MEET THE TEAM

DR. JASON S. POLK | LAB DIRECTOR

Dr. Jason Polk is the Director of CHNGES and humble servant of many a grad student and staff member within the Center. He earned a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida and is often found underground, on a glacier, or in some remote location working to live the academic dream. His research includes karst environments, climate change, water resources, isotope geochemistry, and environmental geoscience issues. Dr. Jason Polk enjoys traveling, caving, and photography and aspires to someday open the first sustainable auto repair center called the Truck Doctor actually owned and operated by a Dr. (of sorts)! He can be reached at jason.polk@wku.edu or (270)-745-5015. 

ETHAN GIVAN, MPH | LAB MANAGER

Ethan is the Lab Manager at HydroAnalytical and serves as the main point of contact for Lab clients. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Public Health with concentrations in Environmental Health at WKU. His research interests include microbiology, water quality and public health. In fact, he has published research on bacterial contamination of fresh produce, pathogen surrogate development and irrigation water quality policies. Ethan is an avid outdoorsman and in his free time enjoys activities such as fishing, hunting, hiking and helping his parents on their farm. E-mail: ethan.givan@wku.edu Office: 270-745-8705.

MORGAN MILLER | LEAD ANALYST

Morgan is the Lead Analyst at HydroAnalytical Lab. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Public Health at Western Kentucky University and has extensive experience in wastewater, stormwater, ambient water, and other related analyses. Contact her at morgan.miller@wku.edu.

ADAM SHELLEY, MS, CPESC | ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS MANAGER

Adam is the Environmental Projects Manager at HydroAnalytical and serves as the main point of contact for stormwater and special project Lab clients. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees at WKU with concentrations in Karst Hydrology and Environmental Geoscience WKU. His research interests include hydrology, data analytics, modeling, stormwater management, and machine learning. Adam is an avid athlete and enjoys activities such as running, biking, and any form of exercise. E-mail: adam.shelley@wku.edu.

GRAY P'POOL | OFFICE ASSOCIATE

Gray P'Pool is the Office Associate for CHNGES. Yep, she’s the one that drives the day-to-day operations of the Center. She stays busy wrangling and caring for our crazy group, and doesn’t even have time for a photo. In her “spare” time, she enjoys working in her garden, investigating genealogy, and traveling. Gray is our resident animal and nature lover. Her favorite animals are dogs, horses, moose, foxes, squirrels, and birds, but those default to whatever animal is in front of her at the time! Email Gray at gray.ppool@wku.edu.

ABBY WILLIAMS | GRADUATE STUDENT

Abby Williams is a Geoscience graduate student at WKU, having completed her B.S. in Geology at WKU previously. She has worked at the lab as both an undergraduate and graduate student analyzing lab samples as well as her own research samples there. She is currently researching strategies for stormwater injection well best management practices in urban karst environments.

KOJI BARNABY | UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Koji is working on a dual major in Biology and Chemistry at WKU and is part of the Honors College. He is interested in microbial research and is studying antibiotic resistant bacteria in groundwater. 

AMY HOURIGAN | UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Amy is currently an undergraduate at Western Kentucky University, working towards receiving her Bachelors in Science in the Department of Earth, Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences, with an emphasis on karst groundwater systems. Amy is a JUMP student who will be pursuing graduate research at WKU as part of her program. 

LEA MITCHELL | UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Lea is currently an undergraduate at Western Kentucky University, working towards receiving her Bachelors in Science in the Department of Earth, Environmental & Atmospheric Sciences, with an emphasis on karst groundwater systems. Lea is a JUMP student who will be pursuing graduate research at WKU as part of her program focused on contaminant transport of nutrients and E. Coli in agricultural karst settings. 

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