Our Team

Dr. Meghann Jarchow

Department of Sustainability & Environment

Chair and Associate Professor


Dr. Jarchow is interested in sustainability as a framework through which to make the world a better place. Her specific focus within the field of sustainability is on creating more multifunctional landscapes within the former tallgrass prairie region and in sustainability education. Her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to evaluating opportunities to enhancing the multifunctionality of this region. 


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Contact Information

Office Location

Akeley-Lawrence Science Center 201E

414 E. Clark St.

Vermillion, SD  57069

Office Phone

(605) 677-6122



Amin Rastandeh

Postdoctoral Researcher


Amin Rastandeh, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Sustainability and Environment at the University of South Dakota. Amin received his PhD in Landscape Architecture from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has served as a researcher in projects specializing in urban and regional ecology, biodiversity conservation, land-use land-cover assessment, and ecosystem services analysis. In the WAFERx project, Amin examines the spatial distribution of social values (SVs) associated with landscapes of the Upper Missouri River Basin (UMRB). Applying spatially explicit models, he depicts how SVs linked to landscapes of the UMRB interact with anthropogenic and biophysical factors.

E-mail      Amin.Rastandeh@usd.edu

Jacinda Maassen

PhD Student


(More information pending)

E-mail      Jacinda.Maassen@coyotes.usd.edu

Rina Thapa

Graduate Student


(More information pending)

E-mail:     Rina.Thapa@coyotes.usd.edu

Jade Muller-Smit

Undergraduate Student


(More information pending)

E-mail:     Jade.MullerSmit@coyotes.usd.edu

Lab Alumni

Alice Millikin

M.S.     Completed 2014

Current PhD student at West Virginia University in the Wildlife and Fisheries Resources Program.

Abby Davis

M.S.     Completed 2015

Elena Tsakakis

B.S. Biology (Sustainability Minor)     Completed 2016

Honors Thesis

Emily Roberson

B.A. Sustainability and Anthropology     Completed 2016

U. Discover Scholar & Honors Thesis

Shelby Huber

B.A. Media and Journalism (Entrepreneurial Studies Minor)     Completed 2016

Sustainability Program Technology Fellow

Maggie Squyer

B.S. Biology and Sustainability (Political Science Minor)     Completed 2018

U. Discover Scholar

Alexa Kruse

B.S. Biology and Sustainability     Completed 2018

U. Discover Scholar & Honors Thesis

Erin Wetzstein

B.S. Sustainability (Biology and Chemistry Minors)     Completed 2018

Undergraduate Research


Eva Soluk

M.S. Biology     Completed 2018
B.S. Biology (Sustainability Minor)

Daniel Whirlwind Soldier

Sustainable RIVER REU     May 2019


Lilly Sencenbaugh

May 2019

Undergraduate Research

Lindsay Wright

M.S. Sustainability     Completed 2019

Morgan Carnes

M.S. Sustainability     Completed 2019
B.S. Sustainability     Completed 2015

Tanner Hall

B.S. Sustainability      Completed 2019

Andy Sechrist

M.S. Sustainability     Completed 2020

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