OCCRI Researchers

Title: Professor, Associate Department Head
Name: Jay Noller
Institution: Oregon State University
Department: Crop & Soil Science

Research Theme: Jay and his research group are developing applications of predicitive mapping techniques in the survey of soils and ecological units across forests, farms and rangelands in Oregon. For more than the past decade Jay has documented temporal and spatial variability in soil development along the Saharan ecotone with focus of investigation of co-evolution of landscape and culture. An example of co-evolution of landscape and culture is soil erosion and the relationship with ancient logging and deforestation in Cyprus and Greece.

Research Fields:

Human Impacts Policy
Impacts Agriculture and Horticulture

Professional Activities:

Furthering the disciplines of soil science, geomorphology and archaeology, he works to develop advanced digital mapping methods to inventory the natural world. He is responsible for soil survey research in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States, with particular emphasis on soils of active volcanic terrains. His experience includes more than 35 large projects, spanning much of North and South America, southern Europe, southwest Asia, and Africa. He has directed or participated in soil projects in 11 of the US states, and over 15 archaeological projects in the Americas, Europe and Asia. He has published more than 150 papers and maps, three books and made contributions to many more works.

Selected Publications:

Use of dust in soil profiles to evince paleoclimate.

Soils of the Mazama tephra-blanketed landscapes in Oregon: A benchmark soilscape for global change research.

Spatial Data Mining and Soil-landscape Modeling Applied to Soil Survey, with A. Elnaggar.

Very-long-term anthropogenic impacts on soil inorganic carbon, with C. Bruno.

Carbon stocks and patterns in native shrub communities of Sénégal’s Peanut Basin, with Lufafa, A., Diédhiou, I., Ndiaye, N.A.S., Séné, M., Khouma, M.,Kizito, F., and Dick, R.P.