ESWN Member Spotlights

To highlight the awesome activities (research, teaching, outreach, etc.) of our members we have member spotlights that rotate periodically. If you think an ESWN member is deserving of being highlighted in this way, please let us know (by emailing Becca or filling out this google form). We will ask you for a brief blurb of why said member is so great and then contact them to get photos (and make sure they want to be highlighted on our site). Self nominations are encouraged! Help us help highlight the amazing work that you are doing each and every day!

Erin Hotchkiss

Dr. Erin R. Hotchkiss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a Faculty Affiliate of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. Erin is interested in how environmental change, land-water interactions, & ecosystem processes shape the transport, transformation, and fate of carbon and nutrients in freshwaters. Her research quantifies ecosystem processes…

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Colleen Iversen

05 Mar 2020

Dr. Colleen Iversen is an ecosystem ecologist who uses a variety of field and laboratory techniques to understand and predict how ecosystems are shaped by environmental change. Her work takes her from upland forests to soggy peatlands to thawing arctic tundra, chasing a better understanding of the secret lives of roots hidden beneath the soil…

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Erin Hotchkiss

11 Feb 2020

Dr. Erin R. Hotchkiss is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and a Faculty Affiliate of the Global Change Center at Virginia Tech. Erin is interested in how environmental change, land-water interactions, & ecosystem processes shape the transport, transformation, and fate of carbon and nutrients in freshwaters. Her research quantifies ecosystem processes…

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Amy Weislogel

19 Dec 2019

Amy Weislogel is an Associate Professor of geology at West Virginia University where she teaches courses and advises graduate student projects in sedimentary geology. She graduated high school without any real knowledge of geology or particular interest in the sciences, and ended up with a B.S. from Allegheny College, that led to a M.S. from…

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Stephanie Shaw

29 Sep 2019

Stephanie Shaw is a Principal Technical Leader at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI; www.epri.com) where she is responsible for the strategic research direction of air quality monitoring and environmental impacts of emerging energy technologies. Her career path has unexpectedly led her to a role that fits the range of topics that fascinated her when…

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Yackar Mauzole

27 Aug 2019

Yackar Mauzole is currently working as a postdoctoral researcher in satellite oceanography, at JPL/Caltech, a NASA laboratory located in the Los Angeles area. Now in her second year, she obtained her PhD in Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island in 2017. Her research focuses on fronts at the sea surface, which are the oceanic…

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Emily Cooperdock

26 Jul 2019

Dr. Emily H. G. Cooperdock is an Earth Scientist who uses geochemistry and thermochronology to quantify the timing and rates of tectonic processes, with a special interest in the interplay between tectonic and geochemical cycles. Her PhD work focused on method development for thermochronology, which opened up new research avenues into processes that were historically…

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Erika Amir-Lin

28 Jun 2019

Erika Amir-Lin is a geologist with 15 years of varied workforce experience in the earth sciences.  She is a licensed professional geologist in the state of New Hampshire, and currently works as a hydrogeologist at AECOM  in Chelmsford, Massachusetts.  In her current position she works with municipal clients in Massachusetts and New Hampshire; assisting them…

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Delia Santiago-Materese

31 May 2019

Dr. Delia Santiago-Materese is a planetary scientist at NASA.  She began her career at NASA Ames Research Center soon after undergraduate, and her work at NASA has included supporting shuttle payloads, developing partnerships and collaborations with organizations outside of NASA, conducting planetary science research, and as of late, supporting research at the programmatic level. Delia…

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Daphne LaDue

25 Apr 2019

Dr. Daphne LaDue is a senior scientist at the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Analysis and Prediction of Storms. Her background is very quantitative. She first pursued a B.A. in Physics from a small liberal arts college in Indiana with the goal of being a high school physics teacher. She had taken physics during her…

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Dieuwertje (DJ) Kast

22 Mar 2019

Dieuwertje Kast is the STEM Programs Manager for the University of Southern California’s (USC) Joint Educational Project. She has provided STEM instruction to over 23,000 underrepresented minority students, 600 educators, 20 school principals, and countless community members. She coordinates supplemental science lessons for K-5 across a gamut of schools through the Wonderkids and Young Scientists…

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