Don Ross

Dr. Ross retired in summer of 2020 and is no longer accepting graduate students. If you are interested in soil studies, please contact our graduate coordinator Dr. Josef Gorres by email to


My research interests include the movement and transformations of phosphorus from land to water, the development  of soils as affected by water flow paths, carbon sequestration in Vermont’s forest soils, and long-term monitoring of soils to detect change.



Young, E.O., D.S. Ross and J. Sherman. 2019. Measuring phosphorus release in laboratory microcosms for water quality assessment. J Vis Exp. doi: 10.3791/60072.

Bailey, S.W., K.J. McGuire, D.S. Ross, M.B. Green and O.L. Fraser. 2019. Mineral weathering and podzolization control acid neutralization and streamwater chemistry gradients in upland glaciated catchments, northeastern United States. Front. Earth Sci. 7. doi:10.3389/feart.2019.00063.

Young, E.O., D.S. Ross and D.B. Jaynes. 2019. Editorial: Riparian buffer nutrient dynamics and water quality. Front. Environ. Sci. 7. doi:10.3389/fenvs.2019.00076.

Sebestyen, S.D., D.S. Ross, J.B. Shanley, E.M. Elliott, C. Kendall, J.L. Campbell, et al. 2019. Unprocessed atmospheric nitrate in waters of the northern forest region in the U.S. and Canada. Environ Sci Technol 53: 3620-3633. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b01276.

Bailey, S.W., D.S. Ross, N. Perdrial, M. Jercinovic, J. Webber and R. Bourgault. 2019. Determination of primary mineral content and calcium sources in forest soils using electron probe microanalysis mapping and cluster analysis. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 83:1830-1841. doi: 10.2136/sssaj2019.07.0231.

Associations and Affiliations

Director, Agricultural and Environmental Testing Lab

Director, CALS Integrated Environmental Sciences undergraduate major

Northeast Soil Monitoring Group

Northeast Branch of the American Society of Agronomy

Donald Ross

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Soil Chemistry, Stream Corridor Phosphorus, Hydropedology, Forest Soil Carbon


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


Office Location:

260 Jeffords Hall

Office Hours:

By appointment

Courses Taught

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