MSES student awarded $6,000 for acid mine drainage research

M.C. Tilton
August 4, 2016

Masters of Science in Environmental Studies candidate Zebulon Martin is among 23 recipients of the 2016 Ohio University Student Enhancement Awards. Martin received the greatest possible grant in the amount of $6,000 for his proposal, “Does Precipitation Affect the Recovery in AMD Impacted Streams?” investigating how precipitation events affect streams impacted by acid mine drainage.

“It is my hope through this research to fill a knowledge gap in a leading theory that precipitation causes flushing events that go untreated,” Martin said. “Past research and remediation efforts often quickly reach the expected chemical recovery, but often lack the expected biological recovery.”

Martin received his Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Studies at Otterbein University. He said he chose the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs for his graduate degree because of the rich regional opportunities to explore the outdoors, especially kayaking, his favorite summer activity.

“This is the main reason for my choice in research of the local watershed Hewett Fork,” Martin said. “I want to do what I can to make a positive influence on protecting our natural resources, and water scarcity and security are looming environmental issues facing us on both local and global scales.”

Martin said he owes much of his success to advisor and Voinovich School Environmental Studies faculty Dr. Natalie Kruse Daniels, who has helped him refine his research objectives and apply for grants.

“Dr. Kruse has been an instrumental part in my success so far here, and winning these awards with her help will allow me to complete my proposed research,” Martin said.

The OHIO Office of the Vice President for Research and Creative Activity awarded $127,833 in Student Enhancement funds this year for original research, scholarship and creative work.