People

The committee is currently comprised of twenty-six students and early career scientists selected by members from the previous year through an online application process. Each member serves a minimum of two calendar years.

2021-2022 Team

Julia Guimond
(AGU-H3S chair)
Dalhousie University

Julia Guimond is an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Dalhousie University studying the impacts of climate change on Arctic coastal hydrogeology and the implications for carbon mobilization and delivery to the coastal ocean. She has her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware where she studied coastal wetland hydrogeology and her B.S. from Brown University in Geology-Biology. Outside the office, Julia likes to hike, bike, and paddle and is trying to learn to wing surf!


Dan Myers
(AGU-H3S chair-elect)
Indiana University, Bloomington

Dan is a PhD candidate in the Ficklin Hydroclimatology Lab. Here he pursues his passion of using scientific data to address real-world problems involving our most valuable resource: freshwater. Dan comes from the land of plentiful lakes, streams, and snow in Northern Michigan, USA’s “tip of the mitt” region. Previously, Dan was a student at the Annis Water Resources Institute and had a 4.5 year career at the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council (both in Michigan, USA) helping communities protect their treasured watersheds.


Irene Garousi Nejad
Utah State University

Irene Garousi-Nejad is a Ph.D. candidate in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Utah State University and the Utah Water Research Laboratory. She obtained her master’s degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Tehran. Her Ph.D. research is centered on advancing hydrological modeling to improve flood and water supply forecasting in snowmelt-dominated regions. Her research’s overarching goal is to incorporate new science, data, and technology to model the environmental responses at local and global scales. This is her second year in AGU H3S. In her spare time, Irene enjoys reading books and outdoor adventures, especially hiking.


Jerom Aerts
Delft University of Technology

Jerom is a third year PhD candidate at the Water Resources Management department of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. His research areas are hydroinformatics and global scale computational hydrology. Focussing on the challenges and opportunities that increasing computing power brings to this domain. When not stuck behind his laptop, he enjoys cooking and going outside to admire the flat Dutch landscape.


Emilio Grande
University of California, Santa Cruz.

Emilio Grande is a Ph.D. student at the University of California Santa Cruz. His main research interest is isotopes hydrology to understand groundwater-surface water exchanges, transit time distribution and effects of land use on water quality. Emilio uses geochemical tracers to characterize water sources and nutrient transport at the catchment scale. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, reading, bicycling, running, and sailing.


Esther Lee
University of Illinois—Urbana Champaign

Esther Lee is a PhD student at the UIUC in Dr. Praveen Kumar’s research group. Her areas of research include ecosystem water cycle, hydraulic redistribution, multi-species interaction in water use. She is currently conducting a research in collaboration of modeling and experimental synthesis in semi-arid region in Arizona to examine the impact of hydraulic redistribution on water use of co-existing vegetation species. Esther received her BS and MS degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois.


David Litwin
Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
Johns Hopkins University

David Litwin is a third year PhD student in environmental engineering studying the coevolution of landscapes and groundwater systems. He is a recipient of the Horton research award from AGU, and a second year member of H3S. When not writing code or in class, he likes to hike, play the double bass, and read fiction.


Lorrayne Miralha (she/her)
Arizona State University

Lorrayne is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Muenich Lab at Arizona State University. She is a AAUW fellow and a 2020 Summer Research Fellow with CIGLR and NOAA-GLERL. Her work focuses on watershed/water quality modeling, spatiotemporal analysis, and environmental assessment principally of agricultural regions. She enjoys her daily data and coding struggles, but outside of work she likes hiking, cooking, and playing board games. This is her first year in AGU H3S.


Danielle Tijerina
Princeton University

Danielle Tijerina is a PhD student in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the use and evaluation of integrated, high-resolution hydrologic models at continental-scales. She is currently  interested in the application of these models for understanding impacts to water resources as a result of land use and land cover change across the US. When she’s not thinking about water Danielle enjoys snowboarding, exploring the mountains with her pup Reggie, and philosophizing about Harry Potter.


Paige S. Becker (she/her/hers)
Indiana University at Bloomington

Paige is a PhD Candidate at Indiana University researching in the Ward Hydro Lab. Paige is a Colorado Native, spending much of her time hiking near the headwaters of the Colorado River. Growing up in Colorado piqued her interest in studying mountainous watersheds. She received her B.S. in Environmental Engineering, and M.S. in Hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines (Helluva Engineer). Her current research takes place at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascades of Oregon where she seeks to understand how morphology influences river corridor exchange. In her free time, she loves to run and hike with her dog, read books, snowboard, and share science memes.


Brian Redder (He/him/his)
Penn State University

Brian is currently pursuing his PhD in Soil Science with a dual title in Biogeochemistry at Penn State University. His research deals with water quality and ground/surface water interactions. He is also a 2021 NOAA Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow working in Senator Gary Peters (MI) office. Previously, Brian earned bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Chemistry and Mathematics from Hartwick College, and a master’s degree in Forest Resources from Penn State.


Katarena Matos
University of Colorado, Boulder*
*Incoming PhD Student for Fall 2021

Katarena holds a Bachelor’s (2016) and Master’s (2018) degree in Hydrology from the University of Arizona, where her work focused on the hydrologic characterization of the Landscape Evolution Observatory at Biosphere 2. She looks forward to starting her PhD journey at the University of Colorado Boulder with Professor Holly Barnard where her work will focus on studying the Critical Zone in the American West. Katarena is also a member of the AGU Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and part of the team planning the “Cultivating Leadership for Change and Justice in the Geosciences” virtual workshop series. During her free time, you will probably find her baking something she’s craving, trying to grow, relaxing at the beach or swimming endless laps in a pool.


Dylan Blaskey (he/him)
University of Colorado

Dylan is a PhD student with the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado. His current research focuses on climate change impacts on Arctic rivers and the indigenous people who depend on them. When not in the field or coding, he enjoys canoeing, cooking, reading for fun, and painting.


Julianne Davis
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Julianne Davis is a Ph.D. student in the Global Hydrology Lab at UNC Chapel Hill and a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. This is her second year in AGU H3S. She received a BA in Geological Sciences from the State University of New York at Geneseo where she studied impact craters at the landing site of NASA’s InSight mission to Mars and a MS in Earth Sciences from Syracuse University, where she used UAVs to examine beaver-related stream restoration projects. Her current research uses remote sensing and hydrodynamic modeling to study hydrology, sediment transport and geomorphology in rivers and deltas, focusing on sub-Arctic regions. Outside of work, she is usually exploring different parks, hiking, reading non-fiction, or trying to become a better cook.


Danyka Byrnes (she/her)
University of Waterloo

Danyka is a PhD student in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research interest lies at the intersection of hydrology, biogeochemistry, and sociohydrology, focusing on the impacts of human activity on water quality. Her PhD research focuses on nitrogen contamination at large spatial and temporal scales and ways in which changing climate, land use, and management practices impact surface and groundwater quality in anthropogenic landscapes. Danyka is an NSERC scholar and a second-year member of AGU H3S. When she isn’t at her desk, you can find her hiking, skiing, practicing yoga, or reading books about water.


Tom Glose
Kansas Geological Survey, University of Kansas

Tom Glose is a postdoctoral researcher at the Kansas Geological Survey where he studies how water resources and the ecosystems that depend on them respond to human- and climate-induced changes. His current research investigates stakeholder-driven groundwater conservation strategies in western Kansas. Tom received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University at Buffalo where his research focused on novel uses and limitations of heat as a tracer to quantify environmental flows. During his free time, Tom can be found playing soccer, biking, or at a local brewery.


Srinidhi Jha
Indian Institute of Technology, Indore

Srinidhi Jha has completed his PhD from Indian Institute of Technology Indore where he worked to understand climate extremes and their implications for risk and resilience. Srinidhi received his Bachelors in Civil Engineering and Master’s in Water Resources Engineering. He is a Yoga enthusiast, loves the game of cricket and likes to read and write poetry.


Lauren Grimley
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Lauren is a PhD student in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in understanding the complexities of the coupled human-natural system in order to improve risk management and climate adaptation strategies. Her current research is focused on characterizing flood hazards and the associated socio-economic risks in coastal, urban watersheds. Lauren likes to be creative whether it is in her research, arts and crafts, board game strategies, cooking, pranking her pets, or planning a weekend of outdoor explorations.


Eric J. Shearer (he/him)
University of California, Irvine

Eric is a Ph.D. student in civil and environmental engineering at the UC Irvine at the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing. He is studying climate-scale trends of precipitation in the life-cycles of hydroclimate extremes, namely tropical cyclones and atmospheric rivers. During his undergrad at UC Santa Barbara, he studied Earth Science with a minor in Astronomy and Planetary Science. In his spare time, Eric enjoys hiking, snowboarding, paddleboarding—really, anything outdoors—along with cooking, gaming with friends, and playing with his pet parrot, Bandida.


Razi Sheikholeslami
University of Oxford

Razi earned his PhD in Environment and Sustainability from University of Saskatchewan, Canada, in 2019. He joined the University of Oxford’s School of Geography and the Environment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in 2020 to work on the relationship between livestock production and water, with a particular focus on water quality. His research strives to answer fundamental water-related questions using applied mathematical modelling with a broad range of statistical and analytical tools. This includes machine learning techniques, data driven models, meta-heuristic optimization algorithms, uncertainty and sensitivity analysis methods.


Kyle Compare
Florida State University

Kyle is a first year doctoral student of Geology with a focus in Hydrogeology at Florida State University. He previously earned a B.S. and M.S. in Geology from Florida State University. His research interests include groundwater-surface water  interactions, karst hydrogeology, and chemical transport through the environment. His current research involves determining the contributions of distant surface water bodies to springsheds through sinkholes and karst conduits. Outside of academics, Kyle is a huge fan of FSU sports, playing the tuba and trumpet, hiking, and drinking coffee.  


Deon Knights
West Virginia University

Deon is a postdoctoral fellow at West Virginia University. He studies nutrient transport and processing in coastal freshwater systems including tidal freshwater zones and coastal aquifers of the Great Lakes. His current work aims at understanding how inorganic nitrogen is processed in channels and thermokarst lakes of arctic deltas before discharging to the Arctic Ocean. Outside of research Deon enjoys spending time with family, cooking, drumming, and playing tennis, soccer, cricket, and video games.


Leila C. Hernandez Rodriguez
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Leila is a Ph.D. candidate at UIUC in Dr. Praveen Kumar’s research group. Her areas of research include land-atmosphere interactions and information theory. Currently a MAVIS Future Faculty Fellow at the University of Illinois, she studies the effect of land-cover on atmospheric fluxes and the evolution of information transferred by ecohydrological variables. She enjoys taking walks with her dog, traveling, camping, and cooking vegetarian recipes.


Shushobhit Chaudhary
Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi

Shushobhit is pursuing PhD in the Department of Civil Engineering (Water Resources) at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. His current research focuses on improving satellite-based rainfall estimates. During his master’s he worked on estimating the water-quality factor of Environmental flow in Yamuna River, India. He has also proposed a sequential and reach-specific calibration strategy for a water quality model. Outside research, he enjoys playing badminton. Additionally, for a break, he occasionally tries his hands on cooking.


Abby McCarthy (she/her)
Pitzer College

Abby McCarthy is a Geology major at Pitzer College. She researches groundwater level fluctuation with the HydroEcology of Anthropogenic Landscapes research group at the Kansas Geological Survey. Abby looks forward to starting graduate school in the fall, and in the meantime you can find her hiking, roller skating and spending time with her cats Dumpling and Pork Bun.


Zoe Kanavas
University of California, Davis

Zoe is a third-year doctoral student in Water Resources Engineering at the University of California, Davis and earned a dual B.S. in Geological Engineering and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in the spring of 2018. Her research interests include groundwater contamination, machine learning implementations, and figuring out a novel way to combine the two. Her current research project explores the link between pore space structure and flow distribution at the pore scale. When away from the computer, she participates in outreach & mentoring events through the Society of Women Engineers & the MESA program, and works to improve her graduate program’s student community through the Society of Water & Environmental Graduate Students.


2020-2021 Board
Leila Saberi (Chair)
Julia Guimond (Chair-Elect)

Jerom Aerts, Danyka Byrnes, Julianne Davis, Irene Garousi Nejad, Tom Glose, Emilio Grande, Dagmar Henner, Bahram Khazaei, Esther Lee, David Litwin, Nowfel Mahmud, Alexandre Martinez, Katarena Maton, Brendan O’Leary, Brian Redder, Danielle Tijerina


2019-2020 Board
Caitlyn Hall (Chair)
Leila Saberi (Chair-Elect)

Jerom Aerts, Anna Hermes, Matthew Jones, Antonio Preziosi Ribero, Bahram Khazaei, Frederick Cheng, Julia Guimond, Meredith Richardson, Nowfel Mahmud, Qina Yan, Sina Khatami Mashhadi, Vinit Sehgal, Alexandre Martinez


2018-2019 Board
Megan Brown (Chair)
Caitlyn Hall (Chair-Elect)
Anna Hermes, Antonio Preziosi Ribero, Frederick Cheng, Harsh Beria Kaylyn Gootman, Meredith Richardson, Qina Yan, Sina Khatami Mashhadi, Vinit Sehgal