Margaret Kalcic

Margaret Kalcic Profile Picture
IGP:
Ecological Sciences & Engineering

Mentor / Lab:
Dr. Indrajeet Chaubey and Dr. Jane Frankenberger

Specific Research Area / Project:
Adaptive targeting: engaging farmers to assess perceptions and improve watershed modeling, optimization, and adoption of agricultural conservation practices

Undergraduate Institution:
Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering (Olin College)



Lab / Personal work-related websites:
https://engineering.purdue.edu/ecohydrology/

Research Profile:

In my research, I am customizing the use of adaptive targeting for agricultural conservation practices. Targeting in this case means using a computer model to direct conservation practices to ideal locations in agricultural lands to improve soil and water quality. Targeting these practices is generally performed by scientists without meaningful interaction with farmers who are responsible for actually using, or adopting, the practices on their farm. The method I am using is adaptive, because I am involving farmers and landowners in the process of targeting. I am doing this through farmer and landowner interviews before and after modeling, to learn from their current conservation efforts and their preferences for future conservation, so that the model considers their preferences while targeting. This research will ultimately make targeting more usable, or practical, as I expect farmers will be more receptive to targeted results if they are consulted in the process. This method should lead to greater adoption of effective conservation in the agricultural landscape that will protect agricultural lands and impacted waters from environmental degradation.


About Me:

Margaret Kalcic About Me Picture

My experience in the Ecological and Sciences and Engineering (ESE) Interdisciplinary Graduate Program has given me a sense of belonging and spurred me towards intellectual growth beyond what I expected upon beginning graduate school. While the program requires only two semesters of participation in its seminar, I found discussions so stimulating and the community so vibrant that I chose to join in discussions for five semesters. Such “big picture” discussions provided a complement to the traditionally narrow focus of a doctoral dissertation. My identity as an interdisciplinary graduate student motivated me to pursue work that crosses disciplines from the engineering side of watershed management to the social sciences. Now, nearing the completion of my degree, I see how the ESE program helped me to maintain a broad, well-rounded focus on environmental issues, fueling my interest for the field throughout my time at Purdue.


Awards:

  • Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant, Purdue University, 2013. $1,000.
  • Andrews and Blosser Environmental Travel Grant, Purdue University, 2013. $1,500.
  • Purdue University Interdisciplinary Excellence Award for poster competition. 2013. Purdue’s Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Spring Reception.
  • Student poster presentation winner. 2013. American Water Resources Association’s Spring Specialty Conference, Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II.
  • First prize, poster competition. 2012. Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium.
  • Request for Travel Funds, College of Engineering, Purdue University, 2012. $500.
  • Estus H. and Vashti L. Magoon Award for Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University, 2012.
  • Logsdon, R., McCahon, M., Trybula, E., Chaubey, I., and J. Frankenberger. 2011. Engaging Farmers to Improve Communication and Model Representation of Agricultural Ecosystem Services. NCR-SARE, GNC10-140.2, $9,997.
  • Graduate Teaching Certificate, Center for Instructional Excellence, Purdue University, 2011.
  • Third prize, poster competition. 2009. Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium.
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Honorable mention, 2008, 2009.
  • Doctoral Fellowship, Purdue University, 2008-2010.
  • U.S. Provisional Patent: McCahon, M., Austin, L., Cornelius, L. G., Doremus, N., and E. Kneen. 2009. U.S. Provisional Patent: Ligating Band Dispenser Device.
  • Full Tuition Scholarship, F. W. Olin College of Engineering, 2004-2008.

Publications:

  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., and E. Kladivko. 2012. A Geospatial Approach to Targeting Constructed Wetlands for Nitrate Removal in Agricultural Watersheds. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 28(3): 347-357.

Presentations:

  • Kalcic, M., Frankenberger, J., and I. Chaubey. Implementation and performance of six agricultural best management practices in SWAT. Oral presentation at the 3rd SWAT Conference and Workshop in South East and East Asia (SWAT SEEA III), Bogor, Indonesia, June 17-21, 2013.
  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., and J. Frankenberger. Spatial optimization of agricultural best management practices in Indiana, USA. Oral presentation at the 3rd SWAT Conference and Workshop in South East and East Asia (SWAT SEEA III), Bogor, Indonesia, June 17-21, 2013.
  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., Prokopy, L., and L. Bowling. Adaptive targeting: Engaging farmers to improve watershed modeling, spatial optimization, and assess perceptions of agricultural conservation practices. Poster presentation at Purdue’s Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Spring Reception, West Lafayette, IN, April 1, 2013. Purdue University Interdisciplinary Excellence Award for poster competition.
  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., Prokopy, L., and L. Bowling. Adaptive targeting: engaging farmers to increase adoption of targeted conservation. Oral presentation at the American Water Resources Association’s Spring Specialty Conference, Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II, St. Louis, MO, March 25-27, 2013.
  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., Prokopy, L., and L. Bowling. Farmer perceptions of targeting agricultural conservation practices. Poster presentation at the American Water Resources Association’s Spring Specialty Conference, Agricultural Hydrology and Water Quality II, St. Louis, MO, March 25-27, 2013. Student poster presentation winner.
  • Logsdon, R., Kalcic, M., Trybula, E., Chaubey, I., and J. Frankenberger. Engaging farmers to improve communication and model representation of agricultural ecosystem services. Oral presentation at the ACES and Ecosystem Markets conference, A Community on Ecosystem Services, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, December 10-14, 2012.
  • Kalcic, M., Frankenberger, J., Chaubey, I. Adaptive targeting of agricultural conservation through watershed modeling and farmer interviews. Poster presentation at Purdue’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Day 2012: Our Community, Our Maps, West Lafayette, IN, November 14, 2012.
  • Kalcic, M., Frankenberger, J., Chaubey, I. Adaptive targeting of agricultural conservation through watershed modeling and farmer interviews. Poster presentation at the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium, West Lafayette, IN, Oct. 16, 2012. First Prize in poster competition.
  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., Prokopy, L., and L. Bowling. Targeting conservation practices through watershed modeling informed by farmer interviews. Soil and Water Conservation Society 2012 Annual Conference, Dallas, TX, July 22-25, 2012.
  • Kalcic, M., Chaubey, I., Frankenberger, J., and E. Kladivko. Estimating Nitrate Removal from Headwater Constructed Wetlands using the Soil and Water Assessment Tool (SWAT). Oral presentation at the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers 2011 ASABE Annual International Meeting, Louisville, KY, August 10, 2011.
  • McCahon, M., Frankenberger, J., Kladivko, E., and I. Chaubey. A GIS Methodology to Strategically Place Constructed Wetlands for Nitrate Removal in Tile-Drained Agricultural Watersheds. Oral presentation at the American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Water Resources VI, Orlando, FL, March 30, 2010.
  • McCahon, M., Jane Frankenberger, Eileen Kladivko, Indrajeet Chaubey. Targeting Suitable Sites for Wetland Creation to Remove Nitrate in an Agricultural Watershed. Poster presentation at the Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs Reception, Purdue University, April 5, 2010.
  • McCahon, M., Jane Frankenberger, Eileen Kladivko, Indrajeet Chaubey. A GIS Methodology to Strategically Place Constructed Wetlands for Nitrate Removal in Tile-Drained Agricultural Watersheds. Oral presentation at the American Water Resources Association Spring Specialty Conference: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Water Resources VI. March 30, 2010.
  • McCahon, M., Frankenberger, J., Kladivko, E., and I. Chaubey. Identification of Suitable Sites for Constructed Wetlands to Remove Nitrate. Oral presentation to Indiana State Department of Agriculture and guests from other state agencies, Indianapolis, IN, Nov. 4, 2009.
  • McCahon M., Frankenberger, J., Kladivko, E., and I. Chaubey. Targeting Sites for Constructed Wetlands to Remove Nitrate in an Agricultural Watershed. Poster presentation at Ecological Sciences and Engineering Symposium, West Lafayette, IN, Sept. 25, 2009. Third prize.
  • Frankenberger, J., McCahon, M., Chaubey, I., and E. Kladivko. Targeting Locations for Nitrate Removal Wetlands. Oral presentation to Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indianapolis, IN, June 1, 2009.
  • McCahon, M., Frankenberger, J., Chaubey, I., and E. Kladivko. Identification of Sites for Constructed Wetlands to Remove Nitrate. Oral presentation to Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Indianapolis, IN, March 9, 2009.
  • Dechan Angmo, Margaret McCahon, Christopher Morse, Debbie Chachra. Materials Characterization of Nest Cell Linings of Bees from the Family Colletidae (Colletes inaequalis). Poster presentation at Materials Research Society Spring Meeting, San Francisco, CA, March 27, 2008.

Leadership:

  • Entering graduate student mentor in Agricultural and Biological Engineering (2009-2013)
  • Member of Graduate Mentoring Program (2008-2013)
  • Mentoring in Ecological Sciences and Engineering (2011-2012)
  • Mentoring in Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship program (2009)
  • Ambassador to Agricultural and Biological Engineering from the Graduate Mentoring Program (2009-2011)

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