Research

  • Project opportunities cover a wide range of topics from fundamental research to applications in contemporary environmental issues.
  • Students will be matched with mentors based on their interests and will work with their mentors to develop an individual research plan. Sample projects are linked below.
  • Students will be trained in scientific communication and will have opportunity to present their research at national scientific research conferences.

 

2017 Student Presentation Titles

Presented at the Geological Society of America Meeting, Seattle, WA

  • Spatially Classifying Soils and Influential Geology for Forestry Management

Presented at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting, Tampa, FL

  • Persistent Homology of Pore Structure in a Post-Agricultural Ultisol
  • Enzyme Activities and Microbial Community Evaluation of Featured Geomorphic Soils
  • Phosphate Uptake of Corn as Influenced by Applications of Phosphate-Enhancing Polymers
  • Using Remotely-Piloted Aerial Cameras to Estimate Runoff into Sediment Basins
  • Compost Amendments to Soil to Improve Physical Properties for Plant Growth
  • Assessing Mechanical Improvement of Coal Ash Using Enzyme Induced Carbonate Precipitation
  • Biotic and Abiotic Contributions to the Reduction of Fe-Oxides at Circumneutral pH

Presented at the Weed Science Society of America Meeting, Arlington, VA

  • Effect of Soil Organic Matter Content on Atrazine Bioavailability

 

2016 Student Presentation Titles

Presented at the SACNAS National Conference, Long Beach, CA

  • Comparing Low-Cost Methods for Stabilizing Diversions and Ditches

Presented at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting, Phoenix, AZ

  • Assessment of Soil Strength Using a Cone Penetrometer
  • Optimizing the Rate of AVAIL Co-Polymer while Enhancing P Availability to Corn
  • Comparing Low-Cost Methods for Stabilizing Diversions and Ditches
  • Adsorption of Chlorantraniliprole: Which Soil Factors Affect Sorbent Affinity?
  • Effect of Greenways on Soil Microbial Ecosystem in Lake Johnson Park
  • Accessing Soil Microbial and Community and Functional Differences of Environmental Samples
  • Investigating the Relationship Between Manganese Reactivity and Arsenic Adsorption Capacity of Pleistocene Sediments from Southeast Asia

Presented at the American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • Quantification of Aerobic Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria in Soil Using Activity-Based Fluorescent Labeling of Ammonia Monooxygenase

Presented at the American Chemical Society Meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • Adsorption of Arsenic and Antimony Oxyanions onto Mycogenic Manganese Oxides

 

2015 Student Presentation Titles

Presented at the Soil Science Society of America Meeting, Minneapolis, MN

  • Assessing Biomineral Formation by Iron-oxidizing Bacteria (FeOB) in a Circumneutral Creek
  • Investigating the Impact of Dissolved Organic Carbon Sources on Arsenic Mobilization
  • Probing the Redox Reactivity of Mycogenic Manganese Oxides with Substituted Quinones
  • Specific Surface Area of Soils Across Geomorphic Regions of North Carolina
  • Soil Carbon and Nitrogen Fractions Under Biofuel Cropping in the Piedmont of North Carolina
  • Use of Microbial Induced Calcite Precipitation to Reduce Trace Element Leaching from Fly Ash
  • Morphology and Phylogenetic Characterization of Mn(II)-Oxidizing Superfund Site Fungal Assemblages
  • Characterizing and Mapping Field Scale Spatial Variability of Surface Properties with EM38

Presented at the American Geophysical Union Meeting, San Francisco, CA

  • Uptake of Cadmium by Flue-cured Tobacco Plants: Exploring Bioavailability
  • Controlling Erosion on Construction Sites with Polyacrylamide: Optimal Mixing Time and Dose

Presented at the Phytotechnologies 12th Int’l Conference, Manhattan, KS

  • Presence and Transport of PPCPs in Soil Irrigated with Municipal Wastewater

 

Sample Projects