The Science and Technologies for Phosphorus Sustainability (STEPS) Center is a convergence research community of diverse and leading scientists that addresses the complex challenges in phosphorus sustainability by integrating disciplinary contributions across the physical, life, social, and economic sciences. The STEPS vision is to facilitate a 25% reduction in human dependence on mined phosphates and a 25% reduction in losses of point and non-point sources of phosphorus to soils and water resources within 25 years, leading to enhanced resilience of food systems and reduced environmental damage.
Natalie Von Tress, MS Student - Natalie is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and MS student in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at NC State. She received her undergraduate degree in biological engineering from the University of Arkansas, where she researched the viability of harmful algal bloom mitigation using nanoparticle treatment. For her thesis, Natalie is analyzing connections between human-managed freshwater releases and harmful algal blooms in Lake Okeechobee and connected ecosystems using satellite remote sensing.Read More
Paul Westerhoff Honored with 2020 A.P. Black Research Award
STEPS researcher Paul Westerhoff received the 2020 A.P. Black Research Award from the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
Lessening Water Quality Problems Caused by Hurricane-related Flooding
Rising waters from hurricanes can make wastewater treatment plants, sewers, hazardous waste sites, agricultural lands and animal feeding operations overflow, carrying pollutants into waterways.