Research Team
Dr. Rebecca Logsdon Muenich

  • PhD Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2015
  • MS Agricultural & Bioloigcal Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
  • BS Biological Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2009
Dr. Muenich grew up in the rapidly-urbanizing area of Northwest Arkansas where the local conflicts between urban growth, food production, and environmental quality were at the forefront of local and national news. Influenced by these ongoing struggles between human-needs and the environment, she chose to direct her personal career path towards understanding how to address human-induced environmental problems.

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  1. Managing Director
    Ellie completed her M.S. in Sustainability at Arizona State University focusing on water system transitions and transboundary river basin management with the PLuS Alliance and the Decision Center for a Desert City. Ellie uses an interdisciplinary approach to research socio-hydrological issues such as nutrient pollution prevention and the food-energy-water nexus. She joins the Muenich Lab Group as an ASU PhD student in Civil, Environmental and Sustainable Engineering.
  2. Managing Director
    Lorrayne completed her M.S. (2018) in Physical Geography with emphasis on spatial modeling under the mentoring of Dr. Daehyun Kim at the University of Kentucky. She is originally from Brazil, where she earned her B.S. (2016) in Forest Engineering with focus on natural resources analysis, remote sensing, and LiDAR. She was also part of the Remote Sensing Laboratory in the College of Forestry at Oregon State University in an awarded exchange in 2015.
  3. Managing Director
    Ivan is an undergraduate student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment of ASU. He completed an associate’s degree in Engineering at Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, NY. He received a valuable experience of working with water treatment technologies while serving in the U.S. Navy. Currently, Ivan is a member of the Muenich Lab Group working on the research of the stormwater pollutant mitigation in desert cities.
  4. Managing Director
    Billy graduated from CU Boulder in 2013 with a BA in Environmental Science and a minor in Philosophy. From there, he began work in the craft beer industry where he gained experience in many facets of the industry; from serving beer to brewing beer and everything in between. In early 2019, Billy joined the Muenich Lab Group as a Masters student in Hydrosystems Engineering. He is working with partners at the USDA Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center to better understand the benefits of reclaimed water on agricultural land in arid environments.
Danica Schaffer-Smith
Postdoctoral Scholar

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Lorrayne Miralha
Ph.D. Student

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Eleanor Rauh
Ph.D. Student
Billy Krukowski
M.S. Student
Ivan Bystrov
Undergraduate Researcher

Previous Students

  1. E'Lise Harden, Undergraduate Researcher, University of Michigan (2015-2017), "Evaluting the Influence of Manure Applications on Nutrient Loads in the Maumee River Watershed"
  2. Ashley Gignac, Undergraduate Researcher, University of Michigan (2015-2017), "Evaluation of Manure Management at Confined Animal Feeding Operations: Implications for Assessing Nutrient Balances in Michigan"

​Service on Graduate Student Qualifying, Proposal, and Thesis Committees

  1. Adenike Opejin, Ph.D., Arizona State University (current), "Waste in Food-Energy-Water Nexus Systems: A Regenerative Approach to Building a Resilient City"
  2. Ara Ko, Ph.D., Arizona State University (expected 2018), "On the Statistical and Scaling Properties of Observed and Simulated Soil Moisture"