Danielle Andrews-Brown

Lecturer and Environmental Studies Coordinator


Danielle Andrews-Brown
202 SRCC
4107 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260



Dr. Andrews received her PhD (Soil Science) in 2011 at The Pennsylvania State University.  She remained at Penn State as post-doctoral scholar and research associate. Dr. Andrews came to the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 as a lecturer and the advisor and coordinator of the Environmental Studies program.

  • Research
  • Publications
  • Teaching

For over 14 years, I have conducted lab and field scale research as it pertains to water and soil quality. Presently, specific research has focused on carbon, nitrogen and emerging contaminants (mainly estrogens and antibiotics). I have conducted research at two nationally known research site –  The Susquehanna Shale Hill Critical Zone Observatory (CZO) and The Living Filter. More recently, research interests are also centered on [informal & formal] science education.

E. E. Woodward, D. M. Andrews, C. F. Williams, J. E. Watson. 2017. Enhancing estrogen hormone extraction recoveries from an agricultural soil. Submitted
A. N. Drayer, K. L. Sena, C. D. Barton, and D. M. Andrews. 2017. Long-term stream restoration monitoring: floodplain connectivity, water quality, soil development, and riparian tree planting outcomes. Ecological Restoration. Ecological Restoration. 35 (3): 246-254.
D. M. Andrews, T. Robb, J. E. Watson and H. Elliott. 2016. Effects of SAR and EC on the hydraulic conductivity of humid region soils irrigated with wastewater effluent: The Living Filter case study. Agricultural Water Management 178: 239-247
A.M. Franklin, C.F. Williams, D.M. Andrews, E.E. Woodward and J.E. Watson. 2015. Uptake of three antibiotics and an anti-epileptic drug by wheat crops spray irrigated with wastewater treatment plant effluent. Journal of Environmental Quality. doi:10.2134/jeq2015.05.0257

E. M. Herndon, L. Jin, D. M. Andrews, D. M. Eissenstat, and S. L. Brantley. 2015. Vegetation acts as a capacitor for manganese contamination in soils in central Pennsylvania (U.S.A.). Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 29 (2): 160–174

E. E. Woodward, D. M. Andrews, C. Williams, and J. E. Watson. 2014. Vadose zone transport of natural and synthetic estrogen hormones at Penn State’s “Living Filter” wastewater irrigation site. Journal of Environmental Quality 43 (6): 1933-1944
M. J. Castellano, D. B. Lewis, D. M. Andrews, and M. D. McDaniel. 2012. Coupling biogeochemistry and hydropedology to advance carbon and nitrogen cycling science. Book Chapter: Hydropedology: Synergistic Integration of Soil Science and Hydrology. Lin, H. (Ed.). Academic Press, Elsevier B.V. 711–735
D. M. Andrews, H. Lin, Q. Zhu, L. Jin, and S. L. Brantley. 2011. Hot spots and hot moments of dissolved organic carbon export and soil organic carbon storage in the Shale Hills Catchment. Vadose Zone Journal 10: 943-954
L. Jin, D. M. Andrews, G. H. Holmes, H. Lin, and S. L. Brantley. 2011. Opening the “black box”: water chemistry reveals hydrological controls on weathering in the Susquehanna Shale Hills Critical Zone Observatory. Vadose Zone Journal 10: 928-942
D. M. Andrews, C. D. Barton, R. K. Kolka, C. C. Rhoades and A. J. Dattilo. 2011. Soil and water characteristics in restored canebrake and forest riparian zones. Journal of American Water Resources Association 47 (4): 772-784
D. M. Andrews, C. D. Barton,  S. J. Czapka, and R. K. Kolka. 2010. Influence of tree shelters on seedling success in an afforested riparian zone. New Forests 39:157–167

C. D. Barton, D. M. Andrews, and R. K. Kolka. 2008. Influence of soil physicochemical properties on hydrology and restoration response in Carolina Bay Wetlands. Restoration Ecology 16 (4): 668–677    

For 15 years, I have taught (or co-taught) a variety of middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate students in residential and online science-based courses.


  • GEOL 1313 – Communication for Environmental Professionals
  • GEOL 1900 – Internship Course

Previous (The Pennsylvania State University)

  • Study Abroad Program: Parks and People – South Africa
  • Introduction to Soils, World Campus, online
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Soil Composition and Physical Properties
  • Soil Properties and Functions
  • Introduction to Soils