Jennifer Knoepp Named Soil Science Society of America Fellow

Jennifer Knoepp. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.
Jennifer Knoepp. Photo by U.S. Forest Service.

U.S. Forest Service scientist Jennifer Knoepp was recently selected as a Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Fellow for 2014.  Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by SSSA, an international scientific society whose more than 6,000 members are dedicated to advancing the field of soil science and fostering the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils.

A forest soil biogeochemist at the Southern Research Station (SRS) Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory, Knoepp studies the long-term effects of forest management practices including prescribed burning and alternative cutting practices on soil chemistry, nutrient availability, and nutrient cycling. Her research results help scientists and managers predict the impacts of management practices on forest productivity and water quality.

“Jennifer’s contributions to science in the area of forest ecosystem responses to management help land managers make informed decisions about timber harvesting methods and riparian zone management,” said Chelcy Miniat, project leader of the SRS Center for Forest Watershed Research that includes the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory. “Although many studies provide information on short-term changes to forest soils, few studies have addressed long-term changes relative to disturbances or forest succession.”  

Knoepp also conducts long-term research on atmospheric deposition (also called acid rain) and how it affects soil chemistry and water quality. Increasing the understanding of the interactions among deposition, soil, and surface water quality, Knoepp’s research provides important data and knowledge to policy makers and to managers interested in the potential to restore chronically acidified streams in high elevation forests.

“Again, research studies using long-term data that examine the relationship between precipitation and stream chemistry are extremely rare,” said Miniat. “Jennifer’s been doing this work for over two decades, often incorporating the data collected on Coweeta watersheds for over 75 years. Jennifer’s recognition by SSSA, the premier organization for soil research, is timely and well-deserved.”

Knoepp and other fellows will be recognized on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, during the 2014 SSSA Annual Meeting in Long Beach, California.

For more information, email Jennifer Knoepp at jknoepp@fs.fed.us

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