OUR TEAM

CONSERVE is led by a transdisciplinary team engaged in research, extension and education in the Mid‐Atlantic 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 over 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 recycled 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 recycled 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.

 
   Dr. Sarah Allard Assistant Program Manager Coordinator, Summer Internship Program    University of Maryland College Park  Dr. Allard has 9 years of research experience focused on the microbial ecology and microbiological safety of fresh produce. She works closely with the CONSERVE team to facilitate collaborative research activities and data sharing, and she coordinates the CONSERVE Summer Internship Program. 

Dr. Sarah Allard
Assistant Program Manager
Coordinator, Summer Internship Program

University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Allard has 9 years of research experience focused on the microbial ecology and microbiological safety of fresh produce. She works closely with the CONSERVE team to facilitate collaborative research activities and data sharing, and she coordinates the CONSERVE Summer Internship Program. 

 

INTERNATIONAL PROJECT LEADS

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

Clive Lipchin

Arava Institute of Environmental Studies, Israel

Dr. Lipchin oversees research projects, workshops, and conferences that focus on transboundary water and environmental problems facing Israel, Jordan, and Palestine. His research focuses on water resources, water management, and policy.

  Maik Kecinski   University of Alberta, Canada  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, Canada

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.

 

CONSERVE Collaborators AND SCHOLARS*

 

SCHOLARS

  • Sarah Allard

  • Mary Theresa Callahan

  • Suhana Chattopadhyay

  • Jessica Chopyk

  • Hillary Craddock Kelbick

  • Leena Malayil

  • Rianna Murray

  • Manashi Paul

  • Farshid Shoushtarian

  • Sultana Solaiman

  • Mayhah Suri

University of Maryland, College Park

COLLABORATORS

 

 

 

New Mexico State University

COLLABORATORS

 

SCHOLARS

  • Natalie Brassill

  • Jessica Dery

  • Aishwarya Rao

  • Libin Zhu

University of Arizona

COLLABORATORS

 

 

SCHOLARS

  • Cheryl East

  • Eric Handy

  • Prachi Kulkarni

United States Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service

COLLABORATORS

 

COSMOS ID

COLLABORATORS

 

SCHOLARS

  • Brienna Anderson

  • Shani Craighead

  • Sean Ellis

  • Samantha Gartley

  • Tongzhe Li

  • Olesya Savchenko

  • Adam Vanore

  • Huidong Xu

University of Delaware

COLLABORATORS

 

 

SCHOLARS

  • Devon Harman

  • Taylor Lilley

University of Maryland, Baltimore

COLLABORATORS

 

SCHOLARS

  • Rico Duncan

  • Derek Foust

  • Joseph Haymaker

  • Chanelle White

University of Maryland, Eastern Shore

COLLABORATORS

 

*CONSERVE Scholars are graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and technicians who are conducting research under a CONSERVE activity. 

 

CONSERVE Staff

  • Teresa McCoy, Evaluation Coordinator (University of Maryland College Park)

  • Chenzi Wang, Evaluation (University of Maryland College Park)

  • Daphne Pee, Evaluation (University of Maryland College Park)

  • Maurice Rocque, Account Manager (University of Maryland College Park)

 

CONSERVE 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 (Water, Environment and Reuse Foundation)

  • 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)