Amy Jo Burgin

Research Centers - Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Environmental Studies Program, Kansas Biological Survey
Associate Professor, Associate Scientist
Primary office:
Higuchi Hall
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Second office:
Haworth Hall



Summary

My research bridges the gulf between understanding what microbes do at the centimeter scale and the importance of those processes at the ecosystem scale.  Currently, I study how climate change or ecosystem restoration will affect biogeochemical time lags.  Time lags of focus include the transport of nitrogen into streams,  the influence of sulfate introduced to lakes via aluminum sulfate additions, and the creation of GHGs from soils.

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Education

Ph.D., Zoology and Ecology.

B.A., Biology and Environmental Science.

Selected Publications

Song, K. & Burgin, A. J. (2017). Perpetual Phosphorus Cycling: Eutrophication Amplifies Biological Control on Internal Phosphorus Loading in Agricultural Reservoirs. ECOSYSTEMS, 20(8), 1483-1493. DOI:10.1007/s10021-017-0126-z

Song, K. Adams, C. & Burgin, A. J. (2017). Relative importance of external and internal phosphorus loadings on affecting lake water quality in agricultural landscapes. Ecological Engineering, 108, 482-488.

Franz, T. E., Loecke, T. D., Burgin, A. J., Zhou, Y. Le, T. & Moscicki, D. (2017). Spatiotemporal predictions of soil properties and states in variably saturated landscapes. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 122(7), 1576-1596. DOI:10.1002/2017JG003837

Song, K. Brewer, A. Ahmadian, S. Shankar, A. Detweiler, C. & Burgin, A. J. (2017). Using unmanned aerial vehicles to sample aquatic ecosystems. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY-METHODS, 15(12), 1021-1030. DOI:10.1002/lom3.10222

Loecke, T. D., Burgin, A. J., Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Ward, A. S., Thomas, S. A., & Davis, C. A. (2017). Weather whiplash in agricultural regions drives deterioration of water quality. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 133(1), 7-15. DOI:10.1007/s10533-017-0315-z

Dodds, W. Burgin, A. Marcarelli, A. & Strauss, E. (in press). Nitrogen Transformations. In . (Ed.), Methods in Stream Ecology, 3rd Edition.

Reynolds, K. N., Loecke, T. D., Burgin, A. J., Davis, C. A., Riveros-Iregui, D. Thomas, S. A., St Clair, M. A., & Ward, A. S. (2016). Optimizing Sampling Strategies for Riverine Nitrate Using High-Frequency Data in Agricultural Watersheds. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 50(12), 6406-6414. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.5b05423

Jarecke, K. M., Loecke, T. D., & Burgin, A. J. (2016). Coupled soil oxygen and greenhouse gas dynamics under variable hydrology. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 95, 164-172. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.12.018

Ore, J. Elbaum, S. Burgin, A. & Detweiler, C. (2015). Autonomous Aerial Water Sampling. JOURNAL OF FIELD ROBOTICS, 32(8, SI), 1095-1113. DOI:10.1002/rob.21591

Herbert, E. R., Boon, P. Burgin, A. J., Neubauer, S. C., Franklin, R. B., Ardon, M. Hopfensperger, K. N., Lamers, L. & Gell, P. (2015). Salinization of freshwater wetlands: A cross-ecosystem synthesis. EcoSphere.

Herbert, E. R., Boon, P. Burgin, A. J., Neubauer, S. C., Franklin, R. B., Ardon, M. Hopfensperger, K. N., Lamers, L. M., & Gell, P. (2015). A global perspective on wetland salinization: ecological consequences of a growing threat to freshwater wetlands. ECOSPHERE, 6(10). DOI:10.1890/ES14-00534.1

Detweiler, C. Ore, J. Anthony, D. Elbaum, S. Burgin, A. & Lorenz, A. (2015). Bringing Unmanned Aerial Systems Closer to the Environment. ENVIRONMENTAL PRACTICE, 17(3), 188-200. DOI:10.1017/S1466046615000174

Payn, R. A., Helton, A. M., Poole, G. C., Izurieta, C. Burgin, A. J., & Bernhardt, E. S. (2014). A generalized optimization model of microbially driven aquatic biogeochemistry based on thermodynamic, kinetic, and stoichiometric ecological theory. ECOLOGICAL MODELLING, 294, 1-18. DOI:10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2014.09.003

Schoepfer, V. A., Bernhardt, E. S., & Burgin, A. J. (2014). Iron clad wetlands: Soil iron-sulfur buffering determines coastal wetland response to salt water incursion. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences, 119(12), 2209-2219. DOI:10.1002/2014JG002739

Payn, R. Helton, A. M., Poole, G. C., Izurieta, C. Burgin, A. J., & Bernhardt, E. S. (2014). A generalized mechanistic model for applying thermodynamic, kinetic and stoichiometric ecological theory to the biogeochemistry of aquatic microbial systems. Ecological Modeling, 294, 1-18.

Davis, C. A., Ward, A. S., Burgin, A. J., Loecke, T. D., Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Schnoebelen, D. Just, D. Thomas, S. A., Weber, L. & St. Clair, M. (2014). Antecedent moisture controls on stream nitrate flux in an agricultural watershed, Clear Creek, Iowa. Journal of Environmental Quality, 43, 1494-1503.

Hopfensperger, K. N., Burgin, A. J., Schoepfer, V. A., & Helton, A. M. (2014). Impacts of saltwater incursion on plant communities, anaerobic microbial metabolism and resulting relationships in a restored freshwater wetland. Ecosystems, 17, 792-807.

Nogaro, G. & Burgin, A. J. (2014). Influence of bioturbation on denitrification and dissimilatory nitrate reduction to ammonium (DNRA) in freshwater sediments. Biogeochemistry, 120, 279-294.

Schoepfer, V. A., Bernhardt, E. S., & Burgin, A. J. (2014). Iron-Clad Wetlands: Soil iron-sulfur buffering determines coastal wetland response to salt water incursion. JGR-Biogeosciences. DOI:10.1002/2014JG002739

Dodds, W. K., Webster, J. R., Crenshaw, C. L., Helton, A. M., O'Brien, J. M., Martí, E. Hershey, A. E., Tank, J. L., Burgin, A. J., Grimm, N. B., Hamilton, S. K., Sobota, D. J., Poole, G. C., Beaulieu, J. J., Johnson, L. T., Ashkenas, L. R., Hall, R. O., Johnson, S. L., Wollheim, W. M., & Bowden, W. B. (2014). Strategies for successful collaborative ecological research: the Lotic Intersite Nitrogen Experiments. Journal of Freshwater Science, 33, 700-710.

Davis, C. A., Ward, A. S., Burgin, A. J., Loecke, T. D., Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Schnoebelen, D. J., Just, C. L., Thomas, S. A., Weber, L. J., & St Clair, M. A. (2014). Antecedent Moisture Controls on Stream Nitrate Flux in an Agricultural Watershed (vol 43, pg 1494, 2014). JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, 43(5), 1822. DOI:10.2134/jeq2013.11.0438er

Hopfensperger, K. N., Burgin, A. J., Schoepfer, V. A., & Helton, A. M. (2014). Impacts of Saltwater Incursion on Plant Communities, Anaerobic Microbial Metabolism, and Resulting Relationships in a Restored Freshwater Wetland. ECOSYSTEMS, 17(5), 792-807. DOI:10.1007/s10021-014-9760-x

Davis, C. A., Ward, A. S., Burgin, A. J., Loecke, T. D., Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Schnoebelen, D. J., Just, C. L., Thomas, S. A., Weber, L. J., & St Clair, M. A. (2014). Antecedent Moisture Controls on Stream Nitrate Flux in an Agricultural Watershed. JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY, 43(4), 1494-1503. DOI:10.2134/jeq2013.11.0438

Kulkarni, M. V., Burgin, A. J., Groffman, P. M., & Yavitt, J. B. (2014). Direct flux and N-15 tracer methods for measuring denitrification in forest soils. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 117(2-3), 359-373. DOI:10.1007/s10533-013-9876-7

Ore, J. Elbaum, S. Burgin, A. Zhao, B. & Detweiler, C. (2013). Autonomous Aerial Water Sampling. In The 9th Intl. Conf. on Field and Service Robots (FSR). Brisbane, Australia, Dec.

Nogaro, G. Burgin, A. J., Schoepfer, V. A., Konkler, M. J., Bowman, K. L., & Hammerschmidt, C. R. (2013). Aluminum sulfate (alum) application interactions with coupled metal and nutrient cycling in a hypereutrophic lake ecosystem. Environmental Pollution, 176, 267-274.

Burgin, A. J., Hyman, J. Groffman, P. M., Gold, A. J., & Kellogg, D. Q. (2013). Balancing nitrogen retention ecosystem services and greenhouse gas disservices at the landscape scale. Ecological Engineering, 56, 26-35. DOI:10.1016/j.ecoleng.2012.05.003

Burgin, A. J., Hamilton, S. K., Jones, S. E., & Lennon, J. T. (2013). Denitrification by sulfur oxidizing bacteria in a eutrophic lake. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 66, 283-293.

Kulkarni, M. V., Burgin, A. J., Groffman, P. M., & Yavitt, J. B. (2013). Direct Flux and 15N tracer methods for measuring denitrification in forest soils. Biogeochemistry, 117, 359-373.

Bertilsson, S. Burgin, A. J., Carey, C. C., Fey, S. B., Grossart, H. P., Grubisic, L. Jones, I. Kirillin, G. Lennon, J. T., Shade, A. & Smyth, R. L. (2013). The under-ice microbiome of seasonally frozen lakes. Limnology & Oceanography, 58(6), 1998-2012.

Izurieta, C. Poole, G. Payn, R. A., Griffith, I. Nix, R. Helton, A. Bernhardt, E. & Burgin, A. J. (2012). Development and Application of a Simulation Environment (NEO) for Integrating Empirical and Computational Investigations of System-Level Complexity. In 2012 International Conference on Information Science and Applications Proceedings.

Burgin, A. J., Hamilton, S. K., Yang, W. & Silver, W. (2011). Beyond C and N: How the microbial energy economy couples elemental cycles in diverse ecosystems. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 9, 44-52.

Findlay, S. G., Mulholland, P. J., Hamilton, S. K., Tank, J. L., Bernot, M. J., Burgin, A. J., Crenshaw, C. L., Dodds, W. K., Grimm, N. B., McDowell, W. H., Potter, J. D., & Sobota, D. J. (2011). Cross-stream comparison of substrate specific denitrification potential. Biogeochemistry, 104, 381-92.

Raciti, S. M., Burgin, A. J., Groffman, P. M., Lewis, D. & Fahey, T. J. (2011). Denitrification in suburban lawn soils. Journal of Environmental Quality, 40, 1932-40.

Beaulieu, J. J., & Burgin, A. J. (2011). Nitrous oxide emission from denitrification in stream and river networks. PNAS, 108, 214-219.

Burgin, A. J., & Groffman, P. M. (2011). Soil O2 controls denitrification rates and N2>O yield in a riparian wetland. JGR-Biogeosciences, 117, G01010. DOI:10.1029/2011JG001799

Burgin, A. J., Yang, W. H., Hamilton, S. K., & Silver, W. L. (2011). Beyond carbon and nitrogen: how the microbial energy economy couples elemental cycles in diverse ecosystems. FRONTIERS IN ECOLOGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT, 9(1, SI), 44-52. DOI:10.1890/090227

Larsen, L. G., Moseman, S. Santoro, A. Hopfensperger, K. & Burgin, A. J. (2010). A complex systems approach to predicting effects of sea level rise and N loading on N cycling in coastal wetland ecosystems. In Eco-DAS VIII Symposium Proceedings. ASLO (pp. 67-92).

Harms, T. K., Reid, B. L., Sobota, D. J., & Burgin, A. J. (2010). Biogeochemical reaction and transport within hydrologic landscapes: crossing disciplinary and ecosystem boundaries. In Eco-DAS VIII Symposium Proceedings. ASLO (pp. 146-165).

Burgin, A. J., Groffman, P. M., & Lewis, D. N. (2010). Factors regulating denitrification in a riparian wetland. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 74, 1826-1833.

Bernot, M. J., & Burgin, A. J. (2010). Inter-regional comparison of land-use effects on stream metabolism. Freshwater Biology, 55, 1874-1890.

Groffman, P. M., Stylinski, C. Nisbet, M. Duarte, C. Jordan, R. Burgin, A. J., Previtali, A. & Coloso, J. (2010). Restarting the conversation: Challenges at the interface between ecology and society. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 8, 284ΓÇô291.

Hall, R. O., & Burgin, A. J. (2009). Nitrate removal in stream ecosystems measured by 15N addition experiments: Total uptake. Limnology and Oceanography, 54, 653-665.

Mulholland, P. J., & Burgin, A. J. (2009). Nitrate removal in stream ecosystems measured by 15N additions: Denitrification. Limnology & Oceanography, 54, 666-80.

Payne, E. K., Burgin, A. J., & Hamilton, S. K. (2009). Nitrate stimulation of sulfur oxidation in freshwaters: evidence from sediment nitrate manipulation using porewater equilibrators. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 54, 233-241.

Payne, E. K., Burgin, A. J., & Hamilton, S. K. (2009). Sediment nitrate manipulation using porewater equilibrators reveals potential for N and S coupling in freshwaters. AQUATIC MICROBIAL ECOLOGY, 54(3), 233-241. DOI:10.3354/ame01272

Mulholland, P. J., Hall, O. Sobota, D. J., Dodds, W. K., Findlay, S. G., Grimm, N. B., Hamilton, S. K., McDowell, W. H., OΓÇÖBrien, J. M., Tank, J. L., Ashkenas, L. R., Cooper, L. W., Dahm, C. N., Gregory, S. V., Johnson, S. L., Meyer, J. L., Peterson, B. J., Poole, G. C., Valett, H. M., Webster, J. R., Arango, C. P., Beaulieu, J. J., Bernot, M. J., Burgin, A. J., Crenshaw, C. L., Helton, A. M., Johnson, L. T., Niederlehner, B. R., Potter, J. D., Sheibley, R. W., & Thomas, S. M. (2009). Nitrate removal in stream ecosystems measured by N-15 addition experiments: Denitrification. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY, 54(3), 666-680. DOI:10.4319/lo.2009.54.3.0666

Hall, O. Tank, J. L., Sobota, D. J., Mulholland, P. J., OΓÇÖBrien, J. M., Dodds, W. K., Webster, J. R., Valett, H. M., Poole, G. C., Peterson, B. J., Meyer, J. L., McDowell, W. H., Johnson, S. L., Hamilton, S. K., Grimm, N. B., Gregory, S. V., Dahm, C. N., Cooper, L. W., Ashkenas, L. R., Thomas, S. M., Sheibley, R. W., Potter, J. D., Niederlehner, B. R., Johnson, L. T., Helton, A. M., Crenshaw, C. M., Burgin, A. J., Bernot, M. J., Beaulieu, J. J., & Arango, C. P. (2009). Nitrate removal in stream ecosystems measured by N-15 addition experiments: Total uptake. LIMNOLOGY AND OCEANOGRAPHY, 54(3), 653-665. DOI:10.4319/lo.2009.54.3.0653

Burgin, A. J., & Hamilton, S. K. (2008). NO3- driven SO42- production in freshwater ecosystems: implications for N and S cycling. Ecosystems, 11, 908-922.

Kane, E. S., Betts, E. F., Burgin, A. J., Clilverd, H. M., Crenshaw, C. L., Fellman, J. B., Myers-Smith, I. H., O'Donnell, J. A., Sobota, D. J., Van Verseveld, W. J., & Jones, J. B. (2008). Precipitation control over nitrogen retention: a synthesis of Long-Term Ecological Research. Ecohydrology, 1, 105-117.

Mulholland, P. J., & Burgin, A. J. (2008). Stream denitrification across biomes and its response to anthropogenic nitrate loading. Nature, 452, 202-206.

Burgin, A. J., & Hamilton, S. K. (2008). NO(3)(-)-driven SO(4)(2-) production in freshwater ecosystems: Implications for N and S cycling. ECOSYSTEMS, 11(6), 908-922. DOI:10.1007/s10021-008-9169-5

Kane, E. S., Betts, E. F., Burgin, A. J., Clilverd, H. M., Crenshaw, C. L., Fellman, J. B., Myers-Smith, I. H., OΓÇÖDonnell, J. A., Sobota, D. J., Van Verseveld, W. J., & Jones, J. B. (2008). Precipitation control over inorganic nitrogen import-export budgets across watersheds: a synthesis of long-term ecological research. ECOHYDROLOGY, 1(2), 105-117. DOI:10.1002/eco.10

Burgin, A. J., & Hamilton, S. K. (2007). Have we overemphasized the role of denitrification in aquatic ecosystems? A review of nitrate removal pathways. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 5(2), 89-96.

Selected Grants

Bownman-James, Kristen, Bever, James, Billings, Sharon, Burgin, Amy , Loecke, Terrance, Sikes, Ben , Sullivan, Pamela, RII Track-1: Microbiomes of Aquatic, Plant, and Soil Systems across Kansas (MAPS), National Science Foundation, $20,000,000, Submitted 01/01/2017 . Federal. Status: Funded.

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