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Asmare Atalay

Atalay, Asmare, PhD

Plant and Soil Sciences


Phone: 804-524-6721
Fax: 804-524-5588


  • Ph.D. (1985) - University of Missouri, Columbia (Soil Science)
  • M.S. (1981) - University of Missouri, Columbia (Soil Chemistry)
  • B.S. (1977) - State University of New York, New Paltz (Chemistry)  

Research Interest 

  • Antibiotics impact assessment in water and soil
  • Drinking water quality assessment at underserved farms and communities
  • Nutrient management in animal manure and biosolids
  • Phosphorus mobility and sorption in soils and sediments  

Professional Society Memberships 

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Agronomy Society of America
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Virginia Soil Survey
  • SERA-17  

Selected Publications 

  • Atalay, A., S. Pao, M. James, B. Whitehead, and A. Allen.  2008.  Drinking Water Assessment at Underserved Farms in Virginia’s Coastal Plain. J. Environmental Monitoring & Restoration, 4:53-64.
  • Atalay, A. C. Bronick, S. Pao, W. Mersie, A. Kalantari, C. McNamee, and B. Whitehead.  2007.  Nutrient and Microbial Dynamics in Biosolids Amended Soils Following Rainfall Simulation. Soil and Sediment Contamination, 16:209-219.
  • T. Tsegaye, D. Shepard, K.R. Islam, A. Johnson, W. Tadesse, A. Atalay, and L. Marzen. 2006.  The Development of Chemical Index as a Measure of in-Stream Water Quality in Response to Land-Use and Land Cover Changes. J. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution, 174:161-179.
  • J. Wu, W. Mersie, A. Atalay, and C.A. Seybold. 2003.  Copper Retention from Runoff by Switchgrass and Tall Fescue Filter Strips. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 58(1):67-73.
  • Atalay, A.  2001. Variation in Phosphorus Sorption with Soil Particle Size”Journal of Soil and Sediment Contamination, 10(3):317-335.  

Selected Grants

  • Sub-contract from University of Maryland Mid-Atlantic Regional Regional Water Quality Coordination Project: Assisting Underserved Farmers in Meeting Water Quality Objectives. USDA/CSREES, 2004-present, $180,000.
  • Nutrient Composition Assessment and Management of Poultry Manure, USDA/CSREES Evans-Allen Grant, $300,000.
  • Phosphorus Dynamics in Nutrient-Rich Sediments. USDA/CSREES Capacity Building Grant. 2002, $300,000.
  • Animal Waste Management Practices and Alternate Technologies for Limited Resource Farmers. An 1890 Consortium Proposal, USDA/CSREES, IFAFS Seed Grant, 2001, $50,000.
  • 1890s Participation in Water Quality Symposia, Travel Support. USDA/CSREES, 2001, $5,000. 
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