University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Donald S. Ross, Ph.D.


    Donald S. Ross,Research Professor

  • Ph.D. Soil Chemistry University of Vermont, 1990
  • M.S. Soil Sciences, University of Vermont 1980
  • B.S. Soil Sciences, University of Vermont 1977
  • C.V.
Areas of Expertise

Soils, Soil Morphology, Bioremediation

My research interests include the effects of nitrogen (from acid rain) on forest soils and bog ecosystems; the interaction between soil manganese oxides and heavy metals; and analytical procedures for testing soils and environmental samples.

Contact Information
Phone: (802) 656-0138
Office Hours: 260 Jeffords, by appointment
Websites: Donald S. Ross,
Discover Environmental Sciences

Current areas of interest are:

  • Soil manganese oxides
  • Carbon in forest and ag soils
  • Soil and sediment phosphorus along Lake Champlain stream corridors
  • Nitrification and stream nitrate export
  • Calcium mineralogy and availability
  • Long-term forest soil monitoring (200-year study, volunteers needed!)

I teach the following courses:

Recent Publications:

Vidon, P, D.L. Karwan, A.S. Andres, S. Inamdar, S. Kaushal, J. Morrison, J. Mullaney, D.S. Ross, A.W. Schroth, J. B. Shanley and B. Yoon. 2018. In the path of the Hurricane: impact of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry from North Carolina to Maine, USA. Biogeochemistry 137: in press. doi: 10.1007/s10533-018-0423-4

Bourgault, R.R., D.S. Ross, S.W. Bailey, T.D. Bullen, K.J. McGuire and J.P. Gannon. 2017. Redistribution of soil metals and organic carbon via lateral flowpaths at the catchment scale in a glaciated upland setting. Geoderma 217:238-252. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.05.039

Wemple, B.C., G.E. Clark, D.S. Ross and D.M. Rizzo. 2017. Identifying the spatial pattern and importance of hydro-geomorphic drainage impairments on unpaved roads in the northeastern USA. Earth Surf. Process. Landf. doi: 10.1002/esp.4113