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Our Affliates

Faculty and research and extension associates will be invited to join the Institute as affiliates.  The affiliates will be individuals with demonstrated expertise in teaching, research and/or extension related to water resources.

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Carmen Agouridis, PhD, PE, MPP

Senior Associate Dean for Instruction in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, Extension Professor

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Center for Student Success; Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Research Interests

Water Quality, Watershed Management, Community Engagement, Water and Ecosystem Services, Water and Climate, Flooding, Water and Agriculture 

Education

PhD Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky; MA Public Policy, University of Kentucky; MS Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee; BS Agricultural Engineering, University of Tennessee

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Scott Berry, PhD, MBA

Associate Professor

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Research Interests

Environmental Surveillance, Wastewater-Based Epidemiology, Microfluidics, Community Engagement, Citizen Science

PhD Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville; MBA, University of Louisville; MEng Mechanical Engineering; University of Louisville;  BS Mechanical Engineering, University of Louisville 

Pigman College of Engineering

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Diana Byrne, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pigman College of Engineering

Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Sustainable Design, Sustainable Infrastructure, Life Cycle Assessment, Life Cycle Costing, Risk Assessment. 

Education

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; B.S. Civil Engineering, Saint Louis University

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Associate Professor

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Plant and Soil Sciences

Elisa D'Angelo, PhD

Research Interests

Wetlands, Harmful Algal Blooms, Cyanobacteria, Metatranscriptomics, Coal Slurry Impoundments, Eutrophication

Education

PhD Soil and Water Science, University of Florida; BS Limnology and Biology, University of Central Florida

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Isabel Escobar, PhD

Professor, Chemical Engineering; Chellgren Endowed Chair, Director of the Chellgren Center for Undergraduate Excellence

Chemical Engineering

Research Interests

Water Treatment, Algal Toxins, PFAS, Membrane Separations

PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida; MS Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida; BS Environmental Engineering, University of Central Florida

Pigman College of Engineering

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Amanda Gumbert, PhD

Extension Specialist for Water Quality

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food & Environment

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research Interests

Water Quality,  Watershed Management, Community Engagement, Water and Ecosystem Services, Water and Climate, and Water and Agriculture 

Education

PhD Soil Science, University of Kentucky; MS Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky; BS Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky

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Minjae Kim, PhD

Assistant Professor

Pigman College of Engineering

Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Environmental Remediation, Microbial Ecology, Bioinformatics, Antibiotic Resistance, Water Quality, Sustainable Engineering

Education

PhD Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology; MS Environmental Science and Engineering, Pohang University of Science and Technology; BS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Sogang University

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Lee Moser, MS

Agriculture Extension Associate Senior

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Research Interests

Water Quality, Watershed Management, Community Engagement, Water and Ecosystem Services, Water and Climate, Water and Agriculture.

Education

MS Digital Mapping, University of Kentucky; MS Forestry, University of Kentucky; BS Natural Resource Conservation and Management, University of Kentucky

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Kelly Pennell, PhD, PE

Professor, Earl Parker Robinson Chair

Pigman College of Engineering

Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Environmental Health, Stakeholder Engagement, Fate and Transport

Education

PhD Civil Engineering, Purdue University; MS Environmental Engineering, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology; BS Chemical Engineering, Brown University

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Olga Tsyusko, PhD

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Water Treatment, PFAS, Nanofiltration, Toxicity, Nanomaterials

PhD Toxicology, University of Georgia; BS Biology, Uzhgorod National University 

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Plant and Soil Sciences

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Chris Barton, PhD

Forestry and Natural Resources

Professor

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Research Interests

Water Quality, Watershed Management, Community Engagement, Water and Ecosystem Services, Water and Climate, Flooding, Water and Agriculture 

Education

PhD Soil Science, University of Kentucky; MS Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky; BS Biology, Centre College

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Steven Buck, PhD

Associate Professor of Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Department of Agricultural Economics

Research Interests

Benefit Cost Analysis, Forecasting Water Use, Workforce Development, Water Affordability, Water Infrastructure, Economic Development

Education

PhD Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Agricultural and Applied Economics, Virginia Tech; MS Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Tennessee; M.S. Mathematics, Virginia Tech

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Lauren E. Cagle, PhD 

Associate Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Studies; Director of Environmental & Sustainability Studies

College of Arts & Sciences

Writing, Rhetoric, & Digital Studies

Research Interests

Environmental Rhetoric, Climate Change Communication, Disability Studies, Feminist Ethics, Technical Communication, Rhetoric of Science, and Science Communication. 

Education

PhD Rhetoric and Composition, University of South Florida; MA Literature and Composition, University of Nevada Las Vegas; BA English, Rhodes College

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Andrea Erhardt, PhD

College of Arts and Sciences

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Associate Professor of Isotope Geochemistry

Research Interests

Paleoceanography, Isotopes as Environmental Tracers, Low Temperature and Environmental Geochemistry

Education

PhD Isotope Geochemistry, Stanford University; MS Geology, Colorado School of Mines; BS Environmental Engineering and Geological Sciences, Northwestern University

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William Ford, PhD

Associate Professor

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Research Interests

Sediment Erosion and Transport, Agricultural Water Management, Numerical Modeling, Nutrient Fate and Transport, Preferential Flows, Stable Isotope Fingerprinting

Education

PhD Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky; MS Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky; BS Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky 

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Alan E. Fryar, PhD

Professor

College of Arts and Sciences

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Research Interests

Hydrogeology, Low Temperature Geochemistry, Groundwater 

Education

PhD Geology, University of Alberta; MS Geology, Texas A&M University; 

BS Geology, Duke University

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Tiffany L. Messer, PhD, EIT

Associate Professor

Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment

Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering

Research Interests

Water Quality, Best Management Practices, Emerging Contaminants, Wetlands, Stormwater, 

Education

PhD Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University; MS Biological and Agricultural Engineering, North Carolina State University; BS Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, University of Kentucky 

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Lindell Ormsbee, PE, PH, PhD, BC.WRE, F.ASCE, F.EWRI

Professor, Earl Parker Robinson Chair

Pigman College of Engineering

Civil Engineering

Research Interests

Water Infrastructure, Watershed Management, Stormwater Management, Hydrology and Hydraulics, Systems Analysis, Stakeholder Engagement

Education

PhD Civil Engineering, Purdue University; MS Civil Engineering, Virginia Tech; BS Civil Engineering, University of Kentucky

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Kenton Sena, PhD

Lecturer

University of Kentucky

Lewis Honors College

Research Interests

Forest Hydrology, Urban Stream Restoration, Forest Restoration, Urban Forestry, Riparian Zone Management. 

PhD Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky; MS Forestry, University of Kentucky; BS Biology, Auburn University

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