Specialty: Soil Management
The overall research focus concerns the long-term consequences of tillage practices and cropping systems on soil chemical, physical, and biological properties and their relationship to crop growth and development. Research efforts have emphasized a multi-disciplinary approach in order to assess some of the inherent soil-plant-water relationships associated with these systems.
Current research areas include nutrient cycling in cover crop based production systems; soil quality indices as influenced by tillage/cropping system; and nutrient dynamics in organic production.
- Multispecies cover cropping promotes soil health in no-tillage cropping systems of North Carolina, JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION (2021)
- Soil Health Indicators Do Not Differentiate among Agronomic Management Systems in North Carolina Soils, SOIL SCIENCE SOCIETY OF AMERICA JOURNAL (2017)
- Nitrogen recovery by cover crops in relation to time of planting and growth termination, JOURNAL OF SOIL AND WATER CONSERVATION (2015)
- Nutrient contribution and release kinetics of vermicompost amended pine bark, Compost Science & Utilization (2010)
- Animal and Pasture Productivity of 'Coastal' and 'Tifton 44' Bermudagrass at Three Nitrogen Rates and Associated Soil Nitrogen Status, AGRONOMY JOURNAL (2009)
- Sorghum sudangrass as a summer cover and hay crop for organic fall cabbage production, RENEWABLE AGRICULTURE AND FOOD SYSTEMS (2009)
- Soil physical properties and bromide movement in relation to tillage system, COMMUNICATIONS IN SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT ANALYSIS (2006)
- Foliage residue decomposition and nutrient release in peach palm (Bactris gasipaes Kunth) plantations for heart-of-palm production in Costa Rica, AGRONOMY JOURNAL (2005)
- Responses of soil microbial community structure and diversity to agricultural deintensification, Pedosphere (2005)
- Residue decomposition and nutrient release dynamics from two tropical forage legumes in a Kenyan environment, AGRONOMY JOURNAL (2004)