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215-898-9269
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drop-in or by appt
Office Location: 
Hayden 158

Alain F. Plante

Associate Professor
Undergraduate Chair

Education

  • 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 

Research Interests

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. 

Selected Publications

  • 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

More details at Google Scholar.

Courses Taught

  • ENVS200: Introduction to Environmental Earth Science (Fall)
  • GEOL421/541: Elemental Cycling in Global Earth Systms (Spring, even years)
  • ENVS327: Principles of Sustainability (Spring, even years)
  • ENVS400: The Anthropocene: A Human-Dominated Earth (Spring, odd years)
  • GEOL511/611: Soil Science (Spring, odd years)

Affiliations

Biology Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania 

Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316