Lauren H. Logan
Ecological Sciences & Engineering
Mentor / Lab:
Dr. Nancy Emery
Specific Research Area / Project:
Wetlands is the broad focus. My project title is "The Science Not Yet Behind Wetland Policy: Ecology, Hydrology, Public Perception and Conservation"
Ohio University (B.S. Electrical Engineering '10, B.S. Geological Sciences '10)
My master's project is on wetlands and the connectivity between hydrology, ecology, public perception and policy. By determining linkages between science, engineering and society, I was able to explore how such fields influence policy decisions concerning wetland restoration and conservation efforts in the United States. Wetland loss has exceeded 50%, but U.S. policy can be slow to react to such resource degradation. Through understanding the intrinsic value of wetlands as places of beauty and recreation as well as their tangible benefits such as flood protection, habitat space and biogeochemical filtering, we can better adopt policies that more accurately delineate and protect wetlands as a national natural resource.
I will be completing my PhD at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and working in Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell's group within the Civil/Environmental Engineering department. Further, I will be part of the brand new interdisciplinary group Energy-Water-Environment-Sustainability (EWES). My project is still in the making, but here's where it is currently:
Power plants utilize fresh water for cooling at alarming rates, often without recycling the water through feedback loops or for other purposes. As such, the water is habitually extracted from local streams and then returned to those streams at higher temperatures. This inefficient use of fresh water not only disrupts local stream flows, but temperature pollution has detrimental effects on sensitive aquatic species like fish and amphibians. My work will focus on modeling power plant water usage in order to provide recommendations for more efficient water usage, lessening the impact of temperature pollution on aquatic systems. Ecosystem damage will be quantified and reported to policy makers with the intent to push for policy change in favor of environmental protection.
I value education and the ability knowledge and innovation have to transform society in positive ways. I plan to be a professor in environmental engineering, aiming to bridge the gap between science, engineering and policy. It is through collaboration that we must work toward personal, local, national and international sustainability of our resources for the betterment of humanity. I have always enjoyed motivating others to reach their goals, especially with my past experiences in tutoring and the Supplemental Instruction program. Being part of academia just feels right to me. I believe that teaching and mentoring are where I can make the greatest impact in the continued effort for a greener planet.
- Nominee: Student Activities and Organizations Outstanding Advisor of the Year, Purdue University, 2013 (for work with Tau Beta Pi, The Engineering Honor Society)
- NSF Fellow: National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, 2013
- Carver Fellow: College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
- Illinois Distinguished Fellow: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Graduate School, 2013
- CEE Distinguished Fellow: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
- SURGE Fellow: College of Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013
- David M. Knox Fellow: Purdue University Competitive Fellowship, Purdue University, 2011
- Centennial Fellow: Most Outstanding, Tau Beta Pi Association Nationally Competitive Award, 2011
- First Author: Logan, L.H., Karlsson, E.M., Gall, H.E., Park, J., Emery, N., Owens, P., Niyogi, D., Rao, P.S.C., (In Press) "Freshwater Wetlands: Balancing Food and Water Security with Resilience of Ecological and Social Systems." In D. Niyogi, ed 2012. Climate Vulnerability. Accepted 2012
- Logan, L.H., Emery, N., "The Science Not Yet Behind Wetland Policy: Ecology, Hydrology and Conservation"
- Logan, L.H., Emery, N., "Wetlands Are Worth Saving!" Presented at Purdue Graduate Student Government Next Generation Scholars Event for Local Middle School Students, 2013.
- Logan, L.H., Hoover, F., Gibson, C.D., Karlsson, E.M, He, Y., Park, S.R.,"Building a Sustainable City" Presented at Ecological Sciences and Engineering Colloquium Poster Session, Purdue University, 2012.
- Senator: Purdue Graduate Student Government, Purdue University, 2012
- Presenter: "How to Win a Fellowship or Scholarship" Seminar, Tau Beta Pi National Convention, 2012
- Advisor: Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society, Purdue University, 2011-12, 2012-13; Ohio University, 2010-11
- Chair: National Student Advisory Board, Tau Beta Pi, 2013
- Event Chair: "Choosing Your Path," Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Purdue University, 2013
- Mentor: Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Graduate Mentor, Purdue University, 2012
- Judge: 4-H Electric State Competition, Ohio State Fair, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012
- Judge: 4-H Electric National Competition, Held at Purdue University, 2011, 2012
- Co-Chair: Ecological Sciences & Engineering Annual Symposium, Purdue University, 2012
- Voting Delegate: Tau Beta Pi National Convention, 2007, 08, 09, 12 (Advisor Committee 2010, 11)
- Attendee: Ohio River Basin Consortium for Research and Education Annual Symposium, Ohio University, 2012