Alain F. Plante
- Ph.D. (2001) – Soil Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Canada
- M.Sc.(1996) – Soil Science, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada
- B.Sc.(Eng.) (1994) – Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada
My research interests lie in the field of terrestrial carbon biogeochemistry. I am interested in the mechanisms and process that act to stabilize and de-stabilize organic carbon in surface soils, and the links between the soil carbon balance and the broader global carbon cycle.
- Stone MM and AF Plante. 2015. Relating the biological stability of soil organic matter to energy availability in deep tropical soil profiles. Soil Biology and Biochemistry. 89:162-171.
- Marin-Spiotta E, NT Chaopricha, AF Plante, AF Defendorf, CW Mueller, AS Grandy and JA Mason. 2014. Rapid climate change leads to long-term stabilization of soil carbon by fire and burial. Nature Geoscience. 7(6):428-432.
- Plante AF, SR Beaupre, ML Roberts and T Baisden. 2013. Distribution of radiocarbon ages in soil organic matter by thermal fractionation. Radiocarbon. 55(2-3):1077-1083.
- Feng W, AF Plante and J Six. 2013. Improving estimates of maximal organic carbon stabilization by fine soil particles. Biogeochemistry. 112:81-93.
- Fernández JM, C Peltre, JM Craine and AF Plante. 2012. Improved characterization of soil organic matter by thermal analysis using CO2/H20 evolved gas analysis. Environmental Science & Technology. 46:8921-8927
- ENVS100: Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring, every year)
- ENVS400: The Anthropocene: A Human-Dominated Earth (Spring, odd years)
- GEOL421/541: Biogeochemistry: Elemental Cycling in Global Earth Systems (Fall, odd years)
- GEOL411: Soil Science (Fall, even years)
- GEOL511: Advanced Soil Science (Spring, odd years)
- GEOL611: Field Study of Soils (Summer I)
Biology Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania