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:

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.