The committee is currently comprised of seventeen students selected by members from the previous year through an online application process. Each member serves a minimum of two calendar years.
Leila Saberi (AGU-H3S Chair)
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
Leila Saberi is a Ph.D. candidate in Hydrogeology at the University of Minnesota. Her research focuses on the climate change impacts on the eco-hydrochemistry of watersheds, particularly in cold regions. When not debugging the codes, she enjoys walking her cat and reading books.
University of Delaware
Julia Guimond is finishing her PhD research at the University of Delaware, working with Dr. Holly Michael on the interactions between hydrology, biology, and geochemistry in coastal wetlands. Julia’s doctoral research incorporated both field and modeling work and transcended topics from coastal wetland carbon budget feedbacks with climate change to adaptive management in coastal agricultural land. This summer Julia will be starting a postdoctoral position at Dalhousie University working with Dr. Barret Kurylyk. As an NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, she will be researching high-latitude aquifer-ocean exchange under changing climatic conditions. Outside of the office, Julia is an avid hiker and ocean swimmer, coffee lover, and carbohydrate connoisseur.
Irene Garousi Nejad
Utah State University
Irene is a Ph.D. student at the Utah Water Research Laboratory focusing on hydrologic modeling and researching options for improving flood and water supply forecasting in western U.S. basins.
Delft University of Technology
Jerom is a second 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.
University of Graz
Dagmar is an environmental scientist. She is currently working in the doctoral programme at Wegener Center at the University of Graz. Dagmar is looking at the impact of increasing heat and drought on long-term soil carbon storage and what a sustainable agricultural and forest system would need under these conditions. Before returning to Austria, Dagmar finished a PhD in environmental modelling at the University of Aberdeen in the UK where her research concentrated on the potential for second-generation bioenergy crops in Europe.
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.
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Arik is a final year PhD candidate at UNC – Chapel Hill. His primary research interest is to develop a better understanding of what sustains streamflow during periods without rain, though he has previously published work on infiltration processes, the extent and changeability of stream networks, and the economic and social valuations of the goods and services nature provides. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and sons, with whom he spends most of his free time building increasingly elaborate cardboard-spaceships.
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 is a second 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 first year member of H3S. When not writing code or in class, he likes to hike, play the double bass, and read fiction.
National Center for Atmospheric Research
Bahram Khazaei is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He is currently working with the WRF-Hydro group on developing physical hydrological models and improving lake/reservoir component in the National Water Model. His research interests include modeling physical processes in lakes, hydroclimatology, and application of remote sensing techniques in monitoring hydrological systems.
Colorado School of Mines
Danielle Tijerina is a PhD student in Hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines in the Integrated Groundwater Modeling Center. Her research focuses on the use and evaluation of integrated, high-resolution models at continental-scales, especially the value of these simulations to policy and social issues. When she’s not thinking about water, Danielle enjoys snowboarding, exploring the mountains, and philosophizing about Harry Potter.
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
Nowfel Mahmud is an Environmental Consultant for the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. He received his Ph.D. and MS from Tennessee Tech University and a Bachelor’s degree from the Bangladesh University of Engineering in Technology. His field of interest is riverine flood modeling, river morphology, and terrain data. Apart from spending time with GIS, DEMs, Satellite Images, and 1D/2D flood modeling he enjoys reading history and watching documentaries.
Penn State University
I am currently a PhD candidate in Soil Science and Biogeochemistry and Penn State University where my work revolves around water quality and the preservation of our nation’s waterways. By combining elements of math, chemistry, geology, and biology, I work to understand sources of pollution to rivers and streams and calculate how much of a certain pollutant will end up in lakes, oceans, and estuaries. My work so far has focused on the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, specifically the area surrounding the Susquehanna River. However, poor water quality is a problem in every corner of the country, and my research aims to identify and reduce the amount of pollutants making their way into oceans and harming aquatic ecosystems.
Federal University of Espírito Santo
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 currently works at the Institute for Climate Studies (IEC) at the Federal University of Espírito Santo (UFES) in Brazil, where she is leading a team to build an environmental database and web platform for the state of Espírito Santo. Her current interests revolve around understanding how climate change will affect hydrologic extremes in urban regions. Katarena also enjoys collaborating on projects that bring awareness and solutions to the lack of diversity in the geosciences and likes to find ways of making science more accessible to everyone. During her free time, you will probably find her baking something she’s craving, trying to grow a green thumb, or relaxing at the beach.
Wayne State University
Brendan O’Leary is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Wayne State University. His research interests include groundwater in the Great Lakes Basin, volatile organic compound subsurface movement, and environmental justice. Brendan received an undergraduate degree from Allegheny College, where he double-majored in Environmental Science and Environmental Geology and a Master’s of Science in Geology at Wayne State University . His master’s thesis focused on how geostatistical modeling can help better explain air pollution influences on asthma and perinatal issues. Currently, Brendan is a Thriving Earth Exchange Community Science Fellow and researching urban groundwater with Healthy Urban Waters (HUW) and Transformative Research in Urban Sustainability Training (T-RUST) programs at Wayne State University.
Julianne Davis is a second year M.S. student in Earth Sciences at Syracuse University. Her strong interest in remote sensing was ignited during an undergraduate research project at SUNY Geneseo studying the morphology of Martian impact craters. Her current research leverages remote sensing data to better understand Earth’s fluvial systems. During her M.S., she has used UAV data to assess the hydrologic and geomorphic impacts of beaver-inspired stream restoration efforts. She will begin a PhD at UNC Chapel Hill this fall as a NSF Graduate Research Fellow. Outside of her research, she enjoys hiking, reading non-fiction, and trying unusual produce from local farmers markets.
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 first-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.
Kansas Geological Survey
Tom Glose is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Kansas Geological Survey. His current research focuses on investigating the sustainability of irrigator-driven groundwater management strategies, with the goal of quantifying the timescale over which groundwater conservation is effective. Tom received his Ph.D. in Geology from the University at Buffalo where his research focused on novel uses and limitations of heat as an environmental tracer for the quantification of groundwater-surface water interactions. When he is not in the office, Tom can be found playing soccer, exploring hiking trails, or at a local brewery.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Irvine.
Alexandre Martinez is a PhD candidate in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UC Irvine. His research focuses on consequences of agricultural drought, including how impacts are transferred via trade.
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
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