OUR TEAM

CONSERVE is led by a transdisciplinary team engaged in research, extension and education in the MidAtlantic and Southwest with the goal of moving the science and policy of water reuse forward.  

 

 

Project Director

Amy Sapkota

University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Sapkota is an environmental microbiologist with 15 years of experience developing, refining and applying culture- and molecular-based methods for the detection and quantification of bacterial pathogens in environmental media, including water, air, food and soil.

Project Co-Directors

Charles Gerba University of Arizona Dr. Gerba specializes in research on the transmission of pathogens through the environment. 

Charles Gerba

University of Arizona

Dr. Gerba specializes in research on the transmission of pathogens through the environment. 

Paul Goeringer University of Maryland, College Park Dr. Goeringer specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture.

Paul Goeringer

University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Goeringer specializes in legal risk management as it relates to agriculture.

Fawzy Hashem University of Maryland, Eastern Shore Dr. Hashem’s research focuses on environmental microbiology, microbial source tracking, bioremediation, phyto-remediation, plant-microbe interactions, environmental pollution and food safety.

Fawzy Hashem

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

Dr. Hashem’s research focuses on environmental microbiology, microbial source tracking, bioremediation, phyto-remediation, plant-microbe interactions, environmental pollution and food safety.

Kalmia Kniel University of Delaware Dr. Kniel’s research focuses on food and waterborne protozoa and viruses and use of non-thermal methods to inactivate these organisms on fresh produce.

Kalmia Kniel

University of Delaware

Dr. Kniel’s research focuses on food and waterborne protozoa and viruses and use of non-thermal methods to inactivate these organisms on fresh produce.

Kent Messer University of Delaware Dr. Messer’s research focuses on environmental conservation, provision of public goods, and behavioral response to risk.

Kent Messer

University of Delaware

Dr. Messer’s research focuses on environmental conservation, provision of public goods, and behavioral response to risk.

Shirley Micallef University of Maryland, College Park Dr. Micallef specializes in the microbiological safety of fresh produce.

Shirley Micallef

University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Micallef specializes in the microbiological safety of fresh produce.

Masoud Negahban-Azar University of Maryland, College Park  Dr. Negahban-Azar specializes in the development of systems-level solutions for water and environmental management.  

Masoud Negahban-Azar

University of Maryland, College Park 

Dr. Negahban-Azar specializes in the development of systems-level solutions for water and environmental management.

 

Michael Pappas University of Maryland Baltimore Mr. Pappas’ scholarship explores the nature of property expectations, governmental responsibilities, and private rights in managing resources such as land, energy, water, wildlife, fisheries, and food.  

Michael Pappas

University of Maryland Baltimore

Mr. Pappas’ scholarship explores the nature of property expectations, governmental responsibilities, and private rights in managing resources such as land, energy, water, wildlife, fisheries, and food.

 

Robert Percival University of Maryland Baltimore Mr. Percival is internationally recognized as a leading scholar and teacher in environmental law.

Robert Percival

University of Maryland Baltimore

Mr. Percival is internationally recognized as a leading scholar and teacher in environmental law.

Sadhana Ravishankar University of Arizona  Dr. Ravishankar’s research interests include control of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, survival and prevalence of foodborne pathogens in fresh produce growing environments/organic composts, and stress tolerance responses of foodborne pathogenic bacteria.

Sadhana Ravishankar

University of Arizona 

Dr. Ravishankar’s research interests include control of foodborne pathogenic bacteria, survival and prevalence of foodborne pathogens in fresh produce growing environments/organic composts, and stress tolerance responses of foodborne pathogenic bacteria.

Channah Rock University of Arizona Dr. Rock is a research-driven Water Quality Extension Program specialist throughout Arizona, and works on the evaluation of water quality for the protection of public health as well as promoting water reuse as a safe and practical resource. 

Channah Rock

University of Arizona

Dr. Rock is a research-driven Water Quality Extension Program specialist throughout Arizona, and works on the evaluation of water quality for the protection of public health as well as promoting water reuse as a safe and practical resource. 

Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein University of Maryland, College Park Dr. Goldstein specializes in environmental health with a focus on environmental microbiology, water quality testing (specifically wastewater and reclaimed water), and environmental communication. 

Rachel Rosenberg Goldstein

University of Maryland, College Park

Dr. Goldstein specializes in environmental health with a focus on environmental microbiology, water quality testing (specifically wastewater and reclaimed water), and environmental communication. 

Manan Sharma United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service Dr. Sharma’s research focuses on the survival, persistence and growth of the bacterial foodborne pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 in leafy green pre-harvest environments.

Manan Sharma

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

Dr. Sharma’s research focuses on the survival, persistence and growth of the bacterial foodborne pathogen Escherichia coli O157:H7 in leafy green pre-harvest environments.

 

COre DIRECTORS 

Mihai Pop University of Maryland College Park Dr. Pop is a computer scientist with over 15 years of experience in bioinformatics, specifically in the analysis of large genomic and metagenomic datasets.  

Mihai Pop

University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Pop is a computer scientist with over 15 years of experience in bioinformatics, specifically in the analysis of large genomic and metagenomic datasets.

 

Amir Sapkota University of Maryland College Park Dr. Sapkota leads the exposure assessment laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He has worked extensively to characterize environmental pollutants that are of concern to human health using state of the art laboratory methods including liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) based approaches.

Amir Sapkota

University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Sapkota leads the exposure assessment laboratory at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. He has worked extensively to characterize environmental pollutants that are of concern to human health using state of the art laboratory methods including liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) based approaches.

Debra Weinstein University of Maryland College Park Dr. Weinstein has over 15 years of research development experience and works closely with faculty, staff and students to coordinate all aspects of the interdisciplinary research teams.

Debra Weinstein

University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Weinstein has over 15 years of research development experience and works closely with faculty, staff and students to coordinate all aspects of the interdisciplinary research teams.

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT LEADS

Clive Lipchin (Arava Institute of Environmental Studies) Dr. Liipchin oversees research projects, workshops, and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. His specialty is in water resources, management, and policy.

Clive Lipchin (Arava Institute of Environmental Studies) Dr. Liipchin oversees research projects, workshops, and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. His specialty is in water resources, management, and policy.

Maik Kecinski (University of Alberta) Dr. Kecinski's research broadly focused on issues around behavioral responses to environmental risk and climate change. Ongoing and previous work in his group looks at the behavioral responses of minority groups to contamination, such as arsenic and lead contaminated water through different exposure routes.

Maik Kecinski (University of Alberta) Dr. Kecinski's research broadly focused on issues around behavioral responses to environmental risk and climate change. Ongoing and previous work in his group looks at the behavioral responses of minority groups to contamination, such as arsenic and lead contaminated water through different exposure routes.

 

Collaborators

University of Maryland, College Park

New Mexico State University 

University of Arizona 

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service 

COSMOS ID

University of Delaware

University of Maryland, Baltimore

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

Staff

  • Teresa McCoy, Evaluation Coordinator (University of Maryland College Park)
  • Daphne Pee, Evaluation (University of Maryland College Park)
  • Maurice Rocque, Account Manager (University of Maryland College Park)

Advisory Committee

  • Ching-Tzone Tien (Maryland Department of the Environment), Chair
  • Samir Assar (FDA)
  • Robert Buchanan (UMD)
  • Tim Ford (Shenandoah University)
  • Scott Herzberg (Jug Bay Market Garden)
  • Daniel Kugler (UMD)
  • Clive Lipchin (Arava)
  • Melissa Meeker (WateReuse)
  • Steve Miller (Town of Manchester)
  • Clifford Mitchell (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
  • Sarah Sohn (Future Harvest, CASA)
  • M. Sundar (Air Liquide)
  • Jeremy Vanderzyl (Duncan Family Farms)
  • Rick Ward (Maricopa Agricultural Center)