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 “Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award”
April 2018 – ‘The 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 – 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.
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 Veritá Ascona Switzerland. Don’t Miss this unique Conference!! (See details)
Dr. Borch is co-chairing INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON EMERGING CONTAMINANTS (EMCON) IN OSLO, JUNE 2018
November 2017 – Welcome 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 – Research 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 – Mr. Karl Hoppess visited Dr. Borch Group in the morning of Oct. 11th. Our group members – Molly, 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)
July 2017 – The 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’s 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).
February 2017 – Dr. 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).
June 2016 – “Hydraulic fracturing chemical spills on agricultural land need scrutiny”, say Dr. Borch (more details).
May 2016 – Congrats to Molly on her first (ES&T) paper “Spills of Hydraulic Fracturing Chemicals on Agricultural Topsoil” (more details).
Mar 2016 – Past 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).
Dr. Borch’s research on analysis of emerging contaminants was featured in a special ACS Virtual Issue
Jan 2016 – Dr. Borch’s research on analysis of emerging contaminants was featured in a special ACS Virtual Issue (more details)
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!
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 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.
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!