KRWW Science Advisors

  1. The KRWW Science Advisory receives monitoring data from the lab and field in electronic form and asked if they spot anything of interest.
  2. From time to time our Science Advisors will be asked to respond to questions from volunteer leadership when they come up in the course of our work. 
  3. The questions are distributed via email and only those advisors with an interest in the particular topic respond via email with what ever thoughts they may have on the topic. 
    For example: The last topic that hit the network was about hepatotoxin monitoring, and we were able to come up with analytes, methods, cost figures and an immunoassay test to monitor for that in our lakes.
  4. Agreements between our Science Advisors on interpretation, method or outcomes are rarely expected, in fact the more diverse the opinions, the more interesting and engaging the discussion gets which really helps our volunteers understand how messy science can be.
Name Organization Advisory Role
Jessica Schuster KY Division of Water Aquatic life, field montioring training
John Delfino Midway University Biological sciences, field equipment operations
Tony Powell Northern KY Health Dept. Community health, on-site sewage treatment systems
Doug Curl Kentucky Geological Survey Data management and visuilization, data interpretation, trend analysis
Malissa McAlister KY Water Resources Research Inst. Data management and visuilization, data Interpretation, trend Analysis, watershed planning
Bethany Overfield Kentucky Geological Survey Data visuilization, geological sciences, volunteer training
Beverly James Flora Cliff Nature Center Ecological sciences, Palisade ecology
Mary Beth Robson GRW Engineering Environmental engineering, watershed management
David Price Lexington Fayette Water Quality Field monitoring, data interpretation, stream ecology
Steve Evans Third Rock Consultants Field monitoring, watershed planning GIS
Breck Mickelson Geologist, Private Practice Geological sciences
Henry Francis Kentucky Geological Survey Geological sciences, analytical protocols, data management
Kay Harker KYDOW (Retired) Geological sciences, karst systems
Chuck Taylor Kentucky Geological Survey Hydrogeology, water quality, karst systems
Jim Dinger KGS (Retired) Hydrogeology, Karst Systems
David Shehee KY American Water Company Laboratory protocols, data interpretation
Tracy Knowels Bluegrass Community and Technical College Environmental Science Laboratory systems, chemistry
Gail Brion UK Environmental Research and Training Laboratory Microbiologial source tracking, public health systems, risk analysis
Beverly Juett Midway University (Retired) Microbiology, data interpretation
Lisa Martin Microbac Laboratories Microbiology, laboratory protocols
Tricia Coakley UK Environmental Research and Training Laboratory Microbiology, laboratory protocols, DNA source tracking
Rita Wright Fourser Environmental  Microbiology, laboratory protocols, quality assurance
John Webb KY Division of Water Monitoring protocols, quality assurance, training 
Will Overbeck Plant Ecologist, private practice Plant ecology, native plant restoration
Lisa Hicks KY Division of Water Quality Assurance Project Planning
Lindell Ormsbee KY Water Resources Research Inst. Science Advisory Chair, Integrated system sciences, Engineering
Margaret Shanks KYDOW (Retired) Soil sciences, watershed management
Randy Payne DOW Standards and specifications
Alice Jones Eastern KY University Sustainability, data vizuilization, training protocols
Jean Watts Bluegrass Community and Technical College Environmental Science Wetland systems, habitat assessment, training

If you are a water resources researcher or scientist, we need your help.

  1. If you are willing to be listed as one of KRWW’s Science Advisors please contact us.
  2. We add you to our email distribution list and list your name and area of expertise on our web site.
  3. We usually only meet “face to face” twice a year.  Once at our annual conference and second at a meeting, sometimes associated with the KWRRI Water Resources Research Symposium.
  4. Everything else is done by email, or the occasional conference call before we make some sort of decision that involves purchasing, ordering lab services or other financial commitments.
  5. By having a robust and diverse “Science Advisory” the credibility of the program is enhanced and the quality and value of our work improved.