Faculty and Staff

OEWRI staff

Bob Pavlowsky

Robert T. Pavlowsky, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning
Director, OEWRI

Bob grew up in New Jersey and received his B.S. in Natural Resource Management and M.S. in Geography from Rutgers University. He earned his Ph.D. in Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the areas of fluvial geomorphology, environmental geochemistry, and water quality. He has been at Missouri State since 1997 and has mentored over 25 completed Master theses on water environmental problems in the Ozarks.In 2005, he became the director of the Ozarks Environmental and Water Resources Institute within the College of Natural and Applied Sciences. Recent projects focus on stream restoration, channel stability, water quality trends, human impacts on watersheds, and sedimentation patterns in Ozark streams and lakes.

417-836-8473
RobertPavlowsky@MissouriState.edu

Marc Owen

Marc R. Owen, M.S.

Assistant Director, OEWRI

After 3 years of military service overseas, Marc returned to his hometown of Springfield, Missouri to attend Missouri State University in 1997. Marc received his B.S. in Geography with a minor in Biology in 2000. He completed his M.S. in Resource Planning at Missouri State in 2003. Marc spent 3 years working as an Environmental Investigator for Greene County, Missouri until December of 2005 when he joined OEWRI as a project supervisor. He was promoted to Assistant Director in 2013. Marc specializes in field investigations in fluvial geomorphology, soils/sedimentation, and water quality along with the application of geospatial technology to watershed science.

417-836-3197
MOwen@MissouriState.edu

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University Staff Ambassador (USA) Class of 2015
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Nick Bradley

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Nick is originally from Connecticut and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Geoscience from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. Nick is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Geospatial Sciences in Geology program at MSU. He also works for OEWRI as a research assistant. His research background and interests are in fluvial geomorphology, sedimentation, and watershed hydrology. Nick’s thesis research focuses on stream geomorphology in the Ozarks. Nick's office is in Temple 103.

Bradley645@live.missouristate.edu

Rachael

Rachael Bradley

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Rachael is from Sherburne, NY and earned a B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2015. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences, Environmental Geology, Geography, Geology and Planning at MSU. Ellie is a graduate assistant for OEWRI. Her office can be found in Temple 103.

Bradley77@live.missouristate.edu

Holly

Holly Duff

Graduate Assistant

Holly is from Kent, Ohio and earned a B.S. in Geology from Bowling Green State University in 2015. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences in Geology and Geography at Missouri State University. She is currently focusing on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) contamination, spatial distribution, transport patterns, and the extent of contamination in relation to coal-tar sealant. She is a research assistant and can be found in Temple 105.

Duff013@live.missouristate.edu

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Kayla Geier

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Kayla Geier is from Sherburne, NY and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology in 2015. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences in Geology and Geography at Missouri State University and is a Graduate Assistant for OEWRI. Her thesis will focus on coastal geomorphology and shoreline erosion in Jamaica. Her office is located in Temple 103.

Geier017@live.missouristate.edu

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Megan Hente

OEWRI Lab Manager
OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Megan is from St. Louis, Missouri and earned a B.S. in Environmental Science with a Minor in Geology from Saint Louis University. Her professional background includes groundwater and soil sampling on superfund sites. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences and Geology at MSU. She is a research assistant and lab manager at OEWRI working on MS4 urban stream water monitoring projects. Her thesis research focuses on understanding the effects of prescribed burning on forest soil properties and watershed hydrology in the southeast Missouri Ozarks. In her free time, Megan enjoys playing volleyball and hiking.

Hente4@live.missouristate.edu

Joe

Joe Nash

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Joe Nash is a Springfield native who earned his B.S. in Environmental Geography and Natural Resources with a minor in Geospatial Science in 2016 from MSU. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Science, focusing on physical geography. His thesis work will focus on Large Woody Debris Structures on the North Fork of the White River. Joe is a Graduate Assistant for OEWRI. His office is located in Temple 103.

Nash716@live.missouristate.edu

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Matt Thies

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Matt is from Falconer, NY and earned a B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2014. He is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences in Geography and Geology at Missouri State University. He studies the effects of human steam modification on sediment transport and channel geometry in Mark Twain National Forest.

Thies92@live.missouristate.edu

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Josh Voss

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Josh is from Woodstock, IL and earned his B.S. in Geology from Winona State University in 2015. Currently at MSU Josh is pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences in Geology and Geography while studying the sedimentation rates of contaminated sediment in a basin structure built along the Big River. He is a research assistant for OEWRI working as a GIS Technician and can be found in Temple room 343.

Voss123@live.missouristate.edu

Nichole

Nichole Weedman

Teaching Assistant

Nichole is from Cerro Gordo, Illinois. She earned her B.S. in Geology from Illinois State University. Nichole is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Science at Missouri State University. She works as a teaching assistant for Geology 110 during the school year. Her thesis focuses on modeling lead-contaminated sediment behind a riffle-ramp structure on the Big River, Bonne Terre, Missouri. Nichole’s office is located in Temple, room 374B.

Nichole11@live.missouristate.edu

Emma

Emma

Undergraduate Lab and Field Assistant

Emma grew up in Springfield. She is an undergraduate in geology at Missouri State University. She works as an undergrad lab and field assistant at OEWRI.

Ashlee

Ashlee Huerta

Undergraduate Research

Ashlee is from Grandin, MO. She is currently pursuing her B.S. in Natural Resources and Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certification for Middle School Science Education at MSU. She is a Missouri Master Naturalist of the Springfield Plateau Chapter. Her career interests include conservation education and sustainable soil and water quality management. She enjoys nature watching and being with family.

Huerta11@live.missouristate.edu