University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Deb Neher, Ph.D.


Deborah Neher, Professor and Chair

  • Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis 1990
  • M.S. Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign,1986
  • B.S. Environmental Science, McPherson College, KS 1984
  • C.V. (PDF)
Areas of Expertise

Soil Ecology, Nematodes and Microarthropods as Environmental Indicators for Terrestrial and Wetland Soils, Plant-Soil Interactions

I consider myself a soil ecologist and agrocologist. I grew up on a family farm and feel a personal connection to the land.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-5390
Office Hours: 117B Jeffords, by appointment
Website: Faculty website

I am a soil ecologist with research interests in the use of nematodes and microarthropods as indicators of soil quality for environmental monitoring of terrestrial and wetland soil.

I teach the following courses:

Recent Publications:

Neher, D.A., Weicht, T.R., and Barbercheck, M.E. 2012. Linking invertebrate communities to decomposition rate and nitrogen availability in pine forest soils. Applied Soil Ecology 54:14-23.

Neher, D.A. 2010. Ecology of plant and free-living nematodes in natural and agricultural soil. Annual Review of  Phytopathology 48:371-394.