Melanie Harrison Okoro

Major research interests include understanding biogeochemical processes in alluvial wetlands and aquatic ecosystems in urban landscapes. B.S., biology, 2001, Johnson C. Smith University; Post-bac, 2006, Wake Forest University, and Ph.D., environmental science, 2011, University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Water Quality Specialist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) since 2009. Awarded the NOAA Graduate Scientist Program traineeship 2009-2011, Cary Institute of Ecosystems Studies Graduate Fellow 2008-2009, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Integrative Graduate Research Education Traineeship (IGERT) 2006-2008. Invited session speaker, Society for Advancing Chicano and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) (2011), and Society of Freshwater Science (2012). Proposal panelist/reviewer for NSF (2010) and Kentucky Science & Engineering Foundation. Author or co-author of 5 publications, one technical report, recent article Harrison et al., 2011 “Denitrication in Alluvial Wetlands in an Urban Landscape”, made the cover of the Journal of Environmental Quality. 2 refereed poster presentations, 3 AGU non-refereed poster presentations: Harrison et al. An Investigation of In-situ Denitrification in Urban and Forested Wetlands using the 15N Push-Pull Method (AGU, 2010), Harrison et al., Hydrologic Controls on Nitrogen and Phosphorus in Incidental Oxbow Wetlands in an Urban Restored Stream.

Biogeosciences, Fall 2011; 3 oral non-refereed presentations. Invited guest lecture Johnson C. Smith University (2009) and University of Texas at Arlington (2011). Journal Reviewer, Biogeochemistry (2011), Journal of Environmental Quality (2011), Wetlands Ecology and Management (2012); member, advisory board for the Department of Agriculture and Resource Management, Santa Rosa Junior College (2011-present). Member of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), member of the Ecological Society of America (ESA), and member of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).