Led by Laura Lautz, EMPOWER is a team of over 40 people, including the leadership team, affiliated faculty, staff, graduate students, and external advisors. Browse our full directory below, which includes the leadership team and our graduate student trainees, or check out the information about our affiliated faculty and external advisors.

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Emily Baker

PhD, Earth Sciences

Emily is a PhD student in the Department of Earth Sciences working for Dr. Laura Lautz. Her research is based in a proglacial valley of the Peruvian Andes. Her project uses infrared imagery coupled with in-stream temperature sensors to create an energy balance model of a reach of the stream in this valley. The goal of this research is to improve our understanding of how groundwater enters the stream, since groundwater will become increasingly important throughout the region as the alpine glaciers continue to retreat.…

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Kyle Blaha

MS, Chemistry

Kyle earned his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry from Hiram College in 2015. While there he did research on metal-ion concentrations in local water/soil sources, such as the Penguin exhibit of the nearby zoo. He also spent time researching the steric effects of aldimine synthesis, a project he did his undergraduate capstone on. Kyle joined the Kahan group in 2015.…

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Crystal Burgess

MS, Earth Sciences

Crystal earned her Bachelor of Arts in Geology from Alfred University in 2016 with a minor in Environmental Studies. Prior to her graduate studies, Crystal interned at SU on Project SWIFT developing an interannual time series of naturally occurring methane concentrations in the advance of unconventional gas production in the southern tier of New York.…