Team

Student Research Team

Graduate Students (Committee Chair)

Athena Jones Treated Wood Disposal, Fall 2016-present.Degree sought: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Elizabeth KellyElizabeth_Kelly
 
A Spatial analysis of Beach Management Practices and their Impacts on Bacterial Water Quality, Summer 2012-present. Degree sought: PhD in Ecosystem Science and Policy
Amir Abdelzaher

Amir_Abdel

 

Microbes at a Non-point Source Sub/Tropical Recreational Marine Beach and Their Implications on Human Health and Beach Monitoring Practices, 2010. Degree: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering. Concentration of Bacteria and Viruses from Marine Waters Using a Dual Membrane System, 2007. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Abdel Fattah HasanHasan Studies on Weathered Waterborne Treated Wood: Leaching of Metals during Service and Metals Based Detection upon Recycle, 2006. Degree: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Mary (Durbin) WrightMary_Wright Evaluation of Enterococci, an Indicator Microbe, and the Sources that Impact the Water Quality at a Subtropical Non-Point Source Recreational Beach, 2008. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Amy Omae

Gary_Jacobi

A Chemical Stain-Identify Arsenic-Treated Wood, 2006. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Samir ElmirSamir_Elmir (1) Development Of A Water Quality Model Which Incorporates Non-Point Microbial Sources, 2006. Degree: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Tomoyuki ShibataTomoyuki_Shibata (1) Dislodgeable and Leachable Arsenic from In-Service and Recycled CCA-Treated Wood that Potentially Impacts Humans, 2006. Degree: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Gary JacobiGary_Jacobi The Extent of CCA-treated wood in Consumer Mulches and Evaluation of Technologies-Remove Treated Wood from Recycled Construction and Demolition Wood Waste, 2005. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Timothy DesmaraisTim_Des

 

Sources and Behavior of Fecal Indicator Organisms in an Urban, Sub-tropical River System, 2001. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Michael ZygnerskiMichael_Z A Comparison of Microbial Indicators within a Subtropical Water Body, 2002. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Naila HoseinNaila_Hosein The Environmental Impacts of CCA-treated Wood and the Implementation of an Online Sorting System for its Separation from C&D Waste Piles, 2001. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Bernine Khan

Bernine_Khan

Quantification, Speciation, and Impact of Arsenic Leaching from In-Service and Disposed CCA-Treated Wood on the Environment, 2004. Degree: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Walter WilcoxWalter_Wilcox A Hydrologic And Stable Isotope Study Of East Everglades National Park And The West Wellfield Of Miami, 2000. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Alberto Herrera A Limnological and Isotopic Study of Two Rock Mining Lakes, 2000. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Mark Nemethmarky Use of the Reach Transmissivity Leakage Relationship-Quantify the Exchange Between Groundwater and Surface Water, 2000. Degree: PhD in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Monika (Kormienko) Blassino Sorting Technologies for CCA Treated Wood Waste, 1999. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Vandin CalituVandin_Calitu Disposal Forecast for CCA-Treated Wood Products and Solvent Extraction for CCA-Treated Wood Ash, 1999. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Melinda Wolfert Sources of E.coli-a Tidally Influenced River, 1998. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Jennifer Penha CCA Treated Wood: Generation and Disposal Quantities in Florida and Available Management Options, 1998. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering
Shondra Neumeister Cryptosporidiosis Within a Large Urban Community: Epidemiological and Water Quality Investigation, 1997. Degree: MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering

 

Post-Doctoral Associates

 

Amir Abdelzaher, Coastal marine water quality. 2010-2011

Tomoyuki Shibata, Environmental measurements during epidemiologic study. 2008

 

Guoqing He, Hydrologic measurements in the Florida Everglades. 2007-2008

 

Richard Snyder. Staphylococcus aureus measurements in sand and shoreline waters at a subtropical beach site. 2006

 

Yang Deng. Hydrologic measurements in the Florida Everglades. 2006-2007

 

Dan Meeroff. Relationships Between Water and Poverty in Latin America including a Case Study within San Pedro Sula, Honduras. 2003

 

Other Project Supervision

 

Graduate Projects

 

Henry Barreras. Analysis of Beach Water Quality Data for Monroe County, Florida. Masters of Public Health. Fall 2013-present

 

Elizabeth Kelly. Beach Management Practices in South Florida. Certificate in GIS. 2012-2013

 

Jose Bazante. Surface Water Flow Characteristics Near Tree Islands in Everglades National Park. MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering. 2002-2011

 

Michael Laas. Hydrologic Measurements in the Vicinity of Tree Islands Within Everglades National Park. MS in Civil (Environmental) Engineering. 2003-2007

 

Danielle Miller. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division South Permits Branch, Master’s Internship for the Dept of Marine Affairs and Policy, Rosenstiel School for Marine and Atmospheric Science. 2003

 

Jeff Rogers. Estimation of Surface Runoff from a Small Catchment in South Florida. Master’s Project for Dept of Civil, Arch., and Environmental Engineering. 2001-2002

 

Michael Laas. Use of Ascorbic Acid Stain for Identifying Arsenic in Treated Wood. Master’s Project for Dept. of Civil, Arch., and Environmental Engineering. 2004-2007

 

 

Undergraduate Thesis

 

Matthew Phillips. Pore Water and Microbe Releases from Sand Located in the Intertidal Zone. 2009-2010

 

Rafael Hernandez. Effects of Full-Scale Beach Renovation on Fecal Indicator Levels in Shoreline Sand and Water. 2009-2011

 

Ashish Shah. Inhibition of Aggregation of Alzheimer’s Amyloid-Beta Peptide via Small Peptide Interactions: A Computational Study. 2010

 

Daphne Georgiadis. Detection of Arsenic on Treated Wood Using Two Chemical Stains and a Commercially Available Arsenic Test Kit. 2001-2002

 

 

Undergraduate Projects

 

Yasiel Hernandez, Biology Major – Enterococci within pore water from the intertidal zone, 2008-2013.

 

Rafael Hernandez, Biology Major – Enterococci within pore water from the intertidal zone, 2008-2013.

 

Jennifer Loschak, Environmental Science Major – A Limnological Study of A Rock Mining Lake, 1998

 

Catalina Santamaria, Environmental Science Major – Policies and Regulations Associated with CCA-Treated Wood, 1997-1999

 

Naila Hosein, Environmental Science Major – A Limnological Study of a Rock Mining Lake, 1998

 

Laura Cherney, Environmental Science Major – Environmental Impacts Internship with Dames and Moore

 

Larissa Montas, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major – Cryptosporidium analysis in bottom sediments. Special Topics.

 

 

Undergraduate Researchers

 

Juniper Marini, Environmental Engineering and Chemistry Major. Disposal of treated wood. Fall 2015-present.

 

 

Nicole Johnson, Marine Science Major. Analysis of beach sampling programs in Florida. Turtle virus research. Fall 2014-present.

 

Allison Donahue, Marine Science Major. Analysis of Florida beach characteristics from Google images. Fall 2012-present

 

Sathvika Ramaji, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Development of on-line beach management survey. Summer 2013-present

 

Sabina Rakhimbekova, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Development of on-line beach management survey. Summer 2013-present

 

Ryan Mustacato, Geology Major. Analysis of Florida coastal geology in relation-beach water quality. Fall 2013-present.

 

Laura Balboni, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Influence of ocean outfalls on marine beach wáter quality. Spring 2013.

 

Kanita Chonecadeedumrongkul, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. PCB distribution in Guanica Bay. Spring 2013.

 

Athena Jones, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. PCB in sediments. Spring 2013.

 

Eric Tazawa, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. PCB literature review and PCBs in sediments. Spring 2013.

 

Sean Cohen, Oberlin College, Civil Engineering Major. Distribution of PCB in Guanica Bay. Winter break 2012-2013.

 

Seth Marini, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Algae for the generation of hydrogen fuel, Fall 2012-Summer 2013.

 

Melissa Barona, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Comparison of the benefits of natural turf versus artificial turf, Fall 2011-Spring 2012. Bacteria for the generation of hydrogen fuel, Fall 2012-Summer 2013.

 

Margarita Giraldo, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Comparison of the benefits of natural turf versus artificial turf, Fall 2011-Spring 2012. Bacteria for the generation of hydrogen fuel, Fall 2012-Summer 2013. PCB analysis of sediments, Spring 2013.

 

Katie Morrisoe, Marine Biology Major. Education and outreach through RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. Fall 2011.

 

David Hernandez, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Methods-seed bacteria into beach sand. Fall 2010-Summer 2011. Fall 2012.

 

Malia Carpio, Ecosystem and Policy & Biology Major. Effects of Dispersant on degradation of oil by oil-degrading bacteria. Fall 2010-Summer 2011.

 

Amber Enns, Ecosystem and Policy & Biology Major. Intense sampling of water and sand study. Summer 2010-Summer 2011.

 

Laura Vogel, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Intense sampling of water and sand study. Summer 2010-present. Education and outreach through RJ Dunlap Marine Conservation Program. Fall 2011.

 

Yifan Zhang, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Release of bacteria from beach sand under different agitation scenarios. Summer 2010-present.

 

Sumbul Khan, Chemical Engineering Major at American University of Sharjah (UAE). S. aureus in beach sand. Summer 2010.

 

Alexis Brown, Environmental Science at University of Maryland. S. aureus in beach sand. Summer 2010.

 

Eduardo Esteves, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Microbes from sand pore water. 2009.

 

Ashish Shah, Biology Major. Sand pathogens study. 2009-2010.

 

Matthew Phillips, Marine Science Major. Microbes from sand pore water – laboratory focus. 2008-2010. Hired through Summary 2011-complete work.

 

Noha Abdel-Mottaleb, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Microbes from sand pore water – laboratory focus. Data analysis of fecal indicator data. 2008-2012.

 

Yasiel Hernandez, Biology Major. Microbes from sand pore water – field focus. 2008-2010.

 

Rafael Hernandez, Biology Major. Microbes from sand pore water – field focus. 2008-2011.

 

Tommy Kiger, Environmental Engineering Major. Microbes from sand pore water – microbes from lab system. 2008.

 

Bader Alessa, Environmental Engineering Major. Microbes from sand pore water – microbes from lab system. 2008-2011.

 

Diana Rodriguez, Biomedical Engineering Major. Sorting of Treated Wood. 2008

 

Steven Thebaud, Biomedical Engineering Major. Sorting of Treated Wood. 2008

 

Derek Schesser, Mechanical and Aerospace Major. Sorting of Treated Wood. 2008

 

Jakub Bartowiak, Neuroscience Major. Sorting of Treated Wood. 2008

 

Aakash Goyal, Biomedical Engineering Major. Sorting of Treated Wood. 2008

 

Katie Herleman, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Field measurements in conjunction with an epidemiologic study. 2008

 

Jennifer deFrancisco, Biomedical Engineering Major. Field measurements in conjunction with an epidemiologic study. 2008

 

Seana Campbell, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major . Field measurements in conjunction with an epidemiologic study. 2008

 

Karen Kajder, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Field measurements in conjunction with an epidemiologic study. 2008

 

Reshma Ramoutar, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Drinking water assessment for microbial contamination. Field measurements in conjunction with an epidemiologic study. 2007 – 2008.

 

Matthew Straney, Marine Science Major. Environmental sampling for epidemiologic study. 2007 – 2008.

 

Michael Schoor, Biology & Ecosystem and Policy Major. Suspended Sediment Measurements. 2007 – 2010.

 

Dante Porzilli, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Fecal Indicator Measurements and Leaching from CCA-treated Wood. 2007-2008.

 

Sabrina Garcia, Marine Science Major. Fecal Indicator and S. aureus Measurements at Hobie Beach. 2007-2008.

 

Cristina Ortega, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Fecal Indicator Measurements at Hobie Beach and Pathogen Measurements in St. Lucie County. 2006-2009.

 

Julie H. Armstrong, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Fecal Indicator Measurements at Hobie Beach. 2006-2007.

 

Eduardo Lam, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Wood Recycling Project, Hobie Beach Sampling project. Image analysis for Hurricane Katrina research. 2005-2006.

 

Freddy Nava, Biomedical Engineering Major. Wood Recycling Project, Hobie Beach Bird Sampling project. 2005-2006.

 

Adrian Vargas, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Wood Recycling Project. 2005.

 

Chris Zavatsky, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Wood Recycling Project. 2005.

 

Colleen Block, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. XRF quality evaluation. Hobie Beach Sampling, 2005-2006.

 

Mary Durbin, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assistance with questionnaires focusing on the wood treatment and disposal industries in Florida. Assistance with the stain distribution program. Team leader on Hobie Beach Microbial Sampling Project. 2003-2005.

 

Amir Zaher, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Hobie Beach Sampling Project. 2004-2005.

 

Nick Heybeck, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Hobie Beach Sampling Project. 2004-2005.

 

Geoff Klug, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assisted with sample collection and with processing samples in the laboratory. 2003.

 

Caitlin Feikle, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major.CCA-treated wood research. 2004-2005.

 

Tara Fishbain, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major.Literature review on Florida hydrology and metals concentrations in various environmental media. 2003-2004.

 

Sanna Gaspard, Biomedical Engineering Major. Assisted with literature reviews, assisted in maintaining contact lists, and in administering mail-outs. 2003-2004.

 

Rogelio Vega, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assistance with identifying the type of wood used at playgrounds throughout Miami-Dade County and with Florida mulch sample collection. 2002-2004.

 

Jean Chery, Biomedical Engineering Major. Field assistant in field project at Everglades National Park. 2002-2003.

 

Kenneth Brown, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Construction of deck leaching system. 2002.

 

Michael Laas, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Team leader who identified the type of wood used at playgrounds throughout Miami-Dade County. 2002.

 

Max Mathurin, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Sample collection at Hobie and Crandon Beach. 2001.

 

Daniela Schadler, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Sample collection at Hobie and Crandon Beach. 2001.

 

Yadley St. Fort, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assisted in sample collection and in report preparation. 2001.

 

Marwan Al-Kendi, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Developed maps for study initiated at Hobie Beach. 2001.

 

Gary Jacobi, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assisted with the wood sorting project in Sarasota County. Designed and constructed deck leaching system. 2001-2003.

 

Naila Hosein, Environmental Science Major. Assistance in collecting water samples from a rock mining lake. 1999-2001.

 

Danielle Miller, Marine Science Major. Assisted with literature reviews, assisted in maintaining contact lists, and in administering mail-outs. 2000-2002.
Walter Wilcox, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assistance with sample collection for stable isotope analysis. 2000.

 

Kelvin Gary, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Compiled wood treatment industry statistics and data concerning alternative wood treatment preservatives. 1997-2000.

 

Timothy Desmarais, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Compiled climatologic data and initiated research focusing on microbes in soil. 1998 to1999.

 

Melinda Wolfert, Civil/Environmental Engineering Major. Assisted in the collection and analysis of samples from Everglades National Park. 1996-1998.

 

High School Students

 

Bari Gordon, RASG Hebrew academy, Miami Beach, FL, Fungi in sands and sediments. 2014

 

Anthony Logan, Belen Academy, Miami, FL, Hobie Beach Sampling. 2004

 

David Benjamin, Ransom Everglades High School, Miami, FL, Hobie Beach Sampling. 2004

 

Alysia Muniz, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL, CCA-Treated Wood. 2003–2004

 

Yuki Sotome, Coral Reef Senior High School, Miami, FL, CCA-Treated Wood. 2003– 2004

 

Libet Santin, Southwest Miami High School, Miami, FL, Microbial Indicators and CCA-Treated Wood. 2000-2001

 

Seema Sethi, Gulliver Academy, Miami, FL, Cyclospora. 1996

 

Patricia Pomar, Braddock High School, Miami, FL, Cryptosporidium. 1995