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August 2016 Newsletter

A Closer Look #163

Incoming Graduate Students at AWRI

Top row L to R: Kaitlyn Emelander; Dan Myers, Hailee Pavisich; Andrew Pyman  Bottom row L to R:  Katie Knapp; Kim Oldenborg; Emma Rice

Incoming Graduate Students at AWRI

Graduate students are a vital and critical part of our mission at the Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI). We welcome the 7 new graduate students joining us this fall. 

Kaitlyn Emelander is from Jenison, Michigan, and graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2016 with a B.S. in Natural Resources Management. She will be working with Dr. Carl Ruetz on yellow perch occupancy modeling in the Great Lakes.

Dan Myers is from Charlevoix, Michigan. He received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Management from Michigan State University in 2011, and a Certificate of Watershed Management from MSU in 2015. He worked at the Mid-Michigan Environmental Council and Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council prior to joining AWRI. Dan is working with Dr. Rick Rediske to assess erosional and geomorphic sources of sediment and phosphorus in the Bass River.  The project is part of Grand Valley Metro Council’s program to improve water quality and reduce flooding in the Lower Grand River Watershed.

Katie Knapp is from Lakeview, Michigan. She graduated from Northern Michigan University with a B.S. in Earth Science in 2015. She is working with Dr. Bopi Biddanda estimating lake metabolism and water intrusion from Lake Michigan into Muskegon Lake.  

Kim Oldenborg is from East Bethel, Minnesota and graduated with a B.S. in Biology and Ecological Restoration from Northland College in 2016. She will be working with Dr. Al Steinman to study how wetlands can be used to improve water quality within larger watersheds.

Hailee Pavisich is from Madison, Ohio, and received her B.A. in Environmental Science from Lake Forest College in 2013. Since then, she has gained experience working as a restoration and field research technician in various states and for various agencies. She is now working with Dr. Charlyn Partridge on a study of the invasive plant Baby’s Breath in the sand dunes of Northwest Michigan. She will be using a population genetic approach to help inform the management of this species.

Andrew Pyman is from Muskegon, Michigan. He graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Biology. He is working with Dr. Charlyn Partridge to help develop rapid assessment methods for evaluating cyanotoxin production of harmful algal blooms.

Emma Rice is from Elkton, Maryland. She received her B.S. in Biology from Salisbury University in 2015. She spent the last year working on watershed restoration and outreach projects in the Maryland Coastal Bays. Emma is working with Dr. Jim McNair to create an adaptive management plan for baby’s breath in coastal dune habitats of northwest Michigan.