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Sean Stokes shares his research directly with the citrus growers

The importance of soil organic matter in the progression of Citrus Greening disease is highlighted in the article below:

Soil Organic Matter Helps Fight HLB

Dr. Borch presents at Nanjing Agricultural University

October 12th-15th, 2019 ‚Äď Dr. Borch will present invited talk at the International Workshop on Organic Contaminants in Agro-Environments at Nanjing Agricultural University, in Nanjing China.

Rachelle Rehberg Awarded the Fort Collins Area Alumni Panhellenic Bobbie Douglas Alumna Scholarship

April 2019 РCongratulations to PhD candidate, Rachelle Rehberg, who received the Fort Collins Area Alumni Panhellenic Bobbie Douglas Alumna Scholarship!  The scholarship recognizes students who continue to further their education while staying actively involved with their alumnae and collegiate chapters, as well as the Panhellenic community in Fort Collins.  Rachelle had the opportunity to discuss her research and career goals and was honored at an award ceremony on Saturday, April 27th.

Molly McLaughlin wins poster competition at RMSETAC Conference

April 2019 – PhD candidate Molly McLaughlin received first place in the poster competition at the Rocky Mountain Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (RMSETAC). The meeting was held in Denver, CO on April 25 and 26. Molly‚Äôs poster was titled ‚ÄúToxicological and Chemical Assessment of Water Quality Downstream of NPDES Oil and Gas Produced Water Discharges.‚ÄĚ The poster discussed results of two papers that are currently in preparation for publication. For more details on this conference, please visit:

Fracking and Health: Ask an Expert “Biocide use in Fracking”

January¬†2019 –¬† Dr. Thomas Borch discusses why biocides are used in fracking with The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, highlighting the most commonly used chemicals and describing the complexities of identifying and measuring them in produced water.¬† ¬†Dr. Borch also discusses how release into the environment can impact public health, including through the development of antimicrobial resistant genes. (Listen here).

“Rocky Mountain National Park Soils Not Significant Sources of Ammonia”

September¬†2018 –¬† Our group article was featured in CSA News (See details).

Celebrate! Dr. Borch received the CSU 2018 ‚ÄúInterdisciplinary Scholarship Award‚ÄĚ

April¬†2018 –¬† ‚ÄėThe Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award –¬†Recognizes either a faculty member or research team whose interdisciplinary scholarship has had a major impact nationally and/or internationally, or who have demonstrated their potential to do so.” (See details).

Feature article in Fields Magazine about our FT-ICRMS work

February¬†2018 –¬† “Members of a sprawling science team piece together the puzzle of biochar, a promising tool in the fight against global warming” (See details).

Ellen Daugherty receives ASA, CSSA, SSSA 2018 Future Leaders in Science Award

Washington, D.C., January 8,¬†¬†2018¬†‚Äď The American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) have selected the 2018 ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Future Leaders in Science Award recipients. Ellen Daugherty is one of 18 graduate students members who will receive the award in recognition of her interest and engagement in science advocacy. Award winners receive a trip to Washington, D.C. to participate in the annual ASA, CSSA, and SSSA Congressional Visits Day on March 8, where they will meet with their members of Congress and advocate for food, agriculture and natural resources research.

Ellen is a sixth year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemistry program and performs research on the role organic carbon-mineral interactions play in soil carbon storage and iron and carbon cycling.

Happy 2018!

January¬†2018 –¬† Borch group new member orientation will be held in January 19th.

Dr. Borch is among the invited speakers at International Uranium Biogeochemistry Conference

November¬†2017 – Uranium biogeochemistry of transformations, isotopes, and applications. October 21-26, 2018 CSF (Centro Stefano Franscini)¬†Monte Verit√° Ascona Switzerland. Don’t Miss this unique Conference!! (See details)


November 2017 РWelcome to the 6th International conference on Emerging Contaminants! (See details)

Robert Young led Dr. Borch group’s contribution of ultra-high resolution mass spectrometry to investigate biochar surface chemistry

October 2017 РResearch scientist Dr. Robert Young identified elemental signatures in a biochar carbon coating. (See details)

Dr. Tiezhen Tong presented his research at Dr. Borch Group meeting

October¬†2017 – Dr. Tiezhen Tong gave us a talk about his research at our Group meeting on Oct.19th.¬† Dr. Tong talked about “From Membrane Desalination to Nanotechnology: Meeting the¬†Emerging Challenges of Water Sustainability”.¬†(See details)

Mr. Karl Hoppess visits Dr. Borch Group

October 2017 РMr. Karl Hoppess visited Dr. Borch Group in the morning of Oct. 11th.  Our group members РMolly, Hannah, William, Rachelle, Ellen and Robert presented their research to Mr. Hoppess.  Mr. Karl Hoppess named CAS Distinguished Alumnus this year. (See details)

American Chemical Society news release

July¬†2017 –¬†Our research shows that release of treated wastewater from hydraulic fracturing contaminates lake.¬†(See details)

Uranium paper

July 2017 РThe Borch group’s recent uranium paper published in Nature Communications was featured as a Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource Science Highlight.  (See details)

A new twist on uranium’s origin story!

June¬†2017 – Dr. Borch’s group published a paper in Nature Communications. ¬†Scientists sampled a 650-foot deep sediment core from roll-front uranium deposits at an unmined site at Wyoming‚Äôs Smith Ranch Highlands. By characterizing the mineralogical and microbial composition of the sample,¬†Dr. Borch team discovered a new form of biologically produced uranium…(See details)

Dr. Borch is the guest editor of a special issue of Soil Processes

May 2017 – Dr. Borch is the guest editor of a special¬†issue “Soil Processes Controlling Contaminant Dynamics”¬† (See details).

Welcome Dr. Kimberly Hageman!

May 2017 – Welcome to Dr. Kimberly Hageman who is doing a sabbatical in our group! ¬†(Dr. Kimberly Hageman’s Homepage).

Welcome Dr. Ruben Kretzschmar!

May 2017 – Welcome to Prof. Dr. Ruben Kretzschmar who is doing a sabbatical in our group! . (Dr. Ruben Kretzschmar’s Homepage).

New Grant – Getting to the root(s) of the problem

February 2017 РDr. Borch is a co-PI on a $6.1 million grant from DOE ARPA-e to learn about plant genetics from exploring plant roots as well as the soil around the plants (more details).

LOCAL NEWS –¬†Not enough known about fracking impact on ag

November 2016 –¬†CSU researcher and Borch Lab member Molly McLaughlin studying use of ‘produced water’ on crops and livestock (more details).


Two press releases about the “hydraulic fracturing chemical spills” study

June 2016 – ¬†“Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny”, say Dr. Borch¬†(more details).

A New Published Paper

May 2016 –¬†Congrats to Molly on her first (ES&T) paper “Spills of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals on Agricultural Topsoil‚ÄĚ (more details).

A New Published Paper

Mar 2016 РPast member Georgina A. McKee and Dr. Borch published a new paper on Biogeochemistry: An integrated spectroscopic and wet chemical approach to investigate grass litter decomposition chemistry (more details).

Molly McLaughlin earns award

Feb 2016 – Molly McLaughlin was awarded the 2016 Graduate Student Award in Environmental Chemistry from the American Chemical Society. Congratulations, Molly!

Dr. Borch’s research on analysis of emerging contaminants was featured in a special ACS Virtual Issue

Jan 2016 –¬†Dr. Borch‚Äôs research on analysis of emerging contaminants was featured in a special ACS Virtual Issue (more details)

Dr. Borch co-organizer of the EmCon2016 and WiOW2016 Conference

Dec 2015 – Dr. Thomas Borch is a co-organizer of the International Conference on Emerging Contaminants (EmCon2016) and Micropollutants (WiOW2016) in the Environment, Sydney, Australia, 20th-23rd September 2016.


Dr. Borch the co author of 1st place of 2015 Wetland Soils Division Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contests

Octomber 19th 2015 –¬†Linden Schneider, University of California-Berkeley, won the 1st place of¬†2015 Wetland Soils Division Graduate Student Poster Presentation Contests. ¬†Dr. Borch is a co author. Congratulations!

Linden Schneider 1st Place.

Dr. Borch to present at The Danish Society for Analytical Chemistry

October 23rd 2015 –¬†Dr. Borch has been invited by¬†The Danish Society for Analytical Chemistry to present¬†two invited talks at their workshop entitled “Chemical techniques for analytical characterization of hydraulic fracturing chemicals”.

Dr.  Borch to present for an EPA delegation hosted by CSU

October 13th 2015 – ¬†Dr. Borch will present a talk on “environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing” for an EPA delegation hosted by CSU.

Dr. Borch to be the recipient of the Marion L. and Chrystie M. Jackson Soil Science Award

Oct 2015 – Dr. Thomas Borch received the “Marion L. and Chrystie¬†M. Jackson Soil¬†Science Award” from the¬†Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) . ¬†Congratulations. Dr. Borch! More details.

 Dr.  Borch to present at Science on Tap

Sept 2015 – Dr. Thomas Borch will be presenting “Fracking Chemicals and the Environment” at Pateros Creek Brewery in Fort Collins as part of the Science on Tap Series on Monday, Sept. 28 at 6:30 PM. Grab a beer and learn about some of the environmental impacts of this controversial technology!

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