Sharon K. Papiernik
ARS Honors Early Career Scientist Papiernik
Comis February 9, 2005
WASHINGTON, Feb. 9Sharon K.
Papiernik, an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) soil scientist, has been named the "ARS
Midwest Area Early Career Scientist for 2004."
The award honors accomplishments by scientists who have earned their
highest academic degree within the past 10 years and have been a full-time ARS
employee for seven years or less. Papiernik received a plaque and cash award at
U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters
here today, and will be given additional research funding. ARS is the USDA's
chief scientific research agency.
Papiernik, based at the
Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory, Morris, Minn., joined ARS in
1997. She conducted pesticide research for six years at the
E. Brown Jr. Salinity Laboratory in Riverside, Calif. She transferred to
the Morris laboratory in 2003.
"Dr. Papiernik is being honored today for outstanding originality and
insight in developing new methods and advanced knowledge of the fate and
transport of pesticides in the environment," ARS Administrator Edward B.
Knipling said. "She is a recognized authority on the actions of organic
pesticides in soil and water."
Jaradat, research leader at the Morris lab, said Papiernik will continue
her research on pesticides, while taking on additional research on soil erosion
and the effects of tillage on soil and water quality.
Papiernik has developed innovative techniques to investigate
pesticides in soil and water. Among other things, this had led to the first
detailed information on the fate and transport of low concentrations of
herbicides in groundwater. Her research also produced one of the first
assessments of the effects of soil fumigation on soil microbes. Papiernik has
since provided important information on the fate and transport of propargyl
bromide, which is a possible substitute for methyl bromide, a widely used
fumigant that is being phased out.
"Dr. Papiernik's research has been critical for maintaining soil
fumigations as a viable option in American agriculture," Jaradat said.
Papiernik has been one of the principal investigators on competitive
research grants totaling $500,000 and on a $30,000 interagency agreement with
the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Papiernik earned her B.A. in 1991 from the
University of Minnesota-Morris and a
Ph.D. in 1995 from the University of Nebraska at
Lincoln. She earned a USDA certificate of merit for outstanding research in