Erin Rooney, PhD Candidate
Permafrost Soils: Increasing freeze-thaw cycle frequency in permafrost-affected soils and subsequent impacts on soil porosity, aggregate stability, nutrient distribution, and carbon storage.
Agricultural Soils: Phosphorus transformations in dryland calcareous soils. Supporting farmers and other land managers by working within the restraints of the given environment and system.
Rooney, E.C., V. L. Bailey, K. F. Patel, M. Dragila, A.K. Battu, A.C. Buchko, A.C. Gallo, J. Hatten, A.R. Possinger, O. Qafoku, L. Reno, M. SanClements, T. Varga, R. Lybrand. Soil pore network response to freeze-thaw cycles in permafrost aggregates. In Review with Geoderma, July 2021.
Lybrand, R.A., J.C. Austin, J. Fedenko, R.E. Gallery, E. Rooney, P. Schroeder, D.G. Zaharescu, O. Qafoku. 2019. The Nano-landscape of Weathering: A microscopy-spectroscopy approach to assess biota-rock interactions, Scientific Reports, Nature.
Rooney, E., M. Dragila, V. Bailey, A. Buchko, A. Gallo, J. Hatten, O. Qafoku, L. Reno, M. SanClements, T. Varga, R. Lybrand. Impact of freeze-thaw cycles on soil porosity in permafrost soils. AGU, San Francisco, CA. Dec. 8, 2019. (Talk)
Rooney, E., M. Dragila, A. Gallo, J. Hatten, O. Qafoku, L. Reno, M. SanClements, T. Varga, R. Lybrand. Impact of freeze-thaw cycles on soil porosity in upland permafrost soils. AG 830, Permafrost and Periglacial Environments, UNIS, Longyearbyen, Svalbard, Norway, 27 May, 2019. (Talk)
Rooney, E., R. Lybrand, J. Hatten, A. Gallo, M. SanClements. Impact of freeze-thaw cycles on carbon stability in upland permafrost soils. In Abstracts, International Soils Meeting, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, CA, 9 Jan., 2019. (Talk)
Rooney, E., and J. Norton. Effects of cover crops on phosphorus availability and wheat biomass in calcareous soils. In Abstracts, ASA Land Management and Conservation, Soil Science Society of America-Crop Society of America-Agronomy Society of America Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL, 23 Oct., 2017. (Talk) Won 2nd place in the Graduate Student Competition.
Rooney, E., and J. Norton. Effects of cover crops and compost on phosphorus availability and wheat biomass production in calcareous soils. Thesis Defense, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY, 4 Aug., 2017. (Talk)
Honors and Awards:
Oregon State University-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Distinguished Graduate Research Program Fellow,
Richland, Washington, 2019-current
Co-advised by Dr. Vanessa Bailey in the Biological Sciences Department.
Background: I was born and raised in Fort Collins, CO. I'm a fan of polar landscapes and permafrost. I have studied permafrost in Alaska, Italy, Switzerland, and Svalbard. I have seen penguins (while studying soil and sheep ranching in Chilean Patagonia). I am still hoping to see a polar bear.
PhD Soil Science (Oregon State University) Estimated Spring 2022
MS Soil Science (University of Wyoming) 2017
BFA Theatre Performance (University of Wyoming) 2013
Erin was awarded an NSF Office of Polar Programs Postdoctoral Research Fellowship! She will be continuing her research studying freeze-thaw in permafrost landscapes with Dr. Beth Herndon at University of Tennessee, Knoxville.