Research

Our research program began in the early 1980's and was originally focused on coal mined land reclamation and associated water quality issues. We have been continuously supported by the Powell River Project since 1979. In addition, we have worked cooperatively with Iluka Resources on mineral sands mining reclamation since 1989. 

Since the mid-1990's, we have significantly expanded our research base into wetland creation & restoration, acid sulfate soil remediation, roadside revegetation, dredge spoil utilization, manufactured soil production, by-product screening, and an array of related programs based in environmental soil science.

Our combined research program employs 10 to 15 scientists, support staff and graduate students. We maintain two support laboratories and two greenhouse facilities at Virginia Tech which offer complete physical and chemical analytical capability for soils, sediments, and mine spoils. We also offer greenhouse experimental and bioassay support.

A complete list of our publications for all research areas is compiled into the Publications page of this website.  From that page, you can sort our publications by topic, date or authors. If you don't see a particular publication of interest that is currently linked to a .pdf, please contact W. Lee Daniels (wdaniels@vt.edu).