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"We know more about the movement of celestial bodies than about the soil underfoot."
- Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

2014 Southeast Regional Collegiate Soils Contest, Clemson, SC


Dr. Elena Mikhailova
Associate Professor of Soil Science

Ph.D. - Cornell University (Soil Science)
M.S. - Cornell University (Soil Science)
B.A., Magna Cum Laude - Colgate University (Geology)

Clemson University
Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation
206 Lehotsky Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
Tel: (864) 656-3535
Fax: (864) 656-3304
E-Mail: eleanam@clemson.edu


Summary of accomplishments: Dr. Mikhailova is internationally recognized for her research in the areas of soil conservation, soil organic and inorganic carbon dynamics (at the UNESCO MAB Programme site in Kursk region, Russia), and soil science education. She has conducted research in/on various countries: the United States, Honduras, Russia, Cameroon, China, Libya, Venezuela and Brazil. Her discoveries on soil inorganic carbon and its dynamics received NSF (US) and worldwide attention. She is the author and coauthor of 74 publications: 52 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, and 20 technical publications (including 3 teaching laboratory manuals, and 2 technical manuals). She has published broadly in 27 journals (e.g. Soil Science; SSSAJ; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment; Ecological Modelling; JEQ; Tellus; European Journal of Soil Science; Environmental Management, Geoderma, Computers and Electronics in Agriculture, and others) in soil science, agriculture, environment, and education. Her recent publications include: "Creative Inquiry in Soil Science: Soil inventory of private lands" in Natural Sciences Education; "Comparing soil carbon estimates in glaciated soils at a farm scale using geospatial analysis of field and SSURGO data" in Geoderma.

She has presented her research findings at national and international meetings at over 15 leading universities and organizations in the United States, and Europe (Russia, and France), including the University of Minnesota; the Ohio State University; Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL); Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; Moscow State University (Russia); Russian Academy of Sciences, Institute of Physicochemical and Biological Problems of Soil Science in Puschino (Russia); UMR EGC (INRA-AgroParis Tech, France), and National Cooperative Soil Survey (USA).

Dr. Mikhailova has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors: Nominated for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) Undergraduate Teaching Award of Excellence for more than 6 years (2016, 2015, 2012); Nominated for CAFLS Undergraduate Advising Award of Excellence (2016); Nominated for CAFLS Graduate Teaching Award of Excellence (2016); Nominated for the Governor's Professor of the Year, South Carolina Commission on Higher Education (2011); Nominated for the USDA National Awards Program for Excellence in College and University Teaching in the Food and Agricultural Sciences (2011, 2010, 2009); One of Clemson's Outstanding Professors, Student Government and the Undergraduate Student Body (2010); Recipient of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Award of Excellence for less than 6 years (2010); Clemson University Board of Trustees Award for Faculty Excellence (2009).

She is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, International Union of Soil Sciences, and she is recognized for her high scholarship by Gamma Sigma Delta, and Sigma Xi. She has served on various committees of both the Soil Science Society of America, and the American Society of Agronomy. Dr. Mikhailova is a member of Editorial Board for Pedosphere (Elsevier). Dr. Mikhailova conducted peer-review for 31 journals including Plant and Soil; Ecological Engineering; Environmental Management; Geoderma; SSSAJ; JEQ; JSWC; Journal Scientia Agricola (Brazil); Spanish Journal of Agricultural Research; Polish Journal of Environmental Studies; African Journal of Biotechnology; International Journal of Sediment Research; Chemical Geology; Grass and Forage Science; Journal of Soils and Sediments; Journal of Agricultural Science; Journal of Mountain Science; International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health; Environmental Modelling & Software; ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information; Environment, Development and Sustainability; Journal of Environmental Informatics; Environmental Assessment and Monitoring; Sensors; Remote Sensing; Catena; Applied Geography and others. In addition, Dr. Mikhailova conducted peer-review for USDA NIFA AFRI: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Agriculture, and NSF: Ecosystems Studies Program.