Dr. Peter Levi

At Lillea_Sep2012Assistant Professor, Environmental Science & Policy
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN)
B.A., Lawrence University (Appleton, WI)
Research interests: Stream biogeochemistry, nutrient cycling dynamics, ecosystem metabolism, urban ecology, stream and river restoration, salmon ecology

Hometown: Watertown, WI
Memorable stream/science/nature adventure: Working with all the great Drake ENS students below! And, most recently, snorkeling around Leon Dormido during the 2017 Ecuador/Galapagos J-term trip…swimming along a sheer rock face with hundreds of feet of deep ocean blue below was equal parts amazing and terrifying

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Current Students

Grace Mikelsons
Class of 2021, Environmental Science
Hometown: Middleton, WI
Memorable stream/science/nature adventure: Trying my hand at seine fishing this summer at Chichaqua Bottoms Greenbelt’s Bioblitz!


Isaiah Kent-Schneider
Class of 2019, Environmental Science
Hometown: Chanhassen, MN
Memorable stream/science/nature adventure: We did a water sampling trip down the Raccoon River that took about 11 hours in total. An hour from our end point, the motor died and we had to row the boat the rest of the way while still collecting water samples.


Colton Page
Class of 2019, Environmental Science
Hometown: Hershey, PA
Memorable stream/science/nature adventure: Hiking and biking through Acadia National Park on Mount Desert Island in Maine!


Julie Uram
Class of 2020, (i) Sustainability and Resilience & (ii) Rhetoric, Media, and Social Change. Minor: Sociology
Hometown: Rockford, IL
Fun Fact: My family plays underwater hockey (cool sport, look it up).


Katie Schulz
Class of 2019, Environmental Science
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Fun Fact: I’m a classically trained violinist and play in the Drake Symphony Orchestra.


Riley Terzopoulos
Class of 2019, Environmental Science
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
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Katie VanDooren
Class of 2019, Environmental Science and Public Health
Hometown: Cedar Rapids, IA
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Lab Alumni

Emily Anderson

Class of 2018, Environmental Science
Hometown: Eagan, MN
Post-Drake: Emily worked for the City of Waukee as a GIS intern/assistant.

Shelley Hunter
Class of 2018, Environmental Science
Hometown: Ontario, CA


Brian Jones
Class of 2018, Environmental Science
Hometown: Newton, IA
Post-Drake: Brian is working in private industry at an analytical laboratory in Iowa.


Josh Novack
12645216_999261710164738_6148089898626002944_nClass of 2018, Environmental Science
St. Louis, MO

Ben Stride
Class of 2018, Environmental Science and Computer Science 
Portsmouth, England
Post-Drake: I’m currently completing a masters in Geosciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and playing tennis, using my final year of NCAA eligibility. I’m currently figuring out what exactly I am going to be studying!

Thomas Ehlinger
Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 12.10.38 PMClass of 2017, Environmental Science
Hometown: Lees Summit, MO
Post-Drake: Thomas was hired as a conservation technician at the Douglas County Conservation Board where he works with farmers and community members on discussing landscape conservation practices.


Kaitlin Lacek
Screen Shot 2016-09-14 at 1.36.02 PMClass of 2017, Environmental Science
Hometown: Oak Forest, IL
Post-Drake: Ever adventurous, Kaitlin spent her first year after graduation teaching English in China. Upon returning to the U.S., she moved to New Hampshire to work as an environmental educator with the Appalachian Mountain Club.


Megan Lindmark
Class of 2017, Environmental Science
Hometown: Stilwell, KS
Post-Drake: After I graduated from Drake, I spent five months as a research intern working with the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama investigating the effect of land use on microbial water quality in freshwater streams. As of summer 2018, I am starting my Ph.D. in civil and environmental engineering just down I-80 at the University of Iowa through their Sustainable Water Development program! My research will be focused at the intersection of public health and engineering, investigating sustainable and culturally appropriate solutions to drinking water and sanitation challenges in resource constrained communities.