US Forest Service Research & Development
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  • US Forest Service Research & Development
  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Susan K. Laird

860 North 1200 East
United States

Phone: 435-755-3570
Fax: 435-755-3563
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Current Research

  • Analysis of FIA plants and soils for Carbon and Nitrogen content
  • Analysis of Northwest US mosses and lichens for Carbon, Nitrogen, Sulfur and mercury content
  • Analysis of contaminated soils, plants, water and air filters fro Selenium

Research Interests

  • The fate of black Carbon species produced by fire and other sources in the environment.
  • The chemistry of soil recovery after wildfires.

Past Research

The behavior of gaseous air pollutants in the snowpack, specifically sulfate and nitrate.

Why This Research is Important

Land managers need basic chemical information to know the health of the land and to have some idea of how to help the system recover from disaster.  They also need indicators to show how the environment is changing over long periods of time.


  • Western Maryland College, Westminster, MD, Chemistry , 1966
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie. WY, Physical Chemistry , 1998

Professional Organizations

  • American Geophysical Union, Member (1996 - Current)

Last updated on : 05/08/2015