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Soil Science


Dr. Shiny Mathews
Soil Testing Lab Director

Office: Waldron Hall 103
Phone: 701-231-9589
Fax: 701-231-7861
Office Hours: 8:00 - 5:00, M - F

Professional Interests
Soil, plant, manure and water testing methodologies; fertilizer management; fate and transport of heavy metals, pharmaceuticals and pesticides in soil; phytoremediation.


Ph.D. Soil and Water Science.  May 2011. University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Dissertation:  Arsenic hyperaccumulation by Pteris vittata L., arsenic transformation, uptake and environmental impact

M.S. Soil Science and Agricultural Chemistry.  December 2002.  University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
Thesis:  Behavior of alachlor in alfisols of Bangalore

B.S. Agriculture. December 2000. Kerala Agricultural University.

Employment History

2015 to present: Soil Testing Lab Director, Department of Soil Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND

2013-2015: Faculty Associate, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, WI
     Courses taught:
          Introduction to Soil and Water Resources, NR 251
          Soil Conservation and Watershed Inventory Techniques, Soils 359

2011-2013: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI

Peer-Reviewed Publications

  1. Qiao, J., Sun, H., Luo, X., Zhang, W., Mathews, S. and Yin, X. 2017. EDTA-assisted leaching of Pb and Cd from contaminated soil. Chemosphere. 167:422-428.
  2. Jiang. Y., Yu, L., Sun, H., Yin, X., Wang, C, Mathews, S. and Wang, N. 2017.  Transport of natural soil nanoparticles in saturated porous media: effects of pH and ionic strength. Chemical Speciation & Bioavailability. 29(1) 186-196.
  3. Mathews, S., Henderson, S. and Reinhold, D. 2014. Uptake and Accumulation of Antimicrobials, Triclocarban and Triclosan, by Food Crops in a Hydroponic System. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 21 (9) 6025 -6033
  4. Mathews, S. and Reinhold, D. 2013. Biosolid borne tetracycline and sulphonamide in plants. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 20:4327–4338
  5. Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B., Wang, X., Mathews, S. and Ghosh, P. 2012. Arsenic biotransformation and transfer from rhizosphere to plant, Understanding the Geological and Medical Interface of Arsenic - As, Arsenic in the Environment - Proceedings, CRC Press, 2012, pp. 101-103.
  6. Mathews, S., Rathinasabapathi, B. and Ma L.Q. 2011. Uptake and translocation of arsenite by Pteris vittata L.: effects of glycerol, antimonite and silver. Environmental Pollution. 159: (12) 3490-3495.
  7. Mathews, S., Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi. B., Natarajan, S. and Saha U. 2010. Arsenic transformation in the growth media and biomass of hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata. Bioresource Technology, 101 (21): 8024-8030.
  8. Wei, S., Ma, L.Q., Saha, U., Mathews, S., Sundaram, S., Rathinasabapathi, B. and Zhou, Q. 2010. Sulfate and glutathione enhanced arsenic accumulation by arsenic hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata L. Environmental Pollution, 158: (5)1530-1535.
  9. Mathews, S., Ma, L.Q., Rathinasabapathi, B. and Stamps. R. 2009. Arsenic Reduced Scale-Insect Infestation on Arsenic Hyperaccumulator Pteris vittata. L. Environmental and Experimental Botany 65:282-286.
  10. Wei, S., Zhou, Q. and Mathews, S. 2008. A Newly Found Cadmium Accumulator--Taraxacum Mongolicum. Journal of Hazardous Materials 159:544-547.
  11. Mathews, S. 2006. Adsorption Behavior of Alachlor in Soil in different Humic Acid Levels. Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment, 10:80-84.

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Soil Science Department
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8901 - Fax: (701) 231-7861
Campus address: Walster Hall 106
Mailing address: Dept 7680 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Nathan.Derby@NDSU.EDU

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