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Chatham University

Food Studies (MAFS) Faculty and Staff

John Buck

John Buck

Adjunct Faculty
Joined Chatham : 1998

Academic Areas of Interest

soil chemistry, soil biology, ecological restoration, bioaccumulation and biotransformation in soils and plants, bioenergy crops, climate change

Personal Areas of Interest

rowing, photography, gardening


  • B.S., Biology, Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA), 1980
  • M.S. Agronomy, The Pennsylvania State University (University Park, PA), 1985


  • Use of Computerized Expert Systems, Unique Soil Testing Methods, and Monitoring Data in Land Management Decisions (1988). Baker, D.E. and J.K. Buck. In Proceedings of the 1988 Mine Drainage and Reclamation Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Direct (Soil Less) Revegetation of Anthracite Refuse Using Coal Fly Ash as a Major Soil Amendment (1988). Buck, J.K. and R.J. Houston. In Proceedings of the 1988 Mine Drainage and Reclamation Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • A Soil Management Plan for Sanitary Landfills in Pennsylvania (1990). Cremeens, D.L. and J.K. Buck. In Abstracts of the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Agronomic Management for Phytoremediation (1999). Thomas, Paul R. and John K. Buck. In Andrea Leeson and Bruce C. Alleman (ed.), Phytoremediation and Innovative Strategies for Specialized Applications 5(6) (Proceedings of the Fifth International In Situ and On-Site Bioremediation Symposium, Sand Diego, California). Battelle Press, Columbus, Ohio.
  • “Revegetation at the Nine Mile Run Site, Pittsburgh, PA”, February 2001. Final report to the City of Pittsburgh, Department of City Planning and USEPA on CEC/CMU research activities concerning direct (soil-less) revegetation of steep slag slopes.
  • Bottom Ash Fines as a Soil Amendment for Turfgrass and Site Closure – Laboratory and Mesocosm Studies at PPL Brunner Island and Montour Steam Electric Station, (2005) Buck, John K., Larry L. LaBuz, World of Coal Ash, April 11-15, 2005, Lexington, Kentucky, USA


  • Soil Science Society of America
  • American Society of Agronomy