WaterCube Token Marketplace
Our goal for the WaterCube Marketplace is to facilitate “cubation” or creation of WaterCube teams. If you have a token and are looking for potential collaborators or if you don’t have a token but have an idea or skill and are looking for a team, this is the place to look. To be added to the Marketplace, simply fill out the form to the right. Keep in mind that at least three members of a WaterCube must have a token, but additional members do not have to have tokens. If you do not have a token and a tokenholder asks you to join their team, you can contact your dean to request a token. Tokenholders and potential collaborators will be regularly added to the page below, so check back often!

We are now building the database so please come back often to check the list of tokenholders and interested faculty! You can scroll through the below list, search for terms using the search tool in the upper right of the page or in your browser, or use our sortable table.

See a sortable table of entries by clicking here.

 

WaterCube Token Holders and Potential Collaborators

Please note: Clicking on the faculty member’s name will take you to their website or CV.

Joseph HammHamm-Joe
Department: Criminal Justice and ESPP
College: Social Science
Email: jhamm@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Most of my work focuses on conceptualizing perceptions of trust in institutions and modeling its contribution to cooperation or compliance. My approaches are typically strongly quantitative but I am interested in mixing in qualitative work. I also have an interest in applying resilience thinking to water management.
Interested in working on: developing the understanding of the role that perceptions of vulnerability play in trust evaluations and cooperation/compliance decisions.
Looking for team members who: are interested in water issues that rely heavily upon voluntary cooperation or compliance (when non-compliance is common or not especially costly) of stakeholders.

 

Dahlin_KylaKyla Dahlin
Department: Geography
College: Social Science
Email: kdahlin@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: plant ecology, remote sensing, spatial analysis, semi-arid ecosystems, land surface modeling
Interested in working on: Seasonal vegetation patterns, ecology, savannas, spatial pattern analysis, emerging remote sensing technologies, East Africa, climate change
Looking for team members who: have any research overlap!

 

Chen_JiquanJiquan Chen
Department: Geography
College: Social Science
Email: jqchen@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: direct flux measurements of evaportransportation (ET) over land and water using eddy-covariance system and remote sensing modeling
Interested in working on: water and carbon fluxes of Lake Erie
Looking for team members who: https://lees.geo.msu.edu/sensor_net/index.html

 

Zwickle-AdamAdam Zwickle
Department: Criminal Justice and ESPP
College: Social Science
Email: ZwickleA@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Risk Communication, Risk Perception, Decision Making, Sustainability, Social Psychology
Interested in working on: Invasive Asian Carp management in the Great Lakes; Encouraging water conservation in areas of water abundance; Decision making processes regarding long term investments in areas of water scarcity
Looking for team members who: Can provide: Natural science expertise, Local ecological knowledge

 

Pearson_AmberAmber Pearson
Department: Geography
College: Social Science
Email: apearson@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Human health, Vulnerability/Resilience, Spatial analysis, Water security, Sub-Saharan Africa, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Environmental quality, Coping with scarcity
Interested in working on: Water quality/quantity issues and human health OR Spatial analysis of water/health issues
Looking for team members who: Are from other colleges!

 

Herriges_JoeJoseph Herriges
Department: Economics and AFRE
College: Social Science and CANR
Email: jah@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Environmental Economics and Applied Econometrics. Most of my work in recent years has focused on assessing the value individuals place in environmental amenities, either as revealed through their behavior (e.g., where they choose to recreate or where they choose to live) or through stated preference surveys.
Interested in working on: connecting land use patterns and policy changes in the Great Lakes Region, the impacts those changes have on the eco-system services provided by water resources in the region, and the value individuals place in such changes.
Looking for team members who: can provide expertise on the impact that land use changes can have on local and regional ecosystems.

 

Ostrom_NathanielNathaniel Ostrom
Department: Integrative Biology (Zoology)
College: Natural Science
Email: ostromn@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: My research is focused on understanding biogeochemical processes in a variety of ecosystems. Recent projects include (1) the role of chemodenitrification in the production of nitrous oxide in Lake Vida, Antarctica and (2) the role of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in hypoxia development in the Gulf of Mexico.
Interested in working on: Any interesting and challenging research problem. I am very interested in understanding how nutrient loading and cycling controls harmful algal blooms in Lake Erie, understanding the biogeochemical origins of nitrous oxide in soils and waters, and the development of novel sensors for understanding ecosystem processes.
Looking for team members who: are creative and equally enjoy challenging research problems.

 

New Faculty Orientation at the Kellogg Center Aug. 23, 2011.Gerald Urquhart
Department: Fisheries & Wildlife
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: urquhart@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Coupled natural and human systems in tropical ecosystems, Latin America, vertebrate biodiversity management and monitoring, Nicaragua, Peru, Ecuador, Panama.
Interested in working on: Impacts of globalization on water resources in the developing world, with particular interest in assembling a team to study the impacts of the Nicaraguan canal project crossing Lake Nicaragua.
Looking for team members who: Are interested in the Nicaragua canal project or looking for an ecologist to collaborate on work in other regions.

 

Joshi_SatishSatish Joshi
Department:
Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: satish@msu.edu
Tokenholder: No
Expertise: Environmental policy analysis, Business and Environment, Life Cycle assessment, Renewable energy and alternative fuels
Interested in working on: I am interested in studying micro-hydro projects in Nepal. The World bank and other aid agencies have funded over 800 such projects in Nepal with mixed success in recent years. (More are being planned in other countries) Our goal is to analyze technical, economic, organizational and social factors contributing to their success/failure.
Looking for team members who: I am looking for collaborators from engineering and social sciences who are interested in this research. I don’t have a token yet but hoping to get it soon.

 

Hashsham_syedSyed Hashsham
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
College: Engineering
Email: hashsham@egr.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: My research focuses on development of platforms and tools to make molecular biology simple and field-deployable. I use such platforms for diverse applications ranging from environmental genomics, antibiotic resistance and pathogen monitoring, microbial ecology, agriculture and water safety, and environmental DNA (eDNA)-based surveillance of invasive species.
Interested in working on: projects where field-deployable molecular tools are critically needed to accomplish the goals.
Looking for team members who: have complementary expertise and involved in field projects related to water.

 

Poulson_DavidDavid Poulson
Department: School of Journalism
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Email: poulsondavid@gmail.com
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: My work is primarily teaching researchers and journalists how to better communicate environmental research, policy and related issues to the public and to decision makers. I build teams of students and others to do that work. These groups handle broader impact requirements and increase the impact of your research. Examples here: GreatLakesEcho.org and here: msufoodfix.wordpress.com
Interested in working on: I seek partners whose work and related issues would benefit from greater exposure to the public. We would like to support some specific “beats” relevant to the environment of the Great Lakes region. We are particularly interested in remote sensing data that can be explained to the public in the context of a news story. We can do this kind of video, photo, text, audio work on our existing site at GreatLakesEcho.org or build content-specific websites similar to our site at msufoodfix.wordpress.com
Looking for team members who: We’re looking for anyone working on issues related to water policy, quality or science that benefit from public understanding of them.

 

Junghoon YeonJunghoon Yeom
Department: Mechanical Engineering
College: Engineering
Email: jyeom@egr.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Microelectromechanical system, miniature gas sensors, nanomanufacturing, microfluidics
Interested in working on: Photocatalytic degradation of pollutants in water using micro/soft-robots, and miniature chemical sensors for detecting airborne- and/or waterborne pollutants
Looking for team members who: are interested in detecting and degrading pollutants in water

 

Smucker_AlvinAlvin Smucker
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: smucker@msu.edu
Tokenholder: No
Expertise: Hydropedology and biophysics of soil- plant rhizosphere. Water and nutrient retention, microbial shifts, biodegradation and bioremediation. Ecosystem services of soil water retention technology in highly permeable soils.
Interested in working on: Rhizosphere biophysics and physiology related to drought tolerance and avoidance.
Looking for team members who: Interested in working with scientists having experience with microbial genomic modifications in rhizospheres retaining optimal soil water contents for sustainable plant production.

 

Thompson_PaulPaul B. Thompson
Department: Community Sustainability/AFRE
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: thomp649@msu.edu
Tokenholder: No
Expertise: My training is in environmental philosophy and I have done extensive research on the cognitive barriers to collaboration within academia and in working with community partners. I am currently focusing on the way that competing approaches to sustainability both facilitates and frustrates social and technical change.
Interested in working on: a collaboration with a recently formed Northern Michigan NGO, the Cerulean Center, that is focused on citizen-science initiatives organized around water resources.
Looking for team members who: would find my connections with the Cerulean Center (I am a member of their advisory board) useful to their own research.

 

Cheruvelil_KendraKendra Spence Cheruvelil
Department: Fisheries & Wildlife
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: ksc@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Landscape limnology, macrosystems ecology, lakes, macrophyte ecology, collaborative research teams and networks
Interested in working on: Landscape limnology, macrosystems ecology
Looking for team members who: are GIS-, RS-, or geospatially-savvy

 

Tan_XiaoboXiaobo Tan
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
College: Engineering
Email: xbtan@egr.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: I specialize in robotics and control systems. In particular, my team has been developing fish-like underwater robots as mobile sensor platforms for monitoring aquatic environments. Current projects involve applications such as monitoring harmful algal blooms and tracking acoustically tagged live fish.
Interested in working on: integrating novel water quality sensors to the robotic fish platforms, studying the collaborative control of multiple robotic fish in sampling vast water bodies, and collaborating with domain experts to use the technology to understand various water issues.
Looking for team members who: have interests in sensor development or who can use the mobile sensing technology to address issues in water monitoring and ecology.

 

Sabbatini_PaoloPaolo Sabbatini
Department: Horticulture
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: sabbatin@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Agriculture and Viticulture, vine physiology with emphasis is on physiological and cultural factors limiting vine growth, sustainable yield, fruit quality and their interaction with biotic and abiotic stress. Carbon assimilation, storage and partitioning are the major tools.
Interested in working on: Plant and vine growth under abiotic stress related to soil water availability and impact on fruit maturation.
Looking for team members who: Expertise in plant growth and development modeling

 

Zarnetske_JayJay Zarnetske
Department: Geological Sciences
College: Natural Science
Email: jpz@cns.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: General: Coupled hydrological and ecosystem responses to climate and land use change in watersheds, specifically exploring the hydrological controls of complex aquatic and groundwater ecosystem processes. I employ field experiments and monitoring with data mining techniques and numerical models to reveal new knowledge about complex watershed processes.
Interested in working on: Any challenging problem where understanding how, when, and where water moves throughout the environment is thought to be an important factor controlling environmental gradients (e.g., ecological, biogeochemical, contaminants).
Looking for team members who: Study ecological, biogeochemical, water resource quality patterns and want to think about how the physics of water may help them better understand there patterns. And, therefore, want to produce predictive models that couple both hydrological and biological process controls on these patterns.

 

Yadu PokhrelYadu Pokhrel
Department: Civil & Environmental Engineering
College: Engineering
Email: ypokhrel@egr.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Large-scale water cycle modeling, interactions between human activities and the water cycle, climate impacts on water and agricultural systems and the associated feedback, water and food security.
Interested in working on: developing integrated and holistic models for the study of human impacts on water and agricultural systems and the regional/global climate.
Looking for team members who: have common research interests (e.g., water cycle and agricultural modeling).

 

Soranno_PatriciaPatricia Soranno
Department: Fisheries & Wildlife
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: soranno@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Freshwater macrosystems ecology, landscape limnology, data-intensive science
Interested in working on: Building integrated geospatial and temporal databases on freshwater ecosystems and the physical, atmospheric, and climatic factors that influence them.
Looking for team members who: Have an interest in using remote sensing for measuring land and water at continental to global scales.

 

Mark AxelrodMark Axelrod
Department: James Madison College and Fisheries & WildlifeCollege: James Madison and CANR
Email: axelrod3@msu.edu
Tokenholder: No
Expertise: Natural resource and environmental politics, governance, policy, and law; international law; environmental impacts of international trade; South Asian (particularly Indian) resource/environmental governance
Interested in working on: integrating social and natural scientific models; local implications of global environmental and market shifts; South Asian resource/environmental governance
Looking for team members who: want to integrate governance variables into ecological or other natural science models, and vice versa; are interested in the implications of overlapping multi-level (local to global) governing institutions

 

Evans_SarahSarah Evans
Department: Integrative Bio (Zoology) / Kellogg Biological Station
College: Natural Science
Email: evanssa6@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: microbial ecology, biogeochemical cycles, variation in rainfall, molecular/genomic tools, community assembly, agriculture
Interested in working on: How rainfall variability affects soil biogeochemistry/ water quality/ soil fertility – where microbes fit in to this. Starting work on sites at KBS. I also work on decomposition in arid ecosystems (currently, Namibia).
Looking for team members who: Have complementary skills or expertise. e.g. agriculture, modeling, influence of water/microbes on physical attributes of soil, increasing crop/human resilience to drought

 

Shade_AshleyAshley Shade
Department: Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
College: Natural Science
Email: shadeash@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Microbial ecology
Interested in working on: Aquatic microbial ecology, fine-scale spatial and temporal dynamics
Looking for team members who: are interested in fine-scale hydrology and biogeochemistry

 

Ostrom_Peggy_with_studentPeggy Ostrom
Department: Zoology
College: Natural Science
Email: ostrom@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Biogeochemistry, Conservation Biology, Stable Isotope Tracers for use in Trophic dynamics/food webs, nitrogen cycling, trace gas flux
Interested in working on: Issues associated with 1) anthropogenic alteration of aquatic/marine ecosystems (habitat loss, fisheries impacts), 2) N2O emissions from aquatic or agricultural ecosystems as they relate to changes in primary production, nutrient cycling or landscape alteration
Looking for team members who: I would be interested in any project related to the topics mentioned under (interested in working on). However, I would be particularly interested in finding collaborators to work on assessing the relationship between loss of seagrass habitat and bottlenose dolphin mortality in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida. I believe that Elise Zipkin along with post doc Sam Rossman are interested in constructing multivariate estimates of niche width to address how the foraging ecology of bottlenose dolphins resident to the Indian River Lagoon have been impacted by poor water quality and subsequent die offs in seagrass habitat.

 

Zipkin_EliseElise Zipkin
Department:
Integrative Biology (Zoology)
College: Natural Science
Email: ezipkin@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: quantitative ecology, population analysis, hierarchical modeling, community modeling, aquatic and marine ecology
Interested in working on: applying novel multivariate models to examine changes in the foraging habits of bottlenose dolphins in response to a harmful algal super bloom which decimated seagrass habitat in the Indian River Lagoon (East Central Florida). The super bloom, which was likely the result of deteriorating water quality, is implicated in the fatalities of over 78 bottlenose dolphins. This work is in collaboration with my postdoc, Sam Rossman. Moreover, we are broadly interested in documenting anthropogenic impacts to aquatic environments.
Looking for team members who: can help us devise strategies to communicate concerns over water quality with the public or can benefit from our modeling and ecological expertise.

 

Zhang_WeiWei Zhang
Department: Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: weizhang@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Movement of water, solute, and particles in the soils; contaminant hydrology; colloid transport; fate and transport of emerging contaminants (antibiotics, engineered nanoparticles, and microbial pathogens).
Interested in working on: Biogeochemical and hydrological controls on fate, transport, distribution, transformation (degradation), and bioavailability of emerging contaminants (antibiotics, engineered nanoparticles, or microbes) in soil and water environments; uptake of emerging contaminants by vegetable crops; physical-chemical processes controlling fate and transport of antibiotic resistant bacteria (or genes); model soil or plant surfaces or microfluidic device allowing for exploring fundamental interaction mechanisms
Looking for team members who: have expertise in microbiology, microbial ecology, nano-fabrication (engineering), field-scale hydrology, and plant sciences, and are interested in these interdisciplinary research questions.

 

Gore_MeredithMeredith Gore
Department: Fisheries & Wildlife, School of Criminal Justice
College: ANR and CSS
Email: gorem@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Conservation criminology, Risk perception & Communication, Participatory Risk Mapping, Community-based Natural Resource Management
Interested in working on: Invasive species, Social conflict over water/water issues, Marine conservation issues
Looking for team members who: Mixed methods, Domestic or international focus

 

Takahashi_BrunoBruno Takahashi
Department: School of Journalism and Department of Communication
College: Communication Arts and Sciences
Email: btakahas@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Environmental journalism and communication, science journalism and communication, risk communication, environmental behavior change
Interested in working on: Sea level rise, water resources and minorities
Looking for team members who: are interested in interdisciplinary research and international work

 

Stevenson_JanJan Stevenson
Department: Zoology
College: Natural Science
Email: rjstev@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: I’m interested in how ecological systems respond to human disturbance. I’m an algal ecologist and work a lot with the USEPA to develop methods for assessing ecological condition and setting targets for ecosystem management in the form of water quality criteria.
Interested in working on: relating management targets from traditional measures of ecological condition to measures of ecosystem services and their relationships to human well being.
Looking for team members who: relate ecosystem condition to measures of human well being, broadly defined, and want to relate those measures to water policy.

 

Deb_KalyanmoyKalyanmoy Deb
Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering
College: Engineering
Email: kdeb@egr.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Optimization, multi-criterion optimization and decision making, modeling, optimization under uncertainty, bi-level optimization, knowledge retrieval, machine learning, prediction and forecasting, meta-modeling
Interested in working on: Water system modeling, their optimization for arriving at better performance, cost, and other goals individually or simultaneously, prediction and forecasting, hidden knowledge extraction for a better understanding of parameter interactions and for arriving at better policy decisions.
Looking for team members who: are working in water system modeling, water policy matters and regulation, parameter estimation and prediction

 

Basso_BrunoBruno Basso
Department: Geological Sciences
College: Natural Science
Email: basso@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Crop Modelling, Crop water use, Precision Agriculture, UAVs and Remote sensing
Interested in working on: In this particular water cube we aim to understand the soil/plant water balance under drought in Vineyards of California. We are looking at developing a Precision Viticulture and Vineyard Irrigation Management System to optimize productions while maintaining grape quality.
Looking for team members who: Our cube is composed by a crop modeler/crop water use, a viticulturist, and a hydrologist.

 

Zarnetske_PhoebePhoebe Zarnetske
Department: Forestry
College: Agriculture & Natural Resources
Email: plz@anr.msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: Spatial Ecology, Community Ecology, Invasive Species, Biodiversity, Climate Change effects on Ecological Communities, Species Distribution Modeling, Ecosystem Services
Interested in working on: How climate change directly and indirectly affects ecological communities and ecosystem function.
Looking for team members who: are interested in predicting climate change effects on species, communities, ecosystems, ecosystem services.

 

Gasteyer_stephenStephen Gasteyer
Department: Sociology
College: Social Science
Email: gasteyer@msu.edu
Tokenholder: Yes
Expertise: I work on the nexus between community and water. Specifically, my work is on: a) water justice — access to water and sanitation and community and household impacts; b) water governance — specifically conjunctive groundwater and surface water governance; c) the formation of narratives around water and technology and their implications for water use, governance, and management.
Interested in working on: socio-spatial analysis of those who lack consistent access to potable water and sanitation in the United States and the implications for public health and wellbeing; community resilience and water scarcity in the US and/or the Middle East; the human right to water and sanitation and its implications for the water infrastructure and water energy nexus.
Looking for team members who: can collaborate on: spatial analysis of health outcomes from lack access to water and sanitation; analysis of water rates and household outcomes; analysis of water governance systems and socio-environmental outcomes; and/or analysis of resilience to water scarcity.