Faculty/Staff Profile

Gordon Kim Stearman

Professor

Department: Center for Management, Utilization, and Protection of Water Resources
Prescott Hall (PRSC) 340
PO Box: 5033
(931) 372-3528
Expertise in organic farm compost and irrigation treatments in vegetable plots; developing innovative extraction and analytical methods; studying fate and transport of anthropogenic chemicals in soil; developing constructed wetland systems for cleanup of water runoff in nurseries; developing best management systems for control of urban nonpoint source pollutants.

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Education

  • Ph.D., Plant and Soil Sciences/Soil Chemistry, University of Tennessee (1987)
  • M.S., Agronomy/Soil Chemistry, University of Missouri (1981)
  • B.S., Soils and Agricultural Chemistry, University of Arizona (1976)

Dr. Stearman's Research Specialty Areas

  • Organic farm compost and irrigation treatments in vegetable plots
  • Developing innovative extraction and analytical methods including supercritical fluid extraction and enzyme immunoassay analysis
  • Studying fate and transport of anthropogenic chemicals in soil
  • Developing constructed wetland systems for cleanup of water runoff in nurseries
  • Developing best management systems for control of urban nonpoint source pollutants

Current or Recent Research Projects

Compost and Drip Irrigation Effects on Soil and Water Quality, Soil Carbon/Nitrogen Ratios, Earthworms & Crop Yield in Organic Vegetable Plots (with M. Best, J. Baier, J. Branson, J. Young and B. Greene). Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

An Economic Analysis and Educational Program to Identify Market Potential for Sustainable High Tunnel Vegetable Production (with M. Best and B. Byler). Funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Peat Application to Constructed Wetlands for Pesticide Cleanup at a Nursery (with D.B. George). Funded by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Nonpoint Source Program with a match by the Center.

Pigeon Roost Creek Watershed Restoration Project: Long-Range Comprehensive Plan (with V.S. Neary, D.B. George, and Y.R. Clark). Funded by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture--Nonpoint Source Program.

Strengthening Agricultural and Environmental Education at Tennessee State University: Student Experiential Training (with S. Berk). Funded by Tennessee State University via the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Waters Organic Farm Startup (with J. Young, B. Greene, J. Baier, J. Branson and M. Best, School of Agriculture). Funded by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

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