Updates & News

Introducing newly minted PhD: Dr. Samuel N. Araya

July 12, 2019 / news

Samuel N. Araya successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Soil Structure and Land Surface Controls on Soil Hydraulic Properties and Processes--Applications of Machine Learning, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, and Observations from Long-Term Conservation Agriculture Management"


Using Machine Learning for Prediction of Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity and Its Sensitivity to Soil Structural Perturbations

July 12, 2019 / publication

Using machine learning, high‐performance computing, and a large database of over 18,000 soils, we developed new PTFs to predict Ks.


On the role of soil water retention characteristic on aerobic microbial respiration

March 21, 2019 / publication

Soil water status is one of the most important environmental factors that control microbial activity and rate of soil organic matter (SOM) decomposition.


Hydraulic Redistribution by Native Sahelian Shrubs: Bioirrigation to Resist In-Season Drought

September 18, 2018 / publication

Hydraulic redistribution (HR) by woody vegetation has been proposed as a potential water source for crops in intercropped systems. The native woody shrub,


Press Releases: Low-severity wildfires impact soils more than previously believed

September 14, 2018 / news

Low-severity wildland fires and prescribed burns have long been presumed by scientists and resource managers to be harmless to soils, but this may not be the case, new research shows. According to two new studies, low-severity burns cause damage to soil structure and organic matter in ways that are not immediately apparent after a fire.


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