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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Quercus Hamlin

MS, Civil & Environmental Engineering

Quercus is an MS student and NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He earned his BS in GIS from Michigan State University in 2017. At MSU, he developed high resolution maps of nitrogen and phosphorous loading to the landscape across the Great Lakes Basin. He is currently working with Dr.…

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Alaina Hickey

MS, Earth Sciences

Alaina is a first-year M.S. student in the Earth Sciences Department working with Christopher Junium as part of the Geobiology, Astrobiology, Paleoclimate and Paleoceanography (GAPP) Research Group. She completed her undergraduate career at S.U., earning a B.A. in Earth Science with a focus in Environmental Science and minors in Biology and Psychology. Alaina’s research interests have always been in sedimentary and organic geochemistry.…