Our Team

Aritree Samanta

Dr. Aritree Samanta is a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue University. As a social scientist she studies human dimensions of resource management, collaboration, and adaptive management in coupled human natural systems.

Ron Turco

Dr. Ronald F. Turco is a Professor and Department Head in the Department of Agronomy. Over the last 30+ years, Dr. Turco has concentrated on understanding how the behavior of environmental microorganism is influenced by human activity. He is overseeing all aspects of the St. Marys Watershed Project with a focus on soil health impacts of agricultural best management practice implementation.

Reuben Goforth

Dr. Reuben Goforth research focuses on studies of fish, aquatic insects, unionoid clams, and zooplankton in large rivers, inland lakes, and Great Lakes nearshore areas. He is overseeing the aquatic community assessments to identify impact of agricultural best management practice implementation on instream communities.

Sara McMillan

Dr. Sara McMillan leads the water quality sampling and analysis for this project. Her research focuses on the interaction between hydrology and nutrient cycling in streams, wetlands and floodplains.

Linda Prokopy

Dr. Prokopy’s research focuses on the social dimensions of watershed management. She is overseeing interview and survey work in the watershed.

Megan Gunn

Megan manages an aquatic ecology research laboratory at Purdue University. As part of the St. Marys project, Megan will be collecting and identifying fish and insects and assessing their habitat.

Marianne Bischoff

Marianne is a research soil microbiologist with specialization in soil microbial community analysis and the interactions of those communities with and upon the environment. Marianne will be collecting and analyzing soils from the St. Mary’s watershed areas, as well as conducting in-field soil physical measurements for this project.

Amanda Limiac

Amanda Limiac is Dr. McMillan's lab manager. For this project she oversees sample and data collection, laboratory analysis and data analysis. She also works with graduate students for sample analysis of all the projects.

Sara Peel

Sara Peel, CLM coordinates the St. Marys Watershed Project on behalf of Purdue University. Sara’s efforts focus on engaging groups already working with local producers, building cohesion in education efforts and compiling watershed-wide data to create a watershed baseline.