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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
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 (FEC)
216 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 highly collaborative, multidisciplinary research in the areas of soil and water 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, Brazil, and Turkey. Her discoveries on soil inorganic carbon and its dynamics received NSF (US) and worldwide attention. She is the author and co-author of 153 publications: 127 peer-reviewed articles (including 19 teaching articles), 3 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, 3 book chapters, and 20 technical publications (including 3 teaching laboratory manuals, and 2 technical manuals). She has published broadly in 55 journals (e.g., Soil Science; Soil Science Society of America Journal; Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment; Ecological Modelling; Journal of Environmental Quality; Tellus; European Journal of Soil Science; Environmental Management; Geoderma; Computers and Electronics in Agriculture; Ecological Informatics; Écoscience; Eurasian Soil Science; International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation; Journal of Soil and Water Conservation; Agronomy; Geosciences; Land; Education Sciences; Resources; Frontiers in Environmental Science; Urban Forestry & Urban Greening; NACTA Journal; Scientific Reports by Nature; Earth; Cogent Environmental Science; Applied Sciences; ISPRS Journal of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing; Remote Sensing; Laws; Urban Science; Geographies; Journal of the Air and Waste Management Association; Forests; Climate; Water; International Journal of Digital Earth; Soil Systems; Ecological Indicators, and others) in soil science, agriculture, environment, and education. Her recent publications include: "Integrating United Nations Sustainable Development Goals in soil science education" in Soil Systems; and "Possible integration of soil information into land degradation analysis for the United Nations (UN) land degradation neutrality (LDN) concept: A case study of the contiguous United States of America (USA)" in Soil Systems.

She has presented her research findings at national and international meetings at over 17 leading universities and organizations in the United States, and Europe (Russia, France, Italy), including University of Bari (Italy), 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: Recipient of the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Educator Award (2020); Recipient of NACTA Teaching Award of Merit (2019); Recipient of the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences Undergraduate Teaching Award of Excellence for more than 6 years (2019). Nominated for the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (CAFLS) Undergraduate Teaching Award of Excellence for more than 6 years (2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2012); Nominated for CAFLS Undergraduate Advising Award of Excellence (2016); Nominated for CAFLS Graduate Teaching Award of Excellence (2019, 2018, 2017, 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 International Geographical Union (Commissions: C16.10 Geographic Education Commission; C17.01 Geography for Future Earth: Coupled Human-Earth Systems for Sustainability), the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA), 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), Journal of Plant Nutrition (Taylor & Francis), and Earth (MDPI). Dr. Mikhailova conducted peer-review for 58 journals including Plant and Soil; Ecological Engineering; Environmental Management; Geoderma; Soil Science Society of America Journal; Journal of Environmental Quality; Journal of Soil and Water Conservation; 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; Science Education; Sustainability; Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management; Land Degradation and Development; Landscape and Urban Planning; Soil Use and Management; Arabian Journal of Geosciences; Water; Science of the Total Environment; Journal of Plant Nutrition and Soil Science; PLoS ONE; Arid Land Research and Management; Soil Systems; Soil Science and Plant Nutrition; Frontiers in Environmental Science; International Journal of Coal Geology; Climatic Change; Regional Environmental Change (REEC); SN Applied Sciences (Springer); Environmental Pollution; Sustainable Cities and Society; Computers and Geosciences; Lake and Reservoir Management; Geography and Sustainability; Environmental Science and Pollution Research; Scandinavian Journal of Forest Research; Urban Climate, and others. In addition, Dr. Mikhailova conducted peer-review for USDA/NIFA AFRI: Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation in Agriculture, NSF: Ecosystems Studies Program, and NSF: Computer & Information Science & Engineering Directorate (CISE). Dr. Mikhailova is a recipient of numerous grants from various funding agencies including the National Science Foundation (NSF), USDA/NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC), and others.