Yaritza Acosta

Acosta, Yaritza

Advisor
Wu
Office
CELS 230A
Ext
x7117
Degrees
BA in Biology
Yaritza 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.
Nicole Bergen

Bergen, Nicole

Advisor
Wu
Degrees
BA in Biology/Teacher of Students with Disabilities
MS in Biology (Concentration in Ecology and Evolution)
My previous research was regarding the effectiveness of culverts for amphibian crossing. I am interested in continuing to look at the effectiveness of culverts and the impact of roads on amphibian migration.
Divomi Balasuriya

Balasuriya, Divomi

Advisor
Passchier
Degrees
BSc. Mineral Resources and Technology (Specialization : Mineral Processing technology)
Office
CELS 230A
My research interests are in marine geology and for my PhD I will be conducting a study to critically explore, identify and forecast prevailing and future changes of the coastal morphology and sediment dynamics in the Barrier Islands of New Jersey.

 


Gita Adhikary

Adhikary, Gita Bhushal

Advisor
Lal
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
MS in Sustainability Science
Affiliations
CESAC, Environmental Economics & Policy Lab (EEPL)

Gita Bhushal Adhikary’s research interests lie in current environmental issues, including flood resilience, human-wildlife conflict, ecological stressors, and conservation of biodiversity. She is interested in community institutions such as community forest user groups and their involvement in flood resilience. She hopes to devote her life towards achieving a sustainable future and healthy environment for the generations to come.
Michael Ayers

Ayers, Michael

Advisor
Alo
Office
CELS 306
Ext
x3456
Degrees
BS and MS in Geology
Mike Ayers’ research interests center around the characterization of groundwater flow and translation of data into more efficient water management practices.
Hermann Bermudez

Bermudez, Hermann

Advisor
Cui
Office
CELS 306
Ext
x3456
Degrees
BS in Geology, National University of Colombia
PhD candidate (Geosciences) National University of Colombia
Hermann is interested in time intervals of abrupt environmental changes, specially the Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (66 Ma) and its relationship with the current Climate Change. Prior to starting the PhD program, I funded Paleoexplorer, a research group interested in the geology and Paleontology of Colombia. I´m member of the Scientific Committee of the Gorgona National Park (2015-), Editorial Board, Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana (2015-2017), International editor, Paleontología Mexicana (2015-), Referee for the Journal of South American Earth Sciences (2015-), Colombian Geological Survey, and Ministry of Sciencies, Colombia (Minciencias)
Rae Cade

Cade, Rae

Advisor
Borgerson
Office
CELS 230A
Extension
x3456
Degrees
BA in Anthropology and Earth Science
MS in Sustainability Science

Rae’s thesis explored the beliefs and perceptions of climate change and sustainability amongst millennials who were non-environmental science majors. Given that climate change and topics surrounding it has been increasingly popular in the public discourse, her research interests pertain to bridging the gap between the scientific community and the public in relation to the dissemination of scientific information.
Shih-Chieh Chien

Chien, Shih-Chieh

Advisor
Krumins
Degrees
BS in Biological Sciences
MS in Environmental Education

Shih-Chieh Chien’s research interests mainly focus on plant diversity, nutrient cycling, and climate change. He is interested in how climate change influences soil carbon sequestration, aboveground carbon pools, and gymnosperm diversity. He is also interested in sustainability science and the education for sustainable development.
Isamar Cortes

Cortes, Isamar

Advisor
Lorenzo-Trueba
Office
CELS Computational Suite
Degrees
MS Earth and Environmental Science, BS Sustainability Science, BA Geography
Affiliations
Lorenzo-Trueba Lab, CIRES, MSU Remote Sensing Lab

Isamar is studying the effects of climate conditions on mangrove ecosystems, using remote sensing and numerical modeling. Her work explores how average net evaporation affects Caribbean mangrove islands; new research will investigate how seasonal variations affect mangrove ecosystems through zonation and die off, using Landsat imagery to study changes in mangrove islands across the Caribbean. The work will focus on: the role of average net evaporation on the spatial distribution of mangrove ecosystems; trends in the seasonal effects of net evaporation; and the combined effects of tides as sea level rises.
Junkui Cui

Cui, Junkui

Advisor
Deng
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
BS/MS in Environmental Science
MS in Engineering
My previous research experience covers the benefits and limitations of ecosystem services in urban areas using green infrastructure. I am currently working with Dr. Yang Deng. We are trying to figure out how to manufacture the Fe(VI) by electrochemical method in aqueous solution.
Shane Daiek

Daiek, Shane

Advisor
Lorenzo-Trueba
Degrees
MS Earth & Environmental Science, BS Marine Affairs.
Affiliations
Lorenzo-Trueba Lab, West Orange High School

Shane’s research is aimed at better understanding of coastal processes, in order to better manage anthropogenic influences on marine environments. His research seeks to understand how planning and management practices can limit the negative effects that result from increased development in coastal areas, including evaluation of the roles of federal, state and local government and organization in drafting policy.
Darko Radakovic

Darko, Radakovic

Advisor
Chopping
Degrees
MS Earth Science

My research interests are in transforming future environmental problems such as climate change, water (for land and human purposes) and energy shortages into more sustainable concepts. My current research aim is to study the effects of temperature change on the vegetation in Alaska using remote sensing and modelling.

 

Oyindamola Fadipe

Fadipe, Oyindamola

Advisor
Taylor
Office
CELS 230
Ext
x3456
Degrees
BS, Industrial Chemistry
MS, Environment and Sustainable Technology
Oyindamola’s research focuses on the understanding the pathways of Lead Toxicity and its impacts on public health in developing countries. The research would serve as a precursor for further studies on strategies for raising awareness on the issue of lead toxicity in developing countries.
Michael Fowler

Fowler, Michael

Advisor
Lal
Office
CELS -306
Ext
x3456
Degrees
BA in Environmental Studies with a Geography minor and concentration in Geographic Information Systems & Cartography
MS in Sustainability Science
Mike’s research focuses on technoeconomic and life cycle analyses of bioenergy production through switchgrass and sugarcane bagasse in U.S.
Victoria Hojnacki coring cylinder

Hojnacki, Victoria

Advisor
Passchier
Degrees
BS Geology
Affiliations
Passchier Lab

Victoria’s research is focused on polar paleoclimatology and paleoceanography using sedimentological methods. It has involved working with samples from the Arctic Ocean and tools such as bulk powder and clay x-ray diffraction, grain size analysis, X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy, and scanning electron microscope analysis of grain textures.
Lisa Johnson

Johnson, Lisa

Advisor
Taylor
Office
CELS 306
Ext
x3456
Degrees
BA in Human Ecology with a minor in Philosophy
MS in Sustainability Science
Lisa 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.
Charles Knoble

Knoble, Charles

Advisor
Yu
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
BA International Relations
Charles’ research focuses on urban sustainable development and its impact on disadvantaged communities. More specifically, Charles is interested in using GIS and statistical analysis to identify the socioeconomic impacts sustainable development projects have on traditionally underserved communities.
Nicolina Lentine

Lentine, Nicolina

Advisor
Goodey
Office
CELS 306
Degrees
BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability, minor in Chemistry
MS in Environmental Science
Nicolina Lentine’s research interests are in Environmental Science and Chemistry. She specifically wishes to focus on soil pollution and how it impacts soil composition and plant growth. She hopes to build off her previous work at Villanova University and expand it into something wonderful at MSU.
Trang Luong at the beach

Luong, Trang

Advisor
Lal
Degrees
BS Sustainability Science
Affiliations
CESAC, Environmental Economics & Policy Lab (EEPL), PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies

Trang’s research focuses on the effects of economic activities, notably the tourism industry, on the environment of Vietnam, and how sustainable development may mitigate the adverse effects of tourism. This work will contribute to the body of knowledge and play a role in Vietnam’s economic development while protecting its environment.


Erik Lyttek

Lyttek, Erik

Advisor
Lal
Office
CELS 230A
Ext
x3456
Degrees
BA in Biology
Erik Works in invasive species modeling focused on the spread and economic/environmental impact of invasive forest pests. Current research is focused on the local and regional spread of the Emerald Ash Borer (Agrilus plannipennis).
Olga Libman-Roshal

Libman-Roshal, Olga

Advisor
Brachfeld
Degrees
BS Geology, MS Geophysics

Olga is interested in reconstructing paleodepositional environments of sediments in the polar regions. She is particularly intrigued by the behavior of the Antarctic Ice Sheet during the Pliocene Climatic Optimum and its implications for future AIS behavior as we move toward a warmer climate.
Qiufeng Lin

Lin, Qiufeng

Advisor
Deng
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
B.E. in Water Supply and Drainage Engineering
M.S. in Architecture and Civil Engineering
Qiufeng’s research interest is innovative water treatment and water reuse technologies for tackling water pollution challenges and enhancing water supply. Her PhD study will be mechanistic and performance studies of the combined use of constructed wetlands and ferrate(VI) for addressing multiple contaminants in municipal wastewater, which will enable a new wastewater reuse system for agricultural irrigation.
Martha Mahady

Mahady, Martha

Advisor
Vanderklein
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
AA in Anthropology
AAS in Landscape Management and Design
AS in Biology, and Environmental Studies
BA in Psychology
BS in Biology
Martha Mahady’s research interest is ecology of invasive plants.
Sana Mirza

Mirza, Sana

Advisor
Feng
Degrees
AS in General Science
BS in Environmental Science
MA in Environmental Management
Sana’s research interests include environmentally significant behaviors that impact transboundary water resource management.
Mitchell, Schenine

Mitchell, Schenine

Advisor
Taylor
Degrees
BS in International Environmental Studies with a Minor in Political Science
MA in Environmental Management
Schenine 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.
Gia Nguyen

Nguyen, Gia

Advisor
Lal
Office
CELS 230A
Gia Nguyen has been using hydrologic and economic models to evaluate human activities in aquatic environments including hydropower dam construction, agricultural activities. He has also been performing environmental and socio-economic studies of Mekong River discharge depletion impacts on the Lower Mekong Basin in Vietnam.
Nie, Jing

Nie, Jing

Advisor
Feng
Office
CELS 230A
Ext
x5423

Jing Nie’s research has centered on the causes, assessment, and treatment of nutrient (N and P) pollution in rivers, estuaries, and coastal waters, including characterization and assessment of spatiotemporal variations in nutrient concentrations and fluxes in an urban watershed, with a case study focusing on New Jersey’s Passaic River Basin (published in 2018 in the International Journal of Environment and Pollution).
Joseph Mayala Nsingi

Nsingi, Joseph Mayala

Advisor
Cui
Degrees
BS in Applied Geology at the University of the Western Cape
MS in Applied Geology (Petroleum Geoscience) at the University of the Western Cape
Office
CELS 306

Mayala is a PhD student working on carbon emission and sequestration rate after a large CO2 pulse from the Siberian Traps volcanism. In his Master’s, he studied foraminiferal biostratigraphy and depositional environment of the Drilled Early Cretaceous Succession in Durban Basin, East Coast, South Africa using well cuttings, conventional cores, seismic data and well logs. In his BS (Honours), he did facies analysis of clastic sediment of well Jc-B1 Durban Basin, East Coast of South Africa using well logs and conventional cores in addition to Interactive Petrophysics (IP) to investigate facies variations within the well Jc-B1 of the Offshore Durban Basin.


Cailin O'Connor

O’Connor, Cailin

Advisor
Kight
Degrees
BS, MS in Biology (conc. Ecology and Evolution)

Cailin is an avid birder, wild bird rehabilitator, and bird bander with an interest in avian conservation. Cailin utilizes technology such as Nexrad and Motus to track passerine migration with a focus on mitigating window strike mortality during seasonal migration through better building design and “lights out” legislation.
Oteng, Felix

Oteng, Felix

Advisor
Alo
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
BS in Geology
MS in Geoscience
Research 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.
Toritseju Oyen pumping water

Oyen, Toritseju

Advisor
Ophori
Degrees
MS Geoenvironmental Engineering, BS Microbiology
Affiliations
Ophori Groundwater Modeling Lab

Toritseju’s research concerns groundwater contamination in Nigeria, a serious problem. The research uses soil and water sampling and evaluation using a variety of methods including modeling and analytical tools. It will enable a better understanding of the dynamisms of water table fluctuations and groundwater flow patterns of a given geological formation and how they affect groundwater recharge rate and quality; the roles of various biotic and abiotic parameters and how they enhance the enrichment of redox sensitive compounds in groundwater; and the authigenic nature of heavy metals, redox sensitive compounds and other groundwater contaminants.
Archana Prasad

Prasad, Archana

Advisor
Alo, Lal
Degrees
BS Civil Engineering
MS Sustainability Science

Archana’s research focuses on the roles of climate change and land use change on vegetation dynamics. She is interested in assessing how ecosystem services might be affected by these developments. Archana’s work will also focus on understanding how these factors might impact future energy demand.


Nicole Provost

Provost, Nicole

Advisor
Lal
Degrees
BS Sustainability Science
BS Marine Biology & Coastal Sciences
MS Sustainability Science
Affiliations
CESAC
Environmental Economics & Policy Lab (EEPL)
PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies

Nicole’s research focuses on the energy-water nexus and anticipates using life cycle analyses and deep learning to evaluate climate change susceptibility. She is investigating the economics of the implementation of sustainable urban infrastructure and its impacts on the quantity and quality of fresh water resources, in order to mitigate environmental justice issues, promote healthier ecosystems, and manage important water security concerns.


Chris Snyder

Snyder, Chris

Advisor
Tuininga
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
BA in Anthropology
MPH in Public Health (Concentration in Community Health Education)
Affiliations
PSEG Institute for Sustainability Studies
Montclair State University Campus Community Garden
Hunger-Free Campus Task Force

Research interests focus on sustainable food systems management practices, covering sustainable precision and urban agriculture, as well as food waste management. Currently exploring the intersection of Public Health and Sustainability to address regional food insecurity via optimizations in food systems, by preventing waste generation and reclaiming non-waste products.


Oluwafemi Soetan

Soetan, Oluwafemi

Advisor
Feng
Office
CELS 306
Degrees
B.Tech in Biochemistry
MSc in Water & Waste-Water Engineering
Oluwafemi’s research interests include Water Quality, Algae and Bioenergy. He is also a Doctoral Research Assistant at the New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology
Zainab Tariq

Tariq, Zainab

Advisor
Lal
Office
CELS230A
Degrees
MS Environmental Science

 

Zainab’s research focuses on assessing climate change impacts and net emission benefits of renewable energy sources by applying life cycle assessment


Sepideh Vafaie

Vafaie, Sepideh

Advisor
Forgoston
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
MSc in civil- structural Engineering
Ext
x3456

During my master’s, I worked on applying X-let transforms (such as wavelet, curvelet, contourlet, and shearlet transform) to detect damages. Now, I will work to better understand the extinction of species in food webs and the susceptibility of the food web to invasive species. This research will utilize topics from applied mathematics, dynamical systems, environmental science, and structural health monitoring.


Vaidya, Bhagyashree

Vaidya, Bhagyashree

Advisor
Goodey
Office
CELS
Ext
x3456
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.
Michael Viteritto

Viteritto, Michael

Advisor
Feng
Degrees:
BA English
MA Environmental Studies
JD, Certificate in International Law

Michael Viteritto’s primary area of interest is sediment tracking and transport in river systems, and more generally in marine geochemistry. He is also interested in environmental health and management projects involving near-coastal waterways.


Anvy Vu

Vu, Anvy

Advisor
Lal
Degrees:
Master of Public Health, Specialization: Epidemiology
Bachelor of Science (BS) in Environmental Science

Anvy’s research is aimed at achieving a sustainable occupational environment for developing communities, an issue that requires attention to many environmental management perspectives and adopting an interdisciplinary approach that includes natural science, business, and social science perspectives as the best way to solve these complex problems. Her research fosters understanding of how pollutants affect human populations and the natural environment, the identification and quantification of immediate and long-term patterns using geospatial technology (GIS) and related geostatistical methods, and the stratification of disturbance levels in unhealthy environments.


 

Justin Wheelan

Wheelan, Justin

Advisor
Molina
Degrees
MA Molecular Biology
BS Biology
Affiliations
Molina Lab

Justin is studying the dynamic nature of transcription factors and how these depend on genotype. This information can directly be applied to future use in gene therapy and immunotherapy as actionable mutations have predicted epigenetic effects related to cancer by the tumor suppressor protein ICER. Knowledge of critical transcription factor effects on the cell will be valuable knowledge in oncology and – more broadly – identification of treatment options for a disease that is predicted to increase due to multiple environment stressors.
Tina Wu

Wu, Tina

Advisor
Cui
Office
CELS 230A
Degrees
BS & MS in Geology
Qingting (Tina) Wu’s previous research explored the productivity patterns during the Quaternary in the eastern equatorial Pacific using foraminifera. Her current research focuses on the dynamic climate and biogeochemistry of the P-Tr extinction event and Cenozoic using Earth system modeling, as well as the tropical ocean lithium and boron isotopes. She aims to enhance the understanding of paleoclimatology, especially the effect of massive carbon dioxide emission and sequestration on the ecosystem.
Yang, Lisitai

Yang, Lisitai

Advisor
Deng
Office
CELS
Ext
x3456
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.

 

Naima Zaheer

Zaheer, Naima

Advisor
Goodey
Research interests: Reclamation of metal contaminated soil using phytoremediation techniques.
researcher cartoon

Zimmerman, Kelly

Advisor
Aardema
Office
CELS 230A
Phone
x3456
Degrees
B.S. Marine and Environmental Biology and Policy
M.S. Biology: Ecology and Evolution
Kelly has worked in the fields of shore and grassland bird conservation, arthropod sensory ecology, and mosquito population genetics. She is currently working on Aedes mosquito population genetics and their invasion ecology.

Alumni

Year Name Dissertation Title Current Position
2014 Marcia L. Anderson The Effectiveness of Venue Strategies for Environmental Communication in Non-Agricultural, School Integrated Pest Management Campaigns Environmental Specialist
US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Region 2
2020 Anthony J. Bevacqua The Spatial Economics of Clean Energy in New Jersey Research Scientist
New Jersey Board of Public Utilities
2017 Alejandra Maria Bozzolasco Using a Mixed-Methods Approach to Understand Urban Children’s Nature Conceptions, Ecological Worldviews and Environmental Perceptions and Preferences Before and After Attending an Environmental Education Program Adjunct Instructor
Rampo College
2018 Pralhad Burli Economic and Environmental Assessment of Advanced Biofuels : Adoption Under Uncertainty, Farmer Willingness, and Land Use Implications Agricultural Economist
The Energy, Environment, Science, & Technology Division
Idaho National Laboratory
2009 Jennifer Rose Callanan Long-Term Impacts of Forest Fires on Soil Chemical Properties as a Result of Mineral Alterations and Its Implications for Forest Management Practices Assistant Professor & Chairperson
Department of Environmental Science William Patterson University
2019 Daniel James Ciarletta Reconstructing Barrier Island Behavior from Overstepped Deposits and Relict Onshore Morphology : Modeling and Field Approaches Mendenhall Postdoc Fellow
United States Geological Survey
2014 Padmini Das Chemically Catalyzed Phytoremediation of 2,4,6-Trinitrotoluene (TNT) Contaminated Soil by Vetiver Grass (Chrysopogon zizanioides L.) Postdoctoral Research Associate
Montclair State University
2015 Joseph J. Di Gianni Exploration of the Current State and Directions of Dynamic Ridesharing Adjunct Instructor
Montclair State University
2015 Luke J. Diglio An Assessment of New Jersey Trout Production Systems : a Movement Towards Sustainability AP & General Environmental Science Teacher
Pequannock Township High School
2014 Paola Dolcemascolo Anthropogenic Disturbance of the Herpetofauna in the Northeast US : Wildlife Disease and Habitat Modification Full Stack Software Engineer
Self-Employed
2015 Rocio Raquel Duchesne-Onoro Changes in Tall Shrub Abundance on the North Slope of Alaska, 2000-2010 Assistant Professor
Department of Geography & Geology
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
2021 Xu Du Mining Social Media and Structured Data in Urban Environmental Management to Develop Smart Cities
2016 Melissa A. Hansen An Assessment of Antarctic Ice Sheet Dynamics from a Pliocene Polar Paleoclimate Archive Adjunct Instructor
Montclair State University & Kean University
2018 Pricila Iranah Bridging Gaps Between Conservation Action and Policy on Small Island Developing States – Case Analog of The Republic of Mauritius Postdoctoral Research Associate
University of Nebraska at Kearney
2021 Arye Max Janoff Community-Scale Beach Nourishment and Groin Construction Decisions Along Human-Modified Coasts : The Interplay Between Socioeconomics, Coordination, Tourism, and Shoreline Change Knauss Marine Policy Fellow
U.S. House of Representatives
2014 Amy V. Johnson-Ferdinand Spatial Decision Support Systems for Sustainable Urban Redevelopment  Director, Environmental Safety and Sustainability
Montclair State University
2016 Melissa Ann Koberle-Harclerode Evaluating Sustainable Aspects of Hazardous Waste Remediation Project Manager & Environmental Scientist
CDM Smith
2009 Naushad Kollikkathara Integrated System Dynamic Study and Prognosis on Municipal Solid Waste Management for Northern New Jersey Urban Area Instructional Specialist
Information Management and Business Analytics
Feliciano School of Business
2013 Shevon Jean Letang Citizens’ Perspectives of Access to the Decision Making Process and Community Improvement as Determinants of Brownfields Redevelopment Success Sustainability and Environmental Coordinator
Montclair State University
2017 Nanzhu Li Ferrate as a New Treatment Chemical for Removal of Effluent Organic Matter (EfOM) and Emerging Micro-Pollutants in Treated Municipal Wastewater for Water Reuse Environmental Scientist
BEM Systems Inc. 
2015 Faith Karegi Muriithi An Integrated Approach to Assessing Spread of Commercial Horticulture and Related Environmental Impacts on Watersheds : Cases in Central Highlands of Kenya Data Analyst
Citi
2018 Garrett T. Nieddu Outbreak and Extinction Dynamics in Stochastic Populations Postdoctoral Research Associate
Theoretical Biology and Biophysics
Los Alamos National Labs
2017 Rosita G. Nunez Antecedents and Consequences of CSR Reporting by Corporations : The Role of Management Strategy and Organization Characteristics Adjunct Faculty
Rampo College & Stevens Institute of Technology
2010 Michael Amamechi Nwachukwu Assessment of Heavy Metal Contamination in Soil and Management of Occupational Wastes in Automobile Mechanic Villages, Imo River Basin, Nigeria Professor
Department of Environmental Management
Federal University of Technology Owerri
2020 Robert B. Oleksy Assessing the Capabilities and Limitations of Privatizing State Environmental Remediation Programs
2014 Kevin Olsen Organic Geochemical Investigations of Urban Sediments by Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectroscopy Research Tech Specialist
Department of Chemistry
Montclair State University
2020 Sydney Oluoch Socioeconomic Analyses of Renewable Energy Options for Sub-Saharan Africa : A Regional and National Approach Research Fellow
Clean Energy and Sustainability Analytics Center
2014 Naz Onel Antecedents of Environmentally Sensitive Consumer Behaviors : an Investigation of Goal Framing Theory Assistant Professor of Business Studies – Marketing
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
2008 Victor Udoka Onwueme Characterization and Assessment of Contaminated Sediments in Lower Passaic River, New Jersey Civil Engineer
Department of Watershed Management, City of Atlanta
2014 Michael Joseph Pawlish Modeling A Green Decision Support System for Data Center Sustainability Assistant Professor
School of Business & Digital Media
Georgian Court University
2014 Pravin Anraj Punamiya Green Remediation of Veterinary Antibiotics in Soil-Water Systems Environmental Project Engineer / DuPont Site Representative (DSR)
Parsons Corporation
2015 Yu Qian Biogeochemical Studies of Metal Uptake and Transportation in Plants on an Urban Brownfield Lecturer
Yunnan University, China
2018 Dena J. Restaino Molecular Ecology and Management of Nuisance and Invasive Marine Species : Chrysaora chesapeakei, Moerisia sp., and Gonionemus vertens Adjunct Professor II
County College of Morris
2020 Alessandra Rossi Water Quality and Management Challenges in Urban New Jersey Postdoctoral Researcher
New Jersey Center for Water Science and Technology
2016 Abhishek Roy-Chowdhury Green Remediation of Acid Mine Drainage (AMD)-Impacted Soil and Water Assistant Professor
Navajo Technical University
2014 Sagarika Roy Hydrologic Modeling in Semi-Arid Agricultural Region : An Integrated Approach to Study Water Resources in Southern San Joaquin Valley, California AVP
Swiss Re
Aimann Sadik Corporate Social Responsibility and the Gold Mining Industry : The Ghana Experience Senior Environmental Assessment Administrator
Ministry of Environment, Government of Saskatchewan, Canada
2018 Rebecca Shell Benthic Invertebrate Communities of Barnegat Bay New Jersey : Effects of Hard-Clam (Mercenaria Mercenaria L.) Aquaculture Grow-Outs on Benthic Communities
2017 Natalie R. Sherwood Risks Associated with Harvesting and Human Consumption of Two Turtle Species in New Jersey
2016 Virinder Pal Singh Sidhu Establishing a Vegetative Cap for Sustainable Stabilization of Copper Contaminated Soils in Torch Lake, Michigan Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering
University of Toronto
2019 Jay Prakash Singh Microbial Community, Functioning, and Its Relationship with Heavy Metals in an Urban Brownfield Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Thompson River University
2015 Sushant Kumar Singh Assessing and Mapping Vulnerability and Risk Perceptions to Groundwater Arsenic Contamination : Towards Developing Sustainable Arsenic Mitigation Models Data Scientist
VirtusaPolaris
2021 Meghann N. Smith Sustainability of Hard Apple Cider : An Environmental and Socio-Economic Assessment
2018 Hanieh Soleimanifar Water Treatment Residual Coated Wood Mulch for Mitigation of Toxic Metals and Phosphate from Polluted Urban Stormwater Runoff Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio
2014 Benjamin Barnett Witherell Watershed-Based Water Quality Management Chief Economist
NJ Board of Public Utilities
2016 Bernabas T. Wolde Socioeconomic and Environmental Assessment of Woody Biofuels in Southern United States CESAC Program Manager
Montclair State University
2010 Seth Kwaku Xeflide An Assessment of the Surface Water Resource Potential of New Jersey, USA Independent Consultant
DS Evex Group Limited
2008 Sandow Mark Yidana Management of Groundwater for Productive Uses in the Afram Plains Area, Ghana Professor
Department of Earth Science University of Ghana, Legon
2020 Lei Zheng Ferrate(VI) for Wastewater Treatment : Phosphorus Removal
2021 Diane Hagman Effect of Abiotic Factors on Enzyme Activity in Brownfield Soils
2021 Jesse Kolodin A Geo-Economic Framework for Dune Construction and Long-Term Coastal Resiliency in New Jersey
2021 Taylor Wieczerak Understanding Combined Sewer Overflow (CSO) and Green Infrastructure Interaction in New Jersey : An Economic Analysis
2022 Nadia Jamil Arsenic : Risk, Exposure, Policy and Management