Dan Peerless is the Project Research Manager at Greenleaf Communities, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, that conducts primary research and applies the findings in ways that reduce environmentally-mediated causes of disease.
The primary researcher, Pierre-Andre Jacinthe graduated in 1995 from the Ohio State University with a PhD in Agronomy/ Soil Biochemistry. In 2004, he joined the Department of Earth Sciences at IUPUI where is now an Associate Professor of Soil Biogeochemistry. His research focuses on nutrient cycling, water quality and the exchange of greenhouse gases (GHG) between land surface and the atmosphere. He is leading two complementary research projects in the School Branch watershed in Central Indiana to evaluate the impact of gypsum application to croplands on water quality (Indianapolis Power & Light and Greenleaf Communities), and assess the nutrient trapping efficiency of a multi-flow constructed wetland (Veolia and KBW funding).
Dr. Jacinthe has just completed two USDA-funded projects as the principal investigator. The first project dealt with GHG dynamics in Midwest agro-ecosystems under no-till practices, while the second was an effort to model GHG fluxes in riparian zones of the White River watershed on the basis of landscape hydro-geomorphic attributes. Dr. Jacinthe has also worked on incorporating satellite imagery into aspects of his research dealing with regional GHG inventory. Dr. Jacinthe has been very active in the profession (published 40+ peer-reviewed articles, 4 book chapters, and numerous conference presentations), and continues to serve as journal reviewer, panelist for funding agencies, and Associate Editor for the Journal of Environmental Quality. He has just completed a month-long tour of research institutions in China and Vietnam in an effort to expand his research network and promote greater internationalization of the IUPUI campus.