ELDOR A. PAUL
Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory
Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1499
Phone: (970) 491-1990; E-mail: Eldor.Paul@colostate.edu
Eldor continues his lifelong interest in nature, people, and knowledge fed by an intense curiosity that started during his first eight years in a one room, log schoolhouse, with all years being taught by the same teacher. This teacher recognized his ever-inquisitive mind and made available to him a large, private library including books written by authors ranging from Dickens and Zane Gray to Mark Twain, in addition to a rich assortment of historical and geographical volumes. Growing up under the clear skies of Alberta with a profusion of stars, northern lights, and a diverse range of bird and animal species, where a cold climate was ever-present, led him to ask, “How does nature work?” This life-long interest and ever quizzical mind about the field of soil science and natural resource ecology drove him to increasing his knowledge and devoting his career to acquiring answers to questions about basic and applied applications in agronomic, ecological, microbiological, biochemical, and biogeochemical, which are still of great importance to the human race today. Eldor also continues to foster his mental and physical capabilities by working at a grassland–forested ranch in the foothills above Ft. Collins.
Education and Training
University of Alberta Soil Science B.Sc., 1954
University of Alberta Soil Science M.Sc., 1956
University of Minnesota Soil Microbiology Ph.D., 1958
Research and Professional Experience
2004-present Professor Soil and Crop Sciences. Colorado State University
2000-present Senior Research Scientist/ Scholar, Natural Resource Ecology Lab, Colorado State University
1994-2000 Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University
1985-1994 Professor and Chair, Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University
1980-1985 Professor and Chair, Plant & Soil Biology, Univ. of California, Berkeley
1970-1980 Professor, Soil Science, University of Saskatchewan
1972-1973 Visiting Professor, Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia
1964-1976 Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
1959-1964 Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Ten Significant Publications
Paul, E.A. 2015. Soil microbiology, ecology and biochemistry: an exciting present and great future built on basic knowledge and unifying concepts. In Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry. E.A. Paul (ed.). Academic Press, pp. 1-14.
Paul, E.A., S. Kravchenko, S. Grandy and S. Morris. 2015. Soil Organic matter dynamics: Controls and Management for Sustainable Ecosystem Functioning Pages 104-134 In S.K. Hamilton, J. E. Doll, and G. P.Robertson (ed.), The ecology of agricultural landscapes: long-term research on the path to sustainability. Oxford University Press, NY, NY., USA.
Pisana. O., K.M. Hills, D. Courtier-Murias, M L. Haddix, E. A. Paul, R. T. Conant, A.J. Simpson B. Arhonditsis and M.J. Simpson. 2014. Accumulation of aliphatic compounds in soil with increasing mean annual temperature. Organic Geochemistry 76: 118-127.
Li, D., C. Schädel, M.L. Haddix, E A. Paul, R. Conant, J. Li, J Zhou, and Y Luo. 2014. Differential responses of soil organic carbon fractions to warming: results from an analysis with data assimilation. Soil Biology and Biochem. 67: 28-36.
Hinckley, E.S., W. Wieder, N. Fierer ,and E.A. Paul. 2014. Digging into the soil beneath our feet: Bridging knowledge across scales in the age of global change. EOS 95: 11:95-97.
Calderon F.J., M.L. Haddix, R.T. Conant, K. Magrini-Blair and E.A. Paul. 2013. Mid-infrared spectroscopy as a method of characterizing changes in soil organic matter. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 77:1591-1600.
Cotrufo, F., M. Wallenstein, C. Boot, K. Denef, and E.A. Paul. 2013. The molecular efficiency matrix stabilization (MEMS) framework integrates plant litter decomposition with soil organic matter stabilization. Do labile plant inputs form stable soil organic matter? Global Change Biology doi10.1111 GCB 2113.
Hurrisso, T., J.B. Davis, J. Brummer, M.E. Stromberger, M.M. Mikha, M.L. Haddix, M.R. Boohers, and E.A. Paul. 2013. Rapid changes in microbial biomass and aggregate size distribution in response to changes in organic matter management in grass pasture. Geoderma 193-194:68-75.
Mellor, N., J.J.Hellerich, R. Drijber, M. Stromberg, S.J. Morris and E. Paul. 2013. Changes in ecosystem carbon following afforestation of native sand prairie. Soil Sci. Soc Amer. J. doi.102136/ssaj201220237
Wallenstein, M.D., M.L. Haddix, E. Ayres, H. Steltzer, K.A. Magrini-Bair, and E.A. Paul. 2013. Litter chemistry converges with decomposition and changes more rapidly when decomposed at home. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 57:311–319.
- Editor: Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry, 4th Academic Press. Widely used in English. Previous editions translated into Chinese and Korean; Soil Biology Section Handbook of Soil Science, Elsevier
- Advisory Scientist NSF- NEON, USDA
- National and international scientific lectures on soil organic matter controls and dynamics
- Extensive paper, grant, and personnel reviews and letters of reference