Iowa State University, Soil Chemistry
Minor in Analytical Chemistry
Iowa State University, Soil Science
The Pennsylvania State University, Chemistry
Professor of Soil and Environmental Chemistry, School of Environment and Natural Resources, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Professor of Soil Chemistry, Dept. of Plant and Soil Sciences, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK
Research Soil Scientist, USDA ARS, North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory, Morris, MN
Co-Director of the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program
My research program focuses on environmental soil chemistry
Fundamental biogeochemical processes that affect heavy metal and trace element bioavailability, human health, and ecological risk in soil-water systems
Development of innovative chemical methods and techniques to evaluate soil chemical processes and soil components that control bioavailability and/or risk of chemical species (e.g., nutrients, contaminants)
Risk-based environmental chemistry of organic and inorganic pollutants in contaminated soils with emphasis on human (e.g., public health), agronomic (e.g., crop, animal), and ecotoxicity bioavailability and contaminant transmission pathways
Development and evaluation of new technologies used for remediation of contaminated soils (e.g., in situ immobilization, bioremediation)
Development of innovative in vitro chemical methods to evaluate the ability of new remediation methods to reduce contaminant bioavailability and risk and to evaluate the long-term environmental fate (e.g., longevity) of remediation
Beneficial use of agricultural, industrial, and municipal by-products through land application
Soil and environmental chemistries of by-products in agronomic/environmental systems with emphasis on their risk and environmental impact
Links to news articles
College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Science News: Spent Foundry Sand’s Second Life: OK to Use in Some Soils. April 14, 2015.
News Release. Reuse of Spent Foundry Sands Yields Environmental Benefits. USEPA Sustainable Materials Management Program. January 8, 2015.
Ohio’s high soil arsenic levels due to natural processes.
Science Daily News Release. April 16, 2014. Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/04/140416125432.htm
Soil Science Society of America Reserch News Release. April 25, 2014.
Environment and Natural Resources 5262: Soil Chemical Process and Environmental Quality
ENR 5262 (3 semester hr) has two 1-hr lectures and a 2-hr wet/computer laboratory.
A comprehensive study of chemical processes in soil systems that impact biogeochemical cycles and environmental quality. Modern theory of thermodynamics and kinetics of soil chemical processes. Effect of soil and environmental chemistries of agricultural/environmental systems on risk and environmental impact. Environmental soil chemistry topics including environmental fate of toxic substances, contaminant bioavailability, water quality, and remediation of contaminated soil. Course included hands-on experience with modern techniques used for soil chemical investigations including USEPA geochemical speciation models used to predict chemical reactions and chemical species in soil and aqueous environments (offered every Autumn Semester).
Environment and Natural Resources 5273: Environmental Fate and Impact of Pollutants in Soil and Water
ENR 5273 (3 semester hr) has two 1.5 hr lecture classes. (offered every Spring Semester).
An overview of pollutant sources, pollutant transport through soil and water, and environmental fate of pollutants. Soil and environmental chemistry or organic and inorganic contaminants. Pollutant transport through human and ecosystem exposure pathways.
Environment and Natural Resources 5279: Urban Soils and Ecosystem Services: Assessment and Restoration
ENR 5279 (3 semester hrs ) has one 2-hr class and one 3-hr lab. A comprehensive study focused on assessment and restoration of urban soil to provide essential ecosystem services. Urban soil laboratory provides hands-on experience with soil assessment and restoration,
Selected publications (a 5 year span)
Yuqin Jiao, Wansoo Im, Mohammad Z. Al-Hamdan, John Obrycki, Nicholas Basta, Allison Wilder, Claire Bollinger, Tongwen Zhang, Charmi Patel, Denerica Curry, Michael Allen, Jessica Hamilton, Yvonne Efebera, Slessor Fombang, Elizabeth L. Singh, Premal Bhatt, John Boudouris, Alyson Gray, Daniel Collins, Jen Eggerichs, Iness Jedidi, Ludie Hatten Sr., Jerrie Hatten, Yvonne Davis, Sylvia Parker, Lauretta Freeman, Diane Davis, Phenon Lowery, Richard C. Williams, Tony Freeman and Darryl B. Hood. 2014. Development of Educational PPGIS Risk-Communication Tools and Application to Evaluating Urban Soils. In Proceedings from the 2014 Minority Health and Health Disparities Grantees' Conference, as a Special Issue of the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). J. Community Medicine. In press
Heather Henry , Marisa F. Naujokas , Chammi Attanayake , Nicholas T. Basta , Zhongqi Cheng, Ganga M. Hettiarachchi , Mark Maddaloni , Christopher Schadt , and Kirk G. Scheckel. 2015. Bioavailability-based in situ remediation to meet future lead (Pb) standards in urban soils and gardens. Environ. Sci. Technol. 49 (15), pp 8948–8958.
Michelle L. Kaiser, Michele L. Williams, Nicholas Basta, Michelle Hand, Sarah Huber. 2015. When vacant lots become urban gardens: Characterizing the perceived and actual food safety concerns of urban agriculture in Ohio. In press.
Li, Jie, Kan Li, Xin-Yi Cui, N.T. Basta, Li-Ping Li, Hong-Bo Li, and L.Q. Ma. 2015. In press. In vitro bioaccessibility and in vivo relative bioavailability in 12 contaminated soils: method comparison and method development. Science of the Total Environment.
Carlson, J., J. Saxena, N. Basta, L. HUndal, D. Busalacchi. 2015. Application of organic amendments to restore degraded soil: effects on microbial properties. Environ. Monit. Assess 187(3):1-15.
Sharma, Kuhuk, Nicholas T. Basta, and Parwinder S. Grewal. 2014. Soil heavy metal contamination in residential neighborhoods in post-industrial cities and its potential human exposure risk. Urban Ecosystems. DOI 10.1007/s11252-014-0395-7.
Venteris, E.R., N.T. Basta, J.M. Bigham, and R. Rea, 2014. Modeling spatial patterns in soil As to estimate natural baseline concentration. J. Environ. Qual. 43:936-946.
Jardine,P.M., M.A. Stewart, M.O. Barnett, N.T. Basta, S.C. Brooks, S. Fendorf, T.L. Mehlhorn. 2013. Influence of Soil Geochemical and Physical Properties on Chromium (VI): Sequestration and Bioaccessibility. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:11241-11248.
Juhasz,A.L., N.T. Basta, and E. Smith. 2013. What is required for the validation of in vitro assays for predicting contaminant relative bioavailability? Considerations and criteria. Environmental Pollution 180:372-375.
Minca, K.K., N.T. Basta, and K.G. Scheckel. 2013. Using the Mehlich-3 soil test as an inexpensive screening tool to estimate total and bioaccessible Pb in urban soils. J. Environ. Qual. 42(5):1518-1526.
Basta, N.T., and J. Wragg. 2013. Advances in Bioaccessibility Methodology. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. 48(6):593.
Koch, I., Reimer, K.J., Bakker, M.I., Basta, N.T., Cave, M.R., Denys, S., Dodd, M., Hale, B.A., Irwin, R., Lowney, Y.W., Moore, M.M., Paquin, V., Rasmussen, P.E., Repaso-Subang, T., Stephenson, G.L., Siciliano, S.D., Wragg, J., Zagury, G.J. 2013. Variability of bioaccessibility results using seventeen different methods on a standard reference material, NIST 2710. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A. 48(6):641-655.
Whitacre, S.D., N.T. Basta, and E.A. Dayton. 2013. Soil Controls on Bioaccessible Arsenic Fractions. J. Environ. Health Sci. Part A. 48(6): 620-628.
Minca, K.K., and N.T. Basta. 2013. Comparison of Plant Nutrient and Environmental Soil Tests to Predict Pb in Urban Soils. Sci. Total Environ. 445-446:57-63.
Richards, J.R., J.L. Schroder, H. Zhang, N.T. Basta, Y. Wang, and M.E. Payton. 2012. Trace elements in benchmark soils of Oklahoma. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76:2031-2040.
Sullivan, T.S., Gottel, N.T., Basta, N., Jardine, P.J3, and C.W. Schadt. 2012. Firing range soils yield a diverse array of fungal isolates capable of Pb-mineral solubilization. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 78(17): 6078-6086.
Sloan, J.J., P.A.Y. Ampim, N.T. Basta, and R. Scott. 2012. Addressing the need for soil blends and amendments for the highly modified urban landscape. SSSAJ. 76:1133-1141.
Wragg, J., Mark Cave, Helen Taylor, Nick Basta, Esther Brandon, Stan Casteel, Sebastien Denys, Christian Gron, Agnes Oomen, Kenneth Reimer, Karine Tack and Tom Van de Wiele. 2011. An Inter-laboratory Trial of the Unified BARGE Bioaccessibility Method for Arsenic, Cadmium and Lead in Soil. Sci. Total Environ. 409:4016-4030.
Demissie, T., D.E. Storm, M.S. Friend, N.T. Basta, M.E. Payton, M.D. Smolen, and H. Zhang. 2010. Rainfall sequence effects on phosphorus loss in surface runoff from pastures that received poultry litter application. Trans. ASABE 53(4):1147-1158.
Van de Wiele, T., Christina M. Gallawa, Kevin M. Kubachka, John T. Creed, Nicholas Basta, Elizabeth A. Dayton, Shane Whitacre, Gijs Du Laing, and Karen Bradham. 2010. Arsenic metabolism by human gut microbiota upon in vitro digestion of contaminated soils. 2010. Environ. Health Perspect. 118(7):1004-1009.
R.W. Mullen, A. Viswakumar, K.A. Diedrick, W.A. Dick, and N.T. Basta. 2010. Evaluation of Four Buffer Solutions for Determining the Lime Requirement for Ohio Soils. Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 41(4):424-437.
Books / Book Chapters
Obrycki J.F., K.K. Minca, and N.T. Basta. In review. Screening for Soil Lead Contamination Using a Commonly Used Farm and Garden Soil Test. In Sowing Seeds in the City: Municipal and Ecological Considerations (S. Brown, K. McIvor and E. Snyder (eds.), Springer, NY.
Basta, N.T. and A. Juhasz. 2014. Chapter 9: Using In Vivo Bioavailability and/or In Vitro Gastrointestinal Bioaccessibility Testing to Adjust Human Exposure from Soil Ingestion. In : R.J.Bowell, J. Majzlan and C.Alpers (eds.) Geochemistry, Mineralogy and Microbiology of Arsenic in Environment, Reviews in Mineralogy and Geochemistry, Mineralogical Society of America.
Whitacre, S.D., N.T. Basta, C.J. Everett, K. Minca, and W.L. Daniels. 2013. Identification of toxic agents and potential exposure routes to Appalachian coal mining communities. In: J.R. Craynon (ed.) Environmental considerations in energy production. Soc. Mining Met. & Explor., Englewood, CO.
Richard P. Dick, Qin Wu, Nicholas T. Basta. 2012. Biomethylation of Arsenic in Contaminated Soils. In M.H. Wong (ed.) Environmental Contamination – Health Risks and Ecological Restoration. CRC Press. Taylor & Francis Group, Oxon UK.
Hale B., N. Basta, C. Boreiko, T. Bowers, B. Locey, M. Moore, M. Moutiere, L. Ritter, E. Smolders, I. Schoeters, and S. Tao. 2010. Variation in soil quality criteria for trace elements to protect human health exposure and effects estimation. p. 81-122. In: Merrington G, Schoeters I, (ed.) Soil quality standards for trace elements: Derivation, Implementation, and Interpretation. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL. ISBN 978-1-4398-3023-9. 184 p.