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Skousen, Jeffrey

Professor of Soil Science

Jeff Skousen is a Professor of Soil Science in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences (Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design) and also serves as the Extension Land Reclamation Specialist in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit of the West Virginia University Extension Service. He received his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University, and M.S. and B.S. degrees from Brigham Young University. 

Jeff has more than 35 years of experience in reclamation of disturbed lands and agriculture. He teaches courses in soil science, environmental science, and reclamation of disturbed soils. 

His research program includes acid mine drainage control and treatment and improvement of water quality, overburden and soil analyses, oil and gas site reclamation, revegetation of disturbed lands, reforestation, native plant restoration, biomass for bioenergy, and post-mining land use development. He has published over 275 articles in journals, books, proceedings, and extension publications. He works with faculty across campus and with researchers at other institutions, guides graduate student research, and presents findings at professional meetings. He organizes the annual Acid Mine Drainage Task Force Symposium, conducts seminars and workshops on mined land reclamation, and consults with state and federal agency personnel, landowners, coal operators, and consultants. He works internationally on land reclamation issues in Asia and Europe.

He was awarded the Plass Award for Life-long Achievements in Reclamation Research and Service by the American Society of Mining and Reclamation and the Golden Auger Award from the WV Association of Soil Scientists. In 2014, he was honored with the Heebink Award for Outstanding Service from West Virginia University. He has received outstanding teaching, research, and service awards in his division and college. He is a member of the science team of the Appalachian Regional Reforestation Initiative and edits the American Society of Mining and Reclamation’s magazine entitled “Reclamation Matters.” He has served on numerous national committees and councils on reclamation, including the president of the American Society of Mining and Reclamation twice, and was an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Quality for six years.

Jeff and his wife, Debbie, raised their four children in Morgantown, and live on a 120-acre farm west of Morgantown. He enjoys church service, music, and sports, and plays and tunes pianos.

Select Publications

  1. Skousen, J., C. Zipper, A. Rose, P. Ziemkiewicz, R. Nairn, L.M. McDonald, and R.L. Kleinmann. 2016. Review of passive systems for acid mine drainage treatment. Mine Water Environ: in press.
  2. Daniels, W.L., C.E. Zipper, Z.W. Orndorff, J. Skousen, C.D. Barton, L.M. McDonald, and M.A. Beck. 2016. Predicting total dissolved solids release from central Appalachian coal mine spoils. Env. Poll: Accepted.
  3. Brown, C., T. Griggs, T. Keene, M. Marra, and J. Skousen. 2015. Switchgrass biofuel production on reclaimed surface mines: I. Soil quality and dry matter yield. Bioenergy Res. 9: 31-39.
  4. Brown, C., T. Griggs, and J. Skousen. 2015. Switchgrass yield and quality on reclaimed surface mines in West Virginia: II. Composition and quality. Bioenergy Res. 9: 40-49.
  5. Odenheimer, J., J. Skousen, L.M. McDonald, D. Vesper, M. Mannix, and W.L. Daniels. 2015. Predicting release of total dissolved solids from overburden material using acid-base accounting parameters. Geochemistry: Explor. Env. Analysis 15: 131-137.
  6. Mack, B., J. Skousen, and L.M. McDonald. 2015. Effect of flow rate on acidity concentration from above-drainage underground mines. Mine Water Environ. 34: 50-58.
  7. Skousen, J., and C. Zipper. 2014. Post-mining policies and practices in the Eastern USA Coal Region. Intl. J. Coal Sci. Techn. 1: 135-151.
  8. Skousen, J., J.E. Yang, J.S. Lee, and P. Ziemkiewicz. 2013. Review of fly ash as a soil amendment. Geosystem Eng. 16: 249-256.
  9. Wilson-Kokes, L., P. Emerson, C. DeLong, C. Thomas, and J. Skousen. 2013. Hardwood tree growth after eight years on brown and gray mine soils in West Virginia.  J. Env. Qual. 42: 1353-1362.
  10. Zipper, C., J. Burger, C. Barton, and J. Skousen. 2013. Rebuilding soils for forest restoration on Appalachian mined lands. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 77: 337-349.
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