Mailing Address:
Division of Plant & Soil Sciences
1090 Agricultural Sciences Bldg
P.O. Box 6108
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506-6108
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Jeff Skousen, Ph.D.

Professor of Soil Science
Land Reclamation Specialist – Extension

Contact Information

Office Address: 1106 Agricultural Sciences Building

Telephone: (304) 293-2667
Fax: (304) 293-2960


Ph.D., 1985, Texas A&M University
Major: Range Science and Agronomy
Dissertation: Revegetation Strategies on Surface Mines in Texas.

M.S., 1982, Brigham Young University
Major: Range and Wildlife Science
Thesis: Restoring Big Game Range in Utah.

B.S., 1981, Brigham Young University
Major: Range Science and Ecology

Professional Employment

Professor and Reclamation Specialist, Division of Plant and Soil Sciences
West Virginia University
July 1985 – Present

Courses Taught

Reclamation of Disturbed Soils
Elements of Environmental Protection
Principles of Soil Science
Ecology and Management
Range Watershed Management

Research Interests

Prediction and Control of Acid Mine Drainage
Chemical and Passive Treatment of Acid Mine Drainage
Water Quality and Watershed Restoration
Revegetation of Disturbed Lands
Reforestation of Mined Lands
Reclamation with Native Plants
Biomass Production for Biofuel
Amendments for Reclaiming Mine Soils
Post-mining Land Use Development of Reclaimed Lands

Professional Affiliations

American Society of Agronomy
American Society for Mining and Reclamation
Mine Drainage Task Force
Society of Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
Soil Science Society of America
Soil and Water Conservation Society
West Virginia Association of Professional Soil Scientists

Selected Publications

Publications can be viewed by going to

Skousen, J., and C. Zipper. 2014. Post-mining policies and practices in the Eastern USA Coal Region. Intl. J. Coal Sci. Techn. 1: 135-151.

Skousen, J., C. Brown, T. Griggs, and S. Byrd. 2014. Establishment and growth of switchgrass and other biomass crops on surface mines. J. Am. Soc. Mining Recl. 3: 136-156.

Wilson-Kokes, L., and J. Skousen. 2014. Nutrient concentrations in tree leaves on brown and gray reclaimed mine soils in West Virginia. Sci. Total Environ. 471: 418-424.

Mack, B., J. Skousen, and L.M. McDonald. 2014. Effect of flow rate on acidity concentration from above-drainage underground mines. Mine Water Environ. 32: on line.

Skousen, J., J.E. Yang, J.S. Lee, and P. Ziemkiewicz. 2013. Review of fly ash as a soil amendment. Geosystem Eng. 16: 249-256.

Wilson, Kokes, L., P. Emerson, C. DeLong, C. Thomas, K. O’Dell, and J. Skousen. 2013. Hardwood tree growth on amended mine soils in West Virginia. J. Env. Qual. 42: 1363-1371.

Wilson-Kokes, L., P. Emerson, C. DeLong, C. Thomas, and J. Skousen. 2013. Hardwood tree growth after eight years on brown and gray mine soils in West Virginia. J. Env. Qual. 42: 1353-1362.

Zipper, C., J. Burger, C. Barton, and J. Skousen. 2013. Rebuilding soils for forest restoration on Appalachian mined lands. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 77: 337-349.

Marra, M., T. Keene, J. Skousen, and T. Griggs. 2013. Switchgrass yield on reclaimed surface mines for bioenergy production. J. Env. Qual. 42: 696-703.

Skousen, J., T. Cook, and E. Pena-Yewtukhiw. 2013. Survival and growth of chestnut backcross seeds and seedlings on surface mines. J. Env. Qual. 42: 690-695.

Skousen, J., T. Keene, M. Marra, and B. Gutta: 2013. Reclamation of mined land with switchgrass, Miscanthus, and Arundo for biofuel production. J. Am. Soc. Mining Recl. 2: 177-191.

Brown, C., J. Skousen, and T. Griggs. 2013. Yield of switchgrass on reclaimed surface mines. J. Am. Soc. Mining Recl. 2: 38-48.

Chaudhuri, S., L.M. McDonald, E. Pena-Yewtukhiw, J. Skousen, and M. Roy. 2013. Chemically stabilized soil organic carbon fractions in a reclaimed minesoil chronosequence: implication for soil carbon sequestration. Environ. Earth Sci. 70: 1689-1698.

DeLong, C., J. Skousen, and E. Pena-Yewtukhiw. 2012. Bulk density of rocky mine soils in forestry reclamation. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 76: 1810-1815.

Skousen, J., P. Ziemkiewicz, and J.E. Yang. 2012. Use of coal combustion by-products in mine reclamation: review of case studies in the USA. Geosystem Eng. 15: 71-83.

Chaudhuri, S., E. Pena-Yewtukhiw, L.M. McDonald, J. Skousen, and M. Sperow. 2012. Early C sequestration rate changes for reclaimed minesoils. Soil Sci. 177: 443-450.

Franklin, J., C. Zipper, J. Burger, J. Skousen, and D. Jacobs. 2012. Influence of planted ground cover on forest establishment and growth on eastern US coal surface mines. New Forests 43: 905-924.

Cheong, Y.W., G. Yim, S. Ji, S. Kang, and J. Skousen. 2012. Water quality changes of a closed underground coal mine in Korea. Environ. Monit. Assess. 184: 503-513.

Zipper, C., J. Burger, J. Skousen, P. Angel, C. Barton, V. Davis, and J. Franklin. 2011. Restoring forests and associated ecosystem services on Appalachian coal surface mines. Environ. Management 47: 751-765.

Ok, Y.S., S.C. Kim, D.K. Kim, J.G. Skousen, J.S. Lee, and J.E. Yang. 2011. Ameliorants to immobilize Cd in rice paddy soils contaminated from abandoned metal mines in Korea. Environ. Geochem. Health 33: 23-30.

Zipper, C.E., and J. Skousen. 2010. Influent water quality affects performance of passive treatment systems for acid mine drainage. Mine Water Environ. 29: 135-143.

Kim, S.C., J.E. Yang, Y.S. Ok, J. Skousen, D.G. Kim, and J.H. Joo. 2010. Accelerated Metolachlor degradation in soil by zero-valent iron and compost amendments. Bull. Environ. Contamination Toxicology 84: 459-464.

Mack, B., L.M. McDonald, and J. Skousen. 2010. Acidity decay of above-drainage underground mines in West Virginia. J. Env. Qual. 39: 1043-1050.

Emerson, P., J. Skousen, and P. Ziemkiewicz. 2009. Survival and growth of hardwoods in brown vs gray sandstone on a surface mine in West Virginia. J. Env. Qual. 38: 1821-1829.

Skousen, J., J. Gorman, E. Pena-Yewtukhiw, J. King, J. Stewart, P. Emerson, and C. DeLong. 2009. Hardwood tree survival in heavy ground cover on reclaimed land in West Virginia: mowing and ripping effects. J. Env. Qual. 38: 1400-1409.

Yang, J., W. Lee, Y. Ok, and J. Skousen. 2009. Soil nutrient bioavailability and nutrient content of pine trees (Pinus thunbergii) in areas impacted by acid deposition in Korea. Environ. Monit. Assess. 157: 43-50.

Farr, C., J. Skousen, P. Edwards, S. Connolly, and J. Sencindiver. 2009. Acid soil indicators in forest soils of the Cherry River Watershed, West Virginia. Environ. Monit. Assess. 158: 343-353.

Cook, T., Skousen, J., and T. Hilton. 2008. Covering pre-existing, acid-producing fills with alkaline sandstone to control acid mine drainage. Mine Water Environ. 27: 259-264.

Skousen, J., and C. Venable. 2008. Establishing native plants on newly-constructed and older-reclaimed sites along West Virginia highways. Land Degradation and Development 19: 388-396.