People

The committee is currently comprised of thirty-one 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.

2022-2023 Team


Dan Myers
(AGU-H3S chair)
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.

Danyka Byrnes (she/her)
(AGU-H3S chair-elect)
University of Waterloo

Danyka is a PhD candidate 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 third-year member of AGU H3S. When she isn’t at her desk, you can find her hiking, skiing, mountain biking, or practicing yoga.

Zoe Kanavas (she/her)
(AGU-H3S Treasurer)
University of California, Davis

Zoe Kanavas is a 4th year Ph.D. Candidate in Water Resources Engineering at the University of California, Davis. She holds a M.S. in Water Resources Engineering from the University of California, Davis and a dual B.S. in Geological Engineering and Geophysics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Zoe’s research is focused on the fundamental physics that drive groundwater flow at extremely small scales, employing computational fluid dynamics, statistical analysis, and machine learning to do so. She is an AGU Local Science Partner and 2nd year AGU-H3S member. Zoe’s leadership, collaboration, and innovation skills align with her career goals to use science policy to combat environmental injustice. In her spare time, Zoe enjoys rock climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and chasing her dog, Vinny.

Kyle Compare
(AGU-H3S Secretary)
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.  

Christian Roumelis (He/Him)
(Young Hydrologic Society Representative)
Ohio State University

Christian is a Master’s student in Audrey Sawyer’s computation hydrogeology group at Ohio State. He received his B.S. in hydrogeology from the University of Texas at Austin where he completed an undergraduate honors thesis under the supervision of Dr. Bayani Cardenas and PhD candidate Anna Turetcaia studying dam and aquifer interactions along the Lower Colorado River. He then spent a year in consulting at GSI Environmental before pursuing his graduate degree. His current research focuses on investigating redox processes in coastal aquifers as a response to sea level rise. In his free time, you can find Christian playing spikeball or reading.

Liz Andrews (she/her)
University of Texas at El Paso

Liz Andrews is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Texas at El Paso and visiting scholar at the Pennsylvania State University. She uses reactive transport simulations to understand the interaction between hydrologic and geochemical processes in the critical zone, both in natural and anthropogenically impacted systems. Liz’s current work focuses on understanding soil inorganic carbon dynamics related to irrigation practices in arid agricultural systems. In her free time, she likes to travel, hike, run, and bake.

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 was born and raised in Colorado, 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). Paige uses a combination of field and modeling methods to advance understanding in river corridor exchange for mountain headwaters. Her field research took place at H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest in the Cascades of Oregon. Paige is currently located in Knoxville, TN doing a fellowship at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory working with Scott Painter on combining her field data with the numerical models at ORNL. In her free time, she loves to run and hike with her dog, read books, snowboard, and share science memes.

Soelem Aafnan Bhuiyan (He/Him)
George Mason University

Soelem Aafnan is a 3rd year Ph.D. researcher and graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering at George Mason University. He holds an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering from George Mason University and a B.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology. His Ph.D. research is under the supervision of Dr. Viviana Maggioni at Maggioni Research Group. Soelem’s research focuses on assimilating satellite data products into a storm surge model to improve the estimation of storm surge process dynamics for operational forecasting. Soelem is working on building a storm surge and tropical storm inundation mapping forecast framework that will replicate the current state of the art systems by combining hydrodynamic model parameters on two different study areas – Chesapeake Bay and the Bay of Bengal. Before joining Maggioni Research Group, Soelem served as a Junior Water Resources Engineer at a flood risk management project of Bangladesh Water Development Board. When away from work, Soelem’s favourite pastime is traveling. He is a soccer and cricket enthusiast and is fascinated by science and astronomy.

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.

Cyndi Vail Castro, P.E.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dr. Cyndi Vail Castro, P.E. is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, working with Prof. Murugesu Sivapalan as part of an NSF Earth Sciences Postdoctoral Fellowship. Dr. Castro formerly worked at the City of Houston Office of Sustainability and Recovery as part of an NSF INTERN fellowship. This public service position included engaging with various entities to address flood recovery and long-term community resiliency. Through an NSF GRFP Fellowship, Castro obtained her master’s from the University of Texas where she worked with Prof. David Maidment on geospatial data analysis and hydrological modeling. There, she analyzed high-resolution national hydrography datasets and cloud-based data management. Her undergraduate degree was from Texas A&M University where she specialized in water resources civil engineering. Between degrees, Castro worked as a consulting civil engineer at two separate firms, AECOM and Jones|Carter, for a combined 8+ years’ in private practice. During that time, she worked on local and international projects to address widespread flooding. As an AECOM sub-consultant, she also worked for the City of Houston Public Works Department to manage local drainage projects and was stationed in Ghana as a construction manager. Her dissertation focus included coupling nature-based solutions with human phenomena for improved decision-making. By partnering with stakeholders, Dr. Castro derived causal networks and cognitive maps to help explain how society influences the potential of green stormwater infrastructure in urban environments. She also applied optimization techniques to improve the planning of nature-based solutions as a function of hydrological, environmental, and social equity issues. Currently, Dr. Casto is interested in exploring issues of scale and complex network theories for socio-hydrological systems.

Shuyu Chang
Pennsylvania State University

Shuyu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at Penn State University, studying with Dr. Kimberly Van Meter. As a Ph.D. student trained as a hydrologist, data scientist, and researcher, she strives to develop data-driven and process-based models, to address water quality challenges, and to provide decision-making support within the realm of water policy and management, across different spatial and temporal scales. Currently, She is using computational modeling approaches to simulate water quality dynamics to better understand how dam construction and removal influence downstream water quality in the Chesapeake Bay region, particularly under changing climate dynamics.

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.

Sidian Chen
University of Arizona

Sidian is a PhD student in the Subsurface Flow Physics Group at the University of Arizona. He is broadly interested in the fundamental physics of fluid flow and transport in environmental and energy systems in Earth’s subsurface. His current research focuses on micro-scale (i.e., pore-scale) modeling of multiphase fluid flow, transport, and thermodynamic phase change behaviors in geological porous media. The specific application of his research is to study the transport of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in the vadose zone and the production of gas/oil from shale formations.

Lauren Grimley
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Lauren is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Earth, Marine and Environmental Sciences. She is interested in integrating the physical and social dimensions of flooding to advance flood hazards and risk assessment. Her dissertation research focuses on understanding how the effects of climate change and household/community adaptations alter flood risk in coastal urban areas. Lauren is a second year member of H3S and enjoys kayaking, strategy board games, and checking out local events and brews.

Kalani Heinz (she/they)
University of California, Los Angeles

Kalani Heinz (she/they) is a Ph.D. candidate in Hawaiian archaeology at UCLA. Drawing from the ʻōlelo noʻeau (Hawaiian proverb) i ka wā ma mua, ka wā ma hope, the future is in the past, her research integrates archival and computational analysis to argue that research on the past, when performed in ways that center the community, have the potential to positively contribute to modern environmental justice movements, namely water rights movements. Outside of her research, she is passionate about Hawaiian culture based education. In her free time, she enjoys playing touch rugby and serves as the secretary for the National Pacific Islander Education Network and as the President for the Hawaiʻi’s Daughters Guild of California.

Achla Jha
Texas A&M University

Achla is a PhD student in the Calabrese Lab at Texas A&M University.  Her research focuses on understanding the impact of climate change and land management practices on the hydrologic and carbon cycles in the critical zone.  Previously, she also received her M.S. in Agricultural Engineering at TAMU, while working as a Graduate Research Assistant at the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI). Outside of research, she enjoys traveling and watching sports.

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.

Devon Kerins (She/They)
Pennsylvania State University

Devon Kerins is a PhD Candidate at Penn State University in the Li Reactive Water Group. Their research is currently focused on understanding how climate change affects water quantity and quality in mountainous watersheds. Specifically, Devon is using a watershed-scale reactive transport model to study the interactions between water flow, biogeochemical processes, watershed structure, and external forcings to understand how they drive stream carbon levels. Outside of research Devon loves snowboarding, crocheting, and attending concerts.

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.

Chung-Yi Lin
Lehigh University

Chung-Yi Lin is a Ph.D. Candidate at Lehigh University in CAWS research group. His research focuses on water resources management in complex adaptive water systems. More specifically, Chung-Yi adopted a two-way coupling technique to integrate a process-based hydrological model with human models represented by agent-based models. Then, he applied coupled models to explore the coevolution among natural and human systems. In addition, Chung-Yi developed open-source modeling software (e.g., HydroCNHS) and conducted uncertainty analysis to alleviate technical difficulties in modeling complex adaptive water systems and advance understanding of how coupled models could inform policy. Currently, Chung-Yi is evaluating the  compounding risks involving natural hazards and human interventions in IoT-based water systems (e.g., smart stormwater systems), which paves the way to establish a more holistic framework for integrating long-term planning and short-term responses to inform policy in complex adaptive water systems.

Katarena Matos
University of Colorado, Boulder

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.

Abby McCarthy (she/her)
Syracuse University

Abby McCarthy is a Master’s student studying Earth Science at Syracuse University in the lab of Dr. Elizabeth Carter. She earned her BA in Geology at Pitzer College with a thesis on groundwater level fluctuation through research with the Kansas Geological Survey. Abby’s current research uses programming to investigate how the addition of levees impacts flooding. Abby’s skills include programming to analyze time series and remote sensing data, as well as geochemistry lab experience. Abby looks forward to her second year as a member of H3S, and in her free time, you’ll find Abby hiking or roller skating.

Lorrayne Miralha, Ph.D. (she/her)
Arizona State University

Dr. Miralha’s research intersects hydrological concepts and spatiotemporal modeling approaches to improve understanding of watershed processes and ecosystem health. Currently, as a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University under Dr. Bladon’s and Dr. Segura’s labs, Lorrayne has been working on understanding the effectiveness of riparian practices on stream ecosystems. Specifically, she is investigating how different forest management practices associated with riparian areas influence water quantity, quality, and stream metabolism in headwater streams in Northern California. Throughout her academic career, she has investigated spatial patterns associated with water quality variables, explored environmental concerns linked to excess nutrients from highly agricultural regions, and developed Deep Learning approaches able to map agricultural sources of pollution in the United States. Her skills involve hydrological modeling, spatial-temporal analysis, machine learning, remote sensing, and GIS. Her goal is to use research outcomes to guide environmental policymakers and modelers to implement solutions that result in optimal sustainable outcomes. She is a forest engineer from Brazil with a masters in Physical Geography from University of Kentucky and a Ph.D. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Arizona State University. She loves hiking, playing board games, and cooking when not in front of a computer.

Soumaya Nabih (she/her)
University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah

Soumaya Nabih is a PhD student at Laboratory of functional ecology and environmental engineering, University Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah in Fez, Morocco. Her research interests are centered on temporary streams flood regime in the Mediterranean region under climate change pressure, using hydrological modeling and remote sensing products. She is proud to be both an ERASMUS+ and Fulbright alumna. She is also interested in exchanging ideas, giving back and expanding her network through volunteering opportunities. Outside of work she likes hiking, painting, and bullet journaling and spending time with her cat.

Jeremy Patterson (he/him)
University of Wisconsin – Madison

Jeremy is a PhD candidate in hydrogeology at University of Wisconsin – Madison. His research centers on characterizing the physical properties that govern subsurface flow and transport, and the heterogeneity that exists in these properties across scales motivated by a desire to advance the adoption of carbon mitigation strategies and environmental decision making under uncertainty. Prior to pursuing a career in hydrogeology, Jeremy has explored multiple career paths including whitewater rafting guide, registered nurse, and U.S. military. This is his first-year as an AGU-H3S member, and he is excited to collaborate with excited H3S members to serve early career members of the AGU Hydrology Section. When not doing water related activities you will find Jeremy running, making (and eating) pizza, or playing with his furry friend Zazu.

Matthew Preisser
University of Texas at Austin

Matthew is a 1st Year PhD Candidate at the University of Texas at Austin in the PassaH2O Lab Group. Matthew holds a bachelor’s degree in Biosystems Engineering from Auburn University and  two master’s degrees from UT Austin  in Environmental & Water Resources Engineering and Public Affairs. As an NSF GRFP Fellow, Matthew studies the intersection of social sciences and flooding through a multilayer network approach. His research focuses on near-real time compound inundation mapping, social vulnerability estimation, and risk calculations at the household level. His academic and professional interests revolve around studying the interconnected physical-environmental-social networks that encapsulate society and how government and non-government organizations can better serve the public. Outside of research he is an avid scuba diver, kayaker, and rock climber.

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

Eric is a Ph.D. candidate 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 hydroclimate extremes, namely tropical cyclones and atmospheric rivers. At UC Irvine, Eric is co-president of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Graduate Association (CEEGA), a trainee of the National Science Foundation Ridge to Reef Traineeship, and a founding member of the UC Student Research Union (SRU-UAW). 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.

Devin Smith
The Ohio State University

Devin Smith is a PhD candidate in the School of Earth Sciences at Ohio State. Her research areas are hydrology and environmental geochemistry, and she focuses on how the landscape influences surface water chemistry. She is currently studying the chemistry of Irish river systems in extreme discharge scenarios to better anticipate how water quality will change with increasing winter floods and summer droughts in Ireland. When not studying the landscape she likes to be outdoors exploring it! Devin is always up for a hike, a bike ride, or reading a book in a hammock.

Shruti Upadhyaya, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
University of Oklahoma

Dr. Shruti Upadhyaya is a postdoc at the Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC), the University of Oklahoma. Professionally, she is a Civil Engineer who then went on to pursue higher studies in Remote Sensing (RS) and Geographic Information Science (GIS) from the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB). Her expertise is in the retrieval of precipitation using geostationary satellite observations and state-of-the-art statistical/machine learning tools and techniques. Her vision is to lead research in satellite hydrometeorology to advance weather and water prediction and associated hazards. In her spare time, she likes cooking and traveling. She also enjoys dancing and practices an Indian classical dance form called “Kathak”.

Farzad Vahidi Mayamey
Stockholm University

Farzad is a research assistant and master’s student at the Dept. of Physical Geography (NatGeo) at Stockholm University. He started his master’s degree in environmental engineering (climate change adaptation) at the University of Bologna, Italy, then moved to Sweden pursue his thesis (in collaboration with EIT-Climate KIC) in the field of remote sensing and hydrology. Now he works on improving wetlands monitoring in Sweden with the help of Radar and Optical satellite data. He is also collaborating with an EU-funded project “ChangeMakers” that aims to enhance sustainable development and circular economy-based entrepreneurship among students.

Lawrence Vulis (he/him)
University of California, Irvine

Lawrence is a PhD student in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of California Irvine and a first year member of H3S. He has a B.E. in Earth System Science and Engineering from the City College of New York. His PhD research is on the characterization of river delta morphology and hydrology to understand geomorphic processes, with a focus on arctic river deltas. Using a mixture of satellite imagery, climate reanalysis data, and in-situ observations, he analyzes how quantitative differences in delta structure, e.g. shoreline shape and lake spatial distribution, relate to hydroclimatologic differences across deltas, which is important for understanding how a changing climate will impact delta form and function. When not behind a computer screen, he enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, and playing with his dog and rabbit.


2021-2022 Board
Julia Guimond (Chair)
Dan Myers (Chair-elect)

Jerom Aerts, Paige S. Becker, Dylan Blaskey, Danyka Byrnes, Shushobhit Chaundhary, Kyle Compare, Julianne Davis, Irene Garousi Nejad, Lauren Grimley, Tom Glose, Emilio Grande, Leila C. Hernandez Rodriguez, Srinidhi Jha, Zoe Kanavas Deon Knights, Esther Lee, David Litwin, Katarena Matos, Abby McCarthy, Lorrayne Miralha, Brain Redder, Eric J. Shearer, Razi Sheikholeslami, Danielle Tijerina


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