The Soil and Water Research Lab at MSU is dedicated to fundamental and applied research that will help the society successfully safeguard and responsibly utilize soil and water resources. Current research activities are mainly focused on the movement of water, solutes, and particles in natural and engineered systems, particularly in the unsaturated soils (i.e., the vadose zone). The ultimate goal of the lab's research is to promote protection of soil and water resources and sustainable agricultural production through understanding of fundamental transport processes and scientifically-sound management practices.
New publication! Dr. Zeyou Chen published a paper in Environmental Pollution, reporting antibiotic resistance genes and bacterial communityies in cornfield and pasture soils receiving swine and dairy manures. Congratualtions, Zeyou!
August 22, 2018:
New publication! Our lab published a paper in Geoderma, reporting a robost and easy method to quantify and characterize dissolved organic carbon in biochars. Dr. Cheng-Hua Liu is the leading author. Congratulations, Cheng-Hua! Access the paper here.
Congratulations to Jianzhou He for receiving Carter Harrison Endowed Fund Graduate Student Award. Cheng-Hua succesfully defended his dissertation! Congratulations, Dr. Liu!
January 2, 2018:
New publication! Our lab published a paper in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reporting overhead irrigation of lettuce using reclaimed water could result in greater pharmaceutical residues. Former MS student Gemini Bhalsod is the leading author.
October 7, 2017:
New Publications! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Science of The Total Environment, reviewing the surveyance of antibiotics in China's major rivers and seas from 2005-2016.
August 7, 2017:
Sangho succesfully defended his dissertation! Congratulations, Dr. Jeon!
September 7, 2016:
New Students! Jianzhou He and Yike Shen joined our lab as doctoral students. Welcome, Jianzhou and Yike!
August 23, 2016:
Invited Presentation! Wei gave an invited talk in Chemistry of Environmental Sorptive & Oxidative Processes: Symposium in honor of Joseph J. Pignatello at 252nd ACS National Meeting in Philadelphia, PA on August 23.Thank the symposium organizers (Drs. Feng Xiao, Allison MacKay, Dongye Zhao, Michael Sander, and Baoshan Xing) for a well-attended and exciting symposium, which is a testament of Dr. Pignatello's contribution to the field.
August 11, 2016:
New Publication! Our lab published a paper on transport and retention of plant pathogen Phytophthora capsici zoospores in porous media at Environmental Science & Technology. Doctoral student Sangho Jeonis the leading author. Congratualtions to Sangho!
July 1, 2016:
New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, reporting a novel biochar-plant tandem approach for remediating soils contaminated with volatile/semi-volatile organic compounds.
February 27, 2016:
New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Water Research, reporting a new HPLC-ICP-MS method for determining organotin pesticides, and their sorption, desorption, and transformation in freshwater sediments.
February 8, 2016:
New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper in Journal of Hazardous Materials, showing that black carbon in sediments speeds up abiotic reduction of dinitroaniline herbicides.
January 29, 2016:
New publication! Manure-derived biochars offer long-term sequestration of antibiotics, reported by a paper from our lab published in Journal of Environmental Quality. Doctoral student Cheng-Hua Liu is the leading author. Congratualtions, Cheng-Hua!
January 20, 2016:
New publication! Dr. Zhang co-authored a paper on the effect of wildfire ash on soil pore clogging and infiltration in International Journal of Widland Fire.