Leah Marie Kocian

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Educational background

Ph. D. (Pursuing)
Biological and Agricultural Engineering

B.S., Biological & Agricultural Engineering
Texas A&M University (2019)

Academic CV

Industry Resume

Master Resume

Research Interests

Contaminant fate and transport; urban gardens; hydrology; soil water physics and chemistry; Bayesian Modeling; HDYRUS; remote sensing; preferential flow; Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry; Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.

Current Projects

Characterizing Large-Scale Preferential Flow Across Continental United States Using Remote Sensing (2019-2021)

Tracking Root Zone Contaminants in Agricultural Farms Near Texas Superfund Sites (2021-2025)

  • Evaluating Contaminant Concentrations in Urban Gardens across Texas (2023)
  • Modeling the fate and transport of PAHs in Urban Gardens Across Texas (2024)
  • Using Bayesian Modeling to Predict the Fate and Transport of Contaminants in Urban Gardens Under Climate Change Influences (2025)

Awards, scholarships, & fellowships

  • (2023) Reactive Transport Modeling Workshop at The Colorado School of Mines Travel Award
  • (2022 – 2023) George & Mary Lewis Merit Endowed Scholarship
  • (2021 – 2023) BAEN Departmental Scholarship – GPEF
  • (2020 – Present) BAEN GSA travel award for AGU fall meeting
  • (2019 – 2024) Katy & Tony Sutherland Endowed Scholarship
  • (2019 & 2023) CLAG BAEN DT Scholarship
  • (2019) Fully paid travel scholarship to study abroad in Mexico
  • (2019) Ben T & Mattie B Little Fund
  • (2019) COADC Calvin & Peggy Parnell Scholarship
  • (2017) REU Water Quality Research Fellowship from LSAMP: $5,000 scholarship to study abroad in Belgium awarded for work in my summer REU.
  • (2017) Alpha Epsilon Member: Awarded for displaying academic excellence and outstanding leadership within the major

Service and community engagement

  • (2022-2023)¬†Student member: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Remote sensing technical committee
  • (2022-2023) Student member: American Geophysical Union (AGU) Hydrology Section Student Subcommittee (H3S)
  • (2021-2023) President of TAMU Graduate Consulting Club
  • (2020-Present) RStudio Course Instructor to TAMU students
  • (2015-Present) Star of Hope Mission volunteer for food distribution in the cafeteria and Christmas wrapping events

Publications

  1. Mukherjee, M., Marie, L., Liles, C., Mustafa, N., Bullerjahn, G., Gentry, T.J. and Brooks, J.P., 2021. Elevated Incidences of Antimicrobial Resistance and Multidrug Resistance in the Maumee River (Ohio, USA), a Major Tributary of Lake Erie. Microorganisms, 9(5), p.911.

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