Alabama Water Institute Symposium 2019

Alabama Water Institute Symposium - "Boundless Futures"

December 3-4, 2019, Bryant Conference Center, Sellers Auditorium

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Agenda: Symposium Agenda

Program brochure: AWI Symposium Program 2019

Day 1:

Keynote Speaker

  • Dr. Richard T. McNider, Distinguished Professor of Science, Emeritus, Earth System Science Center, The University of Alabama at Huntsville
    Title: Water and Distribution of Agriculture

Guest Speaker

  • Dr. Laura Myers; Director, Center for Advanced Public Safety, The University of Alabama
    Title: Understanding Extreme Rainfall Weather Event Impacts
  • Mr. Steve Mouzon, New Urbanist Guild
    Title: Better Cities and Communities for Everyone
  • Dr. David Weston; Sr. Staff Scientist, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
    Title: Mutualism in the face of changing climatic conditions: Implications on a plant-microbiome system influencing peatland carbon and nitrogen cycling

Day 2:

  • Poster sessions for water-related research projects facilitated by undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs.
  • Oral research presentations by undergraduate and graduate students and postdocs.
  • Announcement of poster session winners.

AW Symposium Poster Competition Winners


Congratulations to all our poster competition participants. You did a terrific job!

Below are the winners in our 3 categories.


Undergraduate Student Winners: 


Samuel Vielee

“Spectracide, an Environmental Pollutant, Causes Parkinsonian Symptoms in Fly Model: Is Dopamine Pathway a Target for Spectracide”

Co-authors: Kim Lackey, Laura Reed and Anathbandhu Chaudhuri

Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama


Nicole Serwinowski

“Sustainable Novel Bamboo-Based Membranes for Water Treatment Fabricated By Regeneration of Bamboo Waste Fibers ”

Co-authors: Zane Parkerson, Elizabeth McDonough, Chris Popiolek and Milad Esfahani

Department of Chemical, and Biological Engineering, The University of Alabama


Graduate Student Winners: 


Brian C. van Ee

“Trophic Niche Differentiation Within Freshwater Mussel Communities ”

Co-authors: Carla L. Atkinson

Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama


Joni Corbin

“Using Paleoflood Hydrology to Extend Flood Records and Understand Large Floods in the South Sauty Creek (Buck’s Pocket State Park, AL) ”

Co-authors: Lisa Davis and Matthew Therrell

Department of Geography, The University of Alabama


Junho Song

“Dam Nation Revisited: The Prospective of Hazard Potential and Preparedness ”

Co-authors: Jonghun Kam

Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering,

Center for Complex Hydrosystems Research,

The University of Alabama


Postdoc Winner: 


Arial J. Shogren*

“Seasonal and Event-Based Concentration Discharge Relationships from Contrasting Arctic Headwater Catchments ”

Co-authors: Jay P. Zarnetske, Sam Cairns, Megan Duda (1), Benjamin W. Abbot (2), Frances Iannucci (3)
and William B. Bowden (3)

(1) Michigan State University, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

(2) Brigham Young University, Department of Plant & Wildlife Sciences

(3) University of Vermont, Rubenstein School of the Environment

* Visiting scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Alabama


Please see the Student & Postdoc Presentation Guidelines below:

Abstract Guidelines