September 2014

A Closer Look #143

Incoming Graduate Students at AWRI

Graduate students are a vital and critical part of our mission at the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI). Hands-on student training and development have been a hallmark of AWRI since its inception, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. However, the depth of training is greater and more intense at the master's level, and expectations for information synthesis and critical thinking from graduate students are higher.

Delilah Clement

Delilah Clement is from Portage, Michigan. She received her B.S. Degree in Biology in 2013 from Hope College. She is working with Dr. Alan Steinman investigating the importance of dissolved phosphorus in the Lake Macatawa Watershed. She hopes to look at agricultural tile drains as a source of phosphorus and use the results to inform restoration strategies being implemented in the watershed. Outside of academics, Delilah leads wilderness canoe trips for the YMCA in the summer, and she enjoys playing sports including lacrosse, ultimate frisbee, and rowing.

Travis Ellens

Travis Ellens is from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He graduated from Calvin College with a B.S. in Biology. Since graduating, Travis has worked for AWRI (Muskegon, MI), the Bureau of Reclamation (Stockton, CA), and CA Fish and Wildlife (Sacramento, CA). Travis is currently working with Dr. Carl Ruetz to examine the role of mottled sculpin in stream food webs. In his spare time, Travis enjoys fishing, hunting, and spending time with his family.

Anthony Weinke

Anthony Weinke is from the Traverse City, Michigan area, and graduated from GVSU in 2013 with a degree in Biology-Aquatic Science.  He will be working with Dr. Bopi Biddanda to analyze Muskegon Lake Buoy Observatory data for the relationship between wind mixing events and bottom water hypoxia.  After completing his Masters, he hopes to pursue his PhD and a career in shark research and marine conservation in a warmer location.  He enjoys water activities, sports, and Mark Wahlberg movies.

Graeme Zaparzynski

Graeme Zaparzynski is from Mansfield, Pennsylvania and earned his undergraduate degree in Environmental Science from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania where he played varsity baseball for four years. His 2013 summer experience with the Sport Fish Division of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game exposed him to the field of Fisheries biology and influenced his decision to pursue a Master's degree in biology with an emphasis in aquatic science here at Grand Valley State University. Graeme will be working with Dr. Mark Luttenton studying the diet of Brown trout in the Au Sable River, located in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. In his free time Graeme enjoys hunting, fly fishing, exercise, and any other activities that keep him active and outdoors.