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: by appointment

Websites:Visit my website! 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:

261 Soil Morphology Classification and Land Use

264 Chemistry of Soil and Water

266 Soil Water Movement,

269 Soil and Water Pollution and Bioremediation

ENSC 101 Pollutant Movement through Air, Land and Water

Recent Publications:

Young, E.O., D.S. Ross, C. Alves, and T. Villars. 2011. Influence of soil series on phosphorus forms and availability at two riparian sites in the Lake Champlain Basin (Vermont). J. Soil Water Conserv.

Ross, D.S., S.W. Bailey, G.B. Lawrence, J.B. Shanley, G. Fredriksen, A.E. Jamison and P.A. Brousseau. 2011. Near-surface soil carbon, C/N ratio and tree species are tightly linked across northeastern USA watersheds. Forest Science (special issue on carbon in the northern forest):

Kaur, A.J., D.S. Ross and G. Fredriksen. 2010. Effect of soil mixing on nitrification rates in soils of two deciduous forests of Vermont, USA. Plant & Soil 331:289–298. DOI 10.1007/s11104-009-0253-1.

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