Sarah K. Fortner
Assistant Professor, Geology, Environmental Science
Motivation: My mission is to promote the sustainability of earth resources for future generations. I actively engage in student-centered (non-lecture) classrooms and in transdisciplinary (biology-geology-chemistry) research on soil and water. Presently, I am creating Agricultural Sustainability curriculum through a national-level grant (NSF InTeGrate) that will be widely disseminated to other earth and environmental scientists. Additionally, I'm investigating agricultural soil-water sustainability with the Agroecosystem Critical Zone Research Cluster, OSU. My desire to sustain earth resources was inspired by investigating glacier snow and melt from polar, tropical, and temperate regions. The fragile nature of earth is evident in their magnificence, their remoteness, and their melt.
Teaching Interests: inquiry-based teaching, climate literacy, service-learning. My goal is to improve student and research understanding of critical biogeochemical interactions at the earth’s surface. Students in my classes are involved in K-12 outreach at COSI (science museum) and work on community environmental issues. Next semester, this will include partnering with Lead Safe in Environmental Science Methods (ES 200). Please contact me if you have environmental problems that might be of interest to my students, I'm always looking to grow partnerships that connect students with job-like experiences.
- Postdoctoral Researcher, Carbon, Water, Climate Program, Adjunct, The Ohio State University (08/11)
- Ph.D., School of Earth Sciences, The Ohio State University (12/08)
- M.S., Geology, The Ohio State University (12/02)
- B.S., Geology and Geophysics, University of Wisconsin, Madison (12/99)
Student Achievements 2012-2013:
- Lindsay Starr '14 is in Alaska (Su 013) conducting glacier field research on the Juneau Icefield Research Program (see the JIRP blog).
- Brandi Hamilton, Lindsay Starr, Beth Wilson & Geology 460 (Wetland Biogeochemistry) presented at Wittenberg's Celebration of Learning on Friday April 12th!
- Environmental Science 100 students (Global Climate Change) will perform hands-on Climate Literacy activities at COSI on Saturday April 6th!
- Beth Wilson '14 is working to understand how agricultural and urban landuse affect water quality and respond to climate. She is the recipient of a Wittenberg Student Development Project & Travel Award. See her abstract from a National Geology meeting last November.
- Lindsay Starr '14 has been awarded a Wittenberg Student Development Project Award for her research on nutrient cycling in Beaver Creek.
- Wetland Biogeochemistry (460) presented at the regional Geological Society of America Meeting May 2013. See their abstract.
- Wetland Biogeochemistry (460) & Geology of the Critical Zone (170) investigate nutrient removal in a near-campus wetland. See their blog and the rationale for researching low-cost wetlands.
Fortner, S.K., Lyons, W.B., Munk, L.A. 2013, Diel stream geochemistry, Taylor Valley, Antarctica, Hydrological Processes 27(3):394-404.. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/hyp.9255/abstract
Fortner, S.K., Lyons, W.B., Carey, A.E., Shipitalo, M.J., Welch, S.A., Welch, K.A., 2012 Silicate weathering and CO2 consumption within agricultural landscapes, the Ohio-Tennessee River Basin, USA. Biogeosciences. 9, 941–955. http://www.biogeosciences.net/9/941/2012/doi:10.5194/bg-9-941-2012
Fortner, S.K., Mark, B.G., McKenzie, J.M., Bury, J., Trierweiler, A., Baraer, M., Burns, P.J., and Munk, L. 2011. Elevated stream trace and minor element concentrations in the foreland of receding tropical glaciers. Applied Geochemistry 26(11): 1792-1801. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.06.003
Fortner, S.K., Lyons, W.B., and Olesik, J., Eolian deposition of trace elements onto Taylor Valley Antarctic glaciers. 2011. Applied Geochemistry 26(11): 1897-1904. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2011.06.013
Fortner, S.K., Lyons, W.B., Fountain, A.G., Welch, K.A., Kehrwald, N. M, 2009. Trace element and major ion concentrations and dynamics in glacier snow and melt: Eliot Glacier, Oregon Cascades. Hydrological Processes 23: 2987-2996.
Fortner, S.K., Fourth and fifth grade students learn about renewable and nonrenewable energy through inquiry, 2009. Journal of Geoscience Education 57(2): 121-127.
Fortner, S.K., Tranter, M., Fountain, A., Welch, K.A., and Lyons, W.B., 2005. The geochemistry of supraglacial streams of Canada Glacier, Taylor Valley (Antarctica) and their evolution into proglacial waters. Aquatic Geochemistry 11(4): 391-412.
McGill, S. F., Wells, S.G., Anderson, H. Kuzma, Fortner, S.K., and McGill, J.D., 2009. Slip rate of the Western Garlock fault, at Clark Wash, near Lone Tree Canyon, Mojave Desert, California. Geological Society of America Bulletin 3-4: 536-554.