Laura Christianson

Laura ChristiansonDr. Laura Christianson is a Research Agricultural Engineer for the Freshwater Institute. Her professional interests involve soil and water conservation, and she is specifically interested in the use of natural processes to prevent and mitigate negative water quality impacts from agricultural systems. Dr. Christianson finished her Ph.D. in Agricultural Engineering (Co-Major: Sustainable Agriculture) at Iowa State University in December 2011. She previously completed a B.S. in Biosystems Engineering at Oklahoma State University and a M.S. in Biological and Agricultural Engineering at Kansas State University.

During her Ph.D., Dr. Christianson spent a year at Massey University in New Zealand studying agricultural water quality and denitrification technologies as a Fulbright Fellow. Her dissertation work, funded in-part by a USDA NIFA Predoctoral Fellowship, focused on improvement of agricultural drainage water quality through the use of denitrification woodchip “bioreactors”, an environmentally friendly technology she continues to refine at the Freshwater Institute.

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Dr. Christianson examining a water sample in the field

You can contact Dr. Christianson at l.christianson@freshwaterinstitute.orgor at 304-876-2815 ext.241.