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Southern Cross GeoScience

Valerie Schoepfer

Valerie Schoepher

Education:

M.S. Natural Resources: Aquatic Ecology, August 2013University of Nebraska-LincolnThesis: The influence of sea water incursion on iron and sulfur cycling in a coastal freshwater wetland

B.S. Environmental Science: Soil and Watershed Management, May 2010Applied Mathematics MinorUniversity of New Hampshire - Magna Cum Laude

E: v.schoepfer.11@student.scu.edu.au

Research interests / background:

I am interested in the interactions between iron, sulfur and phosphorus in surface sediment and porewaters, and the practical applications of management and reflooding of acid sulfate soils. My Masters work focused on coastal salt water inundation and how increasing salt changed the sediment iron buffering capacity of sulfur rich water. I aim to continue investigating the basic geochemistry of iron and sulfur as well as how other management and environmental factors, such as soil flooding and phosphorus, will change iron-sulfur mineral behaviour.

Supervisors: A/Prof Ed Burton, A/Prof Scott Johnston & Dr Peter Kraal

Publications

Journal Articles

Schoepfer, V.A., Bernhardt, E.S., Burgin, A.J. Iron Clad Wetlands: Soil iron-sulfur buffering determines coastal wetland response to salt water incursion. Journal of Geophysical Research: Biogeosciences. 2014. In Press. DOI: 10.1002/2014JG002739

Hopsfenburger, K., Burgin, A.J., Schoepfer, V.A., Helton, A. Impacts of saltwater incursion on plant communities, anaerobic microbial metabolism, and resulting relationships in a restored freshwater wetland. Ecosystems. 2014. DOI: 10.1007/s10021-014-9760-x

Nogaro, G., Burgin, A. J., Schoepfer, V. A, Konkler, M. J., Bowman, K. L. and Hammerschmidt, C. R.: Aluminum sulfate (alum) application interactions with coupled metal and nutrient cycling in a hypereutrophic lake ecosystem., Environ. Pollut., 176, 267-74, 2013, DOI:10.1016/j.envpol.2013.01.048.

Conference Proceedings

Schoepfer V A, Burgin, A J, Bernhardt, E. (2013) Controls on iron sulfur complex formation and heterogeneity across an inundated freshwater wetland. Society of Wetland Science, Duluth, Minnesota. June 2013.

Schoepfer V A, Burgin, A J, Bernhardt, E. (2012) How does salt water intrusion impact coupled salt water intrusion in a coastal freshwater wetland? Society of Wetland Science, Orlando, Florida. June 2012.

Schoepfer V A and Burgin, A J (2011) Anaerobic Microbial Metabolism in a Highly Eutrophic Stratified Lake. Advancing the science of limnology and oceanography Annual Meeting, San Juan, Puerto Rico. February 2011.

Schoepfer V A and Gettel, G M (2010). Respiration and denitrification potential of DOC leached from riparian plant species in a Northeastern suburban stream. Long Term Ecological Research Network Plum Island Annual Meeting, Woods Hole, MA. April 2010.

Schoepfer V A and McDowell W H (2008, 2009, 2010). Leaf leaching as a source of carbon and nutrients in tropical streams. University of New Hampshire, Undergraduate Research Conference, College of Life Science and Agriculture. Poster and Oral Session. April 2008, 2009, 2010.

Schoepfer V A and McDowell W H (2009). Leaf leaching as a source of carbon and nutrients in tropical streams. Poster 63. Long Term Ecological Research Network All Scientists Meeting, "Integrating Science and Society in an Ever-Changing World" YMCA of the Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado, USA. September 13-16, 2009.

Schoepfer V A and McDowell W H (2009). Leaf leaching as a source of carbon and nutrients in tropical streams. Long Term Ecological Research Network Luquillo Annual Meeting and Site Review, San Juan, Puerto Rico, USA. June 1-5, 2009.

Schoepfer V A and McDowell W H (2009, 2010). Leaf leaching as a source of carbon and nutrients in tropical streams. University of New Hampshire, Undergraduate Research Conference, Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Symposium. Award of Excellence.(April 2009).

Schoepfer V A and McDowell W H (2008). Leaf leaching as a source of carbon and nutrients in tropical streams. Long Term Ecological Research Network Luquillo Annual Meeting, El Verde Field Station, Puerto Rico, USA. January 18-20, 2008.

Schoepfer V A (2004) Water Quality And Chlorophyll Concentration In Fresh And Salt Water. New England Water Environment Association Annual Meeting. April 2004.

Schoepfer V A (2004) Water Quality And Chlorophyll Concentration In Fresh And Salt Water. University of Connecticut Research Symposium. April 2004.