People

 

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Cara Santelli, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator

Ph.D. – MIT/WHOI Joint Program in Oceanography, Marine Geomicrobiology, 2007
B.S.  –  University of Wisconsin – Madison, Geology, 2000
Cara’s CV


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Carla Rosenfeld, Ph.D.
NSF Postdoctoral Fellow
Website
Carla’s CV

I am an environmental chemist who is interested in how biological organisms control metal toxicity and persistence in soils. With funding from an NSF EAR fellowship, I have been performing culture-based studies to explore the chemical and biological mechanisms underlying metal transformations, and field-based studies to understand the role that whole microbial communities have on metal transformations in the environment. Outside of the lab, I enjoy biking, baking, hiking, and anything else that gets me outside.


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BioTechnology Institute, University of Minnesota

Kelly joined the Santelli Lab in 2016. She is interested in how pollution influences aquatic habitats, community dynamics of pollutant-impacted systems, and developing chemical input baselines necessary for responsible water quality management. Aside lab work, Kelly enjoys birding, botany, and beekeeping.

 

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Elizabeth Roepke, Ph.D. student
Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

Liz is a 2nd-year PhD student in the UMN Department of Earth Sciences. Liz is interested in how microorganisms influence the geochemistry of their environments. Currently, she is studying bacterial and fungal oxidation of manganese and its bioremediation potential.

 

josh_pic_cropJoshua Torgeson, Ph.D. student
Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

Josh is a 2nd year PhD student in the UMN Department of Earth Sciences. He received his bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Minnesota State University, Mankato in 2016 where he studied iron carbonate mineralization in ferruginous systems and glacial till geochemistry. Currently he is interested in the geobiochemical cycling of iron and sulfur in wetland systems – primarily the role of the cryptic sulfur cycle. Outside the lab, Josh enjoys tinkering with his 3D printer, cooking, and dogs.

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Mary Sabuda, Ph.D. student
Earth Sciences, University of Minnesota

Mary is a 1st year Ph.D. student in the UMN Department of Earth Sciences studying Geomicrobiology. She is interested in using genomics and geochemical approaches to understand how microbes can be used to effectively remediate contaminants of concern, specifically inorganic pollutants, in engineered and natural settings.

 

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Liz MacDonald, Undergraduate Researcher
College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Liz is a 4th year undergraduate student in the College of Biological Sciences majoring in microbiology. She is interested in microbial ecology and microbial physiology. Currently, she is working on a project to identify and characterize bacteria and fungi isolated from selenium-contaminated soil. Besides science, she likes making music, playing board games, and cats.

 

Liz Carlson, Undergraduate Researcher
College of Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, University of Minnesota

Liz is a 4th year undergraduate student in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences majoring in Environmental Science, Policy and Management, and minoring in Marine Biology and Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology. Currently, she is studying bacterial and fungal oxidation of manganese and its bioremediation potential.

Max Loy, Undergraduate Researcher
College of Biological Sciences, University of Minnesota

Max is a 3rd year UMN CBS Students Majoring in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, and minoring in Marine Biology and Environmental Science.  Max is interested in conservation biology.  Currently, he is working on fungal reduction of selenium for potential bioremediation applications.


Alumni

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Margaret Anne Hinkle – Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

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Dominique Chaput, Ph.D.Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

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Jing Zhang, Ph.D. – Postdoctoral Fellow, Smithsonian Institution

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Lexy Fowler – Research Technician, Smithsonian Institution

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Onyou Seo – Undergraduate Intern, Smithsonian Institution

BrandiCron

Brandi Cron – Graduate Intern, Smithsonian Institution

Ryan Nell

Ryan Nell – Undergraduate Intern, Smithsonian Institution

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Alison Post – NHRE Undergraduate, Smithsonian Institution

 

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Gabriela Farfan – Undergraduate Intern, Smithsonian Institution

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Tyler Imfeld – NHRE Undergraduate, Smithsonian Institution

 

 

 

 

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