- Rural Environmental Infrastructure in US and China
Dr. Karen Mancl is a Professor of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Water Quality Specialist at The Ohio State University where she has published over 50 journal articles and 80 Extension publications on rural infrastructure and outreach initiatives.
She is a nationally known expert in onsite wastewater treatment having conducted research, written and taught the subject for 40 years. Dr. Mancl is Past-President of the Ohio Onsite Wastewater Association.
In 2000, along with Dr. Brian Slater, Soil Scientist, constructed the OSU Soil Environment Technology Learning Lab. At this outdoor teaching and research facility, Drs. Mancl and Slater teach designers, installer and regulators the science and technology of onsite wastewater treatment. In 2014, she expanded the Learning Center to a SW branch in Harrison, Ohio where with Ryan Kopp teaches food processors, operators and engineers about low-cost treatment of food processing wastewater.
She is originally from Wisconsin where she received her Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Karen has a Master's Degree in Environmental Science from the University of Texas, and received her PhD at Iowa State University in Water Resources.
In 2010 she received a second Master‚Äôs Degree in East Asian Studies and conducts research and teaches wastewater treatment in rural China.
Karen has written several posts on environmental issues in rural China which were featured in NewSecurityBeat, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program blog: “China’s Hollow Villages Undergo a Transformation” (April 2019), “Reclaiming China’s Worn-out Farmland: Don’t Treat Soil Like Dirt” (May 2019), “Not Too Big—Not Too Small—Just Right: Sand Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment in Chinese Villages" (May 2019), and "Pig Disease is Creating a Mountainous Solid Waste Problem" (February 2020).
- China Increasing Agricultural Production on a Sea of Plastic
- Pig Disease is Creating a Mountainous Solid Waste Problem
- Not Too Big—Not Too Small—Just Right: Sand Bioreactor Wastewater Treatment in Chinese Villages
- Reclaiming China’s Worn-out Farmland: Don’t Treat Soil Like Dirt
- China’s Hollow Villages Undergo a Transformation