Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellows

The University of Minnesota awards Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowships to outstanding graduate students whose dissertation topics are interdisciplinary and who would benefit from interaction with faculty at an interdisciplinary research center or institute. Students interested in hosting their IDF at IonE should submit a copy of their IDF application package to IonE and demonstrate how being hosted at here and working with one of our resident fellows or grant principal investigators would enhance the interdisciplinary nature of their work.

2012-2013 Fellows

Portrait: Bridget Henning.

Bridget Henning

Bridget Henning, a Ph.D. student in conservation biology, is combining economics, geography, cultural anthropology and ecosystem science to investigate the socioeconomic impact of scientific research on tribal landowners who face choices between preservation and logging royalties.

2011-2012 Fellows

William Eddy

William Eddy

Eddy's research will examine how much CO2 boreal forests will release to the atmoshpere under different scenarios of warming, disturbance and management and provide this information to stakeholders in a relevant form.

Moana McClellan

McClellan is intrigued by the links between society and environment, which serve as the umbrella under which she guides her research questions. More specifically, she is interested in how forest ecology and forest ecosystem services are affected by human decisions.

Josh Quinnell

Quinnell's interests include distributed solar energy, building efficiency, energy conservation and sustainable development. He is currently working on compact, long-term thermochemical energy storage for residential solar thermal applications. Previously, Josh helped design and model the University of Minnesota’s 2009 Solar Decathlon ICON house.

2010-2011 Fellows

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Brandon Jay Hathaway


Bonnie Keeler

Bonnie Keeler studied the assessment and valuation of ecosystem services, with a focus on water quality in agricultural landscapes.

Joey Reid

Joey Reid experimentally manipulated rainfall and mycorrhizal fungi to determine how changing rainfall patterns affect nitrogen runoff. He also analyzed long-term precipitation and stream nitrogen records to identify the relationship between precipitation variability and nitrogen fluxes.

2009-2010 Fellows

David Bael

Bael's research straddles the disciplines of economics and ecology. For his Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship he will examine ecological regime shifts and restoration decisions to rehabilitate ecosystem services and will look at the dynamic reserve site selection problem to conserve biodiversity.

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Vamsi Ganti

Ganti's research is to challenge existing thinking by putting forward a new calss of tranport models able to account for the extreme heterogeneity of the involved processes over a large range of scales, consider the presence of extreme fluctuations due to flood and debris floes and the spatial heterogeneity of landscapes which affets sediment storage, release and delivery.

Julia Haltiwanger

Haltiwanger's research will explore the technical, economic and political viability of the high temperature Zn/ZnO thermochemical water-splitting cycle, a new approch for the efficient harvest and storage of solar energy.