Congratulations to Dr. Owen Duckworth and Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton who were selected as members of the 2016-17 University Faculty Scholars. This prestigious award by the university recognizes and rewards emerging academic leaders.
Dr Duckworth, an associate professor of soil biogeochemistry in the Crop and Soil sciences department, will join his longtime RTI collaborator, James Harrington in analytical sciences. They will study how minerals produced by microorganisms affect the fate and transport of environmental contaminants, including arsenic and pesticides used to combat the mosquito that carries the Zika virus.
Utilizing a wide range of analytic tools, researchers at North Carolina State University have figured out why pockets of the southeastern Piedmont region contain high concentrations of manganese in well water, particularly in more shallow wells. The findings highlight the importance of testing well water to ensure its safety.
Excess nitrogen from agricultural runoff can enter surface waters with devastating effects. Algal blooms and fish kills are a just a couple of possible consequences. But riparian buffer zones – areas of grasses, perennials, or trees – between farmlands and streams or rivers can help.
“Riparian buffer zones are nature’s hydraulic shock absorbers,” says Deanna Osmond, a soil scientist at North Carolina State University. They can reduce pollution and provide habitat for wildlife. Trees can hold stream banks together and provide food for animals. These buffer zones can also dampen the flow of agricultural runoff. This can lead to lower amounts of nitrogen reaching streams and rivers.