Dr. Christianson began her role as Research Assistant Professor of Water Quality in the Department of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois in September 2015, and transitioned into a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in November 2016. Her research and extension program focuses on economically thriving farms and clean water outcomes.
With a background in agricultural engineering, she formerly worked on the design of woodchip bioreactors for removal of nitrate from point and non-point sources as a research engineer, studied options to improve ditch drainage water quality in the Mid-Atlantic, and has done research on drained dairy pastures as a Fulbright Fellow in New Zealand. Dr. Christianson addresses important challenges in water quality by finding new techniques to grow crops in a way that preserves clean water, nutrient-rich soil, and healthy ecosystems.
Laura E. Christianson, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor of Water Quality
Department of Crop Sciences
University of Illinois
S322 Turner Hall
1102 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL, 61801