Alison M. Franklin

  • PhD Student, Soil Science and Biogeochemistry
Alison M.  Franklin
420 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
Work Phone: 814-863-7112

Areas of Expertise

  • Soil Science
  • Antibiotics
  • Antibiotic Resistance
  • Toxicology
  • Emerging Contaminants

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  1. M.S., Soil Science, The Pennsylvania State University, May 2015.
  2. B.S., Toxicology with Minors in Biology & Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, May 2012.

Alison is studying the impacts of spray irrigating wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) effluent on agricultural lands. Specifically, her research includes studying the occurrence of antibiotics, antibiotic resistant bacteria and toxicological effects in impacted soil and water systems. 

Her study site is The Living Filter at Penn State, a wastewater reuse system, where WWTP effluent is spray irrigated over agricultural, grassed, and forested lands. This site has been in full-scale operation sine the early 1980's and offers an ideal opportunity to study the long-term impacts of spray irrigation with effluent.