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Our External Advisory Board consists of a diverse group of highly-qualified individuals who lend their guidance in establishing and sustaining to this NSF CREST Center for Aquatic Chemistry and Environment Program.

  • Laura Lindenfeld, PhD

    Interim Dean of the Stony Brook University School of Journalism and Executive Director of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, Dr. Lindenfeld brings to the table a wealth of experience in science communication. 
    laura.lindenfeld@stonybrook.edu

  • William McDowell, PhD

    Presidential Chair and Director of the New Hampshire Water Resources Center at the University of New Hampshire. With a background in ecosystem ecology and aquatic ecology, Dr. McDowell provides expertise in environmental chemistry and biogeochemistry. His research focuses on understanding land-water interactions, emphasizing the controls on stream chemistry and watershed solute and sediment export. 
    bill.mcdowell@unh.edu

  • Celia Merzbacher, PhD

    Having served in leadership positions in science and technology policy, Dr. Merzbacher brings a wealth of expertise in strategic planning and program management. 
    merzbacherci@ornl.gov

  • Maria Ngu-Schwemlein, PhD

    Professor of Bioorganic Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry at Winston-Salem State University, Dr. Ngu-Schwemlein has formal training in medicinal chemistry and more than eighteen years of experience teaching, training, and advising both graduate and undergraduate students. 
    schwemleinmn@wssu.edu

  • William Michener, PhD

    Director of the e-Science Program, the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and PI/Director of NSF’s Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) project. Dr. Michener provides expertise in Data Analytics research as well as large-project management. 
    william.michener@gmail.com