Students

 

Current Graduate Students:

 

Nall Moonilall

Nall Moonilall

ESGP Graduate Student

moonilall.1@osu.edu

Nall’s research is focused on soil health and agronomic productivity in Central Ohio. Currently, Nall is a graduate research associate (GRA) for the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR) and the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center (C-MASC). Previously, Nall served as a graduate teaching associate (GTA) for the Wetland Ecology and Restoration Lecture and Lab (ENR 5250.01 and ENR 5250.02) and Introduction to Soil Science Lab (ENR 3001) within SENR.

Nall received his M.Sc. in Environmental Science from OSU in August of 2015. His Master’s thesis research focused on evaluating the impact of various amendments on soil properties and agronomic productivity in Guyana, South America. During his time in Guyana, in the summer of 2014, Nall participated in a graduate internship with the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture – Guyana as a USDA – IICA – HACU Research Fellow.

 

Chris Eidson

Chris Eidson

Eidson.30@buckeyemail.osu.edu

Chris is a second year PhD Student from Bucyrus, OH. He completed his MS degree here at Ohio State (also with CMASC) in 2015 while working on a project studying the effects of cereal rye cover crop on soil quality and corn and soybean yields. This study utilized data from several sites across the U.S. Corn Belt. His current research is on the potential of Ohio crop residues to support cellulosic ethanol production. Chris is using a modeling approach to determine the amount of corn stover and wheat stubble that can be sustainably harvested while maintaining or enhancing soil carbon. The effects of different conservation management practices (cover cropping, no tillage, etc.) are being considered for various soil types on a gradient of residue harvest scenarios. Chris plans to conduct life cycle analysis of the GHG emissions associated with the various scenarios and management strategies to see which result in decreases of total emissions relative to 2005 gasoline fuel equivalence.

Henry Peller

Henry Peller

ENR Graduate Student

peller.10@osu.edu

Under a Borlaug Fellowship, Henry has been completing his masters work in Southern Belize, where he works on soil management and land use issues in Mayan territories. He was raised on a small farm in Appalachian Ohio. As an undergraduate, he was trained in agronomy and in political economy, and studied these topics in both Haiti and Cuba.

Ellen Maas

Ellen Maas

ESGP Graduate Student

maas.50@osu.edu

Ellen has completed a MS in Environmental Science, and will pursue a PhD. Her research focuses on modeling soil carbon sequestration rates in agricultural settings, comparing conventional-till and no-till management. She is also keenly interested in climate change, including its possible impacts and mitigation, and including this aspect in her carbon sequestration research.

Ellen graduated from Principia College in 1998 with a BS in Computer Science and worked for 17 years as a programmer, most recently as a Senior Applications Developer focused on Oracle database development. She has had a lifetime of interest and activism in environmental issues.

Steven Doyle

Steven Doyle

ENR Graduate Student

doyle.267@osu.edu

I am a first year graduate student at Ohio State’s Environment and Natural Resources program pursuing a Master’s of Science in Soil Science. My undergraduate studies were done at the University of Cincinnati, where I dual majored in Biology and Environmental Studies. During this time, I performed research on nutrient cycling in green roof plant species and had the opportunity to spend time in rural India. Both of these experiences shaped my interest in studying soil fertility in the developing world. My primary areas of interest include soil fertility management in tropical regions, agroecology, intercropping and cover crops, and aligning scientific research with subsistence farmers’ needs.

Chloe Turner

Chloe Turner

ENR Graduate Student

turner.1449@osu.edu

I completed my undergraduate degree at Western Kentucky University in May 2016. I have a BS in Geography and Environmental Studies. The focus of my coursework surrounded global climate change and sustainability, as well as, a certification in Geographic Information Systems. During my time as an undergraduate I had the opportunity to travel and study in Iceland for a few weeks, so as a MS student in Soil Science I hope to have the chance to travel and research different environments globally.

My research interests include carbon sequestration and mitigation, urban soils, global climate change, biochar, and various urban agriculture techniques. I previously worked at the USDA-ARS in Bowling Green, Kentucky and assisted on research on soil columns; this research looked at bacterial transport throughout the column following various intensity of rain events. Currently, I am working on developing my thesis topic under Dr. Lal and learning as much as I can about soils and their overall connection to climate change.

   

C-MASC Alumni:

Name

Research Title

Country

Degree

Year

Steven Doyle

 

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2016

Chloe Turner

 

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2016

Ellen Maas

Predicting Soil Carbon

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2015

Henry Anton Peller

Topical Soils

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2015

Eric Stein

Land Use

U.S.A.

MENR

2015

Chris Eidson

Soil Quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2015

Claire Sutton

Soil Quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2015

Nall Moonilall

Biochar

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2015

Yiming Zhao

Climate Change

China

M.Sc

2015

Reed Johnson

Soil Quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2015  

Taru Lehtinen

Soil Management

U. of Iceland

Ph.D

2014

Olga Vilmundardottir

Soil Weathering

U. of Iceland

Ph.D

2014

Aweke Gelaw

Soil Carbon

Norwegian U. of Life Sci.

Ph.D

2014

Patrick Bell

Soil Carbon

U.S.A.

Ph.D

2014

Josh Beniston

Sustainable Agric.

U.S.A.

Ph.D

2013

Ryan Hottle

Biochar

U.S.A.

Ph.D

2013

Nick Stanich

Climate Change

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2013

Chris Eastman

Biochar

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2012

Merrie Anne Vaurghese

Carbon Footprint of Agriculture

India

M.Sc

2012

Samantha Sekar

Soil Quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2012

Demessie Ambachew

Soil Carbon

Norwegian U. of Life Sci.

Ph.D

2012

Gina Zirkle

Urban Soils

U.S.A.

Ph.D

2011

Adam Selhorst

Urban Soils

U.S.A.

Ph.D

2011

A.D. Wele

Carbon Sequestration

Norwegian U. of Life Sci.

Ph.D

2011

Ji Young Jung

Switchgrass

S. Korea

Ph.D

2010

U.K. Mishra

Soil Carbon

Nepal

Ph.D

2010

Gina Zirkle

Urban soil

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2010

Josh Beniston

Soil Quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2010

Paula Chacon

Soil Carbon

Costa Rica

M.Sc

2010

Anjali Dubey

Carbon footprint

India

M.Sc

2009

S. Jagadamma

Mechanisms of soil carbon sequestration

India

Ph.D

2008

J. Godwin

C Dynamics

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2008

Melissa Herman

Intl. Soil Sci.

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2008

A. Selhorst

Urban soil carbon dynamics

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2007

F. Kazi

Gaseous emissions

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2007

B. Shrestha

 

U. of Iceland

Ph. D

2007

H. Emery

Organic farming and soil quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2005

S. Jagadamma

Soil carbon dynamics

India

M.Sc

2005

J. Tanzosh

Water quality and land use

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2005

J. Elder

Soil carbon dynamics in peat soils

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2005

L. Mulumba

Soil C dynamics in different ecoregions

Uganda

Ph.D

2004

J. Hao

Tillage methods and soil C dynamics

China

M.Sc

2004

K. Mahadevan

Land use and policy issues affecting SOC pool

India

Ph.D

2004

S. S. Al-Adawi

Soil compaction

Oman

Ph.D

2004

Y.L. Zinn

Soil carbon sequestration

Brazil

Ph.D

2004

K. Awasthi

Watershed management in Nepal

Nepal

Ph.D

2004

H. Holeplass

Soil carbon dynamics

Norway

M.Sc

2002

E. Salchow

Critical limits of soil quality parameters for eroded phases of Miamian soils.

U.S.A.

Ph.D

2001

M. Wairiu

Soil management and soil quality

Solomon Islands

Ph.D

2001

S. Duiker

Soil erosion and productivity in the Andean region

Holland

Ph.D

2000

V. Akala

C sequestration by mineland reclamation

India

Ph.D

2000

A. Lantz

Land use effects on C pool in soils of Ohio

U.S.A.

M.Sc

2000

T. Houser

Mineland reclamation and soil quality

U.S.A.

M.Sc

1999

K. Rutan-Jorgensen

Farming systems effects on soil properties

U.S.A.

M.Sc

1999

R. Akis

Drainage and nitrate leaching

Turkey

M.Sc

1999

Par Ivar Vaje

Nitrogen and moisture interaction on eroded soils.

Norway

Ph.D

1998

W. Trujillo

Carbon sequestration by tropical pastures

Columbia

Ph.D

1998

Par Ivan Vaje

Soil Erosion in Tanzania

Norway

Ph.D

1998

M. Flowers

Axle load effect on soil physical properties.

U.S.A.

M.Sc

1997

M. Sullivan

Soil drainage and DOC transport

U.S.A.

M.Sc

1997

N. Dagdelen

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Turkey

M.Sc

1997

A. M. Haering

Cropping systems effects on soil structure in Colombia.

Germany

M.Sc

1996

R. Bajracharya

Soil crusting and accelerated erosion.

Nepal

Ph.D

1995

A.J. Tenge

Soil moisture and temperature interactions on eroded soils in Mlingano.

Tanzania

M.Sc

1995

E. Salchow

Inter-dependent physical properties in spatially variable alluvial soils of southern Ohio.

U.S.A.

 M.Sc

1994

P. Fahnstock

Soil erosion and crop productivity.

U.S.A.

M.Sc

1994

A. Changere

Soil erosion and crop productivity: assessment and prediction.

Ethiopia

 Ph.D

1993

J. Herrick

Restoration of tropical pastures by dung pats.

U.S.A.

 Ph.D

1993

M. Hemminger

Water table management effects on soil physical and hydrological properties.

U.S.A.

 M.Sc

1993

M. Romero

Inter-rill erosion related to soil management and soil properties.

Costa Rica

 M.Sc

1993

M. Tenywa

Partial areas leading to preferential runoff and erosion.

Uganda

 Ph.D

1993

R. Bajracharya

Intra-rill soil erodibility and soil properties.

Nepal

 M.Sc

1991

M.L. Thomas

Land use and management effects on soil properties, runoff, erosion and water quality.

St. Lucia

 M.Sc

1991

H. Tanaka

Effects of vehicular traffic on soil physical and crop growth.

Japan

 M.Sc

1990