WVU Extension

Jeffrey Skousen, Ph.D.

Jeffrey Skousen
Jeffrey Skousen
Professor of Soil Science; Land Reclamation Specialist
1106 Agricultural Sciences Building
PO Box 6108
Morgantown, WV, 26506-6108
Phone: 304-293-2667
Fax: 304-293-2960

Area of Expertise
  • Technologies for Predicting and Controlling Acid Mine Drainage
  • Chemical Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage
  • Passive Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage
  • Revegetation of Disturbed Lands
  • Reforestation of Mined Lands
  • Reclamation with Native Plants

  • Switchgrass Production for Biofuel

  • Amendments for Reclaiming Mine Soils

  • Post-mining Development of Reclaimed Lands

  • Abandoned Mind Land Reclamation and Revegetation

  • Stream Restoration and Hydrology of Disturbed Lands

  • Program Responsibilities
  • Dr. Skousen provides an educational program for the state in the area of reclamation of disturbed soils. He accomplishes this through consultations, seminars, and workshops with research faculty, state regulator agencies, and industry personnel, and personnel within the Cooperative Extension Service. Specific duties in extension involve providing information on acid mine drainage, coal overburdens, acid soils, and revegetation to coal mine operators and regulatory agencies.
  • He also provides support in soil conservation and water quality activities in the State. He coordinates the Land Judging Program in West Virginia. He helps to organize faculty at WVU in various colleges to address mining and reclamation problems, secures funding through external sources, and prepares educational programs (through workshops and written materials) for coal industry personnel, researchers, and students.

  • Education
    Ph.D., Range Science and Agronomy, 1985, Texas A&M University
    M.S., Range and Wildlife Science, 1982, Brigham Young University
    B.S., Range Science and Ecology, 1981, Brigham Young University

    Selected Publications
  • Skousen, J. 2004-2011. Editor. Reclamation Matters. Spring and Fall, Volumes 1-6, American Society of Mining and Reclamation. Lester Publications, Gainesville, FL.
  • Skousen, J. 1995-2011. Editor. Proceedings of the West Virginia Mine Drainage Task Force Symposiums. Morgantown, WV.
  • Zipper, C., J. Burger, J. Skousen, P. Angel, C. Barton, V. Davis, and J. Franklin. 2011. Restoring forests and associated ecosystem services on Appalachian coal surface mines. Environmental Management 47: accepted.
  • Zipper, C.E., and J. Skousen. 2010. Influent water quality affects performance of passive treatment systems for acid mine drainage. Mine Water Environ. 29: 135-143.
  • Mack, B., L.M. McDonald, and J. Skousen. 2010. Acidity decay of above-drainage underground mines in West Virginia. J. Environ. Qual. 39: 1043-1050.
  • Emerson, P., J. Skousen, and P. Ziemkiewicz. 2009. Survival and growth of hardwoods in brown vs gray sandstone on a surface mine in West Virginia. J. Environ. Qual. 38: 1821-1829.
  • Skousen, J., J. Gorman, E. Pena-Yewtukhiw, J. King, J. Stewart, P. Emerson, and C. DeLong. 2009. Hardwood tree survival in heavy ground cover on reclaimed land in West Virginia: mowing and ripping effects. J. Environ. Qual. 38: 1400-1409.
  • Yang, J., W. Lee, Y. Ok, and J. Skousen. 2009. Soil nutrient bioavailability and nutrient content of pine trees (Pinus thunbergii) in areas impacted by acid deposition in Korea. Environ. Monit. Assess. 157: 43-50.
  • Farr, C., J. Skousen, P. Edwards, S. Connolly, and J. Sencindiver. 2009. Acid soil indicators in forest soils of the Cherry River Watershed, West Virginia. Environ. Monit. Assess. 158: 343-353.
  • Cook, T., Skousen, J., and T. Hilton. 2008. Covering pre-existing, acid-producing fills with alkaline sandstone to control acid mine drainage. Mine Water Environ. 27: 259-264.
  • Skousen, J., and C. Venable. 2008. Establishing native plants on newly-constructed and older-reclaimed sites along West Virginia highways. Land Degradation and Development 19: 388-396.
  • Skousen, J, P. Ziemkiewicz, and C. Venable. 2006. Tree recruitment and growth on 20-yr-old, unreclaimed surface mined lands in West Virginia. International J. Mining, Reclamation and Environment 20(2): 142-154.
  • Yang, J., J. Skousen, Y. Shim, J. Kim, K. Nam, Y. Lim, S. Choi, C. Won, and J. An. 2006. Reclamation of abandoned coal mine wastes using lime cake by-products in Korea. Mine Water Environ. 25: 227-232.

  • Selected Presentations
  • Longevity of Acid Discharges, Soc. Mining Engineers National Meeting, 3 March, Phoenix, AZ
  • Reforestation on Surface Mines, Arch Coal, 18 August, Charleston, WV
  • Seed Colonization on Mines , Amer. Soc. Mining Recl. National Meeting, 9 June, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Survival of Chestnut Trees, Amer. Soc. Mining Recl. National Meeting, 9 June, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Nutrients from Brown and Gray, Amer. Soc. Mining Recl. National Meeting, 8 June,Pittsburgh, PA
  • Spoil Selection for Mine Soils, Amer. Soc. Mining Recl. National Meeting, 7 June, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Amendments for Mine Soils, Ecological Society of America, 3 August, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Biofuel with Switchgrass, WV Division of Env. Protection, 31 August, Morgantown, WV
  • Biofuel Potential on Lands, Ag. Nat. Resources Extension Meeting , 29 September, Jacksons Mill
  • Acid Discharges on AML, National Assoc. Abandoned Mine Land, 20 September, Scranton, PA
  • Chestnuts on Mined Land, Rowlesburg Chestnut Festival, 10 October, Rowlesburg, WV
  • App. Reg. Reforestation, WV Chapter – Soc. Am. Foresters, 3 September, Hawks Nest, WV
  • Reclamation of Surface Mines, China Delegation, 3 Nov, 20 Oct, Morgantown, WV
  • Mining and Reclamation in US, Inner Mongolia University Faculty, 17 September, Hohhot, China
  • Postmining Land Use, Northwest Mining Association Meeting, 8 December, Spokane, WA

  • Awards/ Recognition
    Outstanding Service Award. College of Agriculture and Forestry, West Virginia University (1997)
    Reclamation Researcher of the Year. American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation (1999)
    Outstanding Service to Chapter. WVU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (2000)
    Outstanding Service Award. WVU Division of Plant and Soil Sciences (2001)
    Outstanding Research Award. WVU Division of Plant and Soil Sciences (2002)
    Senior Faculty Certificate of Merit. WVU Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta (2004)
    Lifetime Conservation Service (Frank Glover Award). Monongahela Conservation District (2006)
    Outstanding Researcher, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University (2009)
    Outstanding Teacher, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences, West Virginia University (2009)