Josef Görres

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.

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.



Mason, R., M.T. Niles, S.C. Merrill, J.H. Görres, J. Faulkner. 2019. Using Agricultural Models to Inform Policy: Discussion Points for Researchers and Policymakers. Submitted to Journal of Soil and water Conservation.

Mason, R. J. Görres, J. Faulkner, L. Doro, S.C. Merrill. 2019. Calibrating the APEX model: A step-by-step example. submitted to Applied Engineering in Agriculture.

Mason, R, S.C. Merrill, J. Görres, J. Faulkner, M.T. Niles. 2019. Agronomic and environmental performance of dairy farms in a warmer, wetter climate. Submitted to J. of Soil and Water Conservation.

Görres, J.H., C. Martin*, M. Nouri-Aiin, K. Belliturk. 2019. Physical Properties of Soils Altered by Invasive Pheretimoid Earthworms: does their Casting Layer Create Thermal Refuges? Soil Systems. 2019, 3(3), 52 .

Nouri-Aiin, M. and Görres, J.H., 2019. Earthworm cocoons: The cryptic side of invasive earthworm populations. Applied Soil Ecology, 141, pp.54-60.

Josef Görres

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

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


  • 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


  • (802) 656-9793
Office Location:

258 Jeffords Hall

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

PSS 161 Fundamentals of Soil Science

PSS 162 Soil Fertility and Conservation

PSS 266 Soil Water Movement