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OU Students Excel at Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference

Hailey Seago standing next to plants growing beneath a grow light.

OU Students Excel at Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Conference

April 16, 2024

NORMAN, OKLA. – Several members of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for Restoration of Ecosystems and Watersheds – CREW – were recognized at the Oklahoma Clean Lakes and Watersheds Association’s annual conference on April 10-11 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

James Queen was awarded first place in the student oral presentation category for his talk, “Examining the Role of Aeration on Emerging Contaminant Removal in Mesocosm-Scale Treatment Wetlands.” Hailey Seago received third place in the same category with her presentation titled “Arundinaria gigantea (Giant Rivercane) as a Nature-Based Solution.”.

Ali Meek and Olivia Mitchell were recognized for their poster presentations. Week’s project examined “An Applied Evaluation of Ecosystem Services Decision-Support Tools” and Mitchell's research focused on “Trace Metal Bioaccumulation in Planted Vegetation of a Mine Drainage Passive Treatment System.”

Other students attending the conference were M’Kenzie Dorman, Ivan Ma, Justine McCann, Cheyenne Morgan, Leif Olson and Samantha Taylor. Robert W. Nairn, Ph.D., serves as CREW director with Lori Han, Ph.D., as CREW's associate director, both in the OU School of Civil Engineering and Environmental Science. 

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