Dr. Nairn



Bob Nairn is Director of the Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds, Associate Professor in the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science and an associated faculty member with the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Program, Aquatic Research Facility, Institute for Oklahoma Technology Applications and Water Technologies for Emerging Regions Center, all at the University of Oklahoma.

He holds a BS from Juniata College, Huntingdon, PA (1989) and a Ph.D. from The Ohio State University (1996), both in Environmental Science. His general research areas include ecosystem biogeochemistry, wetland science and ecological engineering. Current research centers on elucidation of biogeochemical and ecological processes contributing to pollutant (specifically metal) retention in passive treatment systems and restoration of ecosystem functions.

He is President of Watershed Restoration, Inc., an Oklahoma non-profit organization committed to the successful restoration and enhancement of watersheds affected by anthropogenic activities. He serves on the board of directors of Engineers in Action, a non-profit group dedicated to working with indigenous peoples in the developing world. He also provides consulting services on a selected basis.

Personal page:

nairn [at] ou [dot] edu




Dr. Strevett 's research interests include surface and ground water quality, development of indicators of water quality deterioration, ecological engineering, fluvial geomorphology, stream restoration and development of biological treatment system design methodologies.

Personal page: http://www.coe.ou.edu/beesl/

strevett [at] ou [dot] edu




Bob Knox is the Ted A. Kritikos Chair, Presidential Professor and Director of the School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. His research interests are in subsurface transport and fate processes, ground water remediation technologies, ground water modeling, and the impacts of petroleum hydrocarbons, oilfield brines and mining effluents. Despite his lack of talent, he considers himself an athlete.

rknox [at] ou [dot] edu




Julie LaBar is a Norman native who earned both BS and MS degrees in Environmental Science from OU. She is currently employed as a Research Scientist with CREW. In the past, her research focused on water quality impacts due to chat-water interactions in the Tar Creek Superfund Site. Currently, Julie is working on ongoing monitoring efforts at Tar Creek and in the Arkoma Coal Basin, aiding students in their research efforts, and becoming an ICP guru. In addition to being a huge nerd, Julie enjoys live music, Legos, and playing the cello.

labar [at] ou [dot] edu

Bill Andrews


PhD Student, Environmental Science

Bill Andrews is pursuing a PhD in Environmental Science with his dissertation focusing on the abandoned Tri-State lead/zinc mining district of the central U.S. through: 1) evaluation of trends in bioavailable metals by high-resolution analyses of metals content in biological growth rings, 2) investigation of the variation of metals content in tissues of selected species of trees and forbs, 3) investigation of differences in uptake of metals in tree tissues in wetland and upland environments, and 4) determination of long-term step trends of metals concentrations in a stream draining the mining district. Bill's research will be useful in answering questions about rates of natural attenuation of metals in the environment after cessation of mining and other industrial activities, the effects of current reclamation practices on the distribution of metals in the environment, and what plants may be best suited for phytostabilization at abandoned metals-contaminated sites. Bill also works on issues related to discharges of metals, nutrients, fecal-indicator bacteria, pesticides, and emerging contaminants from anthropogenic sources as a part-time Hydrologist with the U.S. Geological Survey in Oklahoma City.

Alex Brewer  

Masters of Environmental Science Student

Alex Brewer is from Oakland, California and is a Masters student in Environmental Science. He obtained a B.S. in Environmental Science from Haskell Indian Nations University. His current research focuses on impacts that mining has had on traditionally used plants in northeastern Oklahoma. While maintaining his commitment to academic excellence, he enjoys reading and being with his loved ones.



PhD Student, Environmental Science

Jessica Brumley has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Houston where her senior research focused on adaptive radiation in microcosms. Her doctoral research focuses on energy dynamics of wetland ecosystems and how understanding energy flow and system energetic efficiency determines its function and sustainability.



Masters of Environmental Science Student

Jonathan Clifton is pursuing a Masters degree in Environmental Science. His research focuses on using rapid bioassessment metrics to measure the biological quality of streams in the Tar Creek Superfund Site. He holds a BS in Environmental Science from Southeastern Oklahoma State University.



Masters Student, Environmental Engineering

Alan Garrido holds a BS in Agricultural Engineering from the Surcolombiana University in Neiva, Colombia (2005). His current research focus is in the study of water, soil, and vegetative tissue interactions with trace metals caused by acid mine drainage (AMD) in agricultural areas.



Masters of Environmental Science Student

Kyle Kauk received a BS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma in 2005. His current research examines the relationships between fluvial morphology and in-stream habitat and how these relationships are impacted by the diverse eco-regions of Oklahoma. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys eating burritos and taking naps, as well as watching baseball and college football. After completion of an MS in Environmental Science, Kyle hopes to someday have the opportunity to discuss the phenomenon of global warming with Captain Planet.



Masters of Environmental Science Student

Darcy Lutes' MES thesis focuses on metal bioavailability and toxicity in mine drainage systems. Her work involves both passive and natural treatment systems in the Arkoma Coal Basin and Tar Creek Superfund site. She holds a B.S. with Honors in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (2004). She hopes to grow gills and live in the ocean one day. Darcy is on the right in the photograph.


Masters of Environmental Science Student

Jennifer McAllister is currently pursuing a Masters of Environmental Science degree focusing on the uptake and accumulation of metals by wetland plant communities of varied biodiversity. The goal for her thesis is to help to understand/build polishing wetlands for the purpose of removing small amounts of metals from acid mine drainage effecively addressed in passive treatment systems. Jennifer has a BS in Zoology from the University of Oklahoma (2006).



Masters Student, Environmental Engineering

Dane Morris holds a B.S. in Zoology with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Oklahoma. His past research has focused on stream ecology, specifically the native freshwater mussel communities of Oklahoma. Present research interests include stream ecology and geomorphology, surface and groundwater water quality, water quantity, biological waste treatment systems, and environmental chemistry and toxicity.



CODY A. "Buck" Neely
Masters Student, Environmental Engineering

Cody “Buck” Neely is a Masters Student in Environmental Engineering. He obtained his undergraduate degree (BS in Environmental Engineering) from Gannon University, in Erie, Pennsylvania. Buck is new to CREW in fall 2008 and will be adopting an active role in the research that is taking place. Buck is one of a few good men in CREW (along with Bob Nairn and Bill Strosnider) that can call the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania home (GO STEELERS & PENS). “Buck” as the name implies enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hunter, fly-fisherman, and golfer. The fisher in the photo had unfortunately lost a battle with a porcupine.



PhD Student, Environmental Science

Growing up in Colorado, the effects of acid mine drainage on the environment were Leah’s inspiration to study science and seek sustainable solutions for mine impacted lands. It is the interdisciplinary nature and the complexity of the problems studied in environmental science that drew her to pursue her PhD with Dr. Robert Nairn at the University of Oklahoma. With an extensive science background including BS degrees in both chemistry and biology, as well as an MS degree in analytical chemistry, Leah plans to apply her education and experience to the study of the chemical reactions, equilibria, and kinetics of acid mine drainage treatment. Specifically, she intends to investigate the unique chemistry of the Mayer Ranch mine water discharges at the Tar Creek Superfund Site in NE Oklahoma and the metal ion speciation within the new passive treatment system currently under construction. Leah’s long-term goal is to apply her new found skills in environmental science for the enhancement of the curricula at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where she is currently employed as an instructor of natural sciences.

Personal webpage: www.usao.edu/loxenford


Masters of Environmental Science Student

Beatriz Santamaria received her B.S. in Biology from the Universidad Simon Bolivar located in Caracas, Venezuela in 2005. Her current research focuses on analyzing microbial communities in passive treatment system vertical flow cells of different ages. She is also working as the official Spanish-English translator with CREW. She loves SCUBA diving, eating chocolate and traveling around the world.



PhD Student, Environmental Engineering

William “Bill” Strosnider is an ecological engineer focusing on advancing the science of sustainable passive water and wastewater treatment. His doctoral research generally concerns the passive treatment of acid mine drainage and municipal wastewater with the objective of creating appropriate sustainable technologies for the developed and the developing world. Bill has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton (GO FLYERS) and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston. At the University of Dayton, Bill studied Design for the Environment and Second Law Efficiency. At the College of Charleston, Bill designed and modeled a stormwater wetland for the relief of coastal eutrophication. Bill also has substantial experience researching and volunteering in the developing world, having spent significant time in China, Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala and Bolivia. His work in Potosi, Bolivia regarding acid mine drainage source characterization, environmental impacts and treatment options forms a significant portion of his dissertation. Most importantly, Bill hails from the City of Champions (Pittsburgh) and is an avid hockey player, guitarist and kick-boxer.



Masters Student, Environmental Engineering

Alissa Sutter is pursuing an MS in Environmental Engineering. She holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma (2002). Her research project is a hydrogeological investigation between surface-subsurface flooded mine void interactions and related surface relief mechanisms in the mine impacted Beaver Creek watershed, located within the Tar Creek Superfund Site. Completion of extensive monitoring of baseline mine pool conditions and local hydrology provides understanding of mine water impact and hydrologic contributions to Beaver Creek. This knowledge and data can then drive the development of potential remedial designs for this impacted watershed. Alissa's other passions include: 1) the outdoors (except when it's cold), 2) FIBER!!!, and 3) eradicating the world of chiggers....oh and ticks.