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Beginning fall 2014, I will be teaching Environmental Soil Biology (ESPM 3612/SOIL 5611)

See the Soil, Water, and Climate website for our educational programs

This course is an introduction to life in the soil and the properties of microorganisms that impact soil fertility, structure, and quality. We go over the major groups of soil organisms, the nutrient and metabolic requirements of those organisms, and biogeochemical cycles. Symbiotic plant/microbe associations and their role in sustainable agricultural production are discussed, as well as other microbial ecological considerations. We then go over current issues in soil biology including bioremediation approaches, sustainable agriculture, and global environmental change. In addition, this course is listed as writing intensive and students will write a literature review and get lots of practice reading and critiquing primary literature.

This is a mixed grad/undergraduate course and graduate students will be expected to write a short research proposal developed from findings of the literature review.


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