HEITMAN ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL PHYSICS LABORATORY

Josh Heitman Lab

Welcome to the lab!

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:


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.

Announcements and Updates:


We are currently seeking undergraduate researchers for the summer 2016 offering of our NSF REU Site: Basic and Environmental Soil Science Training (BESST). Please see details at reu.soil.ncsu.edu.


We are currently seeking a new M.S. student for a project on biofuel field production systems and associated effects on soil physical, chemical, and biological properties. Please see the position announcement.


Congratulations to Fatemeh on completing her M.S. Thesis, Tests of Tillage and Amendments to Remediate Infiltration in Post-Construction Site Soils!