New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute

New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute

Student Research

Student Water Research Awards 2014-2015

 Project Abstract Project Report Full TitleAuthors
Project AbstractFinal ReportReal Time Monitoring of Flood Control Dams for Emergency Action ManagementAbdullah Alazmi, Dennis Felipe Jr, Reynold Durden, Malcolm Braughton, Paul Candelaria, Seth Davis, NMSU, Bachelor’s and master’s students (Dr. J. Phillip King)
Project AbstractFinal ReportCost‐efficient detection of endocrine‐disrupting compounds in drinking waterMaxwell Baymiller, NM Tech, undergraduate student (Dr. Snezna Rogelj)
Project AbstractFinal ReportEvaluation of Impacts of Silvicultural Operations such as Thinning Treatments on Water Quality and Quantity in New Mexico ForestsOnur Beyazoglu and Yasser Almalki,
NMSU, master’s students (Dr. Owen Burney)
Project AbstractFinal ReportTemporal analysis of non‐snow fed streams in New MexicoFawn Brooks, UNM, PhD student (Dr. David Gutzler)
Project AbstractFinal ReportTest of the new LAS MkII Scintillometer for validation of statewide New Mexico evapotranspiration mapsReid Brown, NM Tech, master’s student
(Dr. Jan Hendrickx)
Project AbstractFinal ReportThe Detection of Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria (ARB) in the Gallinas RiverLaurel Carr, master’s student (Dr. Ben Nelson)
Project AbstractFinal ReportFire ash influences on aquatic primary producers through changes in water qualityAlexander Clark, UNM, undergraduate student
(Dr. Rebecca Bixby)
Project AbstractFinal ReportEvaluating the Impacts of Particulate Matter Deposition on Snow Melt Processes in the Upper Rio Grande, NMAngela Gregory, UNM, PhD student (Dr. Mark Stone)
Project AbstractFinal ReportDevelopment of a Bio‐indicator to Assess Water Quality in Ephemeral PondsRebekah Horn, NMSU, PhD student,
(Dr. David Cowley)
Project AbstractFinal ReportEnhanced Photocatalysis for Water Purification and Disinfection using Optical Fibers Coated with Nanocomposite Thin FilmsLu Lin, NMSU, MS/PhD student (Dr. Pei Xu)
Project AbstractFinal ReportLinking Forests to Faucets: Investigating Alternative Approaches for Securing Long‐Term Funding for Watershed Restoration in New MexicoEdward McCorkindale, UNM, master’s student
(Dr. Robert Berrens)
Project AbstractFinal ReportEffects of Turbidity on Group Cohesion in Sand Shiners and Red Shiners from the Pecos River in New MexicoSabrina Michael, ENMU, master’s student
(Dr. Marv Lutnesky)
Project AbstractFinal ReportSubmerged Aquatic Macrophytes – Ecosystem Engineers in New Mexico Mountain Streams – Effects of Forest FireVirginia Thompson, UNM, PhD student
(Dr. Clifford Dahm)
Project AbstractFinal ReportWater Politics and Cultural Difference: Fostering Community Relationships to Promote Environmental Health and Community Wellbeing in Times of DroughtElise Trott, UNM, PhD student (Dr. Erin Debenport)
Project AbstractFinal ReportAssessment of Water Quality in the Irrigation Drainage Canals as a Source of Reusable Irrigation WaterKai Williams, NMSU, master’s student
(Dr. Salim Bawazir)
Project AbstractFinal ReportApplication of HydroGeoSphere to model climate change effects on three‐dimensional hydrological processes in the Valles Caldera, New MexicoMichael Wine, NM Tech, PhD student
(Dr. Daniel Cadol)

Student Water Research Awards 2008-2009

 Project AbstractFinal ReportFull TitleAuthors
Project AbstractFinal ReportInvestigation of Improved Operational Streamflow Forecasting in the Rio Grande BasinShalamu Abudu, Civil Engineering (advisor: J. Phillip King) , New Mexico State University
Project AbstractFinal ReportThe Dependency of Anomalous Transport Behavior on Flow Path OrientationNicholas B Engdahl, Earth and Planetary Sciences (advisor: Gary S. Weissmann), University of New Mexico,
Project AbstractFinal ReportEvaluation of Multi-stage solar-powered desalination systemAkash Mummaneni, Civil Engineering (advisor: N. Nirmala Khandan), New Mexico State University,
Project AbstractFinal Report Aqueous Geochemistry of the Springs and Wells of the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge: Evaluating Hydrochemical Pathways and MicrobiologyAmy J. Williams, Earth & Planetary Sciences (advisor: Laura Crossey), University of New Mexico
Project Abstract Final ReportResidence Time Distribution in Dynamically Changing Hydrologic SystemsJesus D. Gomez, Earth and Environmental Sciences, (advisor: John L. Wilson), New Mexico Tech
Project AbstracFinal Report Composite Membrane for Membrane Distillation Desalination ProcessSai Reddy Pinappu, Chemical Engineering (advisor: Shuguang Deng), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract-Updating the Groundwater Flow Model for the Southern Jornada Del Muerto Basin - Implementing Reviewers CommentsB. V. N. P. Kambhammettu, Civil Engineering (advisor: J. Phillip King), New Mexico State University
Project AbstractFinal ReportAssessment of a novel source-tracking protocol for evaluating the significance of municipal wastewater sources on the microbial contaminant levels of discharged wastewatersJesus Sigala, Plant and Environmental Science (advisor: Adrian Unc), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract-Effects of Copper Sulfate Treatment on Benthic Macroinvertebrates in Peterson Reservoir SedimentsDaryl Williams, Natural Sciences (advisor: Edward A. Martinez), New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract Final ReportUranium Abatement in WaterNicholas G. Beltran, Biology (advisor: Antonio S. Lara), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract-Removal of Arsenic from Aqueous solution using activated carbon prepared from Pecan shellsRanganath Potluri, Chemical Engineering (advisor: David Roskstraw), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract Final ReportFrom Stormwater Management to Stormwater Integration: The Use of Low Impact Development Techniques in the Albuquerque RegionKT LaBadie, Water Resources Program and Community and Regional Planning Program (advisor: Bill Fleming), University of New Mexico,

Student Water Research Awards 2007-2008

 Project AbstractFinal ReportFull titleAuthors
Project AbstractFinal ReportFeasibility Study of Wastewater Purification by Low Temperature Distillation MethodVeera Gnaneswar Gude, Civil Engineering Department (advisor: Nirmala Khandan), New Mexico State University,
Project AbstractFinal ReportArsenic Adsorption and Desorption in Storrie Lake SedimentsCelestine Ngam, Department of Natural Sciences (advisor: Michael Meyer), New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract; Final ReportNew Mexico Water Rights Prices Database DevelopmentShawn Landfair, Agricultural Economics and Agricultural Business Department (advisor: Frank Ward), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportNew Mexico State University Estimating Evaporation from Elephant Butte Reservoir with the Monin Obukhov Simularity Theory Using Simple InstrumentationJimmy Moreno, Civil Engineering Department (advisor: A. Salim Bawazir)
Project Abstract; Final ReportIron(II) Oxidation in New Mexico Waters: Experimental Development of a Molecular-Level Predictive ModelAndrea Higdon, Department of Chemistry (advisor: Michael Pullin), New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportDrinking Water Purification for U.S.A.-Mexico Border RegionArely A. Torres, Chemical Engineering Department (advisor: Shuguang Deng), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportLand Application of Wastewater Containing Arsenic: Impacts on the Sorption and Mobility of Arsenic in SoilSylvia Nemmers, Plant and Environmental Sciences (advisor: April Ulery), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; <Final ReportCarbon Nanotube-Based Biosensor for Pathogens Concentration and DetectionDipendu Saha, Chemical Engineering Department (advisor: Shuguang Deng), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportNew Mexico Highlands University, Bioassessment of Arsenic Contamination of the Gallinas River Using Benthic MacroinvertebratesBildad Eta Eyong, Department of Natural Sciences (advisor: Edward Martinez)
Project Abstract; Final ReportThe Effects of Acequias and Riparian Evapotranspiration on the Rio Grande Flow LevelsCiara Cusack, Animal and Range Sciences (advisor: Sam Fernald), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportInvestigating Potential Salt Contamination of Aquifers from Irrigated LandscapesElena Sevostianova, Plant and Environmental Sciences (advisor: Bernd Leinauer), New Mexico State University

Student Water Research Awards 2006-2007

 Project AbstractFinal ReportFull TitleAuthors
Project Abstract; Final ReportCharacterization of Heavy Metal Binding by Functional Groups Found in BiomaterialsJesus Q. Cantu, Department of Physics (advisor: Jacob Urquidi), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportCommunity and Ecosystem Effects of a Nonnative Fish in Refugia in an Intermittent Stream: Implications for Native Fish RestorationRyan McShane, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences (advisor: David Cowley), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportRelating Fish Abundance and Condition to Environmental Factors in Desert SinkholesKristin Swaim, Department of Fishery and Wildlife Sciences (advisor: Wiebke J. Boeing), New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportThe Effects of Eutrophication on the Structure and Function of Stream BiofilmsDavid J. VanHorn, Department of Biology (advisor: Clifford Dahm), University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportExperimental and Numerical Modeling Analysis of Arsenic-sulfide Precipitation in Groundwater EnvironmentsMatthew F. Kirk, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences (advisor: Laura Crossey), University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportThe Influence of Predator Detection on Life History Strategies in DAPHNIAIrene M. Roselli, Department of Biology (advisor: Marvin M.F. Lutnesky), Eastern New Mexico University
Project Abstract; Final ReportThe Influence of Larval Culiseta sp. (Diptera: Culicidae) on Behavior and Growth Rate of Tadpole Shrimp Triops longicaudatus (LeConte) (Notostraca: Triopsidae)Nicole M. Harings, Department of Biology, (advisor: Marvin M.F. Lutnesky), Eastern New Mexico University
Project Abstract; Final Report Determination of Heavy Metal Distribution in the Gallinas River Using Aquatic MacrophytesChemanji Shu-Nyamboli and Joel Lowry, Department of Natural Sciences (advisor: Edward A. Martinez), New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract-Uranium and Heavy Metals in Macroinvertebrates in the Santa Fe River on the Cochiti ReservationCarlos R. Herrera, Department of Natural Sciences (advisor: Michael L. Meyer), New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract; Final ReportRunoff Processes and the Evolution of Water Chemistry in the Saguache Creek Watershed of the Upper Rio GrandeMarty D. Frisbee, Department of Earth and Environmental Science (advisor: Fred Phillips), New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportUse of Remotely Sensed Observations for Improved Distributed Hydrological Modeling in the Jemez River BasinTaufique Mahmood, Department of Earth and Environmental Science (advisor: Enrique Vivoni), New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportMulti-disciplinary Analysis of a New Mexico Cold Water Tufa Spring MoundKatrina Koski, Department of Earth and Environmental Science (advisor: Penelope J. Boston), New Mexico Tech

Student Water Research Awards 2005-2006

 Project AbstractFinal ReportFull TitleAuthors
Project Abstract; Final ReportCattails and Ostracodes: An Investigation of Prehistoric Water Management in the Chupadera Arroyo Basin, Central New MexicoMonica L. (Enke) Murrell; Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology, Eastern New Mexico University
Project Abstract; Final Report Groundwater Quality and Well Water Assessment in Las Vegas New Mexico AreaJoel Lowry and Simone-Camille Yelah Tar; Department of Natural Sciences, New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract; Final ReportSurveying Health Risks Associated with Arsenic in the Gallinas WatershedJustin Johns-Kaysing; Department of Natural Sciences, New Mexico Highlands University
Project AbstractFinal ReportRiparian Evapotranspiration Estimates on the Middle Rio Grande Using Remote SensingMaritza A. Macias-Corral; Department of Civil and Geological Engineering, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportModeling of Mass and Heat Transport in Membrane Distillation Process for Brackish Water DesalinationPrajwal Vikram; Department of Chemical Engineering, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportSoil Recovery After Herbicide Treatment of Saltcedar Stands and Management ImplicationsCheryl Rosel; Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportRapid Detection of Human Fecal Contamination Using sIgA as an IndicatorJessica Hamel; Department of Microbiology and Biology, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final Reportumerical Modeling Investigation of Fluid Flow Above and Below Sediment-Water InterfacesMeinhard Bayani R. Cardenas; Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportHydrometeorological Field Studies During the North American Monsoon in the Valles Caldera National PreserveAlex J. Rinehart; Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportInvestigation of Transpiration Water Loss from Pinyon-Juniper ForestsSue White; Department of Environmental Engineering, New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportWater Quality Along the Middle Rio Grande of New MexicoLydia Zeglin; Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportMycorrhizal Colonization in Cottonwood and Salt Cedar Stands Along the Middle Rio Grande: Implications for Water Quality and Water ConsumptionJennifer Follstad Shah; Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportHuman Impacts on Nitrate Dynamics in Hyporheic Sediments Using a Stable Isotope TracerChelsea Crenshaw; Department of Biology, University of New Mexico

Student Water Research Awards 2003-2004

 Project AbstractFinal ReportFull TitleAuthors
Project Abstract; Final ReportEscherichia coli Source Tracking by DNA Fingerprinting in Diverse Watersheds of Northern New MexicoGreg M. Huey, Department of Natural Sciences, New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract; Final ReportUsing Natural Tracers to Improve Estimates of Groundwater Recharge Resulting from SnowmeltSam Earman, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech
Project Abstract; Final ReportWater Quality Assessment in the Gallinas Watershed, Las Vegas, New MexicoThomas Evans, Environmental Geology Program, Department of Natural Sciences, New Mexico Highlands University
Project Abstract; Final Report Under What Conditions are Salinity-gradient Solar Ponds Cost-effective as a Source of Heat and/or Electricity for Desalination of Brackish Groundwater?Robin A. Foldager, Environmental Science, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportPrehistoric Water Management in the American SouthwestStacy K. Galassini, Department of Anthropology and Applied Archaeology, Eastern New Mexico University
Project Abstract; Final ReportMapping Lake Evaporation Using Satellite ImageryAlex Herting, Tim Farmer, and Jordan Evans; Department of Civil and Geological Engineering, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportThe Fate of Pharmaceutically Active Drugs in the Rio Grande and GroundwaterMaceo Carrillo Martinet, Department of Biology, University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportCan Non-Potable Saline Groundwater Be Used for Turfgrass Irrigation?Casey Johnson, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportIdentification of Membrane Foulants in Natural WatersKhalid Mehboob, Department of Civil Engineering, University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportEffects of Gender and Predation Risk on Depth Choice in the Mosquitofish, Gambusia affinisTony Spitzack, Department of Biology, Eastern New Mexico University
Project Abstract; Final ReportEffects of Burning and Thinning on Forest HydrologyAnthony Madrid, Department of Animal and Range Sciences, New Mexico State University
Project Abstract; Final ReportGeochemistry of Rio Grande Rift Travertine Depositing Springs: Implications for Rio Grande Valley WaterDennis L. Newell, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of New Mexico
Project Abstract; Final ReportClimate, Land-use Change, and Hydrologic Response: Modeling the Rio Puerco BasinRobert W Wyckoff, Earth and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico Tech

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