Dr. Murphy’s interests include climate as a soil-forming factor and soils’ effects on climate. Soil quality is affected by climatic factors/processes, and degradation of soil by wind and water erosion, loss of organic matter (carbon) from soil, compaction, reduction in infiltration and/or water holding capacity of soil are all linked to climate as well resiliency of soils and landscapes. Restoring soil quality to degraded soils and concomitantly sequestering carbon are a constant theme in Dr. Murphy’s teaching and outreach efforts.
Sciarappa, William & Murphy, Stephanie & Quinn, V. & Barresi, R. & Ward, Daniel. (2017). Assessing soil health in highbush blueberry with the Solvita ® CO 2 respiration test. Acta Horticulturae. 1180. 327-334. 10.17660/ActaHortic.2017.1180.44.
Schmid, Charles & Murphy, J.A. & Murphy, Stephanie. (2017). Effect of tillage and compost amendment on turfgrass establishment on a compacted sandy loam. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 72. 55-64. 10.2489/jswc.72.1.55.