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Katy Smith Katy E. (Smith) Nannenga
Assistant Professor
Math, Science & Technology

Office: 249 Dowell Annex
Phone: 218-281-8262
Resume (pdf)

Educational Background:

  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Biology major, Chemistry minor, Department of Biology, University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, 2001
  • Ph.D., Environmental Soil Science, Department of Agronomy, Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2005
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, 2005

Courses Teaching:

  • General Botany (Biology 2022)
  • Nature of Life (Biology 1001)
  • Analytical Chemistry and Spectroscopy (Chemistry 3022)
  • Plant Physiology (Biology 3131)
  • General Biology (Biology 1009)

Research Interests:

  • Environmental Science
  • Radial Oxygen loss in plants
  • Soil-plant-atmosphers interactions
  • Global environmental change
  • Response of crop and soil systems to elevated atmospheric CO2
  • C dynamics (loss and sequestration) in agricultural soil
  • NH3 and greenhouse gas exchange in agronomic systems (news release)
  • Root function and microbial activity in the edaphic environment
  • Phytoremediation of polluted soils and sediments (insight interview)
  • The utilization of animal waste in crop production
  • Soil management practices to improve soil quality and productivity
  • Soil science
  • New and novel methodologies for monitoring soil gas exchange

Selected Publications:

  • Smith, K.E., A.P. Schwab, and M.K. Banks. 2008. De watering of contaminated sediments: Greenhouse and field studies. Ecological Engineering. (in press)
  • Smith, K.E., A.P. Schwab, and M.K. Banks. 2008. Evaluation of phytoremediation of PAH contaminated sediments: A field trial. Chemosphere. 72: 1614-1619
  • Smith, K.E., J.M. Clark, R.R. Putnam, G.R. Lanza, and D.A. Dhanker. 2008. Pesticide phytoremediation, applications for vegetated filter strips. Journal of Environmental Quality 37(5): 1855-1861.
  • Smith, K.E., S.A. Prior, G.B. Runion, A.J. Price, H.H. Rogers, and H.A. Torbert. 2008. Chinese privet (Ligustrume sinense Lour.) in an elevated CO2 environment. Botany Research Journal 1(2): 43-48.
  • Euliss, K., C. Ho, A.P. Schwab, S. Rock, and M.K. Banks. 2008. Greenhouse and field assessment of phytoremediation for petroleum contaminants in a riparian zone. Bio resource Technology 99:1961:1971
  • Smith, K.E., A.P. Schwab, and M.K. Banks. 2007. Phytoremediation and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) contaminated sediments: A greenhouse feasibility study. Journal of Environmental Quality 36:239-244
  • Euliss, K.W., B.L. Dorsey, K.C. Benke, A.P. Schwab, and M.K. Banks. 2005. The use of plant tissue silica Content for estimating transpiration. Ecological Engineering 25(4):343-348.
  • Euliss, K.W., A.P. Schwab, and M.K. Banks. 2005. Establishing plants under water for the purpose of De watering contaminated dredged sediments. Paper C6-06. In R.F. Olfenbuttel and P.J. White (ed.) Remediation of contaminated sediments - 2005: Finding achievable risk reduction solutions. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Remediation of Contaminated Sediments, New Orleans, LA, January 25-27. [CD-ROM computer file, Battelle Press, Columbus, OH]
  • Euliss, K.W. and J.S. Carmichael. 2004. The effects of selenium accumulation in hydroponically grown canola (Brassica napus). Journal of Young Investigators 10(1). Available at:
    (verified 10 March 2008)

Awards, Distinctions & Honors

  • Madison Who's who of Professionals 2008-09
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Honor Society, 2008
  • Outstanding Ph.D. Student in Research, 2005
  • Scarseth Award (Travel, National ASA-CSSA-SSSA Meetings), 2003
  • Gamma Sigma Delta (Honor Society), 2003
  • Frederick N. Andrews Fellowship, 2001-03
  • Edith Larson Outstanding Undergraduate Biology Student, 2000-01
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2001
  • Barry M. Goldwater Full Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program Scholar, 200-01
  • North Dakota Program to Stimulate Advanced Undergraduate Research Award, 2000
  • Glenn Allan Paur Scholarship, 1999-00
  • Howard Hughes Apprenticeship and Fellowship (Full Scholarship), 1999-00
  • J.F.T. O'Connor Scholarship (Academic Excellence), 1998-99
  • D.J. Robertson Award (Academic Achievement), 1997

Membership Professional Societies:

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • International Union of Soil Scientists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Society of Agronomy

Joined UMC in August 2008

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