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Dr. Abbey Wick
Assistant Professor of Soil Health-Extension

Office: 239 Walster Hall, Box 6050
Phone: 701-231-8973
Fax: 701-231-7861


I incorporate both fundamental and applied approaches to my research and extension activities, addressing the theory behind ecosystem processes as well as management practices to repair ecosystem processes following disturbance. I am specifically trained in soil organic matter dynamics/nutrient cycling, soil structural development and microbial ecology.  Each property is a sensitive indicator of soil health, especially in lands that have been disturbed or impacted by salinity and/or sodicity.

All systems, whether it be agricultural or resource extraction scenarios, require a holistic approach; where the interactions of climate, landscape position, hydrology, geology, vegetation communities/crop systems, and fundamental soil processes are considered during the selection of an appropriate management practice or strategy.  I utilize and encourage this approach when working with landowners, industry, government agencies, etc. to best preserve the natural resources in North Dakota.


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Ph.D. Soil Science, University of Wyoming (2007)
Dissertation: Soil Aggregate and Organic Matter Dynamics in Reclaimed Mineland Soils, Advisor: Pete Stahl

M.A. Geography, University of Denver (2004)
Thesis: The Effects of Soil Depth and Soil Characteristics on Plant Community Development in North Dakota, Advisor: Terry Toy

B.A. Geography, University of Denver (2001)
Major: Geography, Minor: Environmental Science, Anthropology


USDA-ARS Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory, Collaborator, 2003-current, Mandan, ND.

Virginia Tech, Post-doctoral Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (2008-2012), Blacksburg, VA.  Marginal Soils Research Group:

University of Wyoming, Post-doctoral Research Associate (2007-2008), Laramie, WY.  Tinker Forest and Fire Ecology Lab: and Stahl Soil Ecology Lab:

*for an extended history, please see CV


Soil Ecology Society (2006-present)
American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR, 2003-present)
Soil Science Society of America (2003-present)
Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) trained (2002-2007)
Women Geoscientists of America (2001-2007)

ASMR National Executive Committee (NEC) 2008-2011 - elected to this position
ASMR Web Development Committee 2009-2010 – co-chair
ASMR Early Career Members Committee 2009 to present – chair
ASMR National Meeting Planning Committee 2005, 2007, 2008


Wick, A.F., R.L. Phillips, M.A. Liebig, M. West and W.L. Daniels.  2012.  Linkages between Soil Micro-site Properties and CO2 and N2O Emissions during a Simulated Thaw for a Northern Prairie Mollisol.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 50:118-125.

Dangi, S.R., P.D. Stahl, A.F. Wick, L.J. Ingram and J.S. Buyer.  2012.  Soil Microbial Community Recovery in Reclaimed Soil on a Surface Coal Mine Site.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 76: 915-924.

Phillips, R.L., A.F. Wick, M.A. Liebig, M. West and W.L. Daniels. 2012.  Biogenic Emissions of CO2 and N2O at Multiple Depths Increase Exponentially during a Simulated Soil Thaw for a Northern Prairie Mollisol.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 45:14-22.

Wick, A.F., S.D. Merrill, T.J. Toy and M. A. Liebig.  2011.  Effect of Soil Depth and Land Structure on Plant Productivity and Community Development on 28-Year Old Reclaimed Mine Lands.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 66: 201-211.

Wick, A.F., P.D. Stahl, L.J. Ingram and L. Vicklund.  2009.  Soil Aggregation and Organic Carbon in Short-term Stockpiles.  Soil Use and Management 25: 311-319.

Wick, A.F., P.D. Stahl, and L.J. Ingram.  2009.  Aggregate Associated Carbon and Nitrogen in Reclaimed Sandy Loam Soils.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 73: 1852-1860.

Wick, A.F., S. Huzurbazar, and P.D. Stahl.   2009. Use of Bayesian Methods to Model Soil Aggregation in Undisturbed Semiarid Grasslands.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 73: 1707-1714.

Ganjugunte, G.K., A.F. Wick, P.D. Stahl and G.F. Vance.  2009.  Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration in Reclaimed Coal Mine Lands.  Land Degradation and Development 20:156-175.

Wick, A.F., P.D. Stahl, L.J. Ingram.  2009.  Aggregate and Organic Matter Dynamics in Reclaimed Soils as Indicated by Stable Carbon Isotopes.  Soil Biology and Biochemistry 41:201-209.

Ingram, L.J., P.D. Stahl, A.F. Wick, and J.A. Anderson.  2009.  Organic Carbon Accumulation in Reclaimed Mine Soils of the Western U.S.A.  pp. 311-319.  In: R. Lal and R. Follett (Eds.) Soil Carbon Sequestration and the Greenhouse Effect, 2nd Edition, SSSA Special Publication 57, Madison, WI. 


Day, S.D.  2012.  Soil Profile Rebuilding Specification. Guidelines for soil restoration techniques to be used at urban sites.  Adopted for practice by landscape architects, planners, designers and municipalities. Contributors: S. Day, R. Layman, Y. Chen, K. Rolf, R. Harris, W. Daniels, P. Wiseman, K. McGuire, B. Strahm, A. Wick and B. Mauzy.

Wick, A.F., N.W. Haus, B.F. Sukkariyah, K.C. Haering, and W.L. Daniels.  2011.  Remediation of PAH-Contaminated Soils and Sediments: A Literature Review.  Available online:

P.D. Stahl, L.J. Ingram, and A.F. Wick.  2008.  Influence of Plant Community Structure and Topsoil Handling Method on Soil Structure Development and Microbial Community Recovery in Reclaimed Soil: Annual Research Report.  Office of Surface Mining, Technology Transfer.


Eastern North Dakota Soil Salinity Specialist – Years Three Four and Five.  EPA-319, $191,921 (Franzen and Wick).

Equipment Grant, Shimadzu GC-2014 Greenhouse Gas analyzer with an AOC-5000 autosampler.  Virginia Tech, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Equipment Trust Fund, 2010, $66,760.00 (Wick and Daniels).

Vegetation Establishment on Amended Saline Dredge Materials.  Weanack Land LLP, 2009-2011, $90,000.00.  (Wick, Daniels and Haus).

Influence of Plant Community Structure and Topsoil Handling Methods on Soil Structure Development and Microbial Community Recovery in Reclaimed Soil, Office of Surface Mining, 2007-2008, $114,874.00 (Stahl, Ingram and Wick).

*for complete list of conference proceedings and abstracts, please see full CV.

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Soil Science Department
North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8901 - Fax: (701) 231-7861
Campus address: Walster Hall 106
Mailing address: Dept 7680 PO Box 6050, Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: Nathan.Derby@NDSU.EDU

Last Updated: Monday, May 11, 2015 1:19:09 PM