I am a Research Hydrologist in the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit at the NLAE in Ames, Iowa. My research focuses on quantifying, and managing interactions between climate, soils, and land-use and their impact on hydrology and water quality at field, landscape, and watershed scales, and am active in the ARS Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP) and the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) networks. I was born/raised on a farm in Northeast Iowa, and received my B.S. and Ph.D. in Civil Engineering and M.S.C in Geoinformatics from the University of Iowa. My doctoral research focused on landscape connectivity, rainfall and tillage induced erosion, and the redistribution of soil, carbon and water across agricultural landscapes. In free time I enjoy golfing and hiking with my wife, Michelle, and can generally be found in a gym, or on a baseball/softball/football field coaching or watching one of our kids, Nicholas, Jackson, Olivia and Leonidas.
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- Strip cropping-(Popular Publication)
Gilley, J.E., Wacha, K.M. 2023. Strip cropping. SERA-IEG 17 Bulletin. AVAILABLE.
- Erosion control systems-(Popular Publication)
Gilley, J.E., Wacha, K.M. 2023. Erosion control systems. SERA-IEG 17 Bulletin. AVAILABLE.
- Intermittency on soil movement: The role of landscape macro/microtopography-(Abstract Only)
Papanicolaou, A.N., Wacha, K.M. 2022. Intermittency on soil movement: The role of landscape macro/microtopography [abstract]. American Geophysical Union.
- Short-term effects of nitrogen source on soil properties and plant growth -(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wacha, K.M., Hatfield, J.L., O'Brien, P.L., Dold, C. 2021. Short-term effects of nitrogen source on soil properties and plant growth. Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment. 4(2). Article e20176. https://doi.org/10.1002/agg2.20176.
- Quantifying the time-specific kinetic energy of simulated rainfall using a dynamic rain gauge system -(Peer Reviewed Journal)
Wacha, K.M., Huang, C., O'Brien, P.L., Papanicolaou, T.N., Hatfield, J.L. 2021. Quantifying the time-specific kinetic energy of simulated rainfall using a dynamic rain gauge system. Agricultural & Environmental Letters. 6(1). Article e20042. https://doi.org/10.1002/ael2.20042.
Sustainable Intensification in Agricultural Watersheds through Optimized Management and Technology In-House Appropriated (D) Accession Number:441902 No news articles listed for this employee.