Jerry Bigham

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School of Environment and Natural Resources

Address:214 Kottman Hall
Country:United States


Dr. Jerry Bigham is Professor and Director of the School of Environment and Natural Resources. He received his Ph.D. in Soil Chemistry and Mineralogy from North Carolina State University and an M.Sc in Soil Science from Texas Tech University.

Professor Bigham conducts research on the restoration of landscapes degraded by surface mining, the geochemistry of acid sulfate waters, and the beneficial re-use of flue gas desulfurization products from coal-fired utilities. Currently, his basic research is focused on microbial-facilitated mineral formation in extreme environments. His applied research deals with the land application of the by-product gypsum for reducing soil erosion and improving air-water exchange in no-tillage agriculture.

Dr. Bigham is an Alexander von Humboldt Research Scholar, a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and a recipient of the M.L. Jackson mid-career award in clay mineralogy. He has been the author or co-author of 91 technical papers and 17 book chapters and has published in a variety of journals including Soil Science Society of America Journal, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Applied Geochemistry, Clays and Clay Minerals, Environmental Science and Technology, and Journal of Environmental Quality.

Selected Publications

Wang, H., J.M. Bigham, F.S. Jones, and O.H. Tuovinen. 2007. "Synthesis and Properties of Ammoniojarosites Prepared with Iron-Oxidizing Acidophilic Microorganisms at 22-65 °C". Geochimica et Cosmochica. Acta, Vol. 71, Pgs.155-164

Lee, Y.B., J.M. Bigham, W.A. Dick, F.S. Jones, and C. Ramsier. 2007. "Influence of Soil pH and Application Rate on the Oxidation of Calcium Sulfite Derived from Flue Gas Desulfurization". Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 35, Pgs. 298-304

Hita, R., J. Torrent, and J.M. Bigham. 2006. "". Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 35, Pgs. 1032-1039

Dontsova, K.M., and J.M. Bigham. 2005. "Anionic Polysaccharide Sorption by Clay Minerals". Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 69, Pgs. 1026-1035

Bigham, J.M., D.A. Kost, R.C. Stehouwer, J.H. Beeghly, R. Fowler, S.J. Traina, W.E. Wolfe and W.A. Dick. 2005. "Mineralogical and Engineering Properties of Dry Flue Gas Desulfurization Products". Fuel, 84:1839-1848

Gagliano, W.B., M.R. Brill, J.M. Bigham, F.S. Jones and S.J. Traina. 2004. "Chemistry and Mineralogy of Ochreous Sediments in a Constructed Mine Drainage Wetland". Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Vol. 68, Pgs. 2119-2128

Lee, G., J.M. Bigham and G. Faure.. 2002. "Removal of Trace Metals by Coprecipitation with Fe, Al, and Mn From Natural Waters Contaminated with Acid Mine Drainage in the Ducktown Mining District, Tennessee". Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 17, Pgs. 569-581

Carlson, L., J.M. Bigham, U. Schwertmann, A. Kyek and F. Wagner. 2002. "Scavenging of As from Acid Mine Drainage by Schwertmannite and Ferrihydrite: A Comparison with Synthetic Analogues". Environmental Science and Technology, Vol. 36, Pgs. 1712-1719

Laperche, V., and J.M. Bigham. 2002. "Quantitative Chemical and Mineralogical Characterization of Flue Gas Desulfurization By-Products". Journal of Environmental Quality, Vol. 31, Pgs. 979-988

Williams, D.J., J.M. Bigham, C.A. Cravotta III, S.J. Traina, J.E. Anderson and J.G. Lyon. 2002. "Assessing Mine Drainage pH from the Color and Spectral Reflectance of Chemical Precipitates". Applied Geochemistry, Vol. 17, Pgs. 1273-1286

Ketterings, Q.M., J.M. Bigham and V. Laperche. 2000. "Changes in Soil Mineralogy and Texture Caused by Slash-and-Burn Fires in Sumatra, Indonesia". Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 64, Pgs. 1108-1117