M.S. Soil Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2011
B.A. Environmental Science, Franklin & Marshall College, 2008
Currently, I am pursuing a PhD in Soil Science and Biogeochemistry at the Pennsylvania State University where I am building expertise to monitor and manage the changing nitrogen (N) cycle. My dissertation research focuses on N transport and transformation within the framework of prevalent components of environmental change – i.e. the impacts on land use, landscape position, and landform shape – to address issues related to renewable energy, sustainable natural resource management, and water and air quality. The overarching goals of my dissertation work are to: 1) Develop and pursue fundamental research questions that focus on N dynamics across a number of land-uses and landforms; 2) Apply findings to minimize future losses of N by directly influencing land use decisions; and 3) Contribute to the advancement of N dynamics theory by synthesizing the above work, which ultimately seeks to understand the processes responsible for N retention and loss in terrestrial ecosystems, and the streams and rivers that flow from them.
Terrestrial and near-stream biogeochemistry; consequences of land-use change; legacy sediment impacts; nitrogen and carbon dynamics; soil environmental quality; stable isotopes; stream restoration
Kaye Biogeochemistry Lab Group: I am currently a graduate research assistant in the Kaye soils lab.
Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory: Current research site at which I am investigating the impact of combined soil and landscape features on the flux of N2O to the atmosphere.
Big Spring Run Project: Involved in ongoing N cycling research in the BSR watershed, which acts as a primary case study in science-based legacy sediment remediation via stream restoration.
Biogeochemistry Dual Title Degree Program: I am currently a PhD Candidate in this integrative graduate degree program.
Weitzman, J.N., Forshay, K.J, Kaye, J.P., Mayer, P.M., Koval, J.C., and R.C. Walter. 2014. Potential nitrogen and carbon processing in a landscape rich in mill-dam legacy sediments. Biogeochemistry 120: 337-357.