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Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences at NC State University

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Executive Summary

Environmental scientist with background in water quality, soil fertility, and agriculture. With skills in site assessment, analytical instrumentation, and data analysis I want to work with inspired people that have an infinite mindset toward natural resource stewardship and real sustainability.


Employment

Postdoctoral Research Scholar | Sep 2020 - present

w/ Deanna Osmond, Dept. of Crop and Soil Sciences, NC State University, Raleigh, NC

Graduate Research Assistant | July 2017 - Aug 2020

w/ Rory Maguire, School of Plant and Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

  • Survey 58 Virginia dairy farms in new effort to calculate farm phosphorus balances and help farms increase P use efficiency
  • Developed data analysis and reporting workflow with R/RMarkdown
  • Present work at multiple stakeholder meetings and conferences
  • Publish extension paper on P balance results
  • Coursework in statistics, soil chemistry, farm finance
  • Assist with soil chemistry course

Graduate Research Assistant | Jan 2015 - June 2017

w/ Neil Hansen, Dept. of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

  • Used spatiotemporal approaches and analytical chemistry for finding nonpoint source phosphorus pollution in a mixed-use montane watershed in north, central Utah (thesis)
  • Coursework in hydrogeology, remote sensing, environmental chemistry

Laboratory Assistant Manager | May 2014 - May 2017

Environmental Analytical Laboratory, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

  • Oversaw daily operation of analytical lab and the students and researchers it supported
  • Analyzed of soil, sediment, plant, water, and biosolid samples
  • Proficient with common analytical instruments (ICP-OES, AAS, CN combustion analyzer, Hach Lachat FIA).
  • Training and mentoring of 50+ undergraduate workers and researchers
  • Performed quality control, prepared reports, and communicated lab results to both commercial and research customers.

Research Assistant | January 2013 - March 2014

Dr. Ryan Stewart, Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

  • Developed a climate envelope for predicting distribution of Agave utahensis, after self-driven training of ArcGIS and species modeling software

Education

PhD Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences | July 2017 - August 2020

MS Environmental Science | Jan 2015 - June 2017

BS Environmental Science | Sep 2007 - June 2008; Sep 2011 - Dec 2014

  • Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • Graduated December 2014 with 3.7 GPA

Skills

Professional

  • Field work: soil sampling, farm visiting, streamflow gauge installation and measurements

  • Statistics and data analysis with R

  • Science Communication

Hardware

  • Lachat QuikChem FIA, LECO CN Elemental Analyzer, Perkin Elmer F-AAS, Thermo Fisher ICP-OES, Milestone Microwave Digestion System
  • DSLR/M digital cameras
  • Computer building
  • Ham radio

Software

  • R & RStudio, SAS JMP
  • ENVI, ERDAS IMAGINE, Esri ArcGIS, QGIS, MaxEnt
  • Photoshop and image processing
  • Microsoft OS and Office

Other

  • Photographer
  • Birder
  • Amateur radio operator
  • Speak Tagalog (Filipino) adequately
  • Decent home chef

Teaching

Environmental Chemistry Lab (BYU, PWS 406, 1 cr)

This one credit course couples various principles of environmental analysis with laboratory experience. Students learn about and perform field sampling, sample preparation, chemical analyses, analytical instrumentation, and data interpretation within the context of environmental research.

Mentored Learning Experience (BYU; PWS 494R; 1-6 cr.)

This course provided undergraduate students with the opportunity to learn sample preparation and laboratory procedures pertinent to environmental research and quality testing. Conducted in the BYU Environmental Analytical Lab.


Publications

Pearce, AW, Maguire RO, Pokhrel S. Managing Phosphorus Balance on Virginia Dairy Farms. Virginia Cooperative Extension. 2021

Pearce, A, Maguire, R. The state of phosphorus balance on 58 Virginia dairy farms. J. Environ. Qual. 2020; 49: 324– 334. https://doi.org/10.1002/jeq2.20054

Johns, J., Pearce, A., Robinson, D., and Hansen, N.C. Mar 2015. Applying a phosphorus risk index in a mixed-use mountain watershed. Proceedings of the 2015 Western Nutrient Management Conference 11:117-122.


Presentations

Extension presentation of initial phosphorus balance results on VA dairy farms at nutrient management workshop by VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Montezuma, VA. March 14, 2019.

Pearce, A, Maguire, R, Knowlton K. Nov 2018. Moving Virginia Dairy Farms Toward Sustainable Phosphorus Balance. Presentation at ASA-CSSA International Meetings, Baltimore, MD.

Extension presentation of soil phosphorus and phosphorus balance on VA dairy farms at nutrient management workshop by VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Montezuma, VA. March 13, 2018.

Extension presentation of phosphorus balance on VA dairy farms at nutrient management workshop by VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Charlottesville, VA. March 5, 2018.

Extension presentation of phosphorus balance on VA dairy farms at nutrient management workshop by VA Dept. of Conservation and Recreation, Rocky Mount, VA. February 26, 2018.

Pearce, A., Johns, J., Hansen, N.C. Oct 2017. Repeated Synoptic Sampling and Phosphorus Fractionation: A Strategy for Sourcing Phosphorus at the Watershed Scale. Presentation at ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, Tampa, FL.

Pearce, A., Hansen, N.C., and Johns., J. Nov 2016. Maxent and Soil Phosphorus Predictions In A Mixed-use Montane Watershed. Presentation at ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, Phoenix, AZ.

Pearce, A., Johns, J., and Hansen, N.C. Aug 2016. Hunting For Nonpoint Source Phosphorus In A Mixed-use Mountain Watershed with a Synoptic Mass Balance Approach. Plenary Presentation at 22nd National Nonpoint Source Monitoring Workshop, Salt Lake City, UT.

Pearce, A., Johns, J., Jones. J., and Hansen, N.C. Nov 2015. Searching For Phosphorus Sources In A Mixed-use Mountain Watershed. Presentation at ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, Minneapolis, MN and Presentation at Graduate Student Conclave, Brigham Young University.


Awards

Recipient of the 2018-2019 Horace E. & Elizabeth Alphin Scholarship. College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Virginia Tech.

Third Place Award in Fall 2017 Virginia Tech Library Student ePortfolio Showcase.

Pearce, A., Johns, J., Hansen, N.C. Oct 2017. Repeated Synoptic Sampling and Phosphorus Fractionation: A Strategy for Sourcing Phosphorus at the Watershed Scale. Honorable Mention Award at ASA, CSSA and SSSA International Annual Meetings, Tampa, FL.

Johns, J., Pearce, A., Robinson, D., and Hansen, N.C. Mar 2015. Applying a phosphorus risk index in a mixed-use mountain watershed. Third Place Poster at the 2015 Western Nutrient Management Conference.


Involvements

American Society of Agronomy - Member (2015-present)

Soil Science Society of America - Member (2015-present)

Graduate student representative during the 2018 vision and planning process of the (then) newly formed School of Plant and Environmental Sciences (SPES) at Virginia Tech.

Representative for graduate students of SPES to the Virginia Tech Graduate Student Assembly. 2018-2019 academic year.

Voluntary ecclesiastical service in Philippines (2009-2011) and currently as youth instructor.

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