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Research Team

RESEARCH LEADS

 

Jen McIntyre – Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Aquatic Toxicology

    Tenure-track in School of the Environment (CAHNRS/CAS), stationed at Puyallup REC

      Reports to Director of School of the Environment

Research: Stormwater runoff impacts on aquatic biota and biological effectiveness of green stormwater infrastructure solutions

      Publications: 22 peer-reviewed research articles in scientific journals, 1 book chapter

      Mentoring graduate students (current chair or committee member for 9 students)

      Courses taught at WSU:

   SOE 531: Fundamentals of Environmental Toxicology (Odd Winters)

   SOE 532: Applied Environmental Toxicology (Even Winters)

   SOE 476/576: Pacific Salmonid Behavior and Ecology (Fall)


Ani Jayakaran – Ph.D., Associate Professor

The primary function of this position is to meet extension and outreach needs related to the use of low impact development (LID) or green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) practices in the State of Washington. Extension and outreach efforts will be supported by a robust applied research program that will focus on the LID testing facilities at WSU Puyallup with the objective of generating critical information related to the design and maintenance of LID practices. Fact sheets, manuscripts, and graduate students will be supported through applied research grants.

Ph.D., Ohio State University – Agricultural and Biological Engineering

M.S., Ohio State University – Civil Engineering

B.E., Bangalore University, India – Civil Engineering

Professional Engineer (Civil) – Washington. License number 53011

Professional Engineer (Civil) – South Carolina. License number 30732

Associate Professor- Tenured in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit -WSU Extension


Nigel Pickering – Ph.D. Research Associate Professor

Nigel Pickering is a Research Associate Professor at the State of Washington Stormwater Center (WSC). Nigel is a Water Resources Engineer with more than 30 years of scientific and engineering experience in water resources management. He is proficient with numerous crop, hydrology, hydraulic, and water quality modeling packages and also has extensive expertise in using instrumentation for environmental monitoring. Prior to joining the WSC, he worked in Massachusetts at Horsley Witten Group and the Charles River Watershed Association as a Senior Water Resources Engineer focusing on water resources planning, water quality modeling, climate resilience to fresh-water flooding, and stormwater assessment and design. Before that he worked in Florida at the University of Florida and Soil and Water Engineering Technology focusing on modeling crop response to climate change and water quality. Pickering has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and he is a Registered Professional Engineer in Florida. Nigel reports to John Stark, Director of the WSC, and his soft-money position focuses on research, proposal writing, building connections for future research projects, development of the eastern branch of the WSC, and outreach to eastern Washington stormwater permittees.


John Stark -Ph.D., Director WSC, Professor, Entomology and Ecotoxicology

John Stark is the Director of the Washington Stormwater Center. John is also a member of the Washington State Academy of Sciences. Additionally, John is a Professor and runs an Ecotoxicology Program at WSU. John’s research deals with the protection of endangered species and ecological risk assessment of pollutants with particular emphasis on the effects of pollutants on salmon and their food. Recent projects involve the determination of the effects of polluted stormwater runoff on salmon and invertebrate health. John has published over 135 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals, numerous book chapters, and a book on ecological risk assessment entitled “Demographic Toxicity: Methods in Ecological Risk Assessment. John is tenured in the WSU Entomology Department but is assigned to the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Unit. John reports to the Dean of CAHNRS and his position is split between administration (10%), research (40%), and extension (40%).


 

RESEARCH TECHNICIANS

Jill Wetzel – Scientific Assistant

Jill Wetzel is a Scientific Assistant in the Aquatic Ecotoxicology Lab, and is associated with the Washington Stormwater Center. She acts as the Lead Technician and is the Lab’s Safety Officer, coordinating the use of the Lab’s resources with grad students, PI’s and partner organizations. She assists with research in the Lab, from general experimental design, training, construction, ordering supplies, and end of project life, among other duties. She also takes care of the salmon at the direction of retired veterinarian Oriki Jack, and the zebrafish with her fellow tech, Emma Mudrock.


Emma Mudrock – Scientific Assistant

Emma Mudrock is a Scientific Assistant in the Aquatic Toxicology Laboratory at the WSU Puyallup Research and Extension Center Unit. Emma assists graduate students with their research and is a caretaker of the research organisms: zebrafish and salmon. Her focus is to study the effects of stormwater pollution and Green Stormwater Infrastructure on local salmon and zebrafish as a model organism. Recent projects include Herrera BSM blends study, the sources study, and zebrafish husbandry.


Oriki Jack – DVM

Dr. Jack works on maintaining salmon and Daphnia cultures. Additionally, he conducts research projects on various issues dealing with environmental pollutants and aquatic organisms.


GRADUATE STUDENTS

Stephanie Blair

Benjamin Leonard

Lane Maquire

Chelsea Mitchell

Suz Ball