What we do…

Soil is an interface controlling the flow of mass and energy between the atmosphere, geosphere, and biosphere. Our research focuses on understanding soil physical processes determining these flows. Our investigations involve laboratory and field experiments, development of new measurement techniques, and numerical modeling.

Major research goals are to:

  • Discover mechanisms driving heat and water transfer for evaporation and evapotranspiration
  • Improve agricultural system efficiency and enhance services of urban and marginal soils
  • Develop techniques and frameworks to quantify soil physical characteristics and processes


Developing undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral researchers, is an integral part of what we do. Students lead many of our research activities. Our teaching and training focus on developing knowledge about the soil physical environment and water, chemical, and heat transfer processes through soil, plants, air, and water. We emphasize basic principles that can be utilized by a wide range of disciplines, in a wide range of career paths.