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Mohammad  Golabi


PhD University of Georgia 
MSc University of Georgia 
BSc University of Oklahoma

Research Interests

His research program at the University of Guam focuses on two general areas: 

There are three components to his environmental research program: 

Dr. Golabi is the Program Chair for the interdisciplinary Environmental Science Graduate Program which provides an integrated research-teaching regime addressing technical aspects of complex environmental problems in order to make informed contributions to their solutions. In addition to research programs, Dr. Golabi continues to develop teaching and instructional programs for the college of Natural and Applied Sciences including new courses focusing on the environmental aspects of soil sciences. He is also active in developing a soil course geared toward distance education as part of the distance learning program at the University of Guam.

Undergraduate Courses

AG 380 & AG 380 Lab- Principles of Soil Sciences

This course delves into the basic principles of the fundamentals of the chemical, physical, and biological properties of soils; their formation, fertility, and management, and the effects of inorganic and organic chemicals on soil processes and properties as they relate to environmental pollution. Two hours of lecture, one hour recitation and three hours laboratory weekly. Prerequisites: MA110 or higher and any two chemistry courses.

AG 480- Tropical Soil Management and Fertility

This course examines the origin, development, properties, and management of tropical soils and the importance of key physical, chemical, and biological properties. Emphasis is on application of principles. Prerequisite: AG380.

AG 481- Environmental Soil Sciences

An overview of soil properties and their impact on the environment will be discussed. Tropics covered include: soil erosion, soil conservation, soil enhancement, non- point source pollution, soil contamination, and waste management. Students will develop skills in soil and water contaminant analysis and environmental assessment. This course weekly consists of three hours of lecture and a three-hour laboratory. Prerequisites: AG/NS380 and MA161a or higher.

Graduate Courses

EV 563- Management & Recycling of Organic Waste

EV 691- Graduate Seminar

EV 695- Environmental Science Thesis

Contact Information:

Telephone: 671-735-2143 or 735-2134
Cell Phone: 671-000-0000
Fax: 671-734-4600
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Mohammad  Golabi is currently involved in the following Fields of Study:

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Publications by Mohammad  Golabi:

Golabi, Mohammad H., and Manuel Duguies. 2013.  Application of the Vetiver System for Wastewater Treatment: An Innovative Nutrient Removal Technology for Sewage Water treatment in southern Guam. Technical Bulletin No. 2013/1.  Publication of the: Pacific Rim Vetiver Network, Office of the Royal Development Projects Board.  Bangkok, Thailand, April 2013.

Book Chapters 2013:

Golabi, M.H., Kirk. Johnson, Takeshi Fujiwara, and Eri Ito. 2013. Transforming the Island's Municipal Waste into a Valuable Soil Conditioner via Knowledge based Resource Recovery Management System. Published In: Human Migration and the 21st Century Global Society Project.  Publication of the University of the Ryukyus, Okinawa, Japan.  In Japanese


Golabi, M.H.  Soils. In:  Danko Taborosi (ed.), 2013. 'Environment of Guam'- Island Environments Series.  Island Research and Education Institute.

Golabi, M.H., G. R.W. Denton, H. R. Wood, Yuming Wen, and Clancy. Iyekar. 2006. Impact of Ordot Dump on Water Quality of Lonfit River Basin in Central Guam I: Soil Characterization of Nutrient Retention. Micronesica 39 (1): 41-54, 2006.

Golabi, M.H., P. Denny, C. Iyekar. 2006. Composting of Disposal Organic Wastes: Resource Recovery for Agricultural Sustainability. The Chinese Journal of Process Engineering, publication of Chinese Academy of Sciences. Vol.6., No. 4. August 2006.

Golabi, M.H., Dwayne Minton, C. Iyekar, C.L. Raulerson, and J. Chargualaf Drake. 2005. Watershed Management to Meet Water Quality Standards by Using the Vetiver System in Southern Guam. Australian Journal of Technology. 9 (1): 63-69 (July 2005).

Extension Brochure and Technical Reports (under peer review)

Golabi, M. H., Farouq Abawi, James C. Yu. 2006. Backyard Composting: Recycling Organic Waste for Home Gardening. Extension Bulletin. April 2006. Lot 101 - 200.

Golabi, M.H., M.J. Denney, and C. Iyekar, Agronomic value of Composted Organic Wastes as Alternative to Synthetic Fertilizers for Soil Quality Improvement and Increased Yield for the Tropical island of Guam. College of Natural and Applied Sciences, University of Guam, Mangilao, Guam-USA. Technical Report. In progress.

Golabi, M.H., C. Iyekar, M. J. Denney and D. Minton. 2006. Ecosystem Approach to Soil and Water Conservation for Sustainable Land Management Systems: Case Studies from Severely Eroded Soils of southern Guam. UNESCO Ecological Book Series on Land Resource Management and Ecological Restoration, Springer: 2006.

Conference Proceedings

Golabi, M.H., G.R.W. Denton, H.R. Wood, Y.Wen, and C. Iyekar. 2006. Soil Properties and its Impact on the Mobility of Contaminants Leached Down Gradient of Ordot Landfill in Central Guam. In: Proceeding of the 2006 Annual International Conferences of the American Society of Agriculture and Biological Engineering (ASABE) in Portland, Oregon, USA. July 2006.

Golabi M.H., S.A. El-Swaify, C. Iyekar, and Edward Paulino. 2006. An ecosystem approach to restoring and conserving soil and water in degraded lands of the Pacific island of Guam. In: The Proceedings of the 14th International Soil Conservation Organization (ISCO) Conference: Water Management and Soil Conservation in Semi-Arid Environment. Marrakech, Morocco, May 14-19, 2006.

Golabi, M.H., P. Denney, and C. Iyekar. Management Solution for Improving Soil Organic Matter for Crop Productivity and Environmnetla Quality in the Tropical island of Guam. In: The proceedings of International Symposium for Management of Tropical Sandy Soils for Sustainable Agriculture, A holistic approach for sustainable development of problem soils in the tropics. Sponsored by IRD, IWMI, UNCCD, ISRIC and FAO. November 27 - December 2, 2005, Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Golabi, M.H., C. Iyekar, and M.J. Denney. 2005. Challenges and actions regarding the rehabilitation of degraded lands: Case study from the Pacific island of Guam. In: The proceedings of International Symposium on Land Degradation and Desertification. Uberlandia - Minas Gerais, Brazil. Sponsored by the Commission on Land Degradation and Desertification -COMLAN/UGI and published by Revista Sociedade & Natureza - Special Issue - May 2005. ISSN 0103-1570.

Golabi, M.H., C. Iyekar, and M.J. Denney. 2004. Challenges and Actions regarding the Soil and Water management for Agricultural Sustainability and Environmental Integrity: Case studies from degraded soils of northern Iran and severely eroded soils of southern Guam. In: The Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Land Resource Management and Ecological Restoration in Loess Plateau. Sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education and UNESCO and Published by the Northwest Sci-Tech University of Agriculture and Forestry. Yangling, China. September 2004.

Golabi, M.H., M.J. Denney, and C. Iyekar. 2004. Use of Green Manure and Composted Organic Wastes as an Alternative to Synthetic Fertilizers for Enhancing Crop Productivity and Agricultural Sustainability on the Tropical island of Guam. In: The Proceedings of the 13th International Soil Conservation Organization Conference - Conserving Soil and Water for Society: Sharing Solutions. Brisbane, Queens land, Australia. July, 2004.

Golabi, M..H., Thomas E. Marler, Erica Smith, Frank Cruz, J.H. Lawrence. 2003. Sustainable Soil Management Techniques for Crop Productivity and Environmental Quality for Guam. In: Proceedings of the International Seminars on Farmer's Use of Diagnostic Systems for Plant Nutrient Management. Sponsored by the Food and Fertilizer Technology Center for the Asian and Pacific Regions (FFTC/ASPAC), and the Rural Development Administration (RDA) of the Republic of Korea. August 11 - 15, 2003. Suwon, Korea.

Iyekar, C., M.H. Golabi, G. Denton, R. Wood, and M. Ventura. 2003. Impact of Ordot Dump on Water quality of Lonfit River basin in Central Guam. In: Proceedings of the 20th Pacific Science Congress, "Science and Technology for Healthy Environment". Bangkok, Thailand. March 17-21, 2003.

Golabi, M.H., Jenifer Coleson, Leah Juarros, and Clancy Iyekar, 2002. Composting: A Resource Recovery concept and an alternative to land filling. In: Proceeding, 21st Annual Pacific Islands Environmental Conference. June 24-28, 2002. Koror, Palau.

Golabi, M.H. 2002. Environmental Impact of Soil Erosion and Land Degradation in Moghan (Northern) and Behbahaan (Southern) Regions of Iran: An Observatory Report from TOKTEN-UNDP Mission to Iran. In: Sustainable Utilization of Global Soil and Water Resources. Proceedings of the 12th International Soil Conservation Organization Conference. May 26-31, 2002. Beijing, China. Tsinghua University Press. Pp 379-383.

Technical Reports

Minton, Dwayne, M. Golabi, and C. Iyekar. Erosion Flumes. In: Fire, Erosion, and Sedimentation in the Asan - Piti Watershed and War in the Pacific NHP, Guam. Technical Report for the National Park Service. August 3, 2005.

Teina Rongo, R.H. Richmond, M.H. Golabi, P. Schupp, and L. Raymundo. Coral Community Change Along A Gradient in Fouha Bay, Guam. Marin Lab,UOG. Master Thesis submitted to the Marine lab for publication (technical Report). August 2005.

Denton, G.R.W., H. R. Wood, Y. Wen: WERI.. - Golabi, M.H. Clancy Iyekar. CNAS. 2005. Contaminant Scan of Leachate Streams from Ordot Landfill and Levels of Primary Pollutants in Surface Waters and Soil Pore Waters Down gradient. Publication of Water and Environmental Research Institute (WERI) and College of Natural and Applied Sciences (CNAS) of the University of Guam. Technical Report No. 108, November 2005.

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