Soil is the interface between biological, atmospheric, and geologic systems. Movement of heat, water, and chemical in soil impacts the terrestrial environment at nearly every scale. Research efforts focus on understanding principles of this movement through laboratory and field experiments, development of new measurement techniques, and numerical modeling.
Major research goals are to detail soil water and energy budgets for evaporation and evapotranspiration, improve efficiency and services of agricultural, urban, and marginal soils, and develop theoretical frameworks and measurement systems to quantify soil processes.
- Determining near-surface soil heat flux density using the gradient method: a thermal conductivity model-based approach (2017)
- Soil health indicators do not differentiate among agronomic management systems in North Carolina soils (2017)
- Measurement of soil-surface heat flux with a multi-needle heat-pulse probe (2017)
- An empirical calibration for heat-balance sap-flow sensors in maize (2017)
- Essential soil physics, an introduction to soil processes, functions, structure, and mechanics (2017)
- In situ thermistor calibration for improved measurement of soil temperature gradients (2016)
- Effects of tillage and compost amendment on infiltration in compacted soils (2016)
- Sensible heat balance estimates of transient soil ice contents (2016)
- Energy and evapotranspiration partitioning in a desert vineyard (2016)
- A non-empirical method for computing pore radii and soil water characteristics from particle-size distribution (2015)