Craig Allan, Professor
Craig Allan received his PhD in Physical Geography from York University in 1993 and has been a member of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte since 1992. He was department chair for 9 years till 2018 and now he is the Associate Director of Infrastructure and Environmental Systems (INES) Program. Craig's core interest is in both applied and basic research topics related to watershed processes including surface water hydrology, biogeochemical cycling and fluvial geomorphology. Most of his research has a significant field component and he extensively utilize field-based exercises in his teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Azad Sadeghi, PhD Student
Azad Sadeghi is currently an INES PhD student, specializing in the field of Hydrology, GIS, Machine Learning, and AI in stormwater management. He hold a master's degree in Natural Resources Engineering from the University of Tehran and have had the 6 years experience of working as a dedicated researcher in the fields of hydrology, GIS, and Remote Sensing within the Faculty of Environment at the University of Tehran.
Mai Vang, MS Student
Mai Vang has a bachelor's in geology, and she is working towards a master's in earth science at UNC Charlotte. Mai research is at the Santee Experimental Forest in South Carolina and it investigates the impact of forestry management practices on methane emissions from a forest to wetland gradient. Her interest in the sciences lies in the opportunity to understand natural processes and discover solutions that can help create a more sustainable future. She believes that her research will be used to inform and implement improved systems that will work symbiotically to restore and conserve the integrity of the environment.
Jamil Millner, MS Student
Jamil Millner Jr is a Graduate Student & Research Assistant in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. Jamil holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Geology from East Carolina University. He has interests in Hydrology and Geomorphology specifically in urban environments.
Millner’s current research focuses on the geochemistry, hydrology, and geomorphological characteristics of urban beaver ponds to determine how their activities interact with human impacted watersheds.
Isabella Balch, Undergraduate Student
Isabella Balch is working on developing a methodology to quantify the grain size distribution of suspended sediments entering a neighboring drinking water reservoir (L.Wylie) during high flow events. The lake has been subject to harmful algal blooms for the last several years. The grain size data will be used by Charlotte Mecklenburg Stormwater Services as part of their hydrochemical modelling efforts to study these blooms.
Isabella is currently a double major in biology and geology. She plans to pursue a masters degree and PhD in the sciences after graduating.
Tarini Shukla, PhD -2023
Tarini is working with Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport as Geospatial Analyst. In her PhD research she worked with US Forest Services and USDA in Santee Experimental Forest. her research focused on microtopography using terrestrial LiDAR, aerial LiDAR and UAS and analyzing impact of microtopography on Carbon dynamics in tidal freshwater wetlands through biogeochemical modeling.
Jordan Lontai, MS -2022
Jordan is Environmental Specialist at Mecklenburg County. Her Master's research work was on retention of microplastics in wastewater treatment plants and their impact on receiving streams
Bo Gansrow, MS -2022
Bo's research focused on geospatial analysis of overwintering patterns of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. His research can show a way of potential coexistence of humans and humming birds.