University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Geology

Julia Perdrial

Julia Perdrial

Julia Perdrial Assistant Professor of Geochemistry

  • B.S. University of Heidelberg 2001
  • M.S. University of Heidelberg 2004
  • Ph.D., Université Louise-Pasteur 2008
  • CV
Area of expertise

Low temperature (bio)-geochemical processes, carbon dynamics, mineral alteration and weathering, Critical Zone processes

Contact Information
Email: Julia Perdrial
Phone: (802) 656-0665

Office Hours: M & W 10:30- 11:30
Delehanty Hall, Room 213C

Website: Julia's website

Teaching and Research

As an environmental bio-geochemist and mineralogist I take a strong interdisciplinary approach to study low temperature environmental terrestrial and aquatic processes by combining experimental and field approaches. The aim of my research is to elucidate how the geosphere, biosphere and hydrosphere interact to shape the Earth’s terrestrial surface, now often termed the Critical Zone (CZ). This Critical Zone can be thought of as the skin of the earth: the terrestrial surface spans from the top of the canopy down to the bedrock - including ground water - and provides us with water, nutrients and many other ecosystem services.

My current overall research goal is to elucidate how low-temperature aquatic and terrestrial biogeochemical processes are impacted by disturbances linked to global environmental change. For this I look at metals, dissolved organic and inorganic carbon in soils and streams with a combination of analytical tools (C-Analyzer, ICP-OES, Ion Chromatography, UVvis-, fluorescence- and FTIR-spectroscopy) and computational quantification (PARAFAC analysis of fluorescence data).

I enjoy teaching in the lab, field and classroom. This year I teach geochemistry (GEOL235, GEOL135) where my students link geochemical principles to global and environmental significance.

Selected Publications

J.N.Perdrial, N. Perdrial, A. Vasquez-Ortega, C. Porter, J. Chorover. Experimental assessment of fiberglass passive capillary wick sampler (PCap) suitability for inorganic soil solution constituents. Submitted to SSSAJ.

A. Vázquez-Ortega, J.N. Perdrial, A. Harpold, MK. Amistadi, C. Rasmussen, J. C. McIntosh, J. Chorover. Probing the Use of Rare Earth Elements and Yttrium as Organomarkers in the Jemez River Basin Critical Zone Observatory: Linking Geochemical Processes from the pedon scale to the watershed scale. Submitted to GCA.

J.N. Perdrial, J. McIntosh, A. Harpold, P. Brooks, P. Troch, J. Ray, X. Zapata-Rios, C Porter, J.Chorover. Controls of stream water carbon in seasonally snow-covered mountain catchments: impact of water fluxes, catchment aspect and seasonal processes. Under review, Biogeochemistry.

J.N. Perdrial., N.Perdrial, A. Harpold, X. Gao, R. Gabor, K. LaSharr, J. Chorover 2012. Impacts of sampling dissolved organic matter with capillary wicks versus aqueous soil extraction. Soil Science Society of America Journal.

Adrian Harpold, Xavier Zapata Rios, J.N.Perdrial, Jennifer McIntosh, Paul Brooks, Tom Meixner, Jon Chorover. Quantifying Variation in Solute Sources and Nutrient Cycling in Montane Headwater Catchments. Under review, JGR.

Chorover J., Troch P.A., Rasmussen C., Brooks P., Pelletier J., Breshears D.D., Huxman T., Lohse K., McIntosh J., Meixner T., Papuga S., Schaap M., Litvak M., Perdrial J.N., Harpold A., and Durcik M. (2011) How Water, Carbon, and Energy Drive Critical Zone Evolution: The Jemez-Santa Catalina Critical Zone Observatory. Vadose Zone Journal 10(3): 884-899