Phillip E. Pope

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Purdue University
Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
Pfendler Hall of Agriculture
715 W. State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2061

Office: PFEN 221F
Phone: (765) 494-3593
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Soil-Plant Nutrient Relationships and Root Processes

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Phillip E. Pope is a Professor in Forestry and Natural Resources and Associate Dean of the Graduate School . He received his B.S. degree from the University of Richmond and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University . Following post-doctoral study at the University of Florida and two years on the faculty at the University of Arkansas , he joined the Department in 1977. His early research focused on the effects of soil management and seedling nutrition on forest plantation establishment. Projects included the establishment of fast growing bio-energy plantations, reforestation of reclaimed surface mined lands in Indiana , and influence of soil compaction on root growth and seedling survival. Subsequent studies included the relationships among soil physical and chemical properties and the effects of mycorrhizal forming fungi and nitrogen-fixing bacteria on nutrient uptake and growth of fine hardwoods. These research findings lead to studies on fine root growth and nutrient uptake dynamics of selected tree species and natural hardwood stands.

Throughout his career, Phil has provided practical information from his research through publications and presentations to user groups including landowners and practicing professionals at local, regional, and national meetings, conferences, and field days. He has served as a consultant to numerous state and federal government and international agencies on a wide range of topics and he has provided service and leadership to a list of professional organizations, including the Soil Science Society of America where he served as chair of the Forest Soils Division, a member of the Board of Directors and chair of the 8 th North American Forest Soils Conference.

He began his teaching career at Purdue University in 1977 as the instructor for the Forest Resources Seminar (FNR 679), a guest lecturer in numerous courses, and the co-instructor for the Forest Resources Practicum. Currently, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in forest soils.


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