The Chemical and Physical Nature of Particulate Matter Affecting Air, Water, and Soil Quality
Preserving and improving soil quality is essential for maintaining agricultural productivity, water quality, and healthy environments and ecosystems. A critical component of soil quality is understanding the nature and form of contaminants and nutrients within the soil. To achieve this understanding synchrotron research is perhaps one of the most valuable tools in modern science. Synchrotrons are large national facilities requiring federal resources to build, operate and maintain. There are currently four second or third generation synchrotrons within the United States. In order to effectively capitalize on this limited tool I collaborate with scientists on a Multi-state Research Project (MRP NC1022). Our goal is to share knowledge, efforts, and resources to better understand, "The chemical and physical nature of particulate matter affecting
air, water and soil quality." Within Idaho there are several environments that will benefit from this collaboration between scientists. My research projects that fall within MRP NC1022 goals are speciation of metal(loid) contaminants in soils, sediments, and the rhizosphere. This includes speciation of the soil minerals so that contaminant fate can be predicted. Results will be reported at regional and national meetings and in peer reviewed publications.