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.


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.


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Sean Zeiger, Ph.D.

Hydrologic Modeling Technician

Sean is from Lake of the Ozarks, MO. He received his Ph.D. from University of Missouri at Columbia in Natural Resources: Water Resources in 2015. He works as a hydrologic modeling technician for OEWRI. His office is in Temple 342.



Hannah Adams

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Hannah grew up in Richfield, Minnesota and earned a B.S. in Environmental Geography at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 2016. She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences with an emphasis in physical geography. Her thesis work will focus on stream bank erosion in the Lamar Lake watershed. Her office is in Temple 343.


Miranda Jordan

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Miranda Jordan is from South Louisiana, but grew up in Humble, Texas. She completed her Bachelor's Degree in Geography with a concentration in Geographic Information Systems at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Physical Geography at Missouri State University. In addition to pursuing her Master's Degree, Miranda is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Principles of Weather and Climate lab at MSU. 


Sarah LeTarte

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Sarah is from Dearborn, MI and earned her B.S. in Geology from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. She is currently pursuing an M.S. in Geospatial Sciences focusing on geology. Her thesis work focuses on fluvial geomorphology in a karst watershed in Jamaica. Her office in Temple 343.


Katy Reminga

Assistant Manager of sediment preparation and analysis
OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Katy is from Grand Rapids, Michigan and earned a B.S. in Geology with a Certification in Geographical Information Systems from Grand Valley State University in 2017.  She is currently pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences in Geology, Geography and Planning from Missouri State University with a Graduate Certificate in Environmental Monitoring and Sampling.  She is currently working for OEWRI as a research assistant.  Her research interests are in fluvial geomorphology, sedimentation, stratigraphy, and watershed hydrology.  Her thesis focuses on the effects of human disturbance on channel stability and sedimentation in floodplain sediments in the Missouri Ozarks. Her office can be found in Temple 343.


Grace Roman

OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Grace is from Downers Grove, Illinois and completed her B.S. in Geography and Biology with minors in Native American Studies and Chemistry from Valparaiso University in the spring of 2017. While at Missouri State University, Grace is pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Sciences in Geology, Geography, and Planning while also working for OEWRI as a graduate research assistant. Her research focus in on physical geography with special interests in fluvial geomorphology, watershed sciences, and ecology. Her thesis research will focus on the effects of prescribed burning on headwater streams in the Big Barren Creek watershed. Her office is located in Temple 343.


Kelly Rose

Laboratory Manager
OEWRI Graduate Assistant

Kelly was born in Dallas, TX, but has lived in Missouri for over 20 years. She received her B.S. in Environmental Geography and Natural Resources, with a Minor in Geology and a Certificate in Geospatial Science from Missouri State University in May 2017. She worked for OEWRI as an undergraduate and has continued on to become a graduate research assistant and lab manager for OEWRI. She is pursuing a M.S. in Geospatial Science with an emphasis in Physical Geography. Her thesis is on heavy metal contamination along roadways in Springfield, MO. Her office in in Temple 125.

Undergraduate students


Madalyn Behlke-Entwisle

Undergraduate Assistant

Madalyn grew up in Springfield, Missouri. She is an undergraduate student pursuing her B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Geography witha minor in Sustainability. She works as a research and field assistant for OEWRI.


Emma Gibson

Undergraduate Assistant

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


Josh Hess

Undergraduate Assistant

Josh Hess is from Springfield, Missouri. He is an undergraduate student pursuing his B.S. in Environmental and Natural Resource Geography with a minor in Geology. He is studying flooding on the North Fork of the White River.  He works as a field assistant for OEWRI.


Elizabeth Wyman

Undergraduate Assistant 

Liz is from Manchester, New Hampshire. She is an undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry at Missouri State University. She works as an undergraduate lab and field assistant at OEWRI.