Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
Colleen Zumpf
Research Associate and Field Manager
Sustainable Bioenergy Project
Hydrology, Remediation, and Risk-based Restoration Department
  • Ph.D, Agronomy, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Candidate.
  • M.S., Environmental Biology, Governors State University, 2015.
  • B.A., Environmental Science (Biology minor), Monmouth College, 2012.
Current Role

Research Associate and Field Manager for EVS' Sustainable Bioenergy Project. The project's focus is to assess the bioenergy crop production and ecosystem service provision potential of shrub willow grown on marginal land within an agricultural field in Central Illinois susceptible to nitrate leaching.

Ph.D. student and Research Assistant at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Research focus is on biodiversity and multivariate analysis of ecosystem service provision and bioenergy crop production of shrub willow and the assessment of biomass production of other native warm-season grasses and pollinator habitat potential of bioenergy grasses and native forbs as buffers along right-of-ways.

Designing field experiments, data collection, data processing, and manuscript preparation. Previous work with various field sensors and equipment for measuring sap flow, soil moisture, precipitation, greenhouse gas emissions, soil chemical and physical parameters, crop productivity, insects and water quality and quantity. Assessment of land management impacts on ecological systems and community ecological dynamics, with a focus on bioenergy crops, native plants, and landscape design for multiple functions.
Career Highlights
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant: Taught lectures, assisted in exam creation and assignment grading for environmental courses, including bioenergy crops, tomorrow's environment, and introductory horticulture.
  • Ecological Restoration Technician: Restored native prairies, wetlands, and woodlands and monitoring habitat potential as part of the Forest Service (2014-2015) and Kane County Forest Preserve District (2013).
  • Author of several peer-reviewed publications.
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