Jean Spooner

Professor, Extension Specialist

Retired April, 2014
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Dr. Jean Spooner, Extension Professor retired with 34 years of service. Dr. Spooner joined N.C. State as an Extension Specialist in 1984 as a member of the Water Quality Group. Her specialties are soil science, statistical analysis, and non-point source water quality. Spooner received a B.S. in Agronomy from Cornell University, a M.S. in Soil Science from NCSU, M.S. in Applied Statistics from Utah State, and a Ph.D. in Soil Science from NCSU. She served from 1991 until her retirement as Group Leader of the NCSU Water Quality Group (WQG). She became Director of the Soil & Water Environmental Technology Center (SWETC) in 2002.

Dr. Spooner’s unique specialty included experimental design and subsequent statistical analyses to demonstrate statistically significant improvements in water quality associated with nonpoint source (NPS) control programs. She has provided this expertise to state nonpoint source control programs and water quality projects nationwide.

Dr. Spooner has co-authored 34 refereed journal articles and 23 extension factsheets or online curriculum software; served on 10 graduate committees; and provided leadership for 147 grants totaling over $25 million. She has developed short courses for USEPA and been an Invited Keynote Speaker at 6 National and 2 International Conferences.

She has received several state and national level awards, among them the Hugh Hammond Bennett Merit Award, an ASABE Educational Aids Blue Ribbon, and the Kenneth R. Keller Research Award for Excellence in Doctoral Dissertation Research. She is a member of numerous Professional and Honorary Societies.

Dr. Spooner has always been a team player and leader, and the strongadvocate for her team and employees under her. She encouraged and facilitated multidisciplinary relationships as evidenced by WQG collaborations across many disciplines.

Education

Ph.D. 1991

Soil Science

NC State University

M.S.

Soil Science

NC State University

M.S.

Applied Statistics

Utah State University

B.S.

Agronomy

Cornell University

Publications

Can rapid assessments predict the biotic condition of restored streams?
Doll, B., Jennings, G., Spooner, J., Penrose, D., Usset, J., Blackwell, J., & Fernandez, M. (2016), Water, 8(4).
Identifying watershed, landscape, and engineering design factors that influence the biotic condition of restored streams
Doll, B., Jennings, G., Spooner, J., Penrose, D., Usset, J., Blackwell, J., & Fernandez, M. (2016), Water, 8(4).
Evaluating the eco-geomorphological condition of restored streams using visual assessment and macroinvertebrate metrics
Doll, B. A., Jennings, G. D., Spooner, J., Penrose, D. L., & Usset, J. L. (2015), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 51(1), 68-83.
Postemergence control of microstegium vimineum on riparian restoration sites with aquatic-use registered herbicides
Hall, K. R., Spooner, J., Richardson, R. J., Hoyle, S. T., & Frederick, D. J. (2014), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 50(3), 533-542.
Impacts of land-cover change on suspended sediment transport in two agricultural watersheds
Schilling, K. E., Isenhart, T. M., Palmer, J. A., Wolter, C. F., & Spooner, J. (2011), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 47(4), 672-686.
Effects of watershed-scale land use change on stream nitrate concentrations
Schilling, K. E., & Spooner, J. (2006), Journal of Environmental Quality, 35(6), 2132-2145.
Hydraulic geometry relationships for urban streams throughout the piedmont of North Carolina
Doll, B. A., Wise-Frederick, D. E., Buckner, C. M., Wilkerson, S. D., Harman, W. A., Smith, R. E., & Spooner, J. (2002), Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 38(3), 641-651.
Nonpoint sources
Line, D. E., Jennings, G. D., McLaughlin, R. A., Osmond, D. L., Harman, W. A., Lombardo, L. A., Tweedy, K. L., & Spooner, J. (1999), Water Environment Research, 71(5), 1054-1069.
Nonpoint sources
Line, D. E., McLaughlin, R. A., Osmond, D. L., Jennings, G. D., Harman, W. A., Lombardo, L. A., & Spooner, J. (1998), Water Environment Research, 70(4), 895-912.
Performance evaluation of innovative and alternative on-site wastewater treatment systems in Craven County, NC
Spooner, J., House, C. H., Hoover, M. T., Rubin, A. R., Silverthorne, R., Steinbeck, S. J., Harris, V., Uebler, R. L., & Martin, B. (1998), In D. M. Sievers (Ed.), On-site wastewater treatment: Proceedings of the eighth national symposium on individual and small community sewage systems, March 8-10, 1998, Orlando, Florida. (pp. 458-469). St. Joseph, Mich.: American Society of Agricultural Engineers.

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