Postdoctoral Research Associate
Baruch Institute of Coastal Ecology and Forest Science
Office: 104 Baruch Institute
Ph.D. Forest Biogeochemistry
Auburn University 2016
M.S. Applied Chemistry
Tehran Azad University 2011
B.S. Applied Chemistry
Zanjan University 2008
Forested Watershed Managment (FOR 4060)
Forested Watershed Managment Laboratory (FOR 4061)
The overriding goal of my research is to improve the fundamental understanding of water and soil quality responding to disturbances such as urbanization and extreme events including hurricanes and wildfires. Within this theme, I take an integrative approach to tackling specific research questions, making use of a wide range of tools, including field experiments, laboratory studies, and statistical modeling.
During my postdoctoral studies at Clemson University, my research has focused on changes in dissolved organic matter (DOM) dynamics, water treatability, and the formation of carcinogenic disinfection byproducts (DBPs) under extreme flooding conditions caused by hurricanes in the southeastern United States. This study was a multidisciplinary research project that, along with organic-matter biogeochemistry proficiency, required knowledge of water quality, hydrology, and soil science, as well as advanced temporal and spatial statistical analysis.
For my Ph.D. studies, I had the chance to join one of the leading groups in the field of biogeochemistry at Auburn University, working under the guidance of professor Graeme Lockaby. At Auburn, I worked on two projects related to (1) the impacts of prescribed fire on DOM dynamics and water quality in forested watersheds and (2) the effect of soil sealing by impervious surfaces on soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics. In addition to these projects, the viral outbreaks of Zika and West Nile in the Southeast at the time motivated me to conduct an interdisciplinary study to examine whether changes in DOM composition due to urbanization have impacted the survival rate of mosquitoes vectoring these viruses.
H. Majidzadeh, A. Ruecker, T. Karanfil, A. Chow. (2017) Extreme flooding mobilized dissolved organic matter from coastal forested wetlands. Biogeochemistry. 136 (3): 293-309
H. Majidzadeh, B.G. Lockaby, R. Governo. (2017) Effect of home construction on soil carbon, and nitrogen dynamics in the Piedmont area of Alabama and Georgia. Environmental Pollution. 226: 317â€“323.
H. Majidzadeh, B.G. Lockaby, R. Price, R. Governo. (2017) Soil carbon and nutrient dynamic beneath impervious surfaces and in urban lawns: A field control study. Soil Science Society of America (Submitted)
M. Alhassan, M. Motallebi, H. Majidzadeh (2017) Carbon Offsets for South Carolina Family Forest Landowners. Clemson Cooperative Extension. FW 15
H. Majidzadeh, J. Wang, A. Chow. (2015) Prescribed Fire Alters Dissolved Organic Matter and Disinfection By-Product Precursors in Forested Watersheds. In Recent Advances Disinfection By-Products; ACS Symposium Series; American Chemical Society: Washington, DC. p. 271â€“292
M.H. Rasoulifard, H. Majidzadeh, Fatemeh Torkian, Elaheh Babaei. (2012) Photocatalytic degradation of tylosin via ultraviolet-activated persulfate in aqueous solution. International Journal of Industrial Chemistry. 3(1): 16
M.H. Rasoulifard, R. Marandi, H. Majidzadeh, I. Bagheri. (2011) The ultraviolet light emitting diodes and peroxy disulfate for degradation of Basic Red 46 in contaminated water. Environmental Engineering Science. 28(3): 229â€“235
Biogeochemistry and Environmental Quality Lab