Our Students are central to growing INSTAAR's research and culture; they are an integral part of the institute. Students find unique opportunities to expand their education and engage in research that moves us toward a more sustainable world, including integrative training, research experience in the field and lab, and using a wide variety of analytical and computational facilities beyond those of their home academic departments. Current students with questions or concerns should contact Jonathan Raberg (Student Representative). Prospective grad students should visit our How to Apply page.

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Ethan Burns

  • MA Student
  • Teaching Assistant Geography Dept.

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Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Forest Hydrology, Catchment Hydrology, hydrologic partitioning and dynamic storage in montane watersheds.

Sidney Bush

  • PhD Student
  • Teaching Assistant Geography Department
  • Research Assistant INSTAAR

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Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Forest Hydrology, Catchment Hydrology

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Chiara Forrester

  • PhD student

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Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Plant, alpine and forest ecology; Effects of climate change on plant communities and plant-fungal symbioses; Plant-fungal symbioses; Soil ecology and nutrient cycling; Citizen science and science communication.  My previous research has explored the effects of a foliar endophytic fungus on host microsite distribution and soil extracellular enzyme activity along elevational gradients.

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Kate Hale

  • PhD Student | Research Assistant

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Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Modeling and empirically investigating annual streamflow efficiency changes to decreasing snowfall fractions and earlier snowmelt in mountainous regions.

Molly Huber

  • PhD student
  • Teaching Assistant in Environmental Studies

Departments/Academic Programs

Specialty

Terrestrial biogeochemistry, soil science

Aaron Hurst

  • PhD Student

Departments/Academic Programs

Specialty

Bedrock river evolution and the interplay between sediment supply, hydrologic conditions, and erosion.

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Kelly Kochanski

  • PhD candidate
  • DOE Computational Science Graduate Fellow

Departments/Academic Programs

Specialty

Computational models to study the processes that shape the Earth and its climate.

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Holly Olivarez

  • PhD Student
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow

Departments/Academic Programs

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Ocean biogeochemistry, air-sea CO2 flux, ocean carbon cycle, the ocean and climate change, Earth System Model output analysis, internal climate variability, climate change talks

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Brigitta Rongstad

  • PhD student

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Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

Using individual foraminifera analysis to understand the effects of dissolution on the Mg/Ca temperature proxy and to reconstruct ENSO variance in the eastern tropical Pacific.

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Brian Straight

  • PhD Student
  • PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering
  • Teaching Assistant, Dept of Atmospheric and Oceanographic Sciences

Departments/Academic Programs

Research Programs, Labs, and Groups

Specialty

UAVs in environmental applications; acid rock drainage; acid mine drainage; limnology; hydrology; water resources; harmful algal blooms; design; system dynamics and controls

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Lei Zheng

  • Graduate student

Specialty

Permafrost modeling, remote sensing of the cryosphere