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Doctoral Students

Oladapo Adeoye Adeyemi

Oladapo Adeoye Adeyemi

Research Assistant and Teaching assistant - Plant Soil and Agricultural Systems (PSAS)

Research Interests: Nutrient management in soil and cropping systems Soil dynamics and quality Agroecology and agroecosystems

Mukesh Bhattarai

Mukesh Bhattarai

EGIS Lab Manager and Research Assistant for Geography & Environmental Resources Department, SIU

Research Interests: GIS Analysis Remote Sensing City Expansion

Rizwana Islam

Rizwana Islam

Environmental Policy and Administration

Research Interests: Environmental Policy and Administration

Joseph Krienert

Joseph Krienert

Research Assistant, Hydrogeology, SIU

Research Interests: Ground and Surface Water Mixing Contaminant Transport in the Hyporheic Zone

Alicia Lloyd

Alicia Lloyd

Forestry, Agriculture and Rural Land Resources

Research Interests: Political Economy of Watershed Management How Institutions Govern Land-Use Activities for Floodplain Management Economic Development Ecological Restoration

Amina Naliaka

Amina Naliaka

Research Assistant, Geography, SIU

Research Interests: GIS Climate Change Water Resources Management Groundwater Modeling Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management

Benjamin Newton

Benjamin Newton

Trade Adjustment Assistance Grant Program Coordinator for Sustainable Agriculture Triton College, River Grove, Illinois


Wesley Petty

Wesley Petty

ERP GIS/Remote Sensing Lab Manager

Research Interests: Soundscape Ecology Biodiversity Conservation Biodiversity Assessment Disturbance Ecology

James Stivers

James Stivers

Assistant Counsel, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

Research Interests: Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Politics

Saroj Thapa

Saroj Thapa

Research Interests: Land use / land cover change Watershed modeling Plant functional traits and ecosystem functions

Di Wu

Di Wu

Research Assistant, Geography & Environmental Resources, SIU

Research Interests: GIS Remote Sensing Natural Resource Management

Xiaoyu Xu

Xiaoyu Xu

Research Assistant, Geography & Environmental Resources, SIU

Research Interests: Remote Sensing GIS Natural and Environmental Resources Management

Yao Xue

Yao Xue

Teaching Assistant, Geography & Environmental Resources, SIU

Dissertation Proposal: Analysis of historical and future changes in frost events in the contiguous United States.

Grant Awards


Amina Naliaka

Amount awarded: $14,820

Amina Naliaka, our PhD student, received the North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) Graduate Student Grant. This is a competitive grant program to fund graduate student projects that address sustainable agriculture issues. The grant will fund Naliaka’s research on addressing substantial drawdown or depletion of groundwater reservoirs stemming from over-extraction for irrigation. Her project aims to develop a socio-hydrological modeling framework for examining the sustainability of aquifers in irrigation agricultural landscapes and evaluating potential solutions to improve resilience in a changing climate. To develop effective coping strategies, she will conduct social surveys and social-hydrological modeling of the groundwater system and its interaction with water users under the scenarios of future climate challenges.
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