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Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Nicholas BastaProfessor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry
School of Environment and Natural Resources
410C Kottmann Hall
2021 Coffey Road
614.292.6282
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Education
Ph.D., Iowa State University, Soil Chemistry (1989)
M.S., Iowa State University, Soil Science (1984)
B.S., The Pennsylvania State University, Chemistry (1981)

Teaching/Research
Nicholas Basta's research program focuses on environmental soil chemistry:

  • Fundamental biogeochemical processes that affect heavy metal and trace element bioavailability, human health, and ecological risk in soil-water systems
  • Development of innovative chemical methods and techniques to evaluate soil chemical processes and soil components that control bioavailability and/or risk of chemical species (e.g., nutrients, contaminants)
  • Risk-based environmental chemistry of organic and inorganic pollutants in contaminated soils with emphasis on human (e.g., public health), agronomic (e.g., crop, animal), and ecotoxicity bioavailability and contaminant transmission pathways
  • Development and evaluation of new technologies used for remediation of contaminated soils (e.g., in situ immobilization, bioremediation)
  • Development of innovative in vitro chemical methods to evaluate the ability of new remediation methods to reduce contaminant bioavailability and risk and to evaluate the long-term environmental fate (e.g., longevity) of remediation
  • Beneficial use of agricultural, industrial, and municipal by-products through land application
  • Soil and environmental chemistries of by-products in agronomic/environmental systems with emphasis on their risk and environmental impact

Faculty Links
Curriculum Vitae (pdf)
Department webpage
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Mershon Project
The Farmer's Minefield: Assessing the Ecological/Economic Capacity of Post-Conflict Agricultural Systems in Cambodia, with Erin Lin (2018-19)