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Curtis Dell

Soil Scientist

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Curtis J. Dell

Soil Scientist
USDA-ARS-Pasture Systems Watershed Management Research Unit
Building 3702, Curtin Road
University Park, PA 16802
Fax: (814)863-0935


Research Interests:

Dr. Dell serves as a team member on the research project concerning Optimizing nutrient management to sustain agricultural ecosystems and protect water quality. His research addresses microbial processes in soil with the primary focus on soil organic matter dynamics and nitrogen cycling. Studying the impact of manure applications on carbon sequestration, soil organic matter quality, and nitrogen cycling is the initial focus of his research. Additionally he studies the interaction of organic matter additions (manure) and improvement of soil physical properties.

Professional Experience:

2001-Present: Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, Pasture Systems and Watershed Management Research Unit, University Park, PA

1999-2001: Post-Doctoral Research Associate, Crop and Soil Sciences Department, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

1993-1998: Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant, Department of Agronomy, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS,

1991-1993: David Ross Research Fellow, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

1989-1991: Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN


Kansas State University: Ph.D. in Soil Microbiology - 1998

Purdue University: M.S. in Soil Microbiology - 1991

Purdue University: B.S. in Crop and Soil Science - 1985