Our research tends to focus on digital soil mapping, with special consideration of issues with spatial prediction and soil geomorphology. However, new directions are influenced by the lab team members’ individual interests and current grant funding. Please review our recent research products for examples of our recent work.

Current Openings

Investigating the Effect of Erosion on Soil Health

High-low pattern of organic matter indicated by light and dark colored soil in a closed system landscape.

Candidate will carry out a project investigating the effects of erosion on soil health in Iowa. We hypothesize that in-field erosion leads to declines in soil health and resilience. The candidate will use novel methods to quantify erosion, and then link this to measurable soil health and resilience outcomes. This project includes collecting soil and plant samples under inclement weather, meticulous laboratory work, analyzing data, writing up results and presenting results to varieties of audiences. Candidate should have a B.S. in agronomy, soil science, environmental science, physical geography, or related field. Candidate ideally would be skilled in basic wet-chemistry laboratory equipment and geospatial technologies. The candidate will work across soil disciplines with faculty like Drs. Marshall McDaniel, Richard Cruse, Randy Kolka.

Applicants should indicate their interest by emailing millerba@iastate.edu and include a copy of their current resume/CV.

Prospective Graduate Students

While our research products are highly digital, the foundation of our science is fieldwork.

This research group is always looking for exceptional graduate students with matching research interests. Our primary focus is on digital soil mapping and soil geomorphology. Nonetheless, funding is required for admission. Funded assistantships will be posted on this page.

Useful skills for success in our lab include some combination of the following: basic statistics, computer programming (e.g. Python, R), geographic information systems (GIS), and/or soil geomorphology. Fieldwork is frequently a component of our research activities, which makes having a driver’s license an important asset.

Graduate students working in this research group have the ability to choose from graduate programs in Soil Science, Environmental Science, and/or Sustainable Agriculture. Graduate students enjoy a strong community both within the GLSI research group and across the department and campus. Agronomy is a unique research environment, housing researchers ranging from soil to meteorology to plant sciences. This offers students the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of colleagues. Please contact Bradley if you have any questions.

Prospective Post-doctorates and Visiting Scientists

These positions will be advertised when funding allows. However, if you are interested in developing a proposal or have your own resources and would like to connect with our research group, please contact Bradley.

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