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Erin Menzies

Email: egm55@cornell.edu
Phone: 607-255-4992
Office: B62 Riley Robb Hall
Advisor: Todd Walter
Degree Program: MS / PhD


Background

Erin completed a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Engineering at the University of Vermont in 2010. She then served as a Sustainable Agriculture Volunteer in the United States Peace Corps in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013. While in Ecuador she worked on a number of community development projects. Her primary focus was with a small farmer's cooperative working to improve agricultural land management practices and cocoa yields. She also worked with a local women's group to establish a micro finance and loans cooperative bank. Erin joined the Soil and Water Lab in the fall of 2013.


My Current Research Projects and Interests

Erin is interested in fertilizer and manure management in the context of water quality. She started her work in the Soil and Water Lab by developing a SWAT model for the Cayuga Lake watershed to ask questions about the timing of dairy manure spreading and it's impacts on phosphorus loading to the lake. Currently, she is working on a project examining the application of fertilizers to very sandy soils amended with woodchips with the intention of developing a strategy to maximize nutrient retention and minimize nutrient losses.