Postdoctoral Researchers

Rachel Strickman


Rachel is a postdoctoral researcher working on the fine-scale dynamics of mercury methylation and demethylation in the rice rhizosphere. Rice has relatively recently been identified as a significant dietary source of the more bioavailable and toxic methylated form of mercury, making this work significant to global public health. She completed her PhD in Environmental Science at the University of Toronto, Ontario, where she investigate multiple aspects of methylmercury production, distribution, and trophic transfer in managed wetlands. Rachel completed her B.Sc. at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, followed by an MSc in Plant Ecology at the University of Helsinki in Finland. When away from the lab, Rachel enjoys traditional crafts, running, and exploring the natural heritage of the Pacific Northwest with her husband and young son.

Contact: email. Office: Wilcox 267.

Graduate Students

Nick Waldo

Nick received his A.B. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Harvard University in 2013, where he conducted research in ultrasound water purification. Before coming to the University of Washington, he was a research assistant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution working on paleotempestology. At UW, Nick is researching how interactions between plants, microbes, and environmental conditions affect methane emissions from wetlands. While away from research, Nick enjoys hiking, skiing, climbing and any other excuse to adventure outdoors.

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Yasmine Farhat


Yasmine received her B.S. from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2015, where she double majored in biology and chemistry. During her time at UNO she conducted research on the endocrine disrupting effects of agricultural run-off. Her current project in the hydro-biogeochemistry group looks at the impact of hydro-power development and climate change on the nutritional quality of rice. Outside of work she enjoys swimming, traveling, cooking and listening to public radio.

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Samantha Fung


Samantha joined the hydro-biogeochemistry group in April 2018. She is investigating both the biogeochemical and physical processes involved with arsenic cycling in urban lakes located in the South-Central Puget Sound Lowland region. Samantha received her B.S. from UCLA, where she studied Environmental Engineering and Hydrology and worked on a research project identifying Mercury sources in the Los Angeles water system. When not doing research, she enjoys backpacking, climbing, baking and working at the farmers market.

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Margaret Honig


Maggie is a graduate student pursuing a non-thesis M.S. in Environmental Engineering. She joined the group in April 2018 to assist with research efforts focused on understanding the effects of climate change on the nutritional quality of rice. Having recently moved to the PNW, Maggie is enjoying the many outdoor activities the area has to offer.