Our People

The collection of people who have worked on various rehabilitation projects since the early 1970’s has grown to over fifty individuals. Some of these folks have moved to other places and endeavors and some have remained under our program’s umbrella.

W. Lee Daniels

Thomas B. Hutcheson, Jr. Professor of Soil Science

School of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

  • Email: wdaniels@vt.edu
  • Phone: (540) 231-7175
  • Office: 244 Smyth Hall 0404, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA 24061


  • B.S.  Forestry, Virginia Tech, 1978
  • M.S.  Soil Genesis, Virginia Tech, 1980
  • Ph.D. Soil Geomorphology, Virginia Tech, 1985

Hannah Angel

Graduate Research Assistant/Ph.D Candidate


  • B.S. Forestry, University of Kentucky, 2014
  • M.S. Forestry, Stephen F. Austin State University, 2017

Pat Donovan

GIS Specialist

  • Email: padonova@vt.edu
  • Phone: (540) 231-9795
  • Office: 250E Smyth Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0404.


  • B.S. Geology, University of Minnesota, Duluth, 1989
  • M.S. Geology, Northern Arizona University, 1993

Katie Haering

Research Associate

  • Email: khaering@vt.edu
  • Phone: (540) 231-6482
  • Office: 351C Smyth Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0404


  • B.S. Agronomy/Soils, University of Maryland, 1983
  • M.S. Soil Genesis, University of Maryland, 1986

Sara Klopf

Research Associate

  • E-mail: ksara1@vt.edu
  • Phone: (540) 231-6482
  • Office: 351C Smyth Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061-0404


  • B.S. Integrative Biology, University of Illinois, 2007
  • M.S. Plant Biology/Ecology, Southern Illinois University, 2010

Steve Nagle

Research Specialist Senior

  • Email: snagle@vt.edu
  • Phone: (540) 231-4521
  • Office: 313 Latham Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


  • B.S. Plant Science, University of Delaware, 1981
  • M.S. Agronomy, Virginia Tech, 1983

Zenah Orndorff

Senior Research Associate 

  • Email: zorndorf@vt.edu
  • Phone: (540) 231-8659
  • Fax: (540) 231-7630
  • Office: 215 Latham Hall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.


  • B.S.  Natural Sciences, Johns Hopkins University, 1990
  • M.S.  Soil Science, Virginia Tech, 1995
  • Ph. D. Soil Science, Virginia Tech, 2001

Past People

Allwyn Albuquerque, environmental engineer, Reston, VA
Ron Alls, retired, Blacksburg, VA
Mike Beck, retired, Blacksburg, VA
Jay Bell, Professor, Univ. of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
Cara Bergschneider, Soil Conservationist, NRCS, Mt. Vernon, IL.
Sue Brown, Project Manager, deceased.
Joe Buckwalter, Research Associate, Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Conservation, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
Julie Burger, Academic Advisor, Department of Geography, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. 
Jon Dickerson, Research Specialist, Virginia Tech Turfgrass Research Center, Blacksburg, VA.
Dennis Dove, organic farmer, Full Circle Organic Farm, Floyd, VA
Daniel Evans, Univ. of New Hampshire, Plymouth, NH.
Charlie Everett, Charleston, SC.
Gabriela Fajardo, soil scientist, Williamsburg Environmental Group, Williamsburg, VA
Mike Genthner, OriginLab Corp, Riner, VA
Velva Groover, Research Specialist, School of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
David Hall, President and Project Manager, Soil and Environmental Technology, Inc., Christiansburg, VA
Gaber Hassan, University of Alexandria, Egypt
Nick Haus, Ph.D. candidate, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Jeff Howard, Professor, Wayne State Univ., Detroit
Joseph Hunnings, Virginia Cooperative Extension Service, Retired, Blacksburg, VA
Meral Jackson, Houghton, MI
Daniel Johnson, Assistant Teaching Professor of Soil Science, Penn State, State College, PA.
Mike Jones, NRCS Soil Conservationist, Morgantown, WV
Urszula Kukier, Public Health Engineer, Maryland Department of the Environment, Baltimore, MD
Ren‑Sheng Li, Ph.D. Virginia Tech, deceased.
Kelly Meredith, San Diego, CA
Whitney Nash. U.S. Office of Surface Mining, Reclamation, and Enforcement, Knoxville, TN
John Parker, environmental consultant, Fort A.P. Hill, Bowling Green, VA.
W.T. Price, retired, Pearisburg, VA
Jay Roberts, Water Resources Scientist, VA Dept. of Environmental Quality, Roanoke, VA
Clay Ross, Natural Resources Specialist. County of Bedford, VA
Vince Ruark, VDOT Materials Division, Staunton, VA
Mike Schmidt, Deputy Administrator for Farm Programs, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Washington, DC
Phil Schroeder, Chair, Dept. of Agriculture and Veterinary Tech., Alfred State College, Alfred, NY.
Erik Severson, NC State Extension, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
Ethan Sneesby, Wetland Scientist, BSC Group, Inc., Providence, RI.
Barry Stewart, Associate Professor, Mississippi State Univ., Starkville, MI
Mark Stolt, Professor, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, RI
Larry Sweeney, Delta Environmental, Pittsburgh, PA
Nicole Troyer-Jacobsen, consultant, Anchorage, AK
An VanWormhoudt, ‘den Bosch, The Netherlands
Angela Whitehead, Soil Horizons, Williamsburg, VA
Abbey Foster Wick, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Carl Zipper, Emeritus Professor, School of Plant & Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA