University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Josef H. Görres, Ph.D.


Josef Görres, Associate Professor

  • Ph.D. University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology UK 1982
  • M.S. Natural Resources Science, University of Rhode Island 1991
  • B.Sc. Physics, The Victoria University of Manchester, UK 1979
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Soil Physical Properties, Soil Fauna, Ecological Management for Soil Quality.

Vermont’s economy depends on agriculture and thus soil is a central resource. My teaching and research connect ecosystem services with agricultural economics for the sustainability and prosperity of farms in Vermont.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-9793
Office Hours: 258 Jeffords, by appointment
Website: Faculty website

One of my goals has been to combine ideas from physics, chemistry and biology to investigate the conditions under which soil organisms interact.

Teaching Interests:

My teaching interests in undergraduate soil science courses are to provide students with a survey of soil science that includes current issues to give them an appreciation of the role of soils in the environment, fundamental knowledge about soils, and a working knowledge of professional materials.

I teach the following courses:

  • Fundamentals of Soil Science PSS 161
  • Soil Fertility and Conservation PSS 162
  • Soil Water Movement PSS 266

Recent Publications:

Brown, R. and J.H. Görres. The Use of Soil Amendments to Improve Survival of Roadside Grasses. HortScience Oct 2011

Fetter, J.C.,Brown,R.N., Görres,J.H., Lee C, and Amador, J.A. Nitrate and Phosphate Leaching Under Turfgrass Fertilized With A Squid-Based Organic Fertilizer. Water, Air and Soil Pollution,2011.

Görres, J.H. and R.D.S. Melnichuk. Amynthas ante portas: Asian invasive earthworms in Vermont.