Jihoon   Kang

Assistant Professor  

Office: EPOB11 1.106B
Phone: (956) 665-3526
Email: Jihoon.Kang@utrgv.edu

Dr. Jihoon Kang

Dr. Kang is an environmental scientist and geologist who has specialization in soil science, agricultural engineering, water/air quality, and environmental geology.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Environmental Soil Science/Geology
    • Fate and transport of nutrients and contaminants in plant-soil-water system and watershed
    • Soil and water remediation (compost, biochar and other agro-industrial & municipal waste materials toward soil amendment and contaminant removal)
    • Water technology, innovation and sustainability (nutrient & energy recovery, reclaimed water reuse, and constructed wetland)
    • Advanced sediment and erosion control using flocculant
  • Education

    • PhD, Soil Science, North Carolina State University , 2007
    • MEPC, Environmental Pollution Control, Pennsylvania State University, 2003
    • BS, Environmental Science, Kyunghee University, 2001
  • Currently Teaching

    EEMS 7300 09 - Thesis I:
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    ENVR 2301 01 - Earth System Science:
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    GEOL 4309 03 - UG Research Geoscience:
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Selected Publications


  • Jihoon Kang, Marissa Davila, Sergio Mireles, and Jungseok Ho. "Nitrate Leaching from Sand and Pumice Geomedia Amended with Pyrogenic Carbon Materials," Environments 4, (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017): 70.

  • Jihoon Kang and Victor Gonzalez. "Effects of biochar and compost aging on soil fertility and radish germination," Journal of Environment and Bio Research (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2017).

  • Tae-Hoon Kim, Jihoon Kang, Sang Hyun Kim, I-Song Choi, Kwang-Hyeon Chang, Jong Min Oh, and Ki-Hyun Kim. "Impact of Salinity Change on Water Quality Variables from the Sediment of an Artificial Lake under Anaerobic Conditions," Sustainability 9, no. 8 (August 2017): 1429.

  • Jihoon Kang and Jose Trevino. "Evaluating moringa oleifera, papaya, and pumpkin seed as a natural coagulant," International Journal of Life Sciences Research 5, no. 2 (June 2017): 126-131.

  • Jungseok Ho, Jihoon Kang, "Hydrologic Impacts of Bioswale Porous Media on Parking Lot Drainage," International Journal of Civil and Structural Engineering Research 5, no. 1 (May 2017): 23-30.

  • S. Mireles, Y. Ok, Chu-Lin Cheng, and Jihoon Kang. "Adsorptive and kinetic characterization of aqueous zinc removal by biochars," SDRP Journal of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies 1, no. 3 (2016): 1–7.

  • Jihoon Kang, J.D. Wiseman, and R.A. M.A. Welch. "Chemical flocculation for removing bentonite spills in water," International Journal of Agriculture and Environmental Research 2, no. 4 (2016): 726–739.

  • Jihoon Kang, Scott King, and Richard McLaughlin. "Flocculated sediments can reduce the size of sediment basin at construction sites," Journal of Environmental Management 166, (2016): 450–456.

  • Jihoon Kang and Richard McLaughlin. "Simple systems for treating pumped, turbid water with flocculants and a geotextile dewatering bag," Journal of Environmental Management 182, (2016): 208–213.

  • Jihoon Kang and Richard McLaughlin. Taming turbidity using passive dosing with polyacrylamide to treat turbid stormwater. Storm Water Solutions , no. Feb 2016 February 2016: 34-35.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • Jihoon Kang. Transforming urban compacted land into Infiltration field at UTRGV campus , EPA Border 2020/National American Development Bank, $88,876.00 (May 2018 - September 2019)

  • Granados Paola. Beneficial Reuse of Microalgae into a Biochar Adsorbent, Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, $2,000.00 (September 2018 - August 2019)

  • Chu-Lin Cheng. GEOPATHS: Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO), National Science Foundation (NSF), $464,958.00 (September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2019)

  • Augusto Sanchez Gonzalez. Laguna Madre Estuary Program Environmental Strategic Plan, Texas General Land Office (GLO), $50,000.00 (2016 - 2018)

  • Jihoon Kang. Effects of physical form of polyacrylamide and antecedent soil moisture in improving infiltration capacity of a Lower Rio Grande Valley soil, Korean Scientists and Engineering Association (KSEA), $500.00 (November 2017 - October 2018)

  • Joseph Robago. Status of heavy metals in UTRGV Edinburg campus water fountains, Office of Engaged Scholarship & Learning, $2,000.00 (September 2016 - May 2017)

  • Stephanie Downs. Environmental Use of Biochar to Remediate Nutrient Pollution, Undergraduate Research Initiative Grant, $2,000.00 (September 2014 - May 2015)



Selected Presentations


  • Jihoon Kang, Darla Ortega, Adam Flores, and Jungseok Ho. "Transforming urban compacted land into infiltration field by compost and tillage treatments," SSSA International Soils Meeting, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, CA (January 2019)

  • Jahdiel Salazar, Josabeth Navarro, Jihoon Kang, and Engil Pereira. "Sweet potato: a potentially profitable summer crop for South Texas organic farmers to enhance soil biological activity and nutrient release.," SSSA International Soils Meeting, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, CA (January 2019)

  • Josabeth Navarro, Jahdiel Salazar, Jihoon Kang, and Engil Pereira. "Sweet Summer Spud: South Texas soil fertility management strategies with organic amendments to increase nutrient availability and reduce nutrient depletion ," SSSA International Soils Meeting, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, CA (January 2019)

  • Chu-Lin Cheng, Juan Gonzalez, Jihoon Kang, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Jude Benavides, Elizabeth Heise, James Hinthorne, and Engil Pereira. "Increasing Workforce Diversity through “Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences” (SHIP-GEO) Program at Rio Grande Valley/South Texas," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Indianapolis, IN (November 2018)

  • Engil Pereira, Jihoon Kang, Chu-Lin Cheng, Mirayda Torres-Avila, Bradley Christoffersen, Christopher Gabler, Kristine Lowe, and Alexis Racelis. "Increasing Hispanic Workforce in Soil Science through Training, Research, and Education: A New Integrated Program for the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, San Diego, California (August 2018)

  • Eli Gonzalez, Chu-Lin Cheng, Jihoon Kang, and Jungseok Ho. "Potentials of Shallow Groundwater Contamination Discharge into Lower Laguna Madre," 20th Lower Rio Grande Valley Annual Water Quality Management and Planning Conference, (May 2018)

  • Adam Flores, Christian Flores, Darla Ortega, and Jihoon Kang. "Evaluation of Polyacrylamide, Compost, Biochar, and Vermiculite for Improving Soil Moisture Content and Wet Aggregate Stability," 20th Annual Water Quality Management & Planning Conference, LRGV Stormwater Taskforce/UTRGV, South Padre Island (May 2018)

  • Jose Garcia, Adam Flores, Darla Ortega, and Jihoon Kang. "Soil Physical Parameters Affected by Cover Crops in Rio Grande Valley Agricultural Soils," 20th Annual Water Quality Management & Planning Conference, LRGV Stormwater Taskforce/UTRGV, South Padre Island (May 2018)

  • Amado Zambrano, Paola Granados, Aaron Garza, Sergio Mireles, Jongmin Kim, Engil Pereira, and Jihoon Kang. "Aqueous lead removal using biochar pyrolyzed with locally-sourced biomass," 20th LRGV Annual Water Quality Management & Planning Conference, LRGV Stormwater Taskforce/UTRGV, South Padre Island (May 2018)

  • Lilly Elliot, Jihoon Kang, and Engil Pereira. "Development of a field trial to promote improvements in soil conditions for crop production," UTRGV College of Sciences Annual Research Conference, UTRGV College of Sciences, Edinburg (April 2018)

Current Courses

EEMS 7300 09 - Thesis I:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ENVR 2301 01 - Earth System Science:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
GEOL 4309 03 - UG Research Geoscience:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses