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Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Graduate Students

Current Students

The following graduate students are currently studying at Puyallup.

Kaushik Adhikari

kaushik.adhikari@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: Markus Flury
Crop and Soil Science Program

Kaushik comes from the country of Nepal where more than 80% of the population is involved in farming. Growing up in an agricultural suburb motivated him to pursue further study in the Agriculture field. He completed his undergraduate study in agriculture (B.S) from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. After working as an instructor for 1.5 years in Nepal, Kaushik joined the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff as a graduate research assistant for master’s research focused on the fate and effects of nanoparticles in soil. Kaushik joins WSU to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy in Soil Science. He will be working under the supervision of Dr. Markus Flury studying fate and transport of micro- and nano plastics in terrestrial systems including biosolids, soils and air.


Mohamed Alssalem

mohamed.alssalem@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Ecotoxicology


Stephanie Blair

stephanie.blair@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer McIntyre
School of the Environment

Stephanie is pursuing her Doctorate with the School of Environment. Before coming to WSU, Stephanie received her M.S. from the Evergreen State College working with developing chemical and mathematica methods for quantifying hemoglobin speciation in fish blood.


Samrat Dahal

mugalsamrat.dahal@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: Joan Wu
Biological Systems Engineering | Land, Air, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (LAWREE)

Samrat Dahal is a master’s student in the Department of Biological Systems Engineering studying watershed hydrology. He comes to Puyallup from Nepal.


Stephanie Eckard

smeckard@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Ecotoxicology


Garrett Foster

garrett.foster1@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer McIntyre
School of the Environment

Garrett received a B.S. in Environmental Health and a B.A. in Biochemistry from the University of Washington, Seattle in June 2021. He studies the toxicology of 6PPD-quinone in coho salmon under varied water conditions.


Caitlin Lawrence

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer McIntyre
School of the Environment


Ben Leonard

benjamin.leonard@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Environmental Studies

Ben is pursuing his Doctorate with the School of Environment. Before enrolling at WSU, Ben studied limnology, ecology, statistics and chemistry at the University of British Columbia and Evergreen State College. His research interests include stormwater management, permeable pavement design, and anything fish related. When he’s not working you can find Ben biking, repairing vintage audio equipment, or hanging out with his dog.


Anish Mahat

anish.mahat@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Joan Wu / Anand Jayakaran
Biological Systems Engineering / Low Impact Developement

Anish Mahat is a new M.S. student from Kathmandu, Nepal. He will be working with Drs. Joan Wu and Ani Jayakaran on an urban hydrology project. Prior to joining WSU, Anish received his B.E. in Agricultural Engineering from Tribhuvan University and worked as an engineer in Ministry of Energy, Water Resources and Irrigation, Government of Nepal.


Justin Maltry

justin.maltry@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Doug Collins
Soil Science

Justin’s love of plants led to his enthusiasm for soil. After volunteering as a Native Plant Steward and for various urban farming programs and organizations in the Seattle area, he worked in compost and resource conservation for five years.

Those experiences convinced him to continue his studies of soil science at WSU, where he will be working on drainage and compaction issues in Pierce County. He is excited to be able to contribute to building soil health in Washington.


Chelsea Mitchell

chelsea.mitchell@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Environmental Studies


Daniel Ullom

daniel.ullom@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Ani Jayakaran/Joan Wu
Biological Systems Engineering

Daniel is originally from Washington State and comes to us by way of Asheville, NC where he worked with an engineering consulting firm. Daniel’s research will look at the role of roadside stormwater ditches in the remediation of stormwater quantity and quality.

Former Students

The following individuals have are have recently completed their program of study, transferred to another institution, or are no longer studying at Puyallup.

Suzanne Ball

Degree Pursued: M.S. (2022)

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer McIntyre
School of the Environment


Elias Bloom

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: David Crowder
Entomology


Alejandra Feliciano

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2022)

Faculty Advisor: Linda Chalker-Scott
Horticulture, Urban


Jonathan Flores

Degree Pursued: M.S. (2020)

Faculty Advisor: Claudio Stöckle / Joan Wu
Biological Systems Engineering | Land, Air, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (LAWREE)


Andrea Garfinkel

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2017)

Faculty Advisor: Gary Chastagner
Plant Pathology


Taylor Haskins

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Environmental Science


Khaled Hesaien

Faculty Advisor: Pat Moore
Horticulture, Small Fruit


Nannette Huber

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: Joan Wu
Biological Systems Engineering | Land, Air, Water Resources & Environmental Engineering (LAWREE)


Erin Mackey

Degree Pursued: M.S. (2019)

Faculty Advisor: Joe Harrison
Animal Science


Lane Maguire

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Jen McIntyre
School of the Environment


Jasmine Prat

Degree Pursued: M.S. (2018)

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer McIntyre
Stormwater Research


Henry Sintim

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2018)

Faculty Advisor: Markus Flury
Soil Science


Nathan Stacey

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2017)

Faculty Advisor: Joan Davenport
Soil Science


Alex Taylor

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Biological Systems Engineering


Yingxue Yu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2022)

Faculty Advisor: Marcus Flury
Soil Science