Rebecca (Logsdon) Muenich

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Postdoctoral Fellow
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Dr. Muenich’s current research involves evaluating watershed management decisions and their impact on nutrient loads into the Western Lake Erie Basin. She utilizes watershed models and data analysis to better understand the processes and decisions which impact these freshwater ecosystems. Her doctoral research at Purdue University was interdisciplinary including studies related to the assessment of aquatic genetic resource provisioning (fish populations), climate regulation/change, and assessing farmers’ perceptions of ecosystem surveys through surveys and focus groups. Her primary research focus was on developing quantitative methods to assess ecosystem services. She has experience with multiple environmental models including the Soil and Water Assessment Tool and DayCent, and in completing field and lab work to improve models.
 
Selected Peer-Reviewed Papers
1. Muenich RL, Kalcic M, Scavia D. 2016. Evaluating the impact of legacy P and agricultural conservation practices on nutrient loads from the Maumee River Watershed. Environ. Sci. & Technol., 50(15). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01421. 
2. Muenich RL, Chaubey I, Pyron M. In press. Evaluating potential water quality drivers of a fish regime shift in the Wabash River using the SWAT model. Ecol. Modelling.
3. Muenich RL, Bowling LC, Peel S, Turco RF, Haas MH. 2016. The Wabash Sampling Blitz: A Case Study of the Effectiveness of Citizen Science. Citizen Sci. Theory & Practice, 1(1): 3, 1-15.
4. Logsdon RA, Chaubey I. 2013. A quantitative approach to evaluating ecosystem services. Ecological Modelling, 257, p. 57-65.
 
Education:
Ph.D. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2015
M.S. in Agricultural & Biological Engineering, Purdue University, 2011
B.S. in Biological Engineering, University of Arkansas, 2009
 
Personal Interests:
Dr. Muenich enjoys being outdoors - hiking, canoeing, biking, camping - as much as possible. She also loves gardening and hopes to one day have her own personal farm.