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Natalie Mladenov

Contact Information

Natalie Mladenov, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
2122 Fiedler Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506
Ph: 785 532 0885; E-mail: mladenov@ksu.eduWebsite


Dr. Mladenov studies surface and groundwater quality, natural organic matter reactivity and metal interactions, flourescence and UV-absorbance spectroscopy, and organic aerosols

Recent Water-Related Publications

N. Mladenov, R. Sommaruga, R. Morales-Baquero, L. Camarero, I. Laurion, M. C. Diéguez, A. Camacho, A. Delgado, O. Torres, X. Chen, M. Felip, and I. Reche. 'Dusty skies, UV radiation, and bacteria influence organic matter concentration and optical quality in alpine lakes.' Nature Communications doi:10.1038/ncomms1411 (open access), 2011.

N. Mladenov, Y. Zheng, M.P. Miller, D. Nemergut, T. Legg, B. Simone, C. Hageman, K. Ahmed, and D.M. McKnight. 'Dissolved organic matter sources and consequences for iron and arsenic mobilization in Bangladesh.' Environmental Science & Technology, 44:123-128, 2010.

N. Mladenov, J. Ramos-Lopez, D. M. McKnight, and I. Reche. 2009. “Alpine lake optical properties as sentinels of dust deposition and global change.” Limnology and Oceanography 54: 2386-2400, 2009.

N. Mladenov, E. Pulido-Villena, R. Morales-Baquero, E. Ortega-Retuerta, R. Sommaruga, and I. Reche. “Spatio-temporal drivers of dissolved organic matter in high mountain lakes: the role of Saharan dust inputs and bacterial activity.” Journal of Geophysical Research, 113, G00D01, doi:10.1029/2008JG000699, 2008.

N. Mladenov, P. Huntsman-Mapila, P. Wolski, W.R.L. Masamba, and D.M. McKnight. “Dissolved organic matter accumulation, reactivity, and redox state in groundwater of a recharge wetland.” Wetlands, 28(3): 747 – 759, 2008.

Ongoing and Recent Water-Related Projects

NSF EAR “The Role of Dust on Snow and Other Aeolian Inputs in Soil Formation and Biogeochemical Cycling in Barren, Alpine Catchments.” PI: Mladenov; co-PIs: Williams, Schmidt, and Blum. 2011 – 2014.

NSF OISE “International Planning Visit: Investigating the Interactions Between Dissolved Organic Matter, Microbial Communities, and Arsenic Biogeochemistry in Groundwater of a Pristine Delta.” PI: Mladenov. 2011 – 2012.

NSF-EAR “Acquisition and upgrade of instrumentation for research on transport and reactivity of dissolved and particulate organic materials in soils, sediments and the atmosphere.” PI: McKnight; co-PIs: Mladenov, Anderson, Williams. 2010-2011

Government of Spain, Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación. “International Training Workshop on Characterization of Dissolved Organic Matter in Marine and Inland Waters Using Spectroscopic Techniques.” PI: Reche (Universidad de Granada); co-PI: Mladenov. 2010.

NSF EAR “Collaborative Research: Humics and Iron Redox Reactions in Bangladesh Aquifer.” PIs: Zheng (Queens College, CUNY) and Nemergut (CU); co-PIs: McKnight and Mladenov (CU). 2008-2011.

Honors and Recognitions

IGERT Fellowship and NSF-INT Supplement, National Science Foundation, 2001–2003. 
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation, 1996–2001.