Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad, Associate Professor of Geology and Chemistry

239 Johnstone Science Center
balogh-brunz@hartwick.edu
607-431-4734

Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
Education:
Ph.D., Washington State University

Courses taught in GESC (also teaches in CHEM):

  • GEOL 109 – The Global Environment w/ 2 hr lab
  • GEOL 250 – Special Topics: The Geology in Art of Hungary (new J-Term course offered every 2-3 years)
  • GEOL 305 – Groundwater Hydrology
  • GEOL 416 and 416L – Geochemistry and Geochemistry Lab
  • GEOL 490 – Senior Project

Distinctions (Awards, Fellowships and Grants):

  • Faculty Research Grant and Milne Family Fund Awards, Hartwick College, 2016-17: Continuation of monitoring the effects of the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid on soil and soil water chemistry at two state parks.
  • 2015 Freedman Prize in collaboration with students Killian Tallman ’16 and Joseph Balnis ’15 (co-advisor Dr. Piefer)
  • Faculty Research Grant and Milne Family Fund Awards, Hartwick College, 2015-2016: Investigations of physical, chemical and microbial processes and properties in soils of hemlock forests in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.
  • Teacher-Scholar Award, Hartwick College, 2015
  • 2014 Freedman Prize in collaboration with student Brian Redder ‘15
  • Faculty Research Grant and Milne Family Fund Awards, Hartwick College, 2014-2015: Responses of soil and water chemistry to hemlock woolly adelgid induced decline in tree productivity in the Upper Susquehanna Watershed.
  • Outstanding Reviewer for Biogeochemistry 2013, Springer Publishing Group.
  • Otsego County Conservation Association and the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District: Founded a project for Baseline Water Quality Monitoring in Otsego County, NY (Sept 2012 – Aug 2013)
  • 2013 Freedman Prize in collaboration with students Danielle Lord ‘14 and Jenae Withey ‘14 (co-advisor Dr. Griffing)
  • 2012 Freedman Prize in collaboration with student Kyle A. Greenberg ‘13
  • National Science Foundation: ETBC Collaborative Research: Weathering Under Cover: Role of biofilms in mineral weathering and nutrient uptake in the mycorrhizosphere (June 2010 – Dec 2012); PI; collaboration with Washington State University.
  • User Grant of William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, WA, USA (2010 to 2013)
  • National Science Foundation: Expanding Collaborative Research and Education Opportunities to Protect Biological Diversity on Public Lands in Upstate New York (Feb 2010 – Jan 2013); co-PI.
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship at University of Copenhagen, Department of Chemistry, NanoGeoScience Unit (July 2010 – June 2012)
  • Faculty Research Grant and Milne Family Fund Awards, Hartwick College (2009-2010 Academic year)
  • Otsego County Conservation Association research funding for water quality monitoring of the Upper Susquehanna River basin, Oneonta, NY, (Summer 2009)
  • H. Walter & Jeanette Praetorius Exxon Graduate Fellowship, Department of Geology Washington State University (2005 and 2006)
  • Roger V. LeClerc II. Memorial Fellowship Award, “Outstanding Graduate Student in Geology”, Department of Geology, Washington State University (2004)
  • James W. Crosby Endowment Award, “Hydrogeology Field Scholarship”, Department of Geology, Washington State University (2003)
  • Travel Grant to attend AGU meeting, Dec 2003, Washington State University (2003)
  • User Grant of William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, WA, USA (2003 to 2006)
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