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

    ENVR 4303 03 - Envr Sci Res Proj:
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    GEOL 1403 01 - Physical Geology:
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    ENVR 4304 02 - Envr Sci Internship:
    Syllabus
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    Textbooks
    GEOL 4385 02 - SpTopics in Geol:Soil Science:
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    Textbooks
    ENVR 1402 B - Intro to Envr Sci II:
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    ENVR 1402 01 - Intro to Envr Sci II:
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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.

  • 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.

  • Jihoon Kang, Richard McLaughlin, Aziz Amoozegar, Joshua Heitman, and Owen Duckworth. "Transport of dissolved polyacrylamide through a clay loam soil," Geoderma 243, (2015): 108–114.



Selected Grants and Fellowships


  • 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)

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



Selected Presentations


  • Jihoon Kang. "Erosion and sediment control at construction sites and future direction on post-construction BMP," Lower Rio Grande Valley 1st Annual Sustainable Civil Infrastructure Management & Planning Conference, Civil Engineering, UTRGV, Weslaco (November 2017)

  • Jihoon Kang and Sergio Mireles. "Texas Coastal Band of Korean Scientists and Engineers Association," Southwest Texas Asian Symposium, Texas Coastal Band of Korean Scientists and Engineers Association, Edinburg, TX (November 2017)

  • Juan Gonzalez, Chu-Lin Cheng, Jihoon Kang, Carlos Cintra-Buenrostro, Jude Benavides, Elizabeth Heise, James Hinthorne, and Frank Dirrigl. "Stimulating Hispanic Participation in the Geosciences (SHIP-GEO) at Rio Grande Valley in South Texas: Findings from Year One," The Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Geological Society of America (GSA), Seattle, WA (October 2017)

  • Sergio Mireles, Jason Parsons, Tarek Trad, Chu-Lin Cheng, and Jihoon Kang. "Corn stover, Orange peel, and pistachio shell biochars as a filter media for removing lead and arsenic in water," Annual meeting of the ASA-CSSA-SSSA-CSSS, Soil Science Society of America, Tempa, Florida (October 2017)

  • Jihoon Kang and Sergio Mireles. "Biochars as a filter media for removing lead and arsenic in water," 19th Lower Rio Grande Valley Annual Water Quality Management & Planning Conference, South Padre Island (May 2017)

  • Joseph Rabago and Jihoon Kang. "Status of heavy metals in UTRGV Edinburg campus water fountains," UTRGV Engaged Scholar Symposium, UTRGV Engaged Scholarship & Learning, Edinburg, Texas (April 2017)

  • Sergio Mireles, Hector Rivera, Jihoon Kang, Tarek Trad, and Jason Parsons. "Synthesis of biochars using household and agricultural byproducts (orange peel, pistachio shells, and corn stover) and their application in lead adsorption from aqueous solutions," American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition, American Chemical Society, San Francisco, CA (April 2017)

  • Sergio Mireles and Jihoon Kang. "Removal of Pb2+ ions from aqueous solution using biochar derived from agricultural waste products: Orange Peel, Pistachio Shell, and Corn.," UTRGV College of Sciences Annual Conference, Edinburg, Texas (March 2017)

  • Jihoon Kang and Sergio Mireles. "Biochar for agronomic and environmental applications in South Texas," Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Belton, TX (March 2017)

  • Sergio Mireles, Jihoon Kang, Tarek Trad, and Jason Parsons. "Removal of contaminants from aqueous solutions by biochars produced from locally sourced biomass," Annual Meeting of the Texas Academy of Science, Belton, TX (March 2017)

Current Courses

ENVR 4303 03 - Envr Sci Res Proj:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
GEOL 1403 01 - Physical Geology:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ENVR 4304 02 - Envr Sci Internship:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
GEOL 4385 02 - SpTopics in Geol:Soil Science:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ENVR 1402 B - Intro to Envr Sci II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks
ENVR 1402 01 - Intro to Envr Sci II:
Syllabus
Course Evaluations
Textbooks

Previous Courses