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Dr. Daniel Markewitz

Professor, Soil Site Productivity

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Campus address

Warnell 4-202
Ph.D., Department of Environment, Duke University, May, 1996. Dissertation: Soil acidification, soil potassium availability and biogeochemistry of aluminum and silicon in a 34 year-old loblolly pine (Pinus taeda L.) ecosystem in the Calhoun Experimental F
M.E.M., School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Duke University, 1991. Thesis: Patterns in snowpack, soil solution, and streamwater chemical concentrations in an alpine-subalpine ecosystem, Fraser Experimental Forest, CO.
B.S., School of Natural Resources, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1986.


Research Areas Detail:

My scientific interests are directed at quantifying how nutrient and hydrologic cycles control the chemistry of forest soils, drainage waters, and forest productivity. My research focuses on the management of the soil resource in an effort to maximize forest growth and to maintain ecosystem quality. At the stand level this includes questions of fertilizer use efficiency, soil nutrient supplies, and long-term soil quality. At the landscape level this includes the effects of land management and land use change on soil and stream water chemistry, and watershed integrity. My current research includes:

1. Carbon balance of bioenergy production in southern pines.
2. Climate adaptation and mitigation in southern pines.
3. Land use change in the Brazilian Amazon: Impacts on biogeochemical cycles.
4. Spatial covariance in soil carbon and nutrient contents: sampling and estimation.

Recent Citations:

Boring, L.R., J.J. Hendricks, R.S. Taylor, and D. Markewitz. 2017. Ecosystem Processes and Restoration of Longleaf Pine Woodlands.  In L.K. Kirkman and S.B. Jack (eds.) Restoration of Longleaf Pine Ecosystems. CRC Press.

Joslin, A, D Markewitz, LA Morris, FdeA Oliveira, and O Kato. 2016. Improve Fallow: Growth and nitrogen accumulation of five native tree species in Brazil. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems 106(1): 1-15.

Paré, D, D. Markewitz, and Håkan Wallander.  2015. Biogeochemistry. In Handbook of Forest Ecology, Peh, K., R. Corlett, and Y. Bergeron (eds). Routledge, New York, NY. Pg 325-338.

Dialynas, YG, S Bastola, RL Bras, SA Billings, DdeB Richter, and D Markewitz. 2016. Topographic variability and the influence of soil erosion on the carbon cycle. Global Biogeochemical Cycles, doi 10.1002/2015GB005302

Campbell, Holly, Lawrence Morris, and Daniel Markewitz. 2015. Combining Electromagnetic Induction and Resistivity Imaging with Soil Sampling to Investigate Past Soil Disturbance at Wormsloe State Historic Site, Savannah, GA.  Soil Horizons, 56 (6) doi:10.2136/sh15-07-0015

Markewitz, D; Lamon III, E; Bustamante, M; Chavez, J; Figueiredo, R; Johnson, M; Krusche, A; Neill, C; and Silva, J. 2011. Discharge-calcium conentration relationships in streams of the Amazon and Cerrado of Brazil: Soil or land use controlled. Biogoechemistry 105:19-35.

Markewitz, D; Davidson, E; Moutinho, P; and Nepstad, D. 2004. Nutrient loss and redistribution after forest clearing on a highly weathered soil in Amazonia. Ecological Applications 14:S177-S199.

Richter, D and Markewitz, D. 2001. Understanding soil change: Cambridge Univesity Press.


Human and natural forcings of Critical Zone Dynamics and Evolution at the Calhoun Critical Zone Observatory. NSF, 2013-2019.

Integrating research, education, and extension for enhancing southern pine climate change mitigation and adaption, USDA NIFA, 2011-2017

High Density Southern Pine Feedstock Production and Carbon Sequestration, USDA NIFA, 2011-2016 

Using VNIR calibrations and testing statistical approaches to extrapolate dynamic soil properties with the high priority longleaf/wiregrass landscape. NRCS, 2013-2016.

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