Central New York Association of Professional Geologists

April 2024 Meeting: Dr. Scott Maguffin, SUNY Oneonta. "Redox Dynamics: Shaping the Fate of Nutrients and Contaminants in Water, Wetlands, and Agriculture"

  • Wednesday, April 03, 2024
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Spaghetti Warehouse, 689 N Clinton St, Syracuse, NY 13204
  • 16


(depends on selected options)

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  • Student dinners are sponsored by CNYAPG donors. Free student dinners are available eon a first-come first-served basis.
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  • Must be an active undergraduate or graduate student with a valid .edu e-mail address.
  • Attend talk via Zoom link

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This presentation delves into the critical role of redox (reduction-oxidation) reactions in shaping the fate of nutrients and contaminants across groundwater, wetlands, and agricultural fields. We explore how wetlands act as biogeochemical filters, retaining and transforming nutrients from influent sources. Conversely, understanding redox processes in groundwater is essential for mitigating issues like arsenic contamination. We will further examine how these dynamics govern the chemistry of rice paddies, impacting both rice grain nutrition and contaminant uptake. By examining these connections, this presentation explores integrated strategies for sustainable water management and agricultural practices, particularly in the face of climate change's growing impact. Through a deeper understanding of these interconnected redox processes, we can unlock solutions for tackling water quality challenges, enhancing wetland ecosystem services, and fostering resilient agricultural systems in upstate New York and beyond.

Dr. Scott Maguffin is an environmental geochemist specializing in arsenic contamination in groundwater and rice paddy soils. He held a National Science Foundation (NSF) Postdoctoral Fellowship at Cornell University from 2016 to 2018. Currently, he serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at SUNY Oneonta since 2022, previously holding positions at Southern Oregon University and as Adjunct Faculty at Cornell University.  Dr. Maguffin earned his Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Oregon in 2016, focusing on groundwater arsenic contamination. He obtained his M.S. in Hydrogeology from Illinois State University in 2007 and his B.A. in Geology from the State University of New York College at Geneseo in 2004.  His research interests include biogeochemical processes in wetlands and rice paddy soils, particularly the impact of sustainable irrigation methods on soil redox processes and the nutritional content of rice. Dr. Maguffin has authored publications in environmental geochemistry, including works on the effects of alternate wetting and drying on trace elements in rice paddy soils and the persistence of methylarsenic in flooded rice paddies.

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