Wickert et Alia (Like Mumford and Sons, but more scientific.)

Faculty

Andy Wickert

Andy Wickert

Associate Professor
University of Minnesota
Postdoc 2014-2015 Universität Potsdam
Ph.D. 2014 University of Colorado Boulder
S.B. 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
awickert [at] umn [dot] edu

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Phil Larson

Phil Larson

Professor
Director of Earth Science Programs
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Ph.D. 2013 Arizona State University
M.A. 2011 Arizona State University
B.S. 2008 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
phillip.larson [at] mnsu [dot] edu

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Researchers and Postdocs

Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati

Hima Hassenruck-Gudipati

President’s Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Minnesota
Ph.D. 2021 University of Texas at Austin
B.S. 2014 California Institute of Technology
himahg [at] umn [dot] edu

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Jeffrey Kwang

Jeffrey Kwang

NSF Postdoctoral Research Scientist
University of Minnesota
Postdoc 2019-2022 University of Massachusetts
Ph.D. 2019 University of Illinois
M.S. 2016 University of Illinois
B.S. 2013 Johns Hopkins University
jeffskwang [at] gmail [dot] com

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Graduate Students

Jabari Jones

Jabari Jones

Ph.D. Candidate
University of Minnesota
M.S. 2018 Utah State University
B.A. 2015 Carleton College
Geomorphic and hydrologic response to climate and land-use change; environmental justice; geoscience education
jone2176 [at] umn [dot] edu

Shanti Penprase

Shanti Penprase

Ph.D. Candidate
B.A. 2016 Carleton College
Glacier–river interactions; Quaternary geochronology
penpr001 [at] umn [dot] edu

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Carlie Cervantes de Blois

Carlie Cervantes de Blois

Ph.D. Candidate
University of Minnesota
History of Science, Technology, and Medicine
Advisor: Susan Jones
B.S. 2017 University of Wisconsin – Madison
History of river ecology and irrigation networks
Colonial–postcolonial science & technology
Agricultural development
cerva016 [at] umn [dot] edu

Nilay İşcen

Nilay İşcen

Ph.D. Student
University of Minnesota
M.S. 2018 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
M.S. 2015 Middle East Technical University
B.S. 2011 Middle East Technical University
Fluvial geomorphology
iscen001 [at] umn [dot] edu

Tyler Fulghum

Tyler Fulghum

Ph.D. Student
University of Minnesota
B.S. 2021 Tennessee Technological University
Instrumentation and geoscientific data
fulgh019 [at] umn [dot] edu

Jimmy Wood

Jimmy Wood

M.S. Student
University of Minnesota
B.S. 2021 (Geology) University of Nebraska Omaha
B.A. 2021 (Physics) University of Nebraska Omaha
Fluvial geomorphology
wood1466 [at] umn [dot] edu

Andreas Ruby

Andreas Ruby

Ph.D. Student
GFZ Potsdam
Co-advised by Wickert with primary advisor Taylor Schildgen (GyroSCoPe project)
M.Sc. 2021: Universität Trier
Teaching Degree 2019: Universität Tübingen
Fluvial geomorphology, digital terrain analysis, cosmogenic nuclides
andreas [dot] ruby [at] gfz-potsdam [dot] de

Hunter Delikowski

Hunter Delikowski

M.S. Student
Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.A. 2021 (Geology) University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
B.A. 2021 (Environmental Geography) University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Fluvial geomorphology, Quaternary geology
hunter.delikowski [at] mnsu [dot] edu

Abi Fischer

Abi Fischer

M.S. Student
Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.A. 2022 (Environmental Geography) University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Climatic Geomorphology, GPR
TBD [at] mnsu [dot] edu

Undergraduate Students

Josie Welsh

Josie Welsh

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Minnesota
Bed-load sediment sampler design
River-profile analysis along Lake Superior
welsh162 [at] umn [dot] edu

Peter Mitchell

Peter Mitchell

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Minnesota
River-terrace mapping
Code development to characterize valleys and networks
mitc0560 [at] umn [dot] edu

Campbell Dunn

Campbell Dunn

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Wisconsin – Madison
Code development for drainage and depression networks
Shallow seismic acquistion and analysis
Field augering, hammering, muscle-ing
cndunn [at] wisc [dot] edu

Katia Ostermann

Katia Ostermann

Undergraduate Researcher
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Drainage-basin evolution
Minnesota River valley
Katia.Ostermann [at] mnsu [dot] edu

Kacie Malone

Kacie Malone

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Minnesota
Solar-radiation sensor characterization
GIS
malon629 [at] umn [dot] edu

Abby Wilwerding

Abby Wilwerding

Undergraduate Researcher
University of Minnesota
Sediment core description
wilwe020 [at] umn [dot] edu

Visiting, Affiliated, and Key Collaborating Scientists

Eric Barefoot

Eric Barefoot

NSF Postdoctoral Research Scientist
University of Indiana
Postdoc 2021-2022 University of Minnesota
Ph.D. 2021 Rice University
B.S. 2016 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
barefoot [at] umn [dot] edu

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Bobby Schulz

Bobby Schulz

Collaborating Research Engineer
G.E.M.S. Agroinformatics
M.S. 2021, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
B.S. 2017, Electrical & Computer Engineering, University of Minnesota
Environmental instrumentation
schu3119 [at] umn [dot] edu

Richard Barnes

Richard Barnes

Collaborating Research Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Ph.D. 2020, Energy Research Group, University of California, Berkeley
M.S. 2019, Computer Science, University of California Berkeley
M.S. 2015, Ecology, University of Minnesota
B.S. 2011, Physics, University of Minnesota
B.A. 2010, Philosophy, University of Minnesota
Github
Homepage
Elegant solutions to computational problems
richard.barnes [at] berkeley [dot] edu
Andrea Prichard

Andrea Prichard

Visiting Research Scientist
2020-2022 Fulbright Scholar, Batipa Field Institute, Universidad Tecnológica Oteima, Panamá
M.S. 2012 Universidad Mayor de San Simón
M.A. 2011 University of Arizona
B.A. 2004 Oberlin College
GIS and water resources

Matías Romero

Matías Romero

Collaborating Ph.D. Student
CICTERRA-CONICET and Argentine Antarctic Program, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Advisor: Jorge A. Strelin
Geologist, 2019, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba
Glacial geology, ice sheets, and sea level
matias.romero [at] unc [dot] edu [dot] ar

The animals behind the scientists

Fjord C. Wickert

Fjord Catters Wickert

Tuxedo Stylist
Invasive Species Management
B.A.C. 2019
Testing classical mechanics

Zion D. Larson

Zion Doggo Larson

Anxiety-driven thrill-seeker
Clean Up Specialist, Scavanging Expert
D.O.B. 2013
Testing our anxiety levels

Former Group Members

Researchers

Dr. Eric Barefoot (2021–2022)

  • Postdoctoral research scientist (UMN)
  • Bedforms generated by large glacial outburst floods
  • Sediment–morphodynamic interactions at tributary junctions

Dr. Fiona Clubb (2017)

Bobby Schulz (2016–2018)

  • Open-source instrumentation development (UMN)
  • For more information, see “Graduate Students”

Chad Sandell (2016–2018)

Graduate Students

Max van Wyk de Vries (2018–2022)

PhD, 2022 (UMN; co-advised with Emi Ito)

Bobby Schulz (2018–2021)

MS, 2021 (UMN)

  • Development of a series of open-source data loggers
  • Since 2019: Hardware development lead for GEMS IoT

Owen Lott (2019–2021)

  • MS, 2021 (Minnesota State; co-advised with Bryce Hoppie)
  • Comparative Analysis of Water Quality Monitoring Procedures in Small Minnesota Lake Systems, Bass Lake Watershed, South-Central Minnesota

Leah Nelson (2018–2021)

MS, 2021 (UMN; co-advised with primary advisor Crystal Ng)

Ricky Mataitis (2018–2020)

  • MS, 2020 (Minnesota State)
  • Distribution, Geomorphology and Significance of Sand Stringers in west-central Wisconsin and southern Minnesota, USA.
  • Now: Jacobs Engineering

Kira Kuehl (2017–2020)

  • MS, 2020 (Minnesota State)
  • Single-Grain Optical Stimulated Luminescence Dating at Cambria Pit, Minnesota River Valley, Minnesota, USA
  • Now: Project Manager at SunShare

Kerry Callaghan (2015–2020)

PhD, 2020 (UMN)

Melissa Swanson (2017–2019)

  • MS, 2019 (Minnesota State)
  • Mass Wasting Investigation and Assessment in the Midwest: Case Study of the Minnesota River Valley, New Ulm to St. Peter, Minnesota, USA
  • Now: Sentera

Jason Millett (2017–2019)

Olivia Beaulieu (2016–2018)

Shane Loeffler (2016–2018)

Melissa Oubre (2015–2018)

  • MS, 2018 (Minnesota State; Biology)
  • Predicting Invasive Carp Habitat Suitability in the Minnesota River Basin, Minnesota.

Zach Hilgendorf (2015–2018)

  • MS, 2018 (Minnesota State; co-advised with Bryce Hoppie)
  • The Efficacy of Best Management Practices on Peak Discharge and Contaminant Loads in Agricultural Drainage Systems, Blue Earth River Watershed, South-Central Minnesota, USA.
  • Now: PhD Student, Arizona State University

Devon Libby (2014–2018)

  • MS, 2018 (Minnesota State)
  • Assessing Historical Planform Channel Change in an Altered Watershed with Quantification of Error and Uncertinaty Present in a GIS/Aerial Photograph-based Analysis; Case Study: Minnesota River, Minnesota, USA.
  • Now: Sentera

Vinson Williams (2015–2017)

  • MS, 2017 (Minnesota State)
  • A Geospatial Approach to Assessing I/I in Wastewater Infrastructure: Case Study of Minneapolis/St Paul, MN.
  • Now: Barr Engineering

Rachel McLaughlin (2015–2017)

Carson Smith (2013–2016)

  • MS, 2016 (Minnesota State)
  • Floodplain Inundation Mapping: An Evaluation of Geospatial Tools on the Minnesota River, MN.
  • Now: John Wood Group PLC

Undergraduate Students

Jesse Schewe (2020–2022)

  • Undergraduate student researcher (UMN, work with both Wickert and Larson)
  • Geomorphic evolution and LiDAR topography of the St. Croix River valley
  • Field small-engine specialist and all-around scientist
  • Now: Staff Professional at Antea Group USA

Ivy Glade (2021)

Evan Grove (2018–2019)

  • Undergraduate student researcher (UMN)
  • Design of “thermal stake” for heat-flow and water-flux measurements
  • Now: Enginner at Turck USA

Suyash Handa (2018)

  • Visiting undergraduate researcher (Colgate College)
  • MEMS accelerometers and geophones for low-cost seismometers
  • Now: Joint physics (Colgate) and electrical engineering (Columbia) undergraduate student

Lauren Michael (2017)

  • Visiting undergraduate researcher (Carleton College)
  • Mapping global paleolakes

Keenen Francois-King (2017)

  • Undergraduate student researcher (UMN)
  • GPS to measure snow-water equivalent

Libby Witte (2016–2017)

  • Undergraduate student researcher (UMN)
  • Experimental fluvial geomorphology
  • Now: Geologist with Corvis Gold (Nevada)

Ethan Kurak (2016–2018)

Visiting, Affiliated, and Key Collaborating Scientists

Dr. Beth Fisher (2017–2019)

Dr. Sara Savi (2015)

Dr. Stefanie Tofelde (2015)