Amelia Rooks

Amelia Rooks

Mentor

Dr. AJ Reisinger

College

College of Agricultural and Life Sciences

Major

Environmental Science

Minor

Agriculture and Natural Resource Ethics and Policy

Organizations

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Academic Awards

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Volunteering

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Research Interests

Nutrient pollution, water quality, ecotoxicology

Hobbies and Interests

Research Project

Effects of Residential Lawn Management Practices on Surface Water Nutrient Runoff

This research will quantify nitrogen and phosphorus concentrations in surface water runoff from residential landscapes being managed under different practices. Ultimately, this research will be used to develop recommendations for maintaining a healthy lawn while minimizing N and P export from urban landscapes. Each of the twelve lawns surveyed will receive one of four different landscape treatments, with three lawns per treatment. These treatments include control lawns receiving normal landscaping, traditional fertilizer lawns with a normal fertilizer management approach, compost lawns receiving a compost top dressing, and biosolid-fertilizer lawns receiving a biosolids-based fertilizer. These different treatments represent alternatives being considered for modification of the Alachua County landscaping code.