Dan Snow

Dan Snow

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Title Water Faculty Area Leader
Address 202 Water Sciences Laboratory
1840 North 37th Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0844
Phone 402-472-7539
FAX 402-472-9599
E-mail dsnow1@unl.edu
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Hi, my name is Dan Snow, and I'm a research associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Director of Laboratory Services of the UNL Water Sciences Laboratory. I have been at UNL since 1990. I use analytical chemistry to help understand how water becomes contaminated and what we can do to prevent it. A good part of my work in the Water Sciences Laboratory involves creating analytical methods for new or "emerging" environmental contaminants like steroids, pharmaceuticals, algal toxins, explosives and pesticides. I also help develop methods to measure and use stable isotopes as tracers to study environmental problems and processes.

Dan Snow and undergraduate student Megan Larsen discuss methods for analysis of algal toxins in lake water.
Dan Snow and undergraduate student Megan Larsen discuss methods for analysis of algal toxins in lake water.

Mass spectrometry is an incredibly powerful tool to use in studying the occurrence and environmental fate of chemicals and their potential for affecting organisms and people. Students and staff I supervise use mass spectrometers to help other scientists and engineers find out exactly what chemicals are in water and other materials. I work with biologists studying endocrine disruption in fish in Nebraska rivers to find out what kinds and concentrations of steroid hormones and pesticides may be associated with these effects. I also work with scientists and engineers to find out what kinds and concentrations of steroid hormones and pharmaceuticals may be found in livestock and municipal waste, and whether or not these chemicals can get into water.

Selected Publications

Al-Sammak, M. A., Snow, D., Hoagland, K., and Cassada, D. 2013. Methods for Detection of Neurodegenerative Cyanotoxins BMAA, DABA, and Anatoxin-a in Environmental Samples. Toxicon, 76(0): 316-325.   On-Line
Bartelt-Hunt, S. L.; DeVivo, S.; Johnson, L.; Snow, D. D.; Kranz, W. L.; Mader, T. L.; Shapiro, C. A.; van Donk, S. J.; Shelton, D. P.; Tarkalson, D. D.; Zhang, T. C. 2013. Effect of Composting on the Fate of Steroids in Beef Cattle Manure. Journal of Environmental Quality, 42, (4), 1159-1166.   On-Line
Bartelt-Hunt, S.L., D.D. Snow, W.L. Kranz, T.L. Mader, C.A. Shapiro, S.J. van Donk, D.P. Shelton, D.D. Tarkalson, and T.C. Zhang. 2012. Effect of growth promotants on the occurrence of steroid hormones on feedlot soils and in runoff from beef cattle feeding operations.
Joy, Stacey ; Bartelt-Hunt, S.; Snow, D. ; Gilley, J.; Woodbury, B.; Parker, D.; Marx, D.; Li, X. 2013. Fate and transport of antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance genes in soil and runoff following land application of swine manure slurry. Environmental Science and Technology, 47(21): 12081-12088.   On-Line
Snow, D.D., T.R. Damon-Powell, S. Onanong, and D.A. Cassada. 2013. Sensitive and simplified analysis of natural and synthetic steroids in water and solids using on-line solid phase extraction and microwave-assisted solvent extraction coupled to liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry atmospheric pressure photoionization. Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 405, (5), 1759-1771.
Zhang, Y.; Zhang, C.; Parker, D.; Snow, D.; Zhou, Z.; Li, X. 2013. Occurrence of Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance Genes in Beef Cattle Storage Ponds and Swine Lagoons. Science of the Total Environment, 463-464: 631-638   On-Line
Biswas, S., C. A. Shapiro, W. L. Kranz, T. L. Mader, D. P. Shelton, D. D. Snow, S. L. Bartelt-Hunt, D. D. Tarkalson, S. J. van Donk, T. C. Zhang, S. Ensley. 2012. Current knowledge on the environmental fate, potential impact and management of growth promoting compounds used in the US beef cattle industry. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 68(4):325-336.   On-Line
Bartelt-Hunt, Shannon L. Daniel D. Snow, Teyona Damon, Johnette Shockley, Kyle Hoagland. 2009. The occurrence of illicit and therapeutic pharmaceuticals in wastewater effluent and surface waters in Nebraska. Environmental Pollution. 157(3): 786-791
Satapanajaru, T.; Onanong, S.; Comfort, S. D.; Snow, D. D.; Cassada, D. A.; Harris, C., 2009. Remediating dinoseb-contaminated soil with zerovalent iron. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 168, (2-3), 930-937.
Sellin, M. K.; Snow, D. D.; Gustafson, S. T.; Erickson, G. E.; Kolok, A. S., 2009. The endocrine activity of beef cattle wastes: Do growth-promoting steroids make a difference? Aquatic Toxicology, 92, (4), 221-227.
Sellin, M. K.; Snow, D. D.; Schwarz, M.; Carter, B. J.; Kolok, A. S., 2009. Agrichemicals in Nebraska, USA, Watersheds: Occurrence and Endocrine Effects. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 28, (11), 2443-2448.
Sellin, Marlo K., Daniel D. Snow, Debbie L. Akerly, and Alan S. Kolok. 2009. Estrogenic Compounds Downstream From Three Small Cities in Eastern Nebraska: Occurrence and Biological Effect. JAWRA Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 45(1), 14 - 21
Snow, D. D.; Bartelt-Hunt, S. L.; Devivo, S.; Saunders, S.; Cassada, D. A., 2009. Detection, Occurrence, and Fate of Emerging Contaminants in Agricultural Environments. Water Environment Research, 81, 941-958.
Waria, M.; Comfort, S. D.; Onanong, S.; Satapanajaru, T.; Boparai, H.; Harris, C.; Snow, D. D.; Cassada, D. A., 2009. Field-Scale Cleanup of Atrazine and Cyanazine Contaminated Soil with a Combined Chemical-Biological Approach. J Environmental Quality, 38, (5), 1803-1811.
Snow, Daniel.D. Shannon L. Bartelt-Hunt, S.E. Saunders, S.L. Devivo, and D.A. Cassada. 2008. Detection, Occurrence and Fate of Emerging Contaminants in Agricultural Environments. Water Environment Research (80)10. 868-897.

Educational Background

  • BS - Missouri State University, Geology (1982)
  • MS - Louisiana State University, Geochemistry (1988)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Geochemistry (1996)

Awards

  • 2010 – Multidisciplinary Research Award awarded by UNL College of Engineering 
  • 2002 – Certificate of Merit, National Meeting Presentation awarded by American Chemical Society 
  • 2000 – Graduate Faculty Member awarded by UNL - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources 
  • 1997 – Team Effort Award, MSEA Water Quality Project awarded by UNL - Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources 

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Notable Websites

Water Quality, Aquatic Chemistry, Mass Spectrometry, Stable Isotopes

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title Agricultural Tile Drainage Contaminants (additional funding)
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Dan Snow
Ending Date 8/1/2017
Funding Level $19,400.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title Development of a Simple Concentrator-Detection Kit for Monitoring the Safety of Recycled Water 104b
Starting Date 3/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Hage, David
Co-PIs
Dan Snow
Ending Date 2/28/2014
Funding Level $12,027.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Development of a Simple Concentrator-Detection Kit for Monitoring the Safety of Recycled Water 104b
Starting Date 3/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Li, Yusong
Co-PIs
Lu, Yongfeng
Dan Snow
Ending Date 2/28/2014
Funding Level $12,027.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Agricultural Tile Drainage Contaminants
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Dan Snow
Ending Date 8/1/2017
Funding Level $12,500.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior - Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title Contaminants Project: Sampling Processing & Analysis 2011-2013
Starting Date 9/14/2011
Principal Investigators
Dan Snow
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $22,600.00
Funding Source US Fish and Wildlife Service

 
Grant Title ABR Salmonella in Produces
Starting Date 1/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Li, Xu
Co-PIs
Dan Snow
Ending Date 12/31/2014
Funding Level $40,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - AFRI

 
Grant Title Testing of At-Home Water Test Kits
Starting Date 6/4/2010
Principal Investigators
Dan Snow
Ending Date 9/3/2010
Funding Level $5,165.00
Funding Source Hearst Communications

 
Grant Title Water Resources Research Institute Annual Base
Starting Date 3/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Bruce Dvorak
Co-PIs
Kyle Hoagland
Gates, John
Li, Xu
Dan Snow
Vuran, Mehmet
Ending Date 2/28/2011
Funding Level $92,335.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Chemical Fingerprinting of Containment Sources in the Shell Creek Watershed Using Passive Samplers
Starting Date 8/1/2008
Principal Investigators
Dan Snow
Co-PIs
Bartelt-Hunt, Shannon
Ending Date 12/31/2010
Funding Level $35,617.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Environmental Restoration Science
  • Water Science
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
NRES 319 Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling X X n/a
NRES 320 Fundamentals of Environmental Sampling Laboratory X X n/a
NRES 475 Water Quality Strategy X X NRES 875, AGRO/CIVE/CRPL/GEOL/MSYM/POLS/SOCI475/875, SOIL/WATS 475,

SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

Water quality, contaminants in water, water testing

When I am most available to speak:

Anytime

What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • General Public