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Dr. Elena Mikhailova

Professor of Soil Science
NSF ADVANCE Fellow
Forestry and Environmental Conservation Department

Office: 206 Lehotsky
Phone: 864-656-3535
Email: eleanam@clemson.edu
Personal Website: http://gis.clemson.edu/elena/

 

 Educational Background

Ph.D. Soil Science (Pedology)
Cornell University 1999

M.S. Soil Science (Pedology)
Cornell University 1995

B.A. Geology
Colgate University 1992

 Courses Taught

FNR 2040: Summer Soil Information Systems
FNR 2040: Soil Information Systems
FNR 4700 section 129: GIS and SIS Applications
FOR 4930/8930: Urban Soils
FOR 4930/8930: Wetland Soils
FOR 8050: Forest Landscape Ecosystems
PES 4030/6030: Soil Genesis and Classification
FNR 4700 section 19: Soil Judging Project
PES 8020: Pedology
FNR 4990: Natural Resources Seminar
ENV 3100: Soil Information Systems (Field Station)
FNR 1020: Forestry and Natural Resources Freshman Portfolio

 Profile

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, 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 80 publications: 58 peer-reviewed articles, 2 book chapters, and 20 technical publications (including 3 teaching laboratory manuals, and 2 technical manuals). She has published broadly in 29 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, Ecological Informatics, Écoscience, 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 16 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 (2017, 2016, 2015, 2012); Nominated for CAFLS Undergraduate Advising Award of Excellence (2016); Nominated for CAFLS Graduate Teaching Award of Excellence (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 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 36 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, Science Education, Sustainability, Lakes & Reservoirs: Research and Management, Land Degradation and Development, Landscape and Urban Planning, 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.

 Research Interests

International Agriculture
Soil Genesis and Classification/Pedology
Soil and Water Conservation
Soil Information Systems
Soil Carbon Dynamics
Soil and Ecosystem Dynamics
Soil Resources and Uses in SC
World Adaptation of Soil Judging (Evaluation)

 Publications

58. Mikhailova, E.A., Stiglitz, R.Y., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., Sharp, J.L., and P.D. Gerard. 2017. Predicting soil organic carbon and total nitrogen in the Russian Chernozem from depth and wireless color sensor measurements. Eurasian Soil Sci. 50(12):1-6.

57. Cope, M.P., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., McMillan, P.D., Sharp, J.L., and P.D. Gerard. 2017. Impact of extreme spring temperature and summer precipitation events on flowering phenology in a three-year study of the shores of Lake Issaqueena, South Carolina. Technical Contribution No. 6356 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Écoscience 24(1-2):13-19.

56. Cope, M., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., Schlautman, M., and P. McMillan. 2017. Developing an integrated cloud-based spatial-temporal system for monitoring phenology. Technical Contribution No. 6431 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Ecol. Inform. 39, 123-129.

55. Stiglitz, R., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., Schlautman, M., Sharp, J., Pargas, R., Glover, B., and J. Mooney. 2017. Soil color sensor data collection using a GPS-enabled smartphone application. Technical Contribution No. 6432 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Geoderma 296:108-114.

54. Cole, S., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., Privette, C., Schlautman, M., and M. Cope. 2017. Comparing SSURGO data versus geospatial measurements to estimate soil texture and infiltration rate classes in glaciated soils. Technical Contribution No. 6426 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 48(11):1309-1318.

53. Hart, S., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., McMillan, P., Sharp, J., and W. Bridges. 2017. Spatio-temporal analysis of flowering using LiDAR topography. Technical Contribution No. 6345 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. J. Geogr. Sci. 27(1):62-78.

52. Mikhailova, E., Hagan, D., Sharp, J., Allerton, T., Burdette, K., Mealing, V., Ritter, B., Solomons, A., and R. Stiglitz, and M. Schlautman. 2017. Landscape, soil and plant analysis of Japanese stiltgrass (Microstegium vimineum) invasion in Piedmont region, SC. Technical Contribution No. 6302 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Commun. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 48(9):1068-1077.

51. Stiglitz, R., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., Schlautman, M., and J. Sharp. 2017. Using an inexpensive color sensor for rapid assessment of soil organic carbon. Technical Contribution No. 6434 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Geoderma 286:98-103.

50. Mikhailova, E., Hagan, D., Sharp, J., Allerton, T., Burdette, K., Mealing, V., Ritter, B., Solomons, A., and R. Stiglitz. 2016. Geospatial soil and plant tissue analysis of Sericea Lespedeza (Lespedeza cuneata) invasion around Lake Issaqueena, SC. Technical Contribution No. 6303 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 47(5):630-638.

49. Mikhailova, E.A., Altememe, A.H., Bawazir, A.A., Chandler, R.D., Cope, M.P., Post, C.J., Stiglitz, R.Y., Zurqani, H.A., and M.A. Schlautman. 2016. Comparing soil carbon estimates in glaciated soils at a farm scale using geospatial analysis of field and SSURGO data. Technical Contribution No. 6387 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Geoderma 281:119-126.

48. Stiglitz, R.Y., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., and J.L. Sharp. 2016. Teaching soil color determination using an inexpensive color sensor. Technical Contribution No. 6415 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Nat. Sci. Educ. 45(1):1-7.

47. Pamplin, R.W., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., McMillan, P.D., Sharp, J.L., and S.K. Cox. 2016. Multitemporal phenological floristic analysis of the shores of Lake Issaqueena, South Carolina. Technical Contribution No. 6018 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Bartonia 68:60-85.

46. Stiglitz, R., Mikhailova, E., Post, C., Schlautman, M., and J.L. Sharp. 2016. Evaluation of an inexpensive sensor to measure soil color. Technical Contribution No. 6304 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Comput. Electron. Agr. 121:141-148.

45. Solomons, A.G., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., and J.L. Sharp. 2015. LiDAR-based predictions of flow channels through riparian buffer zones. Technical Contribution No. 6332 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Water Sci. J. 29:123-133.

44. Green, L.Y., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Darnault, C.J.G., Bridges, W.C., and M.A. Schlautman. 2016. A cloud-based spatial-temporal inventory for sustainable urban soil management. Technical Contribution No. 6240 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Urban Ecosyst. 19(2):811-822.

43. Dunphy, M., Weisensee, K., Mikhailova, E., and M.K. Harman. 2015. Design and evaluation of bioreactors to model forensic burial environments. Forensic. Sci. Int. 257:242-251.

42. Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Sharp, J.L., and B.J. Speziale. 2015. Creative Inquiry in Soil Science: Soil inventory of private lands. Technical Contribution No. 6357 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Nat. Sci. Educ. 44(1):1-8.

41. Mikhailova, E.A., Schlautman, M.A., Darnault, C.J.G., Sharp, J.L., Post, C.J., Hall, K.C., Outz, E.V., and M.A. Barfield. 2015. Effects of compost on the chemistry of an urban Upper Piedmont South Carolina soil. Technical Contribution No. 6066 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 22:2787-2797.

40. Pilgrim, C.M., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Hains, J.J., and S.K. Cox. 2015. Spatial and temporal analysis of lake sedimentation under reforestation. Technical Contribution No. 6270 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Water Sci. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.wsj.2015.05.001

39. Post, C., Ritter, B., Akturk, E., Breedlove, A., Buchanan, R., Che, C., Fravel, J., Hammett, L., Kirby, T., Mikhailova, E., Qiao, X., Short, J., and M. Stella. 2015. Analysis of factors contributing to abandoned residential developments using remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Technical Contribution No. 6144 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Urban Ecosyst. 18(3):701-713.

38. Pilgrim, C.M., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., and J.J. Hains. 2014. Spatial and temporal analysis of land-cover changes and water quality in the Lake Issaqueena watershed, South Carolina. Technical Contribution No. 6296 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Environ. Monit. Assess. 186(11):7617-7630.

37. Hagan, D., Mikhailova, E., Shearman, T., Ma, P., Nankaya, J., Hart, S., Valdetero, H., Bridges, W., and H. Yun. 2014. The role of soil and landscape factors in Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) invasion in the Appalachian Piedmont. Technical Contribution No. 6249 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Invas. Plant Sci. Manage. 7(3):483-490.

36. Mikhailova, E., Werts, J., Post, C., and G. Ring. 2014. Incorporating a soil science artifact into a university ePortfolio assessment tool. Nat. Sci. Educ. 43:1-6.

35. Ham, S.A., Mikhailova, E.A., Gering, L.R., Post, C.J., Bridges, W.C., and S.K. Cox. 2013. Temporal analysis of field, SSURGO, and LiDAR derived site indices in the Southeastern U.S. Technical Contribution No. 6069 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Soil Sci. 178(7):325-334.

34. Mikhailova, E.A., Goddard, M.A., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., and J.M. Galbraith. 2013. Potential contribution of combined atmospheric Ca2+ and Mg2+ wet deposition within the continental U.S. to soil inorganic carbon sequestration. Technical Contribution No. 5687 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Pedosphere 23(6):808-814.

33. Mikhailova, E.A., Cherney, D.J.R., Snyder, L.U., Kelly, S.M., Post, C.J., Sharp, J.L., and S.K. Cox. 2013. Evaluation of nutritive value of Pueraria montana (kudzu) during the drought-prone growing season. Technical Contribution No. 5686 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 44:1-11.

32. Mikhailova, E.A., Tennant, C.H., Post, C.J., Cicimurri, C., and D. Cicimurri. 2013. Geology museum based learning in soil science education. Technical Contribution No. 5769 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Nat. Sci. Educ. 42:43-48.

31. Werts, J.D., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., and J.L. Sharp. 2013. Sediment pollution assessment of abandoned developments using remote sensing and GIS. Technical Contribution No. 5903 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Pedosphere 23(1):39-47.

30. Tompkins, R.D., Stringer, W.C., Richardson, K.H., Mikhailova, E.A., and W.C. Bridges, Jr. 2013. A microhabitat study of eastern Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii) populations: Associated species and edaphic factors. Bartonia 66:1-23.

29. Werts, J.D., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., and J.L. Sharp. 2012. An integrated WebGIS framework for volunteered geographic information and social media in soil and water conservation. Technical Contribution No. 5902 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Environ. Manag. 49(4):816-832.

28. Tompkins, R.D., Stringer W.C., Richardson K.H., Mikhailova, E.A., and W.C. Bridges. 2010. Big bluestem (Andropogon gerardii Poaceae) populations in the Carolinas. Rhodora 112:378-395.

27. Adams, N.E., E.A. Mikhailova, M.A. Schlautman, W.C. Bridges, C.H. Newton, L.R. Nelson, K.C. Hall, C.J. Post, S.K. Cox, P.A. Layton, and D.C. Guynn. 2010. Effects of kudzu (Pueraria montana) solarization on the chemistry of an Upper Piedmont South Carolina soil. Technical Contribution No. 5332 of the Clemson University Experiment Station. Soil Sci. 175(2):61-71.

26. Tompkins, R.D., Stringer W.C., Richardson, K.H., Mikhailova, E.A., and W.C. Bridges. 2010. A newly documented and significant Piedmont Prairie site with a Helianthus schweinitzii Torrey & A. Gray (Schweinitz’s Sunflower) population. The Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 137(1):120-129.

25. Tompkins, R.D., Richardson, K.H., Stringer W.C., Mikhailova, E.A., and W.C. Bridges. 2010. Suther Prairie: Vascular flora, species diversity and edaphic factors. Castanea 75(2):1-13.

24. Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Cihacek, L., and M. Ulmer. 2009. Soil inorganic carbon sequestration as a result of cultivation in the Mollisols. Book Chapter, Chapman Conference. "Carbon Sequestration and Its Role in the Global Carbon Cycle." Geophysical Monograph Series, Volume 183, 350 pp., hardbound, 2009, ISBN 978-0-87590-448-1, AGU Code GM1834481.

23. Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Koppenheffer, A., and J. Asbill. 2009. Celebrating the Smithsonian Soils Exhibit in the classroom with the State/Representative Soil Project. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 38:128-132.

22. Goddard, M.A., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., and J.M. Galbraith. 2009. Continental United States atmospheric calcium wet deposition and soil inorganic carbon stocks. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 73:989-994.

21. Newton, C.H., Nelson, L.R., DeWalt, S.J., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Schlautman, M.A., Cox, S.K., Bridges, W.C., and K.C. Hall. 2008. Solarization for the control of Pueraria montana (kudzu). Weed Res. 48:394-397.

20. Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., and D.G. Bielenberg. 2008. Photosynthetic pathway of steppe vegetation and the stable carbon isotope composition of organic matter in the Russian Chernozem. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 39:641-651.

19. Post, C.J., DeGloria, S.D., Cherney, J.H., and E.A. Mikhailova. 2007. Spectral measurements of alfalfa/grass fields related to forage properties and species composition. J. Plant Nutr. 30(11):1779-1789.

18. Post, C.J., Mikhailova, E.A., and C. McWhorter. 2007. Introductory Soil Science exercises using USDA Web Soil Survey. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 36:19-23.

17. Mikhailova, E.A., and L.B. Nilson. 2007. Developing prolific scholars: The "fast article writing" methodology. J. Fac. Develop. 21(2):93-100.

16. Keydoszius, J.R., Cox, S.K., Haque, M.B., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Stringer, W.C., and M.A. Schlautman. 2007. Historical land use and soil analysis guiding corridor landscape design. Urban Ecosyst. 10:53-72.

15. Goddard, M.A., Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., and M.A. Schlautman. 2007. Atmospheric Mg2+ wet deposition within the continental U.S. in relation to soil inorganic carbon sequestration. Tellus 59B(1):50-56.

14. Mikhailova, E.A., Post, C.J., Magrini-Bair, K., and J.W. Castle. 2006. Pedogenic carbonate concretions in the Russian Chernozem. Soil Sci. 171(2):981-991.

13. Mikhailova, E.A., and C.J. Post. 2006. Stable carbon and oxygen isotopes of soil carbonates at depth in the Russian Chernozem under different land use. Soil Sci. 171(4):334-340

12. Post, C.J., Goddard, M.A., Mikhailova, E.A., and S.T. Hall. 2006. Advanced GIS exercise: Predicting rainfall erosivity index using regression analysis. J. Nat. Resour. Life Sci. Educ. 35:113-117.

11. Mikhailova, E.A., and C.J. Post. 2006. Effects of land use on soil inorganic carbon stocks in the Russian Chernozem. JEQ 35(4):1384-1388.

10. Mikhailova, E.A., and C.J. Post. 2006. Organic carbon stocks in the Russian Chernozem. European J. Soil Sci. 57:330-336.

9. Mikhailova, E.A., Cherney, J.H., and D.J.R. Cherney. 2003. Impact of phosphorus from dairy manure and commercial fertilizer on perennial grass forage production. J. Agron. Crop Sci. 189(6):367-375.

8. Mikhailova, E.A., Noble, R.P., and C.J. Post. 2003. Comparison of soil organic carbon recovery by Walkley-Black and dry combustion methods in the Russian Chernozem. Commun. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 34(13&14):1853-1860.

7. Schwager, S.J., and E.A. Mikhailova. 2002. Estimating variability in soil organic carbon storage using the method of statistical differentials. Soil Sci. 167(3):194-200.

6. Cherney, D.J.R., Cherney, J.H., and E.A. Mikhailova. 2002. Orchardgrass and tall fescue utilization of nitrogen from dairy manure and commercial fertilizer. Agron. J. 94:405-412.

5. Cherney, J.H., Mikhailova, E.A., and D.J.R. Cherney. 2002. Tetany potential of orchardgrass and tall fescue as influenced by fertilization with dairy manure or commercial fertilizer. J. Plant Nutr. 25(7):1501-1525.

4. Mikhailova, E.A., Bryant, R.B., Vassenev, I.I., Schwager, S.J., and C.J. Post. 2000. Cultivation effects on soil organic carbon and total nitrogen at depth in the Russian Chernozem. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 64:738-745.

3. Mikhailova, E.A., Bryant, R.B., DeGloria, S.D., Post, C.J., and I.I. Vassenev. 2000. Modeling soil organic matter dynamics after conversion of native grassland to long-term continuous fallow using the CENTURY model. Ecol. Modell. 132:247-257.

2. Mikhailova, E.A., Bryant, R.B., Cherney, D.J.R., Post, C.J., and I.I. Vassenev. 2000. Botanical composition, soil and forage properties under different management regimes in Russian grasslands. Agric. Ecosyst. Environ. 80:213-226.

1. Mikhailova, E.A., Bryant, R.B., Schwager, S.J., and S.D. Smith. 1997. Predicting rainfall erosivity in Honduras. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 61:273-279.