Gund Affiliate, Research Professor, UVM Environmental Science Director

Don Ross is a Research Professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Science where he has 40 years of research in soil chemistry. His publications span a range of topics including acid rain impacts on forest soils, interactions between soil development and hydrology (hydropedology), mercury accumulation in high elevation soils, carbon retention in Vermont’s managed forests and phosphorus behavior in near-stream soils of Vermont’s Lake Champlain basin.

He is also Director of the Environmental Sciences major for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and co-teaches one of the core cross-college courses. In addition, he directs UVM’s Agricultural and Environmental Testing Laboratory, which provides analysis to the University community and soil testing to Vermont farmers and gardeners.


  • 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
  • Gerson, J.R., C.T. Driscoll, J.D. Demers, A.K. Sauer, B.D. Blackwell, M.R. Montesdeoca, J.B. Shanley and D.S. Ross. 2017. Deposition of mercury in forests across a montane elevation gradient: elevational and seasonal patterns in methylmercury inputs and production. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci. 122:1922–1939. doi:10.1002/2016JG00372
  • 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
  • Knowles, M.E., D.S. Ross and J.H. Görres. 2016. Effect of the endogeic earthworm Aporrectodea tuberculata on aggregation and carbon redistribution in uninvaded forest soil columns. Soil Biol. Biochem. 100: 192-200. doi:10.1016/j.soilbio.2016.06.016
  • Young, E.O. and D.S. Ross. 2016. Total and labile phosphorus concentrations as influenced by riparian buffer soil properties. J. Environ. Qual. 45:294-304 doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.07.0345

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Soils, hydropedology, phosphorus, carbon, calcium


  • PhD, Soil Chemistry, University of Vermont
  • MS, Soil Sciences, University of Vermont
  • BS, Soil Sciences, University of Vermont


  • 802-656-0138
Office Location:

260 Jeffords, UVM