July 4, 2020

Kisila Featured in Article on Water Quality Study in Fredericksburg

Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ben Kisila

Associate Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences Ben Kisila

The Augusta Free Press highlighted research being done by Associate Professor of Geology and Environmental Sciences Ben Kisila in an article titled “Researchers shed light on water quality impacts of Fredericksburg region.”

According to the article, Kisila will assist David Sample, a professor in Virginia Tech’s Department of Biological Systems Engineering, in a study of urban runoff quality from Fredericksburg’s local sub-watersheds that will also include the assessment of stormwater controls. Lee Daniels, a professor in Virginia Tech’s School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, will also assist with tracking the formation of strongly acidic soils in the region and analyzing solutions to mitigate their effects.

The study “will estimate the mass of pollutants – nitrogen, phosphorus and suspended solids – from the City of Fredericksburg’s stormwater system during storm events, working from five sites linked to five different forms of land use: residential, high-density residential, commercial, industrial and parks. This work marks a comprehensive research effort to revisit pollutant loads developed in a national study nearly 40 years ago – values that still guide state and federal storm water management programs today.”

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Researchers shed light on water quality impacts of Fredericksburg region (Augusta Free Press)

Ben Kisila and Students Publish Two Articles

Dr. Ben Odhiambo Kisila,  associate professor of Earth and environmental sciences, along with his UMW undergraduate research students, had two research papers published in peer-reviewed journals.

“Analysis of spatial distribution of trace metals, PCB, and PAH and their potential impact on human health in Virginian Counties and independent cities, USA,” was published in Environmental Geochemistry and Health.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10653-018-0172-2

“Sediment and Phosphorous Fluxes Analysis in Aquia Creek, a Sub-watershed of the Chesapeake Bay Basin, VA, USA,” was published in the journal of Water, Air and Soil Pollution.

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11270-018-3886-y

Kisila and Giancarlo Publish Research

Ben Odhiambo Kisila (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and Leanna Giancarlo (Chemistry) along with their UMW undergraduate research student Taylor Coxon (EES – 16), had their research paper, “The impact of urban expansion and agricultural legacies on trace metal accumulation in fluvial and lacustrine sediments of the lower Chesapeake Bay basin, USA” published in the peer-reviewed international journal Science of the Total Environment.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0048969716311937

Kisila and Students Publish Research

Dr. Ben Odhiambo Kisila (Earth and Environmental Sciences) and his former UMW research students Dr. Matthew Ricker (EES – 06), Lainey LeBlanc (EES – 14) and Kelsey Moxey (EES – 14) have their research paper, “Effects of forested floodplain soil properties on phosphorous dynamics in two Chesapeake Bay sub-watersheds, Virginia, USA” published in the peer-reviewed international journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11356-016-6668-3

 

 

Kisila and Students Publish Research

Ben Odhiambo Kisila, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences, and his former UMW research students Elyse Clark, Sunnan Yoon and Laura Pilati had their research paper, “Hydroacoustic and spatial analysis of sediment fluxes and accumulation rates in two Virginia reservoirs, USA” published in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Science and Pollution Research.

Kisila and Students Publish Research

Ben Odhiambo Kisila, earth and environmental sciences, and his former UMW research students Elyse Clark ’13, Ph. D. candidate in the department of crop and environmental sciences at Virginia Tech and Matthew Ricker ’06, postdoctoral fellow in the school of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University, have their research paper, “Comparative analysis of metal concentrations and sediment accumulation rates in two Virginian reservoirs, USA: Lakes Moomaw and Pelham,” published in the February issue of the peer-reviewed journal Water, Air, and Soil Pollution.

The research results shows comparable levels of trace metals loadings in the more human stressed Lake Pehlam system and the more pristine Lake Moomaw probably because of the relative importance of atmospheric deposition in the mountainous forested watersheds. The steep slopes coupled with the highly erodible colluvial soils and the prevalence of shoreline erosion also exacerbates both sediment and trace metal fluxes in Lake Moomaw.

 

Ben Odhiambo Kisila and Leanna Giancarlo Publish Paper

Ben Odhiambo Kisila, associate professor of Earth and Environmental Science, and Leanna Giancarlo, associate professor of Chemistry, have had their collaborative study, “Sediment trace metals and PCB input history in Lake Anna, Virginia, USA,” published in the July issue of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Earth Sciences.  This research, involving undergraduate students Gayle Armentrout, Virginia Brown and Chelsea Wegner, constitutes a four-year investigation to construct a historical record of Lake Anna, extending through Louisa, Orange, and Spotsylvania Counties in Northern Virginia, by analysis of sediment cores, from seven locations within the lake and three from nearby areas, for heavy metals and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs).  Chemical specific analysis of these samples enables an examination of the environmental evolution of the reservoir system since sediments sequester metals derived from both natural and anthropogenic sources and isotopic sediment chronology provides the temporal dimension.

Leanna Giancarlo

Leanna Giancarlo

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Ben Kisila