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Soil Science


Dr. Tom DeSutter
Associate Professor
Soil Science Program Leader

Office: 214 Walster Hall, Box 6050
Phone: 701-231-8690
Fax: 701-231-7861

Professional Interests:
Application of industrial by-products to soils; soil salinity and sodicity; fate and transport of manure-borne hormones in swine production facilities; distribution of mercury in surface and subsurface soils; and instrumentation for measuring soil physical and biological parameters.

Ph.D. Agronomy
May 2004. Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.
Dissertation:  Impacts of animal waste lagoons on the environment. Advisors:  G.M. Pierzynski (Major Professor), J.M. Ham, G.J. Kluitenberg, A. Bhandhari.

M.S. Agronomy
May 1998.  South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD
Thesis:  Agrichemical concentrations on wind and nonwind-erodible sediment sizes as influenced by time, sediment size, and sorption-desorption characteristics. Major Professor: Dr. S.A. Clay
B.S. Geography
May 1994. South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD.
Environmental Management
Employment History:
2006 to present: Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
2004-2006: Post-Doctoral Research Agronomist, USDA-ARS National Soil Tilth Laboratory, Ames, IA

Courses Taught
              SOIL 410/610, Soil and Land Use
              SOIL 721 Environmental Field Instrumentation and Sampling
              Soil and Watershed Management, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand (every other year)

Peer-Reviewed Publications:

  1. Betemariam, H., A. Davis, L. Stetler, C. McCutcheon, T. DeSutter, M. Penn, and J.J. Stone. 2012. Geochemical behavior and watershed influences associated with sediment-bound mercury for South Dakota lakes and impoundments. Water, Air, Soil Pollut. (accepted for publication)
  2. DeSutter, T., L. Cihacek, and S. Rahman. 2012. Application of flue gas desulfurization gypsum (FGDG) and its impact on wheat grain (Triticum aestivum L.) and soil chemistry. J. Environ. Qual. (accepted for publication).
  3. Jia, X, T.M. DeSutter, Z. Lin, W.M. Schuh, and D.D. Steele. 2012. Controlled drainage and subirrigation effects on water quality in southeast North Dakota. Trans. ASABE. 55:1757-1769.
  4. Kandel, H.J., J.A. Brodshaug, D.D. Steele, J.K. Ransom, T.M. DeSutter, and G.R. Sands. 2012. Subsurface drainage effects on soil penetration resistance and water table depth on a clay soil in the Red River of the North Valley, USA. Agric. Eng. Inter.: CIGR J. (accepted for publication)
  5. Paradeis, B., S. Lovas, A. Aipperspach, A. Kazmierczak, M. Boche, Y. He, P. Corrigan, K. Chambers, Y. Gao, J. Norland, and T. DeSutter. 2012. Dog-park soils: Concentration and distribution of urine-borne constituents. Urban Ecosyst. DOI 10.1007/s11252-012-0264-1.
  6. Guy, A., T. DeSutter, F. Casey, R. Kolka, and H. Hakk. 2012. Effects of major flooding on water and sediment characteristics in an urban environment. J. Environ. Qual. 41:554-563.
  7. He, Y., T. DeSutter, L. Prunty, D. Hopkins, X. Jia, and D. Wysocki. 2012. Evaluation of 1:5 soil to water extract electrical conductivity methods. Geoderma 185-186:12-17.
  8. Zuk, A., T. DeSutter, M. Hafdahl, and Q. Zhang. 2012. Kentucky bluegrass germination and early seedling growth under saline conditions. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2012-0413-01-RS.
  9. Rahman, S., T. DeSutter, and Q. Zhang. 2011. Efficacy of microbial additive to reduce odor, ammonia, and hydrogen sulfide emissions from farrowing-gestation swine operation. Agric. Eng. Internat.: CIGR J. 13:1-9.
  10. Jalilov, S-M., T.M. DeSutter, and J.A. Leitch. 2011. Impact of Rogun Dam on downstream Uzbekistan agriculture. Int. J. Wat. Res. Env. Eng. 3:161-166.
  11. Derby, N., H. Hakk, F. Casey, and T. DeSutter. 2011. Effects of composting swine manure on nutrients and estrogens. Soil Sci. 176:91-98.
  12. Schuh, M.C., F.X.M. Casey, H. Hakk, T.M. DeSutter, K.G. Richards, E. Khan, and P. Odour. 2011. An on-farm survey of spatial and temporal stratifications of 17β-estradiol concentrations. Chemosphere 82:1683-1689.
  13. Zitnick, K.K., N.W. Shappell, H. Hakk, T.M. DeSutter, E. Khan, and F.X. Casey. 2011. Effects of liquid swine manure on dissipation of 17β-estradiol in soil. J. Haz. Mat. 186:1111-1117.
  14. DeSutter, T., P. Goosen-Alix, L. Prunty, P.M. White, Jr., and F. Casey. 2011. Smooth brome (Bromus inermis Leyss) and soil chemical response to concrete grinding residue application. Water, Air, and Soil Pollut. 222:195-204.
  15. DeSutter, T.M., J. Lukach, and L.J. Cihacek. 2011. Sulfur fertilization of canola (Brassica napus) with flue gas desulfurization gypsum: An assessment study. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 42:2537-2547.
  16. Sande, L., M. Chu, and T. DeSutter. 2011. A new method for replicating complex microtopographic surfaces in laboratory box experiments. Appl. Eng. Agric. 27:615-620.
  17. Schuh, M.C., F. Casey, H. Hakk, T.M. DeSutter, K.G. Richards, and E. Khan. 2011. Effects of field-manure applications on stratified 17β-estradiol concentrations. J. Haz. Mat. 192:748-752.
  18. Ratpukdi, T., F. Casey, T. DeSutter, and E. Khan. 2011. Bromate formation by ozone-VUV in comparison with ozone and ozone-UV:  Effects of pH, ozone dose, and VUV power. J. Env. Eng. 137:187-195.
  19. DeSutter, T., L. Prunty, and J. Bell. 2011. Concrete grinding residue characterization and influence on infiltration. J. Environ. Qual.40:1-6.
  20. DeSutter, T.M., and C.B. Godsey. 2010. Sugar beet processing lime as an amendment for low pH soils. Commun. Soil Plant Anal. 41:1789-1796.
  21. DeSutter, T., E. Viall, I. Rijal, M. Murdoff, A. Guy, X. Pang, S. Koltes, R. Luciano, X. Bai, K. Zitnick, S. Wang, F. Podrebarac, F. Casey, and D. Hopkins. 2010. Integrating field-based research into the classroom:  An environmental sampling exercise. J. Nat. Res. Life Sci. Ed. 39:132-136.
  22. Shelver, W.L., H. Hakk, G.L. Larsen, T.M. DeSutter, and F.X.M. Casey. 2010. Development of an UPLC-MS/MS sulfonamide multi-residue method and its application to water, manure slurry, and soils from swine rearing facilities. J. Agric. Food Chem. 1217:1273-1282.
  23. Thompson, M.L., F.X.M. Casey, E. Khan, H. Hakk, G.L. Larsen, and T. DeSutter. 2009. Occurrence and pathways of manure-borne 17β-estradiol in vadose zone water. Chemosphere 76:472-479.
  24. DeSutter, T.M., and L.J. Cihacek. 2009. Potential agricultural uses of flue gas desulfurization gypsum in the Northern Great Plains. Agron. J. 101:817-825.
  25. DeSutter, T.M., T.J. Sauer, T.B. Parkin, and J.L. Heitman. 2008. A subsurface, closed-loop system for soil carbon dioxide and its application to the gradient efflux approach. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 72:126-134.
  26. Heitman, J.L., R. Horton, T.J. Sauer, and T.M. DeSutter. 2008. Sensible heat observations reveal soil-water evaporation dynamics. J. Hydromet. 9:165-171.
  27. Casey, F.X.M., P. Oduor, H. Hakk, G. L. Larsen, and T.M. DeSutter. 2008. Transport of 17-estradiol and testosterone in a field lysimeter. Soil Sci. 173:456-467.
  28. Sauer, T.J., O.D. Akinyemi, P. Thery, J.L. Heitman, T.M. DeSutter, and R. Horton. 2008. Evaluation of a new, perforated heat flux plate design. Intern. Comm. Heat Mass Transfer 35:800-804.
  29. Sauer, T., J. Singer, J. Prueger, T. DeSutter, J. Hatfield. 2007. Radiation balance and evaporation partitioning in a narrow-row soybean canopy. Agric. For. Met. 145:206-214.
  30. DeSutter, T.M., T.J. Sauer, and T.B. Parkin. 2006. Porous tubing for use in monitoring soil CO2 concentrations. Soil Biol. Biochem. 38:2676-2681.
  31. DeSutter, T.M., G.M. Pierzynski, and L. Baker. 2006. Flow-through and batch methods for determining Ca-Mg and Mg-Ca selectivity. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 70:550-554.
  32. DeSutter, T.M., and J.M. Ham. 2005. Lagoon-biogas emissions and carbon balance estimates of a swine production facility. J. Environ. Qual. 34:198-206.
  33. DeSutter, T.M., and G.M. Pierzynski. 2005. Evaluation of soils for use as liner materials: A soil chemistry approach. J. Environ Qual. 34:951-962.
  34. DeSutter, T.M., G.M. Pierzynski, and J.M. Ham. 2005. Movement of lagoon-liquor constituents below four animal-waste lagoons. J. Environ. Qual. 34:1234-1242.
  35. DeSutter, T.M., S.A. Clay, and D.E. Clay. 2003. Atrazine sorption and desorption as affected by aggregate size, particle size, and soil type. Weed Sci. 51:456-462.
  36. Clay, S.A., T.M. DeSutter, and D.E. Clay. 2001. Herbicide concentration and dissipation from surface wind-erodible soil. Weed Sci. 49:431-436.
  37. Ham, J.M. and T.M. DeSutter. 2000. Towards site-specific design standards for animal-waste lagoons: Protecting groundwater quality. J. Environ. Qual. 29:1721-1732.
  38. Ham, J.M. and T.M. DeSutter. 1999. Seepage losses and nitrogen export from swine-waste lagoons: A water balance study. J. Environ. Qual. 28:1090-1099.
  39. DeSutter, T.M., S.A. Clay, and D.E. Clay. 1998. Atrazine, alachlor, and total inorganic nitrogen concentrations of winter wind-eroded sediment samples. J. Environ. Sci. Health B33:683-691.
  40. Clay, D.E., J. Chang, S.A. Clay, M. Ellsbury, C.G. Carlson, D.D. Malo, D. Woodsen, and T. DeSutter. 1997. Field scale variability on nitrogen and delta15N in soil and plant. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 28:1513-1527.

Book Chapters

  1. DeSutter, T.M. 2008. Problems in production fields: Saline and sodic soils. In S. Logsdon et al. (ed.) Soil science: step-by-step field analysis. Soil Science Society of America Special Publication. Madison, WI. p. 183-200.

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Phone: +1 (701) 231-8901 - Fax: (701) 231-7861
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