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Staff at Cornell

WRI

B60 Riley-Robb Hall, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853


Brian G Rahm

Director
Telephone: 607-254-7163
Email: bgr4@cornell.edu

From upstate NY, Brian started with NYSWRI in 2010 by focusing on the intersection of engineering, science, and policy associated with potential shale gas extraction in New York state. He has since worked on water resource infrastructure management and policy more generally, and enjoys the challenge of addressing the state's water issues via interdisciplinary research, institutional capacity building, and local stakeholder engagement.  


Kristen Hychka

Postdoctoral Associate
Email: kch235@cornell.edu

Kristen’s research and outreach focuses on watershed issues, particularly flood resiliency and the management of wetland and riparian systems. She works in partnership with the Syracuse University Environmental Finance Center and the Hudson River Estuary Program to promote statewide assistance to individuals and organizations regarding these issues.


Jessica Kuonen

Service Technician
Email: jak546@cornell.edu

Jessica helps administer WRI’s programs, grants, and outreach while fostering statewide partnerships with New York Sea Grant and the Hudson River Estuary Program.  Her research and interests include community engagement, resilience and adaption planning, and natural resource decision-making in a changing world.  She hails from Syracuse, NY, the traditional land of the Onondaga Nation.


Osamu Tsuda

Service Technician
Email: ojt3@cornell.edu

Osamu Tsuda works in collaboration with the WRI and Cornell Cooperative Extension helping municipalities throughout New York’s southern-tier become certified Climate Smart Communities.


Tahneen Jahan Neelam

Service Technician
Email: tjn47@cornell.edu

Tahneen Jahan Neelam's work with WRI involves watershed scale hydrologic modeling. Her current research focuses on the hydrologic responses of solar farms. She received her MS in Civil Engineering from University of Texas at El Paso in 2018 and BSc from Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology in 2014.