In Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance working groups, we partner to take action in initiatives that contribute to the mission of phosphorus sustainability. Participation in working groups is a benefit of membership. Contact us for more information on working groups.
Phosphorus Transport Modeling Group
One of the classic environmental management dilemmas is that we often understand and evaluate systems at large scales (watersheds, sub-basins), yet management of the landscape most often occurs at the field or even sub-field scale. In our Phosphorus Transport Modeling Group, we bring together practitioners to discuss how to use existing in-field phosphorus measurements and modeled phosphorus pools to build more dependable and scalable models of phosphorus transport. Launched in August 2018, invited scientists and members of the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance can participate in this group. Some of this work has been described in our blog. Updates from these groups were also presented at Phosphorus Forum 2019 and will be again at Phosphorus Forum 2020.Videos of the 2018 PF2W Modeling Workshop are available on YouTube.
- Margaret Kalcic
- Assistant Professor, Ohio State University
- Dr. Margaret Kalcic is an expert in watershed modeling and environmental hydrology, with a special focus on assessing conservation practice effectiveness for water quality improvement in heavily agricultural basins. Her work is policy-relevant and derived from a strong connection to stakeholders and a responsiveness to their needs and priorities.
- Rebecca Muenich
- Research Scientist, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance
- Dr. Rebecca Muenich is an environmental engineer with expertise in environmental modeling, especially in evaluating the impact of land management decisions on nutrient inputs into the environment. She is currently an Assistant Professor in ASU’s School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment and serves as a Research Scientist with the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance.
- Matt Scholz
- Program Manager, Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance
- Dr. Matt Scholz is the Program Manager for the Sustainable Phosphorus Alliance. He has a background in developing corporate sustainability metrics, biomass characterization for biofuel development, and maize genetics.
- Pete Vadas
- National Program Leader for Land and Air Management, USDA-ARS
- Dr. Pete Vadas joined the ARS in 2001 and was a post-doc in Beltsville, MD and University Park, PA until 2006. He then spent 13 years in Madison, WI as and ARS scientist at the Dairy Forage Research Center. Dr. Vadas joined the National Program staff in Beltsville, MD in May 2019. Dr. Vadas’ professional expertise revolves around the environmental impacts of agriculture, especially related to nutrient management in animal production and the use of simulation modeling to improve agricultural sustainability.
- Céline Vaneeckhaute
- Professor, Université Laval
- Dr. Céline Vaneeckhaute has worked as assistant director of the anaerobic digestion processes at the Québec City Municipality and as an independent consultant in the field of resource recovery thereafter. Since 2016, she has been working as a professor in chemical engineering at Laval University, where she is also director of the BioEngine Research Team on Green Process Engineering and Biorefineries. Her research activities focus on nutrient recovery from digestate as bio-based fertilizers and target both technology development as well as mathematical modelling and decision-support analyses.