DEPARTMENT OF PLANT AND SOIL SCIENCES


We have excellent teaching, research, and outreach programs in the areas of plant biology (cellular, genetics, genomics, microbial, molecular and physiology), agronomy (including pathology, soil management and weed science), horticulture (sustainable landscapes, fruits and vegetables), landscape architecture and environmental soil sciences (biogeochemistry, hydrology and plant-soil interactions). We have a distinguished faculty, known nationally and internationally for their research and outreach, and within UD for their excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring students.

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Yan Jin

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Yan Jin Soil Physics

Dr. Jin investigates mass transport and transformation in soil and other environmental systems as well as colloidal processes at various interfaces. 

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  • Climate change has warmed the oceans, increased sea levels and manifested in numerous other ways, such as flooding after hurricanes.

    Biden Day One: Climate Change

    January 22, 2021 | Written by Beth Miller and Karen Roberts
    Donald Sparks, who is Unidel S. Hallock du Pont Chair of Plant and Soil Sciences and director of the Delaware Environmental Institute (DENIN), was delighted to see climate change as a major priority.
  • Enlighten Me: Methane and salt marshes

    January 11, 2021 | Written by Sophia Schmidt of Delaware Public Media
    Delaware Public Media’s Sophia Schmidt talks UD researcher Rodrigo Vargas about how science missed this detail, and what it might mean for mitigating climate change.
  • Methane and tidal marshes

    December 07, 2020 | Written by Beth Miller
    A pair of University of Delaware researchers were studying “blue carbon” — the carbon stored in coastal ecosystems such as mangrove forests, salt marshes or sea grasses — when they found something no one expected to see in a salt marsh: large quantities of methane in the soil.

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