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Duckworth, Owen W

Crop and Soil Sciences
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We study the biogeochemical processes that control the fate, transport, speciation, and bioavailability of nutrients and contaminants in soil and water. Understanding these processes at the fundamental level is essential to solving critical modern societal problems, including managing and remediating polluted sites and improving nutrient metal uptake by crops or other plants. We utilize a wide variety of chemical, microbiological, analytical, spectroscopic, and field-based approaches to study biogeochemistry at molecular to field-scale Has recently worked with scientists in Cambodia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Austria, China, and Brazil. 

Environmental Management | Natural Resources and Conservation | Water | Soil Microbiology | Soil physical Chemistry
Country(s) of experience:
Australia | Austria | Brazil | Cambodia | China-Peoples Rep | Korea, South | Sweden | Switzerland
Type(s) of International Experience:
Researcher in an international project | Speaker at an international conference | Visiting faculty | Other international activities | Advisor for international students | Host for international faculty | Host for international post-doc
UNC Superfunc Research Program Research project
01/31/2020 - 02/01/2025
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Institutes of Health (NIH)
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Understanding Critical Soil-Siderophore Antagonistic Interactions. Research project
06/01/2020 - 06/01/2024
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Elucidating the Effects of Structure on the Redox Reactivity of Mycogenic Mn Oxide Nanoparticles. Research project
11/01/2014 - 08/15/2019
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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CAREER: Assessing the Reactivity and Diversity of Neutrophilic Iron Oxidizing Bacteria in Terrestrial Aquatic Environments Research project
01/01/2013 - 07/31/2019
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Institutional Partner: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden | Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland

Elucidating the Roles of Manganese Oxides in Regulating Arsenic Contamination of Groundwater in Southern Asia. Development project
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2017
Funding Agency/Sponsor: National Science Foundation (NSF)
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Elucidating the Controls on Mycogenic Nanoparticle Reactivity for Environmental Remediation. Research project
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2014
Funding Agency/Sponsor: North Carolina State University
Institutional Partner: Université de Lausanne (UNIL), Switzerland

Predicting Mobilization and Bioaccumulation of Trace Elements from Coal Fly Ash Using Speciation Analysis. Research project
01/01/2010 - 12/31/2014
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Institutional Partner: University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia

Utilization of Biogenic Complexes in the Directed Synthesis of Zeolites Research project
01/01/2011 - 12/31/2012
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Institutional Partner: Kyungpook National University (KNU), South Korea