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Mary Cathleen Savin

Mary Cathleen Savin

Professor of Microbial Ecology

Director Experiment Station

(CSES)-Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences

Phone: 479-575-5740

Fax: (479) 575-7465

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Activities

Student Mentoring

CSES Undergraduate Club advisor, 2002-2013

  • 3rd place Gateway to the Future video, 2013, "Students for a Sustainable Future", contest sponsored by the Agronomic Science Foundation & ASA/CSSA/SSSA, $2000
  • Presidents' Trophy, 2013, 1st place, Tampa, FL
  • Visual Presentation Contest, 2013, 1st place, Ashley Rodman, Tampa, FL
  • 1st place in Club Poster Contest, ASA, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012  
  • 2nd place, ASA, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2009, 2013 
  • Student publication, 2004
  • $450 college research grant, 2002

Honors research advisor to 4 students

  • Overall accomplishments:  2nd place ASA Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2005; 3 DBCALFS grants (1 Carroll Walls award), 2005, 2007; 3 Discovery papers, 2006, 2008; 2 SURF, 2006, 2013; 2 Honors College grants, 2005, 2007; 2nd and 3rd place Gamma Sigma Delta undergraduate poster contest, 2005; 5 national presentations, 2005, 2006, 2007; 1 AWRC presentation, 2013 .
  • 2012-2014, Presence and quantification of antibiotic resistance genes from wastewater treatment plant effluent in Northwest Arkansas. Student advisee: Ryan MacLeod.
  • 2005-2007, Antibiotic resistance in bacterial indicators downstream of a wastewater treatment plant where low levels of antibiotics have been detected. Student advisee: Adam McClymont.  
  • 2004-2008, A comparison of the distribution and movement of fertilizer nitrogen applied to clay and silt loam soils (funded by the Rice Research and Promotion Board). Student advisee: Lindsay Copenhaver.
  • 2005-2009, Earthworms in Northern Arkansas. Student advisee: Ashley Rashé.

Undergraduate student research advisor, total of 3 students, 4 projects

Overall accomplishments: 3rd place ASA Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2012; 2nd place ASA Undergraduate Research Symposium, 2003; 3 DBCALFS grants, 2002-2007; 1 peer-reviewed article, 2003; 4 Discovery papers, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2012; 1 SURF, 2003; 3 regional presentations, 2002-2004; 3 national presentations, 2003, 2006, 2012. 

  • 2012, Invertebrate abundances and diversity in surface litters of a six year old organic apple orchard in Northwest Arkansas. Student advisee: Cory Johnson.
  • 2006-2007, Urea mobility in a silt loam during flooding for rice production. Student advisee: Aaron Daigh.
  • 2005-2006, Mycorrhizal infection rates in Roundup-Ready row crops in response to glyphosate and phosphorus applications. Student advisee: Aaron Daigh.
  • 2003-2004, Soil microbial ecology under invasive species and native grasses in a local wetland. Student advisee: Kimberly Payne.
  • 2002-2003, Surveying department alumni and potential employers to evaluate the effectiveness and relevance of the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences curricula. Student advisee: Thalia Madewell.

Undergraduate academic advisor, 2002-2013.

Currently ~35 students, graduated 38 students  

  •  Internship/REU advisor, 4 students
  • Special Problems Research, total of 15 students for 40 credits, 11 undergraduate, 4 graduate.

Graduate academic advising

  • Ph.D. advisee:  P. Tomlinson, 2007-2011; Suhartono, 2012-current. 
  •  M.S. advisees:  P. Tomlinson, 2002-2006; R. M. Blair, 2004-2007; T. Akiyama, 2006-2009; K. Asfahl, 2009-2011; M. Sweeney, 2007-current; J. Ford, 2012-current; K. Brantley, 2012-current.
  • Currently on 4 Ph.D. and 4 M.S committees. Member of 2 Ph.D. and 13 M.S. committees of students who have graduated.
  • Graduate student awards: Francis and Evelyn Clark Soil Biology Fellowship, 2005 (national); DBCAFLS Outstanding M.S., 2006; CSES Outstanding M.S. 2010, 2005; Spooner Award, 2004; 3rd place in Gamma Sigma Delta competition, M.S. Division, 2011, 2004; 2nd place in Gamma Sigma Delta poster contest, M.S. Division, 2010.
  • Presented research at 17 national and regional meetings, 2003-2013.

Graduate student research grants

  • Suhartono and M. C. Savin. 2014. Is persistence of plasmids in antibiotic resistant E. coli isolated from stream water impacted by integrons and conjugation or mobilization genes? USGS 104(b) (AWRC), $6000.
  • J. Ford and M. C. Savin. 2013-2014. Ground cover and organic nutrient management practices altering the denitrifier community in an organic apple orchard soil. Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program, Graduate Student Grant, $11,000.
  • Akiyama, T. (M. C. Savin mentor). 2008-2009. Multi-drug resistance plasmids in a microbial community in an effluent-driven stream. Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research, $976.  
  • Tomlinson, P. J. and M. C. Savin. 2003. Evaluation of microbial ecology in pasture ecosystems with long-term poultry litter additions. Southern Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program, Graduate Student Grant, $9989.

Professional Activities/ Memberships

  • American Society of Agronomy (ASA)/Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)
     ASA Chair, Education and Extension Section, 2012; ASA Book and Multimedia Publishing committee, 2007-2013; AIBS/NSF Conversation in Biological Education, 2008; American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Education Task Force, chair, 2007; Ambassador, 2007-2013; ASA Undergraduate Research Symposium faculty chair, 2006-2007; Undergraduate Research Symposium judge, ASA, 2005, 2007, 2013.
  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Gamma Sigma Delta The Honor Society of Agriculture, Treasurer 2007-2009, Vice-President, 2009-2010, President, 2010-2011. 
  • North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA)
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
  • Cooperative Regional Project S-1022 (2006-2010), Basic and Applied Aspects of Bacterial Source Tracking
  • Journal manuscript reviewer: 16 journals. Proposal reviewer:  6 programs
  • Associate Editor, Natural Sciences Education previously named Journal of Natural Resources and Life Science Education, 2013-2015
  • Faculty Editor, Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences, 2010-2013

Grants

  • 37 total: 21 Research, including 18 external and 4 external graduate students; 3 Education, 12 Undergraduate

AREAS OF RESEARCH SPECIALIZATION:  microbial ecology & soil biology

Soil quality: microbial, food web, biochemical and nutrient availability responses to management and disturbances

Antibiotic resistance and wastewater treatment:  antibiotic resistance levels and patterns in E. coli, diversity of resistant E. coli, and the detection of broad-host-range plasmids in treatment, effluent, and streams using both cultivation and PCR-based methods

 

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN TEACHING AND LEARNING, 2015-2018

  • Worked with 2 other co-directors to develop and facilitate professional development for all University of Arkansas teaching faculty
  • Supported pedagogy, scholarship of teaching, and teaching improvement on campus

University of Arkansas Teaching Camp

  • Find keynote speaker, secure location, coordinate logistics, create agenda, find breakout speakers and ensure development of workshops for 2-day off-campus summer teaching camp, Mount Magazine Lodge, AR, spanning 3 days in August

Determine programming and secure presenters for lunch workshops

  • 6 New Faculty lunches, 3 each fall and spring semester
  • 4 Not-So-New Faculty lunches, 2 each fall and spring semester
  • All Faculty Dead Day lunch each semester

Support special events

  • Worked with multiple offices on campus to co-sponsor events demonstrating teaching and learning best practices and innovation 

Wally Cordes Chair events

  • Honorary rotating chair position and associated monthly events to create community of faculty invested in U of A and improvement of teaching

New Faculty Orientation

  • Create agenda, coordinate logistics, and secure speakers and discussion group facilitators for orientation for approximately 100 new U of A faculty each August

TA orientation committee

  • Helped plan event and participated as faculty policy expert in August orientation

Hold Winter Teaching Symposium

  • Planned annual ½ day symposium in January with approximate attendance of 150 faculty for keynote presentations and workshops addressing teaching and learning

Managed Teaching Grant Program

  • Organized annual grant program focusing on Team Travel or Teaching Improvement and Research in Teaching grants for faculty. Proposals were reviewed and approximately $30,000 - 50,000 was awarded annually to University of Arkansas faculty. 

Assist faculty with teaching related concerns as those arise

  • Meet with individual faculty and/or groups on campus to discuss mechanisms to facilitate faculty development and teaching improvement

Sponsored, planned, and moderated events to recognize and reward teaching

  • e.g. U of A teaching awards reception, Sept
  • e.g. Teaching Academy functions, e.g. 3 luncheon programs per semester and initiation banquet (planned and moderated initiation and awards banquet in Dec)

Worked with TFSC staff

  • To implement all TFSC programming
  • Approve TFSC spending; maintain TFSC budget (~$100,000)
  • Supervisor of TFSC Special Events Coordinator staff member

Courses Taught

  • ENSC 3223 (FA, even): Ecosystems Assessment. An application of the basic ecological principles of organisms, populations, communities, and ecosystems to gain an appreciation for small scale interactions among individuals, between individuals and their local environment, and large scale patterns in terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Lecture: 3 hours per week. Pre-requisites: BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology, CSES 2203 Soil Science. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: CSES 3003 Introduction to Water Science. Co-requisite: ENSC 3221L Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory.

 

  • ENSC 3221L (FA, even): Ecosystems Assessment Laboratory. The purpose of this laboratory is to complement concepts learned in lecture by carrying out experiments that familiarize students with methods used in soil and aquatic ecology. Students will collect samples, analyze and interpret data obtained from soil and water samples. Lab will meet once per week for 3 hours. Pre-requisites: BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology, CSES 2203 Soil Science. Pre-requisite or co-requisite: CSES 3003 Introduction to Water Science. Co-requisite: ENSC 3223 Ecosystems Assessment.

 

  • ENSC 4034 (SP, even): Analysis of Environmental Contaminants. Methods of analysis for inorganic and organic contaminants in soil and water. Quality assurance and quality control, sampling protocols, sample handling, instrumentation and data analysis. Lecture 3 hours and laboratory 3 hours per week. Prerequisites: CSES 2203 Soil Science and ENSC 3003 Introduction to Water Science.

 

  • ENSC 404V-1 (SP, even): Certification Exam for Professional Soil Scientist (Special Topics). This class is meant to reinforce concepts and skills already learned in other soil science courses and to provide the opportunity to prepare to take the Fundamentals of Soil Science exam, so that if so chosen, students may pursue certification or licensing as soil science professionals.

 

  • ENSC 404V-1 (SP, odd): Certification Preparation for the Professional Environmental Scientist (Special Topics). This class is meant to reinforce concepts and skills already learned in other environmental science and related courses and to provide the opportunity to prepare to take the Environmental Professional Intern exam, so that if chosen, students may pursue certification as environmental science professionals.

 

  • CSES 1011 (FA): Introduction to Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences (CSES). An introduction to the CSES Department and majors in Environmental, Soil, and Water Science and Crop Management. Emphasis will be placed on issues and opportunities within these disciplines and orienting students to the department and University of Arkansas. Required of all department majors with less than 24 semester credit hours. Recitation 1 hour 20 minutes twice per week for the first eight weeks of the semester. Freshman and sophomore standing only.

 

  • CSES 3023 (FA): Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium. A communication intensive course covering topics in agronomy and environmental, soil and water sciences with particular emphasis on spoken communication, but also including written communication, group activities, professionalism, ethics, problem solving, and information retrieval. A student-oriented class with collaborative participation. Colloquium workshop, 3 hrs per week. Pre-requisite: upper division standing.

 

  • CSES 3214 (SP, odd): Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycles. Integration of the fundamental concepts of the biological, chemical, and physical properties of soil systems and their roles in managing soil resources. Pre-requisite: CSES 2203, Soil Science. Co-requisite: CSES 3210L, Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycles Laboratory. Lecture 3 hrs.

 

  • CSES 3210L (SP, odd): Soil Resources and Nutrient Cycles Laboratory. Laboratory will be used to develop skills associated with the fundamental concepts of the biological, chemical and physical properties of soil systems. Laboratory 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: CSES 2203. Co-requisite: CSES 3214.

 

  • CSES 5264 (FA, odd): Microbial Ecology. Did you know that bacteria account for almost half of the organic C biomass on Earth? Microbes are everywhere, and they influence how ecosystems function. This course will focus on contemporary issues of microbial ecology in terrestrial and aquatic environments, including microbial interactions, adaptations to environments, quantitative ecology, and biogeochemical cycles. A study of the microorganisms in soil and the biochemical processes for which they are responsible. Lecture 3 hrs.

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Rhode Island, 1999 (Biological Sciences)
    Dissertation title: Interaction of pore size distribution, nematodes, and carbon and nitrogen mineralization in soil
  • M.S., University of Rhode Island, 1995 (Natural Resources)
    Thesis title: Role of edaphic factors and cranberry cultivation practices in the biodegradation of the herbicide norflurazon in a cranberry bog soil
  • B.S., University of Notre Dame, 1991 (Biology)

PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS:

2018

  • Adams, T.C., K.R. Brye, L.C. Purcell, W.J. Ross, E.E. Gbur, and M.C. Savin. 2018. Soil property differences among high- and average-yield soybean areas in Arkansas, USA. Soil Use and Management. Accepted/In Press.
  • Adams, T.C., K.R. Brye, L.C. Purcell, J. Ross, E.E. Gbur, and M.C. Savin. 2018. Physiological plant response differences among high- and average-yield soybean areas in         Arkansas. Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management. Accepted/In Press.

2017

  • Adams, T., K. Brye, M. C. Savin, J.A. Lee, and E. Gbur, and 2017. Microbial carbon substrate utilization differences among high- and average-yield soybean areas. Agriculture. 7:48 doi:10.3390/agriculture7060048.
  • Adams, T., K. Brye, L. C. Purcell, J. Ross, E.E. Gbur, and M. C. Savin. 2017. Soil property predictors of soybean yields using yield contest sites. Journal of Crop Improvement. DOI: 10.1080/15427528.2017.1372326.
  • Suhartono, S., M. C. Savin, and E.E. Gbur. 2017. Transmissible plasmids and integrons shift Escherichia coli population towards larger multiple drug resistance numbers. Microbial Drug Resistance. DOI: 10.1089/mdr.2016.0329.
  • Thomason, J. E., M. C. Savin, K. R. Brye, and E. E. Gbur. 2017. Long-term impacts of tillage, burning, and residue level on earthworm populations in a wheat-soybean, double-crop system. Applied Soil Ecology. 120:211–218.
  • Jones, J., M. C. Savin, C. R. Rom, and E. Gbur. 2017. Denitrifier community response to seven years of ground cover and nutrient management in a fruit tree orchard soil. Applied Soil Ecology. 112:60-70.

2016

  • Suhartono, S., M. C. Savin, and E.E. Gbur. 2016. Genetic redundancy and persistence of plasmid-mediated trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole resistant effluent and stream water Escherichia coli. Water Research. 103:197-204. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2016.07.035.
  • Suhartono, S., and M. C. Savin. 2016. Conjugative transmission of antibiotic-resistance from stream water Escherichia coli as related to number of sulfamethoxazole but not class 1 and 2 integrase genes. Mobile Genetic Elements. 6(06):1-9.  (ID: 1256851 DOI:10.1080/2159256X.2016.1256851).
  • Huang, L., P. A. Moore, Jr., P. J. A. Kleinman, K. R. Elkin, M. C. Savin, D. H. Pote, and D. R. Edwards. 2016. Reducing phosphorus runoff and leaching from poultry litter with alum:  twenty year small plot and paired-watershed studies. Journal of Environmental Quality. 45:1413-1420. doi:10.2134/jeq2015.09.0482.

2015

    • Philipp, D., M. P. Popp, E. R. Rumley, M. C. Savin, and K. P. Coffey. 2015. Regulatory, production, and consumer based challenges of forage-based cattle production systems in the southeastern United States. Animal Frontiers. 5:24-31. doi:10.2527/af.2015-0043.
    • Helton, M., K. R. Brye, H. Liechty, M. Blazier, C. West, E. Gbur, M. Savin, E. Mason. 2015. Carbon dioxide emissions from switchgrass and cottonwood grown as bioenergy crops in the Lower Mississippi River Alluvial Valley. Biomass and Bioenergy. 83:383-392. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.biombioe.2015.10.004.
    • Savin, M.C., P.J. Tomlinson, and P.A. Moore, Jr. 2015. Microbial biomass and soil carbon after eight and nine years of field applications of alum-treated and untreated poultry litter and inorganic N. Soil Science. 180:21-27.
    • Brantley, K.E., K.R. Brye, M.C. Savin, and D.E. Longer. 2015. Biochar source and application rate effects on soil water retention determined using wetting curves. Open Journal of Soil Science. 5:1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.4236/ojss.2015.51001.
    • Brantley, K.E., M.C. Savin, K.R. Brye, and D.E. Longer. 2015. Pine woodchip biochar impact on soil nutrient concentrations and corn yield in a silt loam in the mid-southern U.S. Agriculture. 5:30-47. doi:10.3390/agriculture5010030.
    • Tomlinson, P.J., M.C. Savin, and P.A. Moore, Jr. 2015. Long-term applications of untreated and alum-treated poultry litter drive soil nitrogen concentrations and associated microbial community dynamics. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 51:43–55. DOI 10.1007/s00374-014-0949-0.
    • Savin, M. C., D. C. Wolf, K. J. Davis, E. E. Gbur, and G. J. Thoma. 2015. Nematodes as bioindicators of ecosystem recovery during phytoremediation of crude oil contaminated soil. International Journal of Phytoremediation. 17: 182–190. DOI: 10.1080/15226514.2013.876964.
    • Mays, N., C.R. Rom, K. R. Brye, M. Savin, M. E. Garcia. 2015. Groundcover management system and nutrient source impacts on soil quality indicators in an organically managed apple (Malus x domestica Borkh.) orchard in the Ozark Highlands. ASHS HortScience. 50:295-303.

    2014

    • Daigh, A.L., M. C. Savin, K. Brye, R. Norman, and D. Miller. 2014. Urea persistence in floodwater and silt-loam soil used for flooded rice production. Soil Use and Management. 30: 463-470 doi: 10.1111/sum.12142.
    • Mays, N., C.R. Rom, K. R. Brye, M. Savin, M. E. Garcia. 2014. Groundcover management and nutrient source effects on soil carbon and nitrogen sequestration in an organically managed apple orchard in the Ozark Highlands. ASHS HortScience. 49:637-644.
    • Blair, R. M., M. C. Savin, and Pengyin Chen. 2014. Phosphatase activities and available nutrients in soil receiving pelletized poultry litter. Soil Science. 179(4):182-189.
    • Blair, R. M., M. C. Savin, and Pengyin Chen. 2014. Composted and formulated poultry litters promote soil nutrient availability but not plant uptake or edamame quality. Agronomy for Sustainable Development. 34:849-856.

    2013

    • Mancinelli, R., S. Marinari, V. Di Felice, M. C. Savin, and E. Campiglia. 2013. Soil property, CO2 emission and aridity index as agroecological indicators to assess the mineralization of cover crop green manure in a Mediterranean environment. Ecological Indicators. 34:31-40.
  • Caldwell, J. D., K. P. Coffey , J. A. Jennings, D. Philipp, A. N. Young, J. D. Tucker, D. S. Hubbell, III, T. Hess, M. L. Looper, C. P. West, M. C. Savin, M. P. Popp, D. L. Kreider, D. M. Hallford, and C. F. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2013. Performance by spring and fall-calving cows grazing with full access, limited access, or no access to Neotyphodium coenophialum-infected fescue. Journal of Animal Science. 91:465-476. doi: 10.2527/jas.2011-4603.

2012

  • Smith, S. A., J. D. Caldwell, M. P. Popp, K. P. Coffey, J. A. Jennings, M. C. Savin, and C. F. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2012. Tall fescue toxicosis mitigation strategies: comparisons of cow-calf returns in spring- and fall-calving herds. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics, 44 (4):577–592.      
  • Asfahl, K. L., and M. C. Savin. 2012. Destruction of Escherichia coli and broad-host-range plasmid DNA in treated wastewater by dissolved ozone disinfection under laboratory and field conditions. Advances in Microbiology. 2:1-7. DOI: 10.4236/aim.2012.21001
  • Asfahl, K. L., and M. C. Savin. 2012. Dead-end hollow-fiber ultrafiltration for concentration and enumeration of Escherichia coli and broad-host-range plasmid DNA from wastewater. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 88:430-432. DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2012.01.005.

2011

  • Sleezer, S., D.T. Johnson, B. Lewis, F. Goggin, C. Rothrock, and M. Savin. 2011. Foliar grape phylloxera, Daktulosphaira vitifoliae (Fitch), seasonal biology, predictive model and management in the Ozarks region of the United States. Acta Hort. (ISHS) 904:151-156.

2010

  • Akiyama, T., K. Asfahl, and M. C. Savin. 2010. Occurrence of broad-host-range plasmids in treated wastewater effluent and receiving streams. Journal of Environmental Quality 39:2211-2215.
  • Akiyama, T., and M. C. Savin. 2010. Populations of antibiotic-resistant coliform bacteria change rapidly in a wastewater effluent dominated stream. Science of the Total Environment  408:6192-6201.
  • Purcell, L. C., K. R. Brye, M. R. McClelland, and M. C. Savin. 2010. Comment on ASoybean Aphid Population Dynamics, Soybean Yield Loss, and Development of Stage-Specific Economic Injury Levels@ by M. A. Catangui, E. A. Beckendorf, and W. E. Riedell, Agronomy Journal 101:1080B1092 (2009) Agronomy Journal. 102:55-56.
  • Rom, C.R., M.E. Garcia, J. McAfee, H. Friedrich, H.S. Choi, D.T. Johnson, J. Popp and M. Savin. 2010. The effects of groundcover management and nutrient source during organic orchard establishment. Acta Hort. 873: 105-113.

2009

  • Savin, M. C. 2009. Root Feeders: An ecosystem perspective (book review). Journal of Environmental Quality 38:2159.
  • Savin, M. C., L. C. Purcell, A. Daigh, and A. Manfredini. 2009. Response of mycorrhizal infection to glyphosate applications and P fertilization in glyphosate-tolerant soybean, maize, and cotton. Journal of Plant Nutrition. 32:1702-1717.
  • 2008      

  • Hawkins, C. L., M. J. Shipitalo, E. M. Rutledge, M. Savin, and K. Brye. 2008. Earthworm populations in septic system filter fields and potential effects on wastewater renovation. Applied Soil Ecology 40:195-200.
  • Hawkins, C. L., E. M. Rutledge, M. Savin, M. Shipitalo, and K. Brye. 2008. A sand layer deters burrowing by Lumbricus terrestris L. Soil Science. 173:186-194.
  • Tomlinson, P. J., M.C. Savin and P.A. Moore, Jr. 2008. Phosphatase activities in soil after repeated untreated and alum-treated poultry litter applications. Biology and Fertility of Soils. 44:613-622.

2006

  • Amador, J.A. D. A. Potts, M. C. Savin, P. Tomlinson, J. H. Görres, and E. L. Nicosia. 2006. Mesocosm-scale evaluation of faunal and microbial communities of aerated and unaerated leachfield soil. Journal of Environmental Quality. 35:1160-1169.
  • Amador, J. A., J. H. Görres, and M. C. Savin. 2006. Effects of Lumbricus terrestris L. on carbon and nitrogen dynamics beyond the burrow. Applied Soil Ecology. 33:61-66.

2005

  • Rooney-Varga, J. N., M. W. Giewat, S. Sood, M. C. Savin, M. LeGresley, J. L. Martin. 2005. Links between bacterial and phytoplankton diversity in a coastal marine environment. Microbial Ecology. 49:163-175.
  • Amador, J. A., J. H. Görres, and M. C. Savin. 2005. Role of soil water content in the carbon and nitrogen dynamics of Lumbricus terrestris L. burrow soil. Applied Soil Ecology. 28:15-22.

2004

  • Brye, K. R., N. A. Slaton, R. J. Norman, and M. C. Savin. 2004. Short-term effects of poultry litter form and rate on soil bulk density and water content. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis. 35:2311-2325.
  • Savin, M. C., J. Martin, M. LeGresley, M. Giewat, and J. N. Rooney-Varga. 2004. Plankton diversity in the Bay of Fundy as measured by morphological and molecular methods. Microbial Ecology. 48:51-65.
  • Savin, M. C., J. H. Görres, and J. A. Amador. 2004. Microbial and microfaunal community dynamics in artificial and Lumbricus terrestris (L.) burrows. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 68:116-124.
  • Brye, K. R., N. A. Slaton, M. Mozaffari, M. C. Savin, R. J. Norman, and D. M. Miller. 2004. Short-term effects of land leveling on soil chemical properties and their relationships with microbial biomass. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 68:924-934.

2003                      

  • Brye, K. R., N. A. Slaton, M. C. Savin, R. J. Norman, and D. M. Miller. 2003. Short-term effects of land leveling on soil physical properties and microbial biomass. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 67:1405-1417.
  • Amador, J. A., J. H. Görres, and M. C. Savin. 2003. Carbon and nitrogen dynamics in Lumbricus terrestris (L.) burrow soil: Relationship to plant residues and macropores. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 67:1755-1762.                                      
  • 2001

  • Savin, M. C., J. H. Görres, D. A. Neher, and J. A. Amador. 2001. Uncoupling of carbon and nitrogen mineralization: Role of microbivorous nematodes. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 33:1463-1472.
  • Görres, J. H., M. C. Savin, and J. A. Amador. 2001. Soil micropore structure and carbon mineralization in burrows and casts of anecic earthworms (Lumbricus          terrestris). Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 33:1881-1887.
  • Savin, M. C., J. H. Görres, D. A. Neher, and J. A. Amador. 2001. Biogeophysical factors influencing soil respiration and mineral nitrogen content in an old field soil. Soil Biology & Biochemistry. 33:429-438.
  • 2000

  • Amador, J. A., Y. Wang, M. C. Savin, and J. H. Görres. 2000. Small-scale spatial variability of physical and biological soil properties in Kingston, Rhode Island. Geoderma 98:83-84.
  • 1997-1999

  • Görres, J. H., M. C. Savin, D. A. Neher, T. H. Weicht, and J. A. Amador. 1999.Grazing in a porous environment: 1. The effect of pore structure on C and N mineralization. Plant and Soil 212:75-83.
  • Neher, D. A., T. R. Weicht., M. C. Savin, J. H. Görres, and J. A. Amador. 1999. Trophic interactions in a porous environment 2. Nematode community structure. Plant and Soil 212:84-99.
  • Savin, M. C., and J. A. Amador. 1998. Biodegradation of norflurazon in a peat soil. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 30:275-284.
  • Savin, M. C., and J. A. Amador. 1998. Mineralization of norflurazon in a cranberry bog soil: Laboratory evaluations of management practices. Journal of Environmental Quality 27:1234-1239.
  • Görres, J. H., M. C. Savin, and J. A. Amador. 1997. Dynamics of carbon and nitrogen mineralization, microbial biomass, and nematode abundance within and outside the burrow walls of anecic earthworms (Lumbricus terrestris). Soil Science 162:666-671.

PEER-REVIEWED RESEARCH CHAPTER

2014

  • Savin, M. C. 2014. Soil Fauna. In Y. Q. Wang (ed.) Encyclopedia of Natural Resources. Taylor and Francis, [hard copy and online] To be available at www.informaworld.com. In press.

PEER-REVIEWED TEACHING PUBLICATIONS:

2006

  • Savin, M. C., C. P. West, and L. C. Purcell. 2006. Establishing a faculty mentoring program in an applied science department. NACTA Journal. 50:19-24.

2005

  • Savin, M. C., D. Longer, and D. M. Miller. 2005. Matrices to revise crop, soil, and  environmental sciences undergraduate curricula. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 34:77-82.
  • Brye, K. R., M. C. Savin, and E. E. Gbur. 2005. Graduate-level science classes: How important are extra time and open notes and book when evaluating students with calculation-oriented exams? NACTA Journal. 49:2-9.

2003

  • Madewell, T. M., M. C. Savin, and K. R. Brye. 2003. Alumni and employer perceptions of crop, soil, and environmental sciences curricula: survey results. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education. 32:100-106.

               

CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS                                                   

2010

  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, C. West, D. Philipp, J. Jennings, D. Hubbell, III, J. Tucker, A. Young, T. Hess, D. Kreider, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, E. Kegley, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2010. Use of novel endophyte fescue for cows. Proc. Am. For. Grassl. Council. June 21-23, 2010, Springfield, MO.

2005

  • DeFauw, S.L., T.J. Sauer, K.R. Brye, M.C. Savin, P.D. Hays and J.V. Brahana. 2005. Nitrate-N distributions and denitrification potential estimates for an agroforestry site in the Ozark Highlands, USA. In Brooks, K.N., and P.F. Folliott (eds.) Moving Agroforestry into the Mainstream. The 9th North American Agroforestry Conference Proceedings, June 12-15, 2005, St. Paul, MN, pp. 1-13. [distributed on CD]

 

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

2015

  • Boyle, P. E., M. C. Savin, and L. S. Wood. 2015. The effect of turning frequency on in-vessel compost processing and quality. Discovery:  The Student Journal of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. 16:14-23.
  • Thomason, J. E., M. Savin, K. Brye, and D. T. Johnson. 2015. Earthworm populations in a wheat-

soybean double-crop system under seven years of established residue management practices Discovery:  The Student Journal of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. 16:100-105.

  • Boyle, P. E., M. C. Savin, J. A. McCarty, M. D. Matlock. 2015. Habitat assessment and ecological restoration design for an unnamed tributary of Stone Dam Creek, Conway, Arkansas. Discovery The Student Journal of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. 16:5-13.

2014

  • MacLeod, R. S., and M. C. Savin. 2014. Presence of antibiotic resistance genes from wastewater treatment plant effluent in Northwest Arkansas. Discovery The Student Journal of Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. 15:40-47.

2012

  • Johnson, C., B. Smith, and M. C. Savin. 2012. Invertebrate abundances and diversity of a six year old organic apple orchard in Northwest Arkansas. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. 13:38-45.

2008

  • Rashé, A. C. and M. C. Savin. 2008. Earthworm abundances in endophyte-infected tall fescue pastures in Northwest Arkansas. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. 9:75-81.

2007

  • Daigh, A., L. Purcell, and M. C. Savin. 2007. Mycorrhizal infection rates in Roundup-Ready row crops in response to glyphosate and phosphorus applications. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. 8:50-55.

2006

  • Copenhaver, L. M., M. C. Savin, D. M. Miller, P. J. Tomlinson, K. R. Brye, R. J. Norman. 2006. Infiltration and short-term movement of nitrogen in a silt loam soil typical of rice cultivation in Arkansas. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences 7:14-18.
  • McClymont, A., M. C. Savin, and B. E. Haggard. 2006. Estimating surface runoff in the Illinois River Basin for the management of nonpoint-source phosphorus loads. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences 7:51-56.

2004

  • Neal, R., K. R. Payne, L. Moreno, G. Duffy, J. Peck, M. C. Savin, P. Chen. 2004. Assessment and Restoration of a Neighborhood Wetland Invaded by Exotic Plant Species. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. 5:53-58
  • Payne, K. R., M. C. Savin, and P. J. Tomlinson. 2004. Microbial biomass and nitrogen availability under the invasive plant species Lonicera japonica and native grasses in wetland soil. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. 5:65-71.

2003

  • Madewell, T. M., K. R. Brye, and M. C. Savin. 2003. Changing career paths in environmental, soil and water science and crop management: Survey results. Discovery  The Student Journal of the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food, and Life Sciences. 4:47-52.

 

NON-PEER REVIEWED TEACHING & EDUCATION PUBLICATIONS           

2013

2010

  • Savin, M. C. 2010. Achieving change in undergraduate science education. CSA News 55:48-50.

 

NON-PEER REVIEWED PUBLICATIONS

2015

  • Brantley, K. E., M. C. Savin, K. R. Brye, and D. E. Longer. 2015. Pine woodchip biochar impact on corn yield in a silt loam soil. Nathan Slaton (ed.), Wayne E. Sabbe Arkansas Soil Fertility Studies, 2014, Arkansas Agriculture Experiment Station, To be available at http://arkansasagnews.uark.edu/1356.htm. Submitted.

2014

  • Savin, M., and BCRET members. 2014. E. coli in flowing waters. Arkansas Division of Agriculture. Available at http://www.bigcreekresearch.org/ (Accessed 12/19/14).

2011

  • Coffey, K.,  J. Caldwell, J. Jennings, D. Philipp, A. Young, J. Tucker, D. Hubbell, III, T. Hess, M. Looper, C. West, M. Savin, M. Popp, D. Kreider, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2011. Performance by spring and fall-calving cows grazing with full access, limited access, or no access to toxic, wild-type endophyte -infected tall fescue B 3-year summary. Proc. Am. For. Grassl. Council.  French Lick, IN.
  • Coffey, K., J. Caldwell, J. Jennings, D. Philipp, A. Young, J. Tucker, D. Hubbell, III, C. West, M. Savin, M. Popp, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2011. Forage quality, ergot alkaloid concentrations, and species composition from toxic wild-type and non-toxic, novel endophyte infected tall fescue pastures grazed by cow-calf pairs. Proc. Am. For. Grassl. Council.  French Lick, IN.
  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, D. Kreider, D. Philipp, D. Hubbell, III, J. Tucker, A. Young, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, J. Jennings, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2011. Post-weaning performance by spring and fall-born calves weaned from full access, limited access, or no access to >wild-type= endophyte-infected tall fescue pastures B 3 Year Summary. Arkansas Agri. Exper. Sta. Research Series (In press)

2010

  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, C. West, D. Philipp, J. Jennings, D. Hubbell, III, J. Tucker, A. Young, T. Hess, D. Kreider, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, E. Kegley, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2010.  Performance by spring and fall-calving cows grazing with full access, limited access, or no access to wild-type endophtye-infected fescue B 3-year summary. Arkansas Agri. Exper. Sta. Research Series 584:10-12.
  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, D. Kreider1, D. Philipp, D. Hubbell, III, J. Tucker, A. Young, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, J. Jennings, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2010. Post-weaning performance by spring and fall-born calves weaned from full access, limited access, or no access to >wild-type= endophyte-infected tall fescue pastures B 2 year summary. Arkansas Agri. Exper. Sta. Research Series 584:12-15.

 

2009

  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, D. Kreider, D. Philipp, D. Hubbell, III, J. Tucker, A. Young, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, J. Jennings, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr . 2009. Post-weaning performance by spring and fall-born calves weaned from full access, limited access, or no access to >wild-type= endophyte-infected tall fescue pastures B year 1.  Arkansas Agri. Exper. Sta. Research Series 574:49-51.
  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, D. Kreider, D. Philipp, D. Hubbell, III, J. Tucker, A. Young, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, J. Jennings, and C. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2009 Performance by spring and fall-calving cows grazing with full access, limited access,or no access to wild-type endophtye-infected fescue B 2 year summary. Arkansas Agri. Exper. Sta. Research Series 574:52-54.

2008

  • Caldwell, J., K. Coffey, J. Jennings, D. Hubbell, III, T. Hess, D. Kreider, M. Looper, M. Popp, M. Savin, D. Philip, and C.F. Rosenkrans, Jr. 2008. Performance by spring- and fall-calving cows grazing with full access, limited access, or no access to endophtye-infected fescue. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series 563: 25-27.
  • Savin, M. C., A. L. Daigh, P. J. Tomlinson, and R. J. Norman. 2008. Urea persistence in ponded surface water and a silt-loam soil used for rice production. In R. J. Norman, J. F. Meullenet, and K. A. K. Moldenhauer (eds.) B. R. Wells Rice Research Studies 2007. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series, 560: 202-208, Fayetteville, AR.

2007

  • Savin, M. C., L. C. Purcell, A. Daigh, and A. Manfredini. 2007. Mycorrhizal response in soybean, corn, and cotton to glyphosate applications and P fertilization. In N. Slaton (ed.) Wayne E. Sabbe Soil Fertility Studies. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series 548:49-51, Fayetteville, AR.
  • Savin, M. C., P. J. Tomlinson, and R. J. Norman. 2007. Soil Properties and carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus availability in White River Region fields. In R. J. Norman, J. F. Meullenet, and K. A. K. Moldenhauer (eds.) B. R. Wells Rice Research Studies 2006. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series 550:315-324, Fayetteville, AR.
  • Savin, M. C., D. M. Miller, P. Tomlinson, K. R. Brye, and R. J. Norman. 2007. Movement of fertilizer nitrogen applied to a dry silt-loam soil during four days of surfacewater ponding. In R. J. Norman, J. F. Meullenet, and K. A. K. Moldenhauer (eds.) B. R. Wells Rice Research Studies 2006. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series 550:325-331, Fayetteville, AR.

2006      

  • Savin, M. C., P. J. Tomlinson, and R. J. Norman. 2006. Labile C and N pools in soil quality assessment of White River Region fields. In R. J. Norman, J. F. Meullenet, and K. A. K. Moldenhauer (eds.) B. R. Wells Rice Research Studies 2005. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series 540:316-323, Fayetteville, AR.
  • Savin, M. C., D. M. Miller, L. Copenhaver, P. Tomlinson, K. R. Brye, and R. J. Norman. 2006. Distribution and movement of fertilizer nitrogen applied to a silt-loam soil. In R. J. Norman, J. F. Meullenet, and K. A. K. Moldenhauer (eds.) B. R. Wells Rice Research Studies 2005. University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station Research Series 540:310-315, Fayetteville, AR.

2000

  • Savin, M. C., and J. A. Amador. 2000. Burrowing a Better Future:  Earthworms and the Life of the Soil. RINHews  The Newsletter of the Rhode Island Natural History Survey 7:2-3.

 

PUBLISHED ABSTRACTS (96 abstracts 1994-2018)

2017

2016

2015

  • Suhartono, and M. C. Savin. 2015. Persistence of plasmids in antibiotic resistant stream water Escherichia coli harboring integron, conjugation, and/or mobilization genes. In Water Microbiology Conference 2015 Abstract Book, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, May 18-21, 2015 Available at  http://waterinstitute.unc.edu/watermicro2015/program/ (accessed 12/18/15).
  • Portilho, I. I. R., L. A. de Carvalho, A. V. Brumatti, F. I. Valente, M. C. Savin, R. Silvestre, R. Roscoe, F. M. Mercante. 2015. Soil invertebrate faunal communities indicate the benefits of incorporating crop-livestock rotations into agricultural management systems in Brazil. In Soil Ecology Society, 2015 Meeting Program. Colorado Springs, CO, June 8-12, 2015. Available at  http://ses.camden.rutgers.edu/meetings/2015-meeting/ (accessed 12/18/15).

2014

2013

 

Professional Background

  • 2011-present, Professor, Dept. of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
  • 2006-2011, Associate Professor, Dept. of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
  • 2002-2006, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR.
  • 2000-2001, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Lowell, MA.
  • 1999-2000, Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.
  • 1993-1999, Graduate Research Assistant, Dept. of Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI.
  • 1991-1992, Research Assistant, Environmental Analysis Unit, Arthur D. Little, Cambridge, MA.

Additional Training

  • Qualified Environmental Professional, Institute of Professional Environmental Practice, 2009. Water Quality, Aug. 2009; General Environmental Science, Mar. 2009.
  • 2009, 2007, American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Leadership I and II Development Workshops, annual ASA meetings, New Orleans, LA and Pittsburgh, PA.
  • 2009, LEAD Participant: Leadership for Academic Diversity workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation under its ADVANCE programs, Fayetteville, AR, June 22-23. Workshop is to aid the recruitment and retention of faculty in the STEM areas.
  • 2007, Fundamentals of Soil Science, passed exam, Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).
  • 2007, American Society of Agronomy (ASA) Leadership Development Workshop, annual ASA meeting, New Orleans, LA.
  • 2002-2009, Wally Cordes Teaching and Faculty Support Center (TFSC) activities.
  • Teaching Camp, sponsored by the Wally Cordes TFSC and the University of Arkansas, Eureka Springs, AR, 2002-2007, workshop presenter, 2003-2007.
  • 2004, Peer Review of Teaching
  • 2002, DNA Microarrays and T-RFLP Profiling for Environmental Microbiology, American Society for Microbiology annual meeting workshop. Salt Lake City, UT.
  • 2002, Molecular Techniques for the Analysis of Microbial Community Structure in Soil and the Rhizosphere, Training Workshop in Support of the Multi-state Initiative in Soil Microbiology S-297, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.
  • 2002 & 2003, Teaching retreat, University of Arkansas Teaching and Faculty Support Center, Fayetteville, AR.
  • 1997, Intensive apprenticeship in nematode enumeration, identification to genus, and trophic-level classification with Dr. Deborah Neher, Dept. of  Biology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH.
  • 1995, Ecosystems Ecology course, Institute of Ecosystems Studies, Millbrook, NY.

 HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • 2016, Jack G. Justus Award for Teaching Excellence, Dale Bumpers College and Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
  • 2014, Natural Sciences Education, NSE Outstanding Associate Editor for 2013.
  • 2012, Alumni Advising Award, Dale Bumpers College and Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
  • 2011, Faculty Gold Medal, Office of Nationally Competitive Awards, UA.
  • 2009, Teaching Award of Merit, UA and North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture.
  • 2009, John W. White Teaching Award, Dale Bumpers College and Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
  • 2006, University of Arkansas Teaching Academy, inductee in 2006.
  • 2005, Teaching Award of Merit, Gamma Sigma Delta The Honor Society of Agriculture, The Arkansas Chapter.
  • 1997-1998, University of Rhode Island Graduate Fellowship, University of Rhode Island.
  • 1995, 1998, Graduate Student Travel Award, Society of Soil Scientists of Southern New England. 
  • 1995, Chrysalis Scholarship, Association of Women Geoscientists.
  • 1995, Phi Kappa Phi, inducted into academic honor society.
  • 1994, Tuition Scholarship, to attend Institute of Ecosystem Studies interim course, Rhode Island Sea Grant College Program.