Laboratory Technician I, Cornell University Soil Health Laboratory
Bachelor of Science: University at Buffalo, SUNY, Geography (2012) with a double concentration in Earth System Sciences and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Cum Laude
Zachary Batterman first joined the soil health lab in 2014 after an internship with the National Park Service at Assateague Island National Seashore where he worked on water quality research and salt water marsh restoration. During his time in the soil health lab his main focus was on texture and wet aggregate stability analysis and preparing soil health samples for processing.
From 2015 to February of 2016 Zach worked for Agricultural Consulting Services (ACS) in Ithaca, NY where he was a Soil and Crop Field Technician. While working for ACS he regularly performed soil sampling, crop scouting, and GIS mapping at various farms throughout the northeast. In addition to this he also wrote and developed Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plans (CNMP’s) for Dairy and Beef farms in New York State.
In February of 2016 Zach returned to the Soil Health Lab at Cornell University. He focuses on microbial respiration, autoclave-citrate extractable protein, and available water capacity analysis and assists in many of the soil health workshops to help educate on the importance of soil health.