Some potentially interesting references

Journal papers:
1. Schimel, J.P. and M.N. Weintraub, The implications of exoenzyme activity on microbial carbon and nitrogen limitation in soil: A theoretical model. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 2003. 35(4): p. 549-563.
2. Schimel, J.P. and J. Bennett, Nitrogen mineralization: Challenges of a changing paradigm. Ecology, 2004. 85(3): p. 591-602.
3. Schimel, J.P. and J. Gulledge, Microbial community structure and global trace gases. Global Change Biology, 1998. 4(7): p. 745-758.
4. Biasi, C., et al., Temperature-dependent shift from labile to recalcitrant carbon sources of arctic heterotrophs. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry, 2005. 19(11): p. 1401-1408.
5. Hodge, A., C.D. Campbell, and A.H. Fitter, An arbuscular mycorrhizal fungus accelerates decomposition and acquires nitrogen directly from organic material. Nature, 2001. 413(6853): p. 297-299.
6. Wardle, D.A., et al., Ecological linkages between aboveground and belowground biota. Science, 2004. 304(5677): p. 1629-1633.
7. Shaver, G.R., et al., Global Change and the Carbon Balance of Arctic Ecosystems. Bioscience, 1992. 42(6): p. 433-441.
8. Mack, M.C., et al., Ecosystem carbon storage in arctic tundra reduced by long-term nutrient fertilization. Nature, 2004. 431(7007): p. 440-443.
9. McKane, R.B., et al., Resource-based niches provide a basis for plant species diversity and dominance in arctic tundra. Nature, 2002. 415(6867): p. 68-71.
10. Knops, J.M.H. and D. Tilman, Dynamics of soil nitrogen and carbon accumulation for 61 years after agricultural abandonment. Ecology, 2000. 81(1): p. 88-98.
11. Van Cleve, K., et al., Element Cycling in Taiga Forests - State-Factor Control. Bioscience, 1991. 41(2): p. 78-88.
12. Read, D.J., R. Francis, and R.D. Finlay, Mycorrhizal mycelia and nutrient cycling in plant communities, in Ecological interactions in soil: plants, microbes and animals., A.H. Fitter, et al., Editors. 1985, Blackwell Scientific Publications; Oxford; UK. p. 193-217.
13. Vitousek, P.M. and R.W. Howarth, Nitrogen Limitation on Land and in the Sea - How Can It Occur. Biogeochemistry, 1991. 13(2): p. 87-115.
14. Lloyd, J. and J.A. Taylor, On the Temperature-Dependence of Soil Respiration. Functional Ecology, 1994. 8(3): p. 315-323.
15. Fierer, N., The diversity and biogeography of soil bacterial communities. PNAS, 2005.
16. Clarholm, M., Interactions of Bacteria, Protozoa and Plants Leading to Mineralization of Soil-Nitrogen. Soil Biology & Biochemistry, 1985. 17(2): p. 181-187.


Books, chapters:
17. Chapin, F.S., III., P.A. Matson, and H.A. Mooney, Principles of Terrestrial Ecosystem Ecology. 2002, New York: Springer. 436.
18. Bardgett, R.D., M.B. Usher, and D.W. Hopkins, Biological Diversity and Function in Soils. Ecological Reviews. 2005: Cambridge University Press.
19. Coleman, D.C., D.A.j. Crossley, and P.F. Hendrix, Fundamentals of Soil Ecology. 2nd ed. 2004, Amsterdam: Elsevier.
20. Paul, E.A. and F.E. Clark, Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry. 2nd ed. 1996, San Diego: Academic Press. 340.
21. Coleman, D.C., Through a ped darkly: an ecological assessment of root-soil-microbial-faunal interactions, in Ecological interactions in soil: plants, microbes and animals., A.H. Fitter, et al., Editors. 1985, Blackwell Scientific Publications; Oxford; UK. p. 1-21.
22. Newman, E.I., The rhizosphere: carbon sources and microbial populations, in Ecological interactions in soil: plants, microbes and animals., A.H. Fitter, et al., Editors. 1985, Blackwell Scientific Publications; Oxford; UK. p. 107-121.
23. Jeffrey, D.W., Soil-Plant Relationships: An Ecological Approach. 1987, London: Croom-Helm.
24. Curl, E.A. and B. Truelove, The Rhizosphere. Advanced Series in Agricultural Sciences, ed. B. Yaron and BEt-Dagan. Vol. 15. 1986, Berlin: springer-Verlag.
25. Jenny, H., Factors of Soil Formation: A System of Quantitative Pedology. Dover (2nd) ed. 1994, New York: Dover.
26. Schlesinger, W.H., Biogeochemistry - An analysis of Global Change. Second edition ed. 1997, San Diego: Academic Press. 588.
27. Richards, B.N., The Microbiology of Terrestrial Ecosystems. Science and Technology. 1987: Longman.
28. Swift, M.J., Decomposition in Terrestrial Ecosystems. 1979, Oxford: Blackwell.
29. Harte, J., Consider a Spherical Cow: A Course in Environmental Problem Solving. 1988: University Science Books.
30. Brady, N.C., The Nature and Properties of Soils. 13 ed. 2001: Prentice Hall.

Methods of Soils Analysis Series, Soil Science Society of America

Additional references (added since start of course):

Jenny, H. The Soil Resource. Origin and Behaviour. Ecological Studies #37. 1980. Springer-Verlag.


Relevant primary research journals:
Applied Soil Ecology
Biology and Fertility of Soils
Ecological Applications
European Journal of Soil Biology
Functional Ecology
Global Biogeochemical Cycles
Global Change Biology
Journal of Ecology
Plant and Soil
Soil Biology and Biochemistry
Soil Use and Management

Web sites:
BIOL 953 course home page: via WebCT

Soil Science Society of America Glossary (

Soils of Canada Information Survey:

Soils teaching/instructional links:


Soils: The Final Frontier (Science special issue)

National Soil Research Institute (U.K.)

Dept. of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, U.K.
Soil Action Plan (Dept. of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, U.K.)'defra%20soil%20action%20plan''soil%20strategy%20england'

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