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Astrid R. Jacobson

Astrid R. Jacobson

Assistant Professor--Soil Chemistry
Area of Study: Environmental Soil & Water, Soil Science
Emphasis: Soil Chemistry
Employee Type: Faculty
Location:  AGRS 338
Office Phone:  435-797-2184
Fax:  435--797-3376
Cell Phone:  435-535-5322
4820 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-4820

Specialties: Soil chemistry

Research Interests

  • Cofactor effects on contaminant fate and transport
  • Micro-scale spatial distribution of xenobiotics and trace elements in soils
  • Effect of elevated CO2 on soil trace elements



2002    Ph.D., Environmental Soil Chemistry, Cornell University
1997    M.S.,   Soil Science, University of California, Davis
1986    B.S.,   Chemistry (major)/ Environmental Toxicology (minor), University of California, Davis


Professional Experience

2007-present    Assistant Professor of Soil Chemistry, Plants, Soils and Climate Dept. and
                            Ecology Center Faculty Associate, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2003-2007        Post-doctoral Associate, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
2001-2003        Post-doctoral Fellow, Centre Sciences de la Terre/Géosol, Université de Bourgogne, Dijon, France
1998-2001        Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
1986-1996        Staff Research Associate, Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, University of California, Davis, CA


Peer-Reviewed Publications

Uyusur, B., Darnault, C. J. G., Snee, P. T., Kokën, E., Jacobson, A. R., and Wells, R. R. Coupled effects of solution chemistry and hydrodynamics on the mobility and transport of quantum dot namomaterials in the vadose zone. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology, [In Press] doi: 10.1016/j.jconhyd.2010.09.013
Wu, C-Y.*, Jacobson, A. R., Laba, M., Kim, B., and Baveye, P.C., (2010) Surrogate calibrations and diffuse-reflectance near-infrared sensing of heavy metal content in soils. Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 209(1-4): 377-390
Wu, C.-Y.*, Jacobson, A. R., Laba, M., and Baveye, P.C., (2009) Accounting for Surface Roughness Effects in the Near-Infrared Reflectance Sensing of Soils. Geoderma, 152(1-2):171-180.
Wu, C.-Y.*, Jacobson, A. R., Laba, M., and Baveye, P. C. (2009) Alleviating moisture Contents Effects on the Visible Near-Infrared Diffuse-Reflectance Sensing of Soils. Soil Science, 174(8):456-465.
Baveye, P.C., and Jacobson, A. R. (2009) Comment on “A soil science renaissance” by AE Hartemink and A. McBratney. Geoderma, 151(3-4):126-127.
French R.A.*, Jacobson A.R., Kim B, Penn, L., Isley, S., and Baveye, P.C. (2009) Influence of ionic strength, pH, and cation valence on aggregation kinetics of TiO2 nanoparticles. Environmental Science & Technology, 43(5):1354-1359.
Jacobson, A.R., Militello, R., and Baveye, P.C. (2009) Development of computer-assisted virtual field trips to support pluridisciplinary learning. Computers and Education, 52: 571-580.

Baveye, P.C. and Jacobson, A.R. (2008) Soil science education in the “Age of Money”: Reflections and concerns for the near future. Water, Air and Soil Pollution, 187:1-4.

Dousset, S., Jacobson, A. R., Dessogne, J. B., Guichard, N., Baveye, P. C., and Andreux, F. (2008) Facilitated transport of diuron and glyphosate in high copper vineyard soils. Environmental Science & Technology, 41(24): 8056-8061.

Jacobson, A.R., Dousset, S., Andreux, F., and Baveye, P. (2007) Electron microprobe and synchrotron micro-X-ray fluorescence mapping of the heterogeneous distribution of copper in contaminated soils. Environmental Science & Technology, 41(18): 6343- 6349.

Baveye, P., Jacobson, A.R., Allaire, S., Tandarich, J., and Bryant, R.B. (2007) Response to comment on “Whither soil science in the US and Canada?” by A. Hartemink. Soil Science, 172(2): 168-171

Baveye, P., Jacobson, A.R., Allaire, S., Tandarich, J., and Bryant, R.B. (2006) Whither soil science in the US and Canada? Survey results and analysis. Soil Science 171(7): 501-518

Spagnuolo, M., Jacobson, A.R., Baveye, P. (2005) EPR Analysis of the Distribution of a hydrophobic spin probe in suspensions of humic acids, hectorite, and AlOH-humate-hectorite complexes. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 24 (10): 2435-2444

Jacobson, A. R., Dousset, S., Guichard, N., Baveye, P., and Andreux, F. (2005) Diuron mobility through vineyard soils contaminated with copper. Environmental Pollution, 138: 250-259

Jacobson, A. R., Martínez, C. E., Spagnuolo, M., McBride, M. B., and Baveye, P. (2005) Reduction of silver solubility by humic acid and thiol ligands during acanthite (b-Ag2S) dissolution. Environmental Pollution, 135:1-9

Jacobson, A. R., McBride, M. B., Baveye, P., and Steenhuis, T. (2005) Environmental factors determining the trace-level sorption of silver and thallium to soils. Science of the Total Environment, 345:191-205

Jacobson, A. R., Klitzke, S., McBride, M, B., Baveye, P., and Steenhuis, T. (2005) The desorption of silver and thallium from soils in the presence of a chelating resin with thiol functional groups. Water Air and Soil Pollution, 160:41-54

Spagnuolo, M., Baveye, P., Jacobson, A., Pizzigallo, M. D. R. and Ruggiero, P. (2005) Interactions of neutral and cationic spin probes with a smectite and a smectite-humic acid complex. Fresenius Environmental Bulletin, 11b:1-7

Martínez, C. E., Jacobson, A. R., and McBride, M. B. (2004) Lead phosphate minerals: Solubility and dissolution by model and natural ligands. Environmental Science & Technology, 38(21):5584-5590.

Jacobson, A. R. and Baveye, P. (2004) Comment on “Critical evaluation of desorption phenomena of heavy metals from natural sediments.” Environmental Science & Technology, 38(17):4701-4702.

Dudal, Y., Jacobson, A. R., Samson, R., and Deschenes, L. (2004) Modelling the dynamics of pentachlorophenol bioavailability in column experiments. Water Research, 38(14-15):3147-3154.

Dudal, Y., Jacobson, A. R., Samson, R., and Deschenes, L. (2004) Bioavailability of pentachlorophenol to acclimatized bacteria under batch and flow-through conditions. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 63(4):460-465

Martínez, C. E., Jacobson, A. R., and McBride, M. B. (2003) Aging and temperature effects on DOC and elemental release from a metal contaminated soil. Environmental Pollution, 122(1):135-143.

Dousset, S., Morel, J. L., Jacobson, A., and Bitton, G. (2001) Copper binding capacity of root exudates of cultivated plants and associated weeds. Biology and Fertility of Soils, 34(4):230-234

Darnault, D. J. G., Di Carlo, D. A., Bauters, T. W. J., Jacobson, A. R., Throop, J. A., Montemagno, C. D., Parlange, J. Y., and Steenhuis, T. S. (2001) Measurement of fluid contents by light transmission in transient three-phase oil-water-air systems in sand. Water Resources Research, 37(7):1859-1868

Martínez, C. E., Jacobson, A., and McBride, M. B. (2001) Thermally induced changes in metal solubility of contaminated soils is linked to mineral recrystallization and organic matter transformations. Environmental Science & Technology, 35(5):908-916.

Martínez, C. E., Sauvé, S., Jacobson, A., and McBride, M. B. (1999) Thermally induced release of adsorbed Pb upon aging ferrihydrite and soil oxides. Environmental Science & Technology, 33(12):2016-2020.


Non Peer-Reviewed Articles

Burau, R. G., McDonald, A., Jacobson,A., May, D., Grattan, S., Shennan, C., Swanton, B., Scherer, D., Abrams, M., Epstein, E., and Rendig, V. (1988) Selenium in tissues of crops sampled from the west side of the San Joaquin Valley California. In Tanji, K. K. (Ed.) Selenium Contents in Animal and Human Food Crops Grown in California. Cooperative Extension University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources Publication 3330, pp. 61-66.


Book Chapters

Dousset, S., Landry, D., Jacobson, A., Baveye, P. and Andreux, F. (2007) Influence of grass cover on the leaching of herbicides in Burgundy vineyards. In, Willis, I. C. (Ed.), Progress in Environmental Research. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, NY, USA. Chapter 3, pp. 127-154.

 Jacobson, A. R., Bladon, R. and Baveye, P. (2004) Exposure Assessment: Analysis of routes of human contact to chemical contaminants. In, Baveye, P. et al. (Eds), Environmentally-acceptable pollution and reclamation endpoints. Locke Publications, Ithaca, NY.