Skip to main content Skip to navigation
Washington State University Puyallup Research and Extension Center

Graduate Students

Current Students

The following graduate students are currently studying at Puyallup.

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: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Joan Wu
Biological Systems Engineering

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


Taylor Haskins

taylor.p.haskins@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Environmental Science

Taylor received her undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from Texas A&M – Corpus Christi. Over the course of her studies she has worked on oyster restoration, marine mammal physiology, and spent a summer in Mexico studying vital capacities of live free breathing dolphins. Her M.S. will focus on studying the effects of stormwater run-off on the marine system and fish populations. She loves that her field of studying helps the environment and contributes to protecting the natural circle of life. When she’s not studying she enjoys horseback riding, playing with her dog, baking—and dreaming of someday scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef.


Khaled Hesaien

khaled.hesaien@wsu.edu

Faculty Advisor: Pat Moore
Horticulture, Small Fruit


Nannette Huber

nannette.huber@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: Joan Wu
Biological Systems Engineering


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.


Lane Maguire

lane.maguire@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Jen McIntyre
School of the Environment

Lane received her B.S. from the University of Oklahoma in December 2017 and will be studying the longevity of bioretention performance for her M.S. program with the Washington Stormwater Center.


Chelsea Mitchell

chelsea.mitchell@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Environmental Studies


Jasmine Prat

jasmine.prat@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: M.S.

Faculty Advisor: Jenifer McIntyre
Stormwater Research

Jasmine Prat joins us from Santa Barbara, CA where she graduated with her B.S. degree this past spring (2017). She will be studying with the WSU stormwater group.


Alex Taylor

alexander.taylor@wsu.edu

Faculty Advisor: John Stark
Biological Systems Engineering


Yingxue Yu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: Marcus Flury
Soil Science

Yingxue graduated from China Geoscience University in Beijing. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in Soil Sciences at WSU.

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.

Elias Bloom

Degree Pursued: Ph.D.

Faculty Advisor: David Crowder
Entomology


Andrea Garfinkel

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2017)

Faculty Advisor: Gary Chastagner
Plant Pathology

Andrea Garfinkel joined Dr. Gary Chastagner’s lab as a Ph.D student in the fall of 2013. For her doctoral work, she will be working on the management of diseases of cut flowers. Andrea earned her MS degree in Agronomy in the summer of 2013 from the University of Wyoming where she worked on greenhouse and high tunnel production of sunflowers. While at the University of Wyoming, Andrea also worked as a plant pathology research assistant assessing the efficacy of chemical fungicides and screening for resistance. Andrea also has a BA in International Studies from the University of Wyoming.


Henry Sintim

henry.sintim@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2018)

Faculty Advisor: Markus Flury
Soil Science


Nathan Stacey

nathan.stacey@wsu.edu

Degree Pursued: Ph.D. (2017)

Faculty Advisor: Joan Davenport
Soil Science

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Nathan received a B.A. in Communications from Truman State University (2002). After exploring the mountains of Colorado for a few years, he decided to switch gears, get his hands dirty, and pursue an interest in soil science.

He is currently a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Crop and Soil Science and working to “close the loop” at a local military base. He is testing the hypothesis that a waste product (a composted biosolid) can act as an effective nutrient substitute in the soil environment, and therefore be considered a resource.

He enjoys running, hiking, reading, and making beer when not taking soil samples.