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Name: Maud Walsh
Title: Professor; Undergraduate and Graduate Advisor
Specialization: Environmental Education and Geomicrobiology
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Department: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences
Organization: LSU AgCenter
Address 1: 110 Sturgis Hall
Address 2: Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone Number: (225) 578-1211
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Education/Training

B.A. English Literature, Bryn Mawr College 1975
M.L.S. Library Science, Louisiana State University 1976
Ph.D. Geology, Louisiana State University 1989

Areas of Specialization/Research

My academic appointment in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences is 60% teaching and advising, 20% service and 20% research.

I teach EMS 1011-Environment and Technology: Perspective on Environmental Problems, which covers basic scientific principles, environmental problems and solutions, ecology, societal issues, policy; AMS/AGRO/HORT 2011-Analysis of Environmental Issues, an introduction to reading, writing and speaking in the sciences and EMS 3040-Applied Environmental Management, which focuses on applying, integrating, and communicating scientific, legal, and social information in managing environmental resources. All three classes are certified as communication-intensive courses by the LSU Communication across the Curriculum program and incorporate service-learning with community partners that include the East Baton Rouge Recycling Office and LSU Sustainability. I also oversee student internships (AGRO 3090 and EMS 3090) and direct independent projects (AGRO 4092 and EMS 3999).

I am the Undergraduate Advisor for Environmental Management Systems majors and Plant & Soil Systems majors in the Crop Science, Soil Science, and Sustainable Production Systems concentrations and am the Graduate Advisor for the M.S. and Ph.D. programs in the School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences. Since 2010 I am a coordinator of the sustainability track of the Agricultural Residential College. I am also a faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies. I serve on the University Review and Assessment Committee, the Service-Learning Advisory Council, and the Sustainability Curriculum in Education Committee.

My research interests include environmental education and communication, environmental remediation and the geologic record of early life and environments on Earth. For the past 17 years I have helped lead science education professional development institutes for elementary and middle-school teachers. I am the Research Translation Core Leader for a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Superfund Research Program focused on health effects of environmentally persistent free radicals. My responsibilities include communicating the research findings of the LSU Superfund Research Program (www.srp.lsu.edu) to environmental professionals, government agencies, health professionals, and the general public. Recent environmental remediation projects with graduate students focused on phytoremediation of arsenic-contaminated soil and on strategies for planting restored coastal areas in Louisiana. My geologic studies focus on some of the oldest rocks on Earth to learn more about conditions under which life existed on the young Earth, and to develop strategies for searching for evidence of life on other planets, particularly Mars.

Professional Experience

2012-present Professor, School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University

2007-2012 Associate Professor, School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Sciences, Louisiana State University

2001-2007 Assistant Professor, Agronomy & Environmental Management (now Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences) Louisiana State University

1997-2001 Research Assistant Professor (part-time), Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University

1989-1997 Research Associate (part-time), Environmental Studies, Louisiana State University
Awards/Grants

Teaching awards:

Louisiana Science Teacher Association William Craig Outstanding University Educator Award, 2013-2014.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Louisiana Professor of the Year, 2008.

LSU College of AgricultureSedberry Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2006.

Gamma Sigma Delta LSU Chapter Teaching Merit Honor Roll, 2005, 2011, 2012.

Tiger Athletic Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professor in the LSU College of Agriculture, 2003.

Current grants

LSU Superfund Research Program: Environmentally Persistent Free Radicals. $13,969,825. 2011-2016. (Barry Dellinger, PI., Walsh as one of the co-PIs, Research Translation Core Leader)

Recent grants

Disturbed Systems: Reclaiming the Marsh with an Integrated Approach to Revitalization. LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio. $15,000. PIs:Walsh, Wicks and Cheramie.

EBRPSS-LSU Elementary MSP: Project e-STEM. East Baton Rouge Parish School System. $64,547. As Co-PI. Nell McAnelly, Project Director. 2011-2012.

EBRPSS-LSU Elementary MSP: Science Stars. East Baton Rouge Parish School System. $61,860. As instructor. Brenda Nixon, Project Director. 2011-2012.Health Impacts of Toxic Combustion By-Products. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, $3.6 million. (Barry Dellinger, PI. Walsh as co-PI, Core Director). June, 2009-May 2011.

Toxic Combustion By-Products: NIEHS Superfund Research Program Proposal. Louisiana Board of Regents EPSCoR Planning Grant. $10,000. 2010. (Barry Dellinger, PI. Walsh as co-PI)

EBRPSS-LSU Elementary MSP: Project AIMS.  U.S. Department of Education through East Baton Rouge Parish School System,. $71, 239 . As Co-PI. Nell McAnelly, Project Director. 2010-2011.

Publications/Presentations/Patents

Edited book

Seckbach, J. and Walsh, M., eds. 2008. From Fossils to Astrobiology: Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestial Biosignatures. Volume 12 CELLULAR ORIGINS, LIFE IN EXTREME HABITATS AND ASTROBIOLOGY Springer, 546 p.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles (last 10 years)

Walsh, M. and Wicks, C. 2014. "Introducing Transdisciplinary Problem Solving to Environmental Management Systems and Geology Students through a Case Study of Disturbed Coastal Systems" Journal of College Science Teaching 43(3)48-53.

Anderson, L., Walsh, M., Roy, A., Bianchetti, C., and Merchan, G. 2011. The Potential of Thelypteris palustris and Asparagus sperengi in the Phytoremediation of Arsenic-contaminated Soils. International Journal of Phytoremediation, 13:177–184. DOI: 10.1080/15226511003671346

Walsh, M., Cormier, S., Varner, K. and Dellinger, B. 2010. By-Products of Thermal Treatment of Hazardous Waste: Formation and Health Effects. EM, April, 2010, 26-30.

Anderson, L*. and Walsh, M. 2007. Arsenic uptake by common marsh fern Thelypteris palustris and its potential for phytoremediation. Science of the Total Environment. 379 (2-3): 263-265 doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2006.09.032

Ngwenya, E., Walsh, M., Metosh-Dickey, C. and Portier, R. 2006. Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage Leachate by a Physico-chemical and Biological Treatment Train Approach. Remediation 16 (2): 79-90.

Roy, A., Byerly, G.R., Lowe, D.R., Walsh, M., and Bianchetti, C. 2005. Iron and Manganese Minerals from South African Ironstone Deposits. Physica Scripta, T115, 918-920.

Walsh, M. M., Jenkins, D., Powell, K. and Rusch, K.2005. The Campus Lake Learning Community: Promoting a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Environmental Problem-Solving. Journal of College Science Teaching 34 (5): 24-27.

Walsh, M. M. 2004. Evaluation of Early Archean Volcaniclastic and Volcanic Flow Rocks as Possible Sites for Carbonaceous Fossil Microbes.” Astrobiology 4 (4): 429-437.

Book Chapters (last 10 years)

Walsh, Maud M. 2010. Microbial Mats on the Early Earth: the Archean Rock Record. In: Seckbach, J. and Oren, A., eds. Microbial Mats: Modern and Ancient Microorganisms in Stratified Systems. Series: Cellular Origin, Life in Extreme Habitats and Astrobiology, Vol. 14. Springer, 2010, pp. 43-51.

Walsh, M.M. and Westall, F. 2008. Disentangling the Microbial Fossil Record in the Barberton Greenstone Belt: A Cautionary Tale In: Seckbach, J. and Walsh, M., eds. From Fossils to Astrobiology: Records of Life on Earth and the Search for Extraterrestial Biosignatures. Springer, 2008, pp. 25-37.

Russo, M., Kelsey, S., and Walsh, M. 2007. Online Integration of Information Literacy in an Environmental Management Systems Course. Understanding Online Instructional Modeling: Theories and Practices. Eds. R. Zheng and S. P. Ferris. Hershey, Pennsylvania: Idea Group, Inc. pp. 240-251.

Walsh, M. M. and Westall, F. 2003. Archean Biofilms Preserved in the 3.2-3.6 Ga Swaziland Supergroup, South Africa. In: Fossil and Recent Biofilms: a natural history of the life on Earth: Ed. W. E. Krumbein, D. M. Paterson and G. A. Zavarzin. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 307-316.

Westall, F., Walsh, M., Toporski, J. and Steele, A. 2003. Fossil biofilms and the search for life on Mars. In: Fossil and Recent Biofilms: a natural history of the life on Earth: Ed. W. E. Krumbein, D. M. Paterson and G. A. Zavarzin. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, pp. 447-465.

Other publications

Walsh, M. M. 2007. Opportunities for Nontraditional Agricultural Students in Coastal Wetlands Research. Louisiana Agriculture, Spring 2007: 38.

Recent Abstracts of Papers Presented at Professional Meetings

Walsh, M., McCarley, R., Reams, M., Mitran, E. and Attaway, D. 2012 “It’s Not Just About Research: Training, Research Translation, and Community Engagement in the LSU Superfund Research Center. Poster presentation at American Chemical Society Southwest Regional Meeting, Nov. 4-7, 2012, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Hoover, A., Ormsbee, L., Jenkins, S., Gray, K., Walsh, M., Upham, B., Harris, O., Burgin, D., Dyken, J., Shepeard, H., Hunter, C., Lopez-Carreras, Hanley, J., Gehle, K. Anderson, B., Avakian, M. 2012. “Connecting Research and Practice: A Dialogue between ATSDR and the NIEHS Superfund Research Program.” Poster presentation at Superfund Research Program annual meeting, October 21-25, 2012, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gillett, C., Bush, E., Fontenot, K., Walsh, M., and Blanchard, P. “Creating a Horticultural Curriculum Addressing Environmental Concerns.” American Society for Horticultural Science Annual Meeting July 30-August 4, 2012. Published in Horticultural Science 47: S175.

Walsh, M., Twidwell, E., and Lowrey, M.* Want to get your hands dirty? Using Active Learning to Promote Sustainable Agriculture. Agronomy Society of America Annual Meeting October 16-19, 2011. Abstracts with Programs.

Gamper, A., Heubeck, C., Ohnemueller, F. and Walsh, M. 2010. Microfacies of mappable Archean biomats, Moodies Group, Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa EGU General Assembly 2010. Geophysical Research Abstracts Vol. 12, EGU2010-0, 2010.

Walsh, M. and Dellinger, B. 2009. Health Impacts of Toxic Combustion By-Products: Communication of Research Implications to the Environmental Community. Abstracts of the Air & Waste Management Louisiana Section Environmental Focus 2009: A Multi-media forum. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 27-28, 2009.

Walsh, M., Loe, V., Hamilton, S., Dillemuth, R., and Harris, A. 2009. Building Partnerships to Promote Active Learning in Environmental Management. Agronomy Society of America Annual Meeting November 1-5, 2009. Abstracts with Programs.

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