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CWRS Personnel

  • The Center for Watershed Research & Service (CWRS) has a diverse team of faculty that span environmental engineering, chemistry, history, environmental studies and  biology; reflecting the multi-faceted nature of environmental problems and truly sustainable solutions. 

    Center for Watershed Research & Service Personnel

    Dr. Travis Trasker

    Research Role:

    • Director, Ecological Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Identification/Quantification of watershed impacts
    • Passive treatment of acid mine drainage
    • Sustainable stormwater management
    • Passive treatment of municipal wastewater
    • Aquatic/Terrestrial ecosystem restoration


    Dr. Joel Z. Bandstra

    Research Role:

    • Associate Director, Environmental Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Analysis of time-series environmental data
    • Environmental database creation
    • Surface/subsurface reactive transport modeling
    • Applied environmental mathematics
    • Class-five acid mine drainage kayaking!


    Dr. Denise Holladay Damico

    Research Role:

    • Associate Director, Water Historian

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • United States water law
    • The intersection of water control, race and class
    • Environmental history
    • Local history
    • Sustainability and the Humanities


    Dr. Timothy Bintrim

    Research Role:

    • Co-Advisor Environmental Action Society

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Environmental literature
    • Environmental advocacy
    • Sustainable foods


    Dr. Lauri Chose

    Research Role:

    • Scholar of Environmental Literature

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Environmental Literature
    • Environmental Advocacy


    Dr. Gail M. Drus

    Research Role:

    • Plant Community Ecologist

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Riparian Plant Invasions
    • Invasive Plant Management
    • Plant Response to Disturbance
    • Desert Riparian Ecology


    Dr. John Harris


    Research Role:

    • Nuclear Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Outreach Education
    • Data analysis


    Dr. Lane Loya

    Research Role:

    • Entomologist

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Integrated pest management
    • Biodiversity conservation
    • Terrestrial ecosystem restoration/management


    Dr. Devonna Sue Shoemaker


    Research Role:

    • Marine & Freshwater Biologist

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Ecosystem assessment
    • Environmental impact assessment
    • SCUBA

     

    Mr. Shawn Simmers P.E.


    Research Role:

    • Environmental Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Air pollution control
    • Terrestrial/aquatic ecosystem restoration
    • Waste-coal utilization (co-generation)
    • Industrial wastewater treatment
    • Acid mine drainage treatment


    Dr. Rachel Wagner


    Research Role:

    • Environmental Engineer

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • TMDL sediment modeling
    • GIS
    • Alternative energy
    • Waste management


    Dr. Irene Wolf


    Research Role:

    • Molecular Biologist

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Characterization of ecosystem/organism stressors
    • Genetic analysis


    Dr. Edward P. Zovinka

    Research Role:

    • Inorganic Chemist

    Pertinent Expertise:

    • Solid/liquid inorganic constituent analysis
    • Green chemistry
    • Technical service-learning