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OHIO’s Voinovich School to participate on $4.5 million USDA study

Five-year program to explore agriculture and water management on tribal lands

Voinovich School Staff Mar 24, 2015

Ohio University receives Silver rating on first STARS report

Olivia Miltner, OU Compass contributor Mar 24, 2015

Environmental Studies Director Dabelko leads climate change talk at Purdue

Courtesy of Purdue University News Mar 20, 2015

Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission State of the Region 

Hilton Downtown Columbus 
Thu, Apr 2 11:00 AM


Water Researchers

David J. Bayless, Ph.D., P.E. (Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)


Bayless is the Gerald Loehr Professor of mechanical engineering and holds graduate faculty status in chemical engineering. He is director of the Ohio Coal Research Center, director of the Robe Leadership Institute, director of the State of Ohio’s Third Frontier Wright Project on Algal Engineering Research and Commercialization, and faculty fellow at the Voinovich School. Bayless’ research interests include: the recycling of carbon dioxide emissions by biological sources; the use of coal to produce gas for conversion in solid oxide fuel cells; electrostatic precipitation using novel wet membrane collectors; combustion of solid fuels and slurries; and particulate emissions from coal and waste combustion. Bayless is also a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water

Jennifer Bowman, M.S. (Geology, Ohio University)


Bowman is senior environmental project manager at the Voinovich School and works regularly with the School’s environmental, water and GIS teams. She has developed an online interactive evaluation system for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management to track successes of acid mine drainage remediation in Appalachian coal watersheds. She also teaches the course “Credible Data Training for Chemical Water Quality Assessment” and coordinates the training of area watersheds volunteers in family-level macroinvertebrate sampling. Other research interest include: evaluating headwater streams’ biological health, PCB contamination of stream sediments, and long-term monitoring of surface water to show trends in chemical and biological changes.

Areas of Research: Water, Data, Land, Shale

Geoffrey L. Buckley, Ph.D. (Geography, University of Maryland)


Buckley is an associate professor of geography. He has served as the chair of the Faculty Senate Ecology and Energy Conservation Committee and also as a member of the non-profit organization Rural Action’s Environmental Learning Program Advisory Council. His research interests include: historical geography and environmental history; examining environmental problems using a historical perspective; natural resource conservation; American environmentalism; public lands; the interaction of nature and society; and the effect of coal mining on Appalachia’s forest and water resources.

Areas of Research: Land, Water

Annie Laurie Cadmus, M.S. (College Student Personnel Administration, Illinois State University)


Cadmus currently serves as the director of sustainability at Ohio University. Most recently, she served as the sustainability specialist at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL where she worked closely with the Illinois Green Economy Network. Her interest in the role sustainability plays in the student leadership development process was refined during her previous work experiences at both Alliance for Climate Education in Chicago, IL and Green Mountain College in Poultrey, VT.

Areas of Research: Land, Water, Energy, Data

Geoffrey Dabelko, Ph.D., Director, Environmental Studies


Geoffrey D. Dabelko is director of the Ohio University Voinovich School Environmental Studies program. He joined the School in August 2012 and was previoulsy director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Program, a nonpartisan research-policy forum on environment, population, health, development, and security issues. He is also an adjunct professor at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. For the past 20 plus years, he has brought together policymakers, practitioners, journalists, and scholars grappling with complex links among environment, population, development, conflict, and security. His current research focuses on climate change, natural resources, and security as well as environmental pathways to confidence-building and peacebuilding, with a special emphasis on water resources. Geoff has held prior positions with the Council on Foreign Relations, Foreign Policy and Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. He currently leads two Wilson Center efforts supported by USAID: the Health, Environment, Livelihoods, Population, and Security (HELPS) Project and the Resources for Peace Project. Geoff is co-editor with Ken Conca of Environmental Peacemaking and Green Planet Blues: Four Decades of Global Environmental Politics (4th edition). He is an IPCC lead author for the 5th assessment (Working Group II, Chapter 12), and member of the UN Environment Programme's Expert Advisory Group on Environment, Conflict, and Peacebuilding. He holds an AB in political science from Duke University and a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Policy, Water

James Dyer, Ph.D. (Geography, University of Georgia)


Dyer is a professor in the Department of Geography. His expertise is in biogeography, landscape ecology and forest dynamics. Dyer’s research focuses on eastern North American forests, especially the patterns that emerge from the interactions of the physical environment, biotic processes and disturbance. He explores vegetation-site relationships to assess the impact of future climatic change and evaluate changes related to historic land use patterns. He examines the role of historic land use in shaping the present-day flora of central Appalachian forests. Dyer served as a co-PI on an EPA STAR grant that developed a classification system for gauging stream health.

Areas of Research: Land, Water

R. Patrick Hassett, Ph.D. (Oceanography, University of Washington)


Hassett is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. His research interests include: plankton physiological ecology, focusing in particular on the nutritional ecology of marine and freshwater copepods and cladocerans. His past research has included effects of toxic algae on copepod physiology, and more recently the role of dietary sterol limitation in copepods and cladocerans.

Areas of Research: Water, Data

Kelly S. Johnson, Ph.D. (Entomology, Michigan State University)


Johnson is an associate professor of biological sciences. Her research interests include: environmental toxicology, insect physiological ecology, and plant-herbivore interactions. Johnson's current research revolves around understanding the responses of aquatic macroinvertebrates to acid mine drainage, improving bioassessment tools for headwater and wadeable streams, and explaining patterns of ecological recovery of impaired streams and rivers. Much of the work is in collaboration with the Appalachian Watershed Research Group and has been funded by the U.S. EPA (STAR) program, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Department of Energy and the American Electric Power foundation. She also has interests in improving science, technology and math education in the region, and has participated in several K-12 projects supported by the Ohio Board of Regents and the National Science Foundation. Johnson provides training for the MAIS biological assessment protocol, organizes twice-annual Ohio River sampling excursions for high school classrooms as part of the Boat of Knowledge project, and teaches courses in field entomology, animal physiology, and aquatic biology.

Areas of Research: Water

Natalie Kruse, Ph.D. (Civil Engineering and Geosciences, Newcastle University)


Kruse is an assistant professor of environmental studies at the Voinovich School. She has worked on projects studying post-mining and post-industrial pollution for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Mineral Resources Management, the U.S. Department of Energy, the UK Coal Authority, Coal India, and many local watershed groups. Her research interests include prediction, characterization and mitigation of mining and industrial pollution.

Areas of Research: Water, Land, Data

Eung Seok Lee, Ph.D. (Hydrogeology, Indiana University)


Lee is an assistant professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. His research interests include: KMnO4 treatment of DNAPLs in groundwater, especially large, dilute, or deep plumes; smart green technologies for best management of nonpoint source pollution; acid-mine drainage; flow and geochemical evolution of water in karst terrain; isotope hydrology; environmental controlled-release system; and hydrologic modeling.

Areas of Research: Water

Sunggyu "KB" Lee, Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)


Lee is the director of the Sustainable Energy and Advanced Materials Laboratory, and since September 2010, he has held the positions of Russ Ohio Research Scholar in Syngas Utilization and professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering. He worked previously at the University of Akron, the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Missouri University of Science and Technology. Lee is the recipient of numerous awards, has authored, edited and published countless publications, and received research grants for more than 100 projects.  He has received 31 U.S. patents and over 80 international patents. His research specialties are in the areas of transportation and alternative fuels, advanced coal technology, remediation of contaminated soil, treatment of wastewater and drinking water, chemical process engineering and design, advanced supercritical fluid technology, and polymer synthesis and processing.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water, Land

Dina L. Lopez, Ph.D. (Geology, Louisiana State University)


Lopez is a professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Her research interests include the geochemistry and hydrogeology of geothermal systems, including diffuse soil degassing and heat flow studies. Her areas of research are in Central America, Mexico, Colombia, Brasil, and in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain. She is also interested in environmental problems associated with mining and resource exploitation. In Ohio, she investigates the chemistry, fluid flow and mass transfer associated with acid mine drainage from coal mines.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water

Amy Mackey, (Wildlife and Fish Conservation and Management, University of Rio Grande)


Mackey is the Raccoon Creek Watershed Coordinator at the Voinovich School. She has a background in fish and wildlife management and worked several related jobs before coming to the Voinovich School. Among these was a natural resources management internship with Geauga Park Districts, where she learned to conduct primary headwaters assessments, and a position doing fish sampling for Midwest Biodiversity Institute, where she learned to sample fish in streams.

Areas of Research: Water, Data

Scott Miller, M.S. (Environmental Studies, Ohio University)


Miller is director of energy and environmental programs at the Voinovich School and oversees Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics and the Environment (CE3); the Appalachian Watershed Research Group; and applied research projects for the Environmental Studies program. He works with many stakeholders to shape and implement programs that elevate and enhance Ohio University’s research; serves on numerous local and statewide public and private boards to improve the natural environment of the region and accelerate the deployment of energy technology; and acts as a liaison to connect state and federal agencies and local stakeholders to the university’s resources to improve the quality of life of all Ohioans. Miller was recently named a 2010 National Energy Executive with the US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden Colorado; he is board chair for the University Clean Energy Alliance of Ohio; he is the principle program manager for the State of Ohio’s Climate Change Action Plan in partnership with The Ohio State University; and he serves on a management team that administers Ohio University’s research and community involvement with demolition and decontamination activities at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant, a cold-war era uranium enrichment facility.

Areas of Research: Energy, Land, Water, Policy, Air, Data, Shale

R. Guy Riefler, Ph.D. (Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Connecticut)


Riefler is an assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering. His research interests include: the biodegradation of TNT and other nitroaromatic compounds; acid mine drainage treatment; iron nanoparticles for the cleanup of groundwater pollution; phytoremediation; sediment transport in streams; and the use of molecular tools to identify bacterial communities in the environment.

Areas of Research: Water

Gregory S. Springer, Ph.D. (Geology, Colorado State University)


Springer is an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences. Springer researches the changing state of human-impacted rivers, particularly the effects of changes in water and sediment regimes, with implications for river management and regulation. He studies headwater streams on the western margin of the Appalachian Mountains, in particular how basin size influences channel type and morphology for different rock types. Springer is currently working on an EPA-funded project focused on stream health in southeastern Ohio.

Areas of Research: Water, Land, Data

Ben J. Stuart, Ph.D., P.E. (Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, Rutgers University)


Stuart is an associate professor of civil engineering and also serves as executive director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment, as well as director of the Biofuels Research Lab. Stuart’s research interests include biofuels production from renewable feedstocks, specifically algal biomass, CO2 capture using a novel photobioreactor, and biomass gasification. Other current and recent research projects have focused on arsenic removal using recycled waste materials as novel sorbents and the characterization, abatement, and treatment of acid mine drainage sources on abandoned mine lands. He is the author of 20 refereed publications including two books and contributions to two additional books, and has presented over 50 papers on his work.

Areas of Research: Energy, Water, Data

Jason P. Trembly, Ph.D.


Trembly serves as an assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Areas of Research: Energy, Shale, Water

Morgan L. Vis, Ph.D. (Phycology, Memorial University of Newfoundland)


Vis is a professor of phycology in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology. Her research interests include: freshwater algal ecology and evolution; systematics and biogeography of freshwater red algae; and the impacts of acid mine drainage on stream diatom communities in southeastern Ohio. She collaborates with other researchers to study the impacts of acid mine drainage on aquatic life and hydrogeology of these streams, in order to contribute to a more complete understanding of acid mine drainage pollution effects on ecosystems. She also works with the group of engineers at OU’s Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Environment on photobioreactor design, CO2 mitigation technology, and other devices needed to utilize algae as a next generation fuel.

Areas of Research: Water, Energy, Land

Matthew M. White, Ph.D. (Evolutionary Biology, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University)


White is an associate professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. He has research interests in phylogeography, fisheries genetics and conservation genetics of freshwater organisms, particularly fishes. As part of his field research, White measures variation in mitochondrial and microsatellite DNA sequences and identifies the historical and ecological influences on its distribution. His studies include: genetic variation in stream fish populations; stock structure in Ohio River walleye and Ohio muskellunge; population genetics, systematics, and molecular evolution of brook lampreys; and conservation genetics.

Areas of Research: Water, Data