Joseph Sanford

Position title: Assistant Professor, UW-Platteville


Phone: (608) 342-1459

313 Pioneer Tower
1 University Plaza
Platteville, WI 53818

Joe Sanford headshot

Program Affiliations

Soil and Crop Science, UW-Platteville

Dairy Innovation Hub Affiliate

Biological Systems Engineering UW–Madison

Education and Certificates

  • B.S. 2013 – Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • M.S. 2016 – Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D 2019 – Biological Systems Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Fields of Interest

  • Agricultural waste management
  • Manure processing and management
  • Agricultural runoff treatment systems
  • Waste- to-energy technologies (anaerobic digestion, pyrolysis)
  • Agricultural sustainability


  • Tominac, P.A., H.A. Aguirre-Villegas, J.R. Sanford, R.A. Larson, & V.M. Zavala. 2021. Evaluating municipal landfill diversion strategies for organic waste management using environmental and economic factors. ACS Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering, 9(1):489-498.
  • Sanford, J.R., R.A Larson, & M.F. Digman. 2020. Assessing certified manure analysis laboratory accuracy and variability. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 36(6):905-912.
  • Sanford, J.R., & R.A. Larson. 2020. Assessing Nitrogen Cycling in Corncob Biochar Amended Soil Columns for Application in Agricultural Treatment Systems. Agronomy, 10(7), 979.
  • Sanford, J.R, H.A. Aguirre-Villegas, & R.A. Larson. 2020. Pork production survey to assess factors of facility design and operation that impact the surrounding community. Sustainability, 12(11), 4536.
  • Sanford, J.R., & R.A. Larson. 2020. Treatment of horizontal silage bunker runoff using biochar amended vegetative filter strips. Journal of Environmental Management, 253, 109746.
  • Walsh, J., J.R. Sanford, & R.A. Larson. 2019. Evaluation of Biochar Nitrate Extraction Methods. Applied Sciences, 9(17), 3514.
  • Sanford, J.R., R.A. Larson, & T. Runge. 2019. Nitrate sorption to biochar following chemical oxidation. Science of The Total Environment, 669, 938–947.
  • Sanford, J.R., & R.A. Larson. 2016. Evaluation of Phosphorus Filter Media for an Inline Subsurface Drainage Treatment System. Journal of Environment Quality, 45(6), 1919–1925.
  • Larson, R.A., J. Panuska, J.R. Sanford, & C. Burnson. 2016. Inexpensive In-Field Manure Solids Tester. Applied Engineering in Agriculture, 32(1), 63–68.

Awards and Honors

2020 Wisconsin Dairy Innovation Hub Postdoctoral Fellow
2016 ASABE Wisconsin Graduate Student of the Year