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September 2017 Newsletter

A Closer Look #175


Top row L to R: Sarah Lamar and Alan Mock. Bottom row L to R: Molly Lane, Paige Kleindl and Barney Boyer

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 5 new graduate students joining us this fall. 

Barney Boyer served in the United States Air Force for three years as a civil engineer during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. After serving, he began his career as a chef.  As sustainability concerns surrounding food grew, so did his interest in the science behind our food sources. He attended the University of Illinois where he received a B.S. in Environmental Science, focusing on salmon ecology.  Barney then joined the Veterans’ Conservation Corps based in Washington State and worked as a contractor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  He worked on vessels in Puget Sound conducting field surveys to collect data for ongoing research, mitigation, restoration, and habitat monitoring projects concerning indigenous salmon species.  He will be working with Dr. Mark Luttenton on the effects and abundance of invasive species such as the New Zealand mud snail that has recently been observed in watersheds around the State of Michigan.

Paige Kleindl is from Goodrich, Michigan. She graduated from Ohio Northern University with a B.S. in Environmental and Field Biology in 2017. She will be working with Dr. Al Steinman studying the relationship between submerged aquatic plants and their respective epiphyte algal communities, focusing on the effects nutrient enrichment has on this relationship.

Sarah Lamar lived in Atlanta, Georgia prior to moving to Michigan.  She completed her B.S. in Biology from the Frederik Meijer Honors College at GVSU in 2016, with special interest in genetics as they relate to ecology and evolutionary biology. During her time as an undergraduate student and her year off from studies, she worked in an emergency veterinary hospital as a veterinary nurse. She is currently working with Dr. Charlyn Partridge doing genetic analysis of invasive baby's breath populations across the US to determine relatedness and other key genetic factors.

Molly Lane grew up in Waterford, Michigan and graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry from Oakland University.  Before joining the AWRI, she worked for U.S. Ecology in Detroit, Michigan. She will be working with Dr. Rick Rediske on water quality, as it pertains to public health, at both inland lake and Lake Michigan beaches within Muskegon County. 

Alan Mock is from Peru, Indiana and graduated from Manchester University in May 2017 with a double major in Environmental Studies and Biology. He will be working with Dr. Carl Ruetz on assessing remote site incubators for the reintroduction of arctic grayling within the Manistee River watershed.