Dr. Frieda Eivazi

Professor of Soils
Cooperative Research
Lincoln University
Jefferson City, MO 65102-0029
Tel. (573) 681-5461
Fax (573) 681-5955
Email: EivaziF@LincolnU.edu
 
EDUCATION
Ph.D. Soil Fertility , 1980. Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
B.S. University of Tabriz, Iran
 
RESEARCH
 

Soil fertility & nutrient management; efficient use of fertilizers; soil enzymology; pesticide biodegradation.

Frieda Eivazi is Professor of Soil and Environmental; she has adjunct appointment at University of Missouri-Columbia (UMC). Her present research is on development of the bioremediation techniques to be applied to point-source contamination of widely used pesticides for crop production.  Dr. Eivazi has been the PD or Co-PD of many research projects funded by different agencies and has numerous peer reviewed publications including two book chapters. Eivazi has served in national review boards or panels for NSF, EPA, and USDAand is member of editorial review board for the Journal of Plant Nutrition, and Communications in Soil and Plant Analysis, and Journal of Soil Ecology.
 
Current Research Project:
BEHAVIOR OF SELECTED SURFACTANTS IN SOIL: INTERACTIONS WITH PHYSICOCHEMICAL AND MICROBIAL PROPERTIES.
 
The objectives of this project are:
 
1.  Study the changes in soil microbial consortia as affected by different surfactants.
Knowledge of the natural evolution of microorganisms in the soil will be crucial to successful study of the fate of these chemicals and possible bioremediation design schemes.
 
2.  Determine the effect of different surfactants on plant nutrient uptake.
This objective will investigate the possible interactions of surfactants with macro-and micronutrient uptake by plants.
 
3.  Measure the activities of enzymes involved in the cycling of C, N, P and S in the presence of different surfactants.
Surfactants can interact with microbial enzyme activity, stability and/or specificity to positively or negatively affecting their role in nutrient cycling and fertility in the soil environment.
 
4.  Determine the impacts of soil physicochemical properties (e.g, pH, CEC, free Fe and Al- oxides, organic C, particle size distribution) on sorption of surfactants in soils.
The most effective method of application of surfactants to soil would depend, in part, upon the adsorption isotherms of the surfactant by the soil.
 
TEACHING

            ENV 103         Introduction to Environmental Science
            ENV 104         Introduction to Environmental Science Lab
            AGR 211         Introduction to Soils
            AGR 309         Environmental Soil Chemistry
            AGR 324         Soil Amendments and Environmental Quality
            AGR 404         Crop Systems
            AGR 414         Soil and Water Conservation and Management
 
 
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
 
Eivazi, F. 2008. Point Source Pesticide Degradation Using “Biobed” Method. J. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. (in press).
 
F. Ponder, and Eivazi, F. 2008. Activities of five enzymes following soil disturbance and weed control in a Missouri forest. Soil Biology & Biochemistry (in press).
Paro, R, , Nsalambi V. Nkongolo1, Shane Johnson, and Frieda Eivazi. 2007. Spatial variability of CO2, CH4 and N2O fluxes and soil thermal properties of a secondary forest soil in central Missouri. Journal of Environmental Monitoring & Restoration 3: 42-52.

Johnson, S., N.V. Nkongolo, R. Paro and F. Eivazi. 2007. Spatial Variability of Soil Thermal Properties and CO2, CH4 and N2O Emissions from a Pasture in Central Missouri. JEMREST 3:314-322.

Johnson, S. Nkongolo, N.V., Paro, R. and F. Eivazi. 2007. Mapping CO2, CH4 and N2O Emissions and Soil Thermal Properties from a Pasture in Missouri. In Conference Program, 2007 Missouri GIS Conference, p. 30.

Eivazi, F., M. R. Bayan, and K. Schmidt. 2003. Select soil enzyme activities in the historic Sanborn field as affected by long-term cropping systems. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. Vol. 34 Nos. 15 &16, pp.2259-2275.

Eivazi, F., and M.R. Bayan. 2001. Effect of long-term fertilization and cropping systems on selected soil enzyme activities. Plant Nutrition-Food security and sustainability of agro-ecosystems. 686-687.

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