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Heidi Peterson

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Heidi Peterson joined the International Plant Nutrition Institute (IPNI) in 2017. Based in Stillwater, Minnesota, U.S.A., Heidi is the Phosphorus Program Director for IPNI.

Dr. Peterson came to IPNI with significant leadership, teaching, and research experience surrounding phosphorus stewardship issues. She has been actively collaborating (since 2013) with phosphorus research scientists participating within tasked working groups of the Phosphorus Sustainability Research Coordination Network (P RCN), centered at Arizona State University. She has been an Adjunct Professor for the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota since 2014.

Dr. Peterson previously worked as a Research Scientist for the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, since 2013. She was the lead technical expert on agricultural best management practices (BMPs) needed to address impaired waters issues within the state’s agricultural landscapes. The position gave her oversight over research focusing on cover crop establishment and nutrient crediting, precision conservation, nutrient management, and innovative sub-surface drainage treatment.

Heidi belongs to the American Society of Agronomy, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, and the Soil and Water Conservation Society.  


B.S. Natural Resources and Environmental Science, 2000, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
M.Sc. Agronomy, 2003, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
Ph.D. Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering, 2011, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota

Awards & Recognition

Minnesota Agricultural and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class IX, 2016-2018

International Network of Research on Coupled Human and Natural Systems (CHANS) Fellow, 2013

Institute on the Environment Boreas Leadership Program, University of Minnesota, 2011

University of Minnesota Chapter of Sigma Xi, Charles and Dorothy Andrew Bird Award, 2010

University of Minnesota Council of Graduate Students Travel & Education Grant, 2010

University of Minnesota Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA) Scholarly Travel Grant, 2010

Sigma Xi, Purdue University Poster Competition - Honorable Mention, 2002

Indiana Environmental Health Association’s Committee on Professional Education Development Scholarship, 2002

Purdue University Department of Agronomy Scarseth Presentation Award, 2001

Professional Service

American Society of Agronomy
Women in Agronomy, Crops, Soils & Environmental Science Committee Appointment

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
NRES-07 Nomenclature Committee (NRES-21, Hydrology Group Representative)
X621 Guidelines for Calibrating, Validating, and Evaluating Hydrologic and Water Quality Models Development Committee

Soil and Water Conservation Society

Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Alpha Zeta Agricultural Honor Society

Mortar Board Senior Honor Society

Gamma Sigma Delta Honor Society

Selected Publications

Peterson, H.M, L.A. Baker, J.S. Ulrich, D. Bruening, J.L. Nieber and B.N. Wilson. 2016. Agricultural P Balance Calculator- A tool for watershed planning. J. Soil Water Conserv. doi: 10.2489/jswc.72.4.395

Lenhart, C., B. Gordon, J. Gamble, D. Current, N. Ross, L. Herring, J. Nieber, and H. Peterson. 2016. Design and Hydrologic performance of a tile drainage treatment wetland in Minnesota, USA. Water. doi: 10.3390/w8120549

Powers, S.M., T.P. Burt, N. Chan, J.J. Elser, P.M Haygarth, N.J. K. Howden, H.P. Jarvie, H.M. Peterson, J. Shen, F. Worrall, and A.N. Sharpley. 2016. Long-term accumulation and transport of anthropogenic phosphorus in three river basins. Nature Geoscience. doi:10.1038/ngeo2693

Minnesota Department of Agriculture. 2015. Minnesota Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan. St. Paul, Minnesota.

Haygarth, P.M., H.P. Jarvie, S.M. Powers, A.N. Sharpley, J.J. Elser, J. Shen, H.M. Peterson, N.I. Chan, N.J.K. Howden, T. Burt, F. Worrall, F. Zhang and X. Liu. 2014. Sustainable P management and the need for a long-term perspective: The legacy hypothesis. Environ. Sci. Technol. doi.:10.1021/es502852s

Peterson, H.M., J.L. Nieber, R. Kanivetsky, and B. Shmagin. 2013. Regionalization of landscape characteristics to map hydrologic variables. J. Hydroinformatics. doi:10.2166/hydro.2013.051

Peterson, H.M., J.L. Nieber, R. Kanivetsky, and B. Shmagin. 2012. Assessing water resources sustainability: application of the watershed characteristics approach. Water Res. Management. doi:10.1007/s11269-012-0232-9

Peterson, H.M., J.L. Nieber, and R. Kanivetsky. 2011. Hydrologic regionalization to assess anthropogenic changes. J. Hydrology, 408: 212-225. doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2011.07.042.

Lenhart, C., Peterson, H., and J. Nieber. 2011. Increased streamflow in agricultural watersheds of the midwest: implications for management. Watershed Science Bulletin. Spring Issue.

Stout, H.M. and B.D. Lee. 2004. Land use planning exercise using geographic information systems and digital soil surveys. J. Natural Resource and Life Science Education. 33: 11-15.