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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. Jiang, Y., Yin, X., Luo, X., Yu, L., Sun, H., Wang. N., Mathews, S. 2019. Sorption of vanadium (V) on three typical agricultural soil of the Loess Plateau, China. Journal Environmental Pollutants and Bioavailability. 31(1): 120-130.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. Mathews, S. and Reinhold, D. 2013. Biosolid borne tetracycline and sulphonamide in plants. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 20:4327–4338
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Wei, S., Zhou, Q. and Mathews, S. 2008. A Newly Found Cadmium Accumulator--Taraxacum Mongolicum. Journal of Hazardous Materials 159:544-547.
  12. 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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