Biogeochemistry and Environmental Science
Welcome to the Lutz Laboratory at Kent State University. We study how energy and elements move within and between ecosystems, and how human activities alter these processes.
Our research encompasses four broad topics:
(1) Environmental Impacts of Energy Extraction Practices (Mountaintop Mining, Hydrualic Fracturing)
(2) Watershed biogeochemistry
(3) Effects of climate change on ecosystem water and element cycles
(4) Interactions between element cycles
See the Research and Publications pages for more information.
Mountaintop mining research featured on Bloomberg, Conservation Magazine
Lutz on NPR discussing mountaintop mining costs
Lutz addresses National Governors' Association in Denver on hydraulic fracturing wastewater policy.
Lutz testifies to Ohio Senate on Hydraulic Fracturing wastewater regulations. Testimony here.
Recent op-ed in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette on Hydraulic fracturing.
Lutz recently on NPR talking about hydraulic fracturing and mountaintop removal coal mining. Listen here.