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Research Publications

Kapayou, D.G., E.M. Herrighty, C. Gish Hill, V. Cano Camacho, A. Nair, D.M. Winham, M.D. McDaniel. 2022. Reuniting the Three Sisters: Collaborative science with Native growers to improve soil and community health. Agriculture and Human Values, 1-18.


De, M., J.E. Sawyer, M.D. McDaniel. 2022. Crude glycerol, a biodiesel byproduct, as a soil amendment to temporarily immobilize and then release nitrogen. European Journal of Soil Science. (DOI:

Baldwin-Kordick, R., M. De, M.D. Lopez, M. Liebman, N. Lauter, J. Marino, M.D. McDaniel. 2022. Comprehensive impacts of diversified cropping on soil health and sustainability in the Midwestern US. Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems 43(3): 331-363. 


Middleton, T.E., A.L. McCombs, S.R. Gailans, S. Carlson, D.L. Karlen, K.J. Moore, M.Z. Liebman, T.C. Kaspar, M.M. Al-Kaisi, D.A. Laird, M.H. Wiedenhoeft, K. Delate, C.A. Cambardella, M.L. Thompson, E.A. Heaton, M.D. McDaniel. 2021. Assessing biological soil health through decomposition of inexpensive household items. Applied Soil Ecology 168. (DOI:

Weisberger, D.A., M.D. McDaniel, J.G. Arbuckle, M. Liebman. 2021. Farmer perspectives on benefits of and barriers to extended crop rotations in Iowa, USA. Agricultural and Environmental Letters 6, e20049. (DOI:

Studt, J.E., M.D. McDaniel, M.D. Tejera, A. VanLoocke, A. Howe, E.A. Heaton. 2021. Soil net nitrogen mineralization and leaching under Miscanthus × giganteus and Zea mays. Global Change Biology Bioenergy 13 (9): 1545-1560. (DOI:

McDaniel, M.D., M. Hernández, M.G. Dumont, L.J. Ingram, and M.A. Adams. 2021. Disproportionate CH4 sink strength from an endemic, sub-alpine Australian soil microbial community. Microorganisms 9(3): 606. (DOI: 10.3390/microorganisms9030606)

Kallmyer, N., M. Abdennadher, S. Agarwal, R. Baldwin-Kordick, R. Khor, A. Kooistra, E. Peterson, M.D. McDaniel, N.F. Reuel. 2021. Inexpensive Near Infrared Fluorimeters: enabling translation of nIR-based assays to the field. Analytical Chemistry 93 (11): 4800-4808.
(DOI: 10.1021/acs.analchem.0c03732 )

Lindsey, A.J., A.W. Thoms, M.D. McDaniel, N.E. Christians. 2021. Evaluation of humic fertilizers applied at full and reduced rates on Kentucky Bluegrass quality and soil health. Agronomy 11(2): 395. (DOI: 10.3390/agronomy11020395)

Simpson, Z.P., R.W. McDowell, L.M. Condron, M.D. McDaniel, H.P. Jarvie, J.M. Abell. 2021. Sediment phosphorus buffering in streams at baseflow: A meta-analysis. Journal of Environmental Quality 50: 287–311. (DOI: 10.1002/jeq2.20202)  

De, M., J.A. Riopel, L.J. Cihacek, M. Lawrinenko, R. Baldwin-Kordick, S.J. Hall, M.D. McDaniel.  2020.  Soil health recovery after grassland reestablishment on cropland: The effects of time and topographic position. Soil Science Society of America Journal 1-19. (DOI: 10.1002/saj2.20007)


McDaniel, M.D., D.T. Walters, L.G. Bundy, X. Li, R.A. Drijber, J.E. Sawyer, M.J. Castellano, C.A.M. Laboski, P.C. Scharf, W.R. Horwath. 2020. Combination of biological and chemical soil tests best predict maize nitrogen response. Agronomy Journal 1-16. (DOI: 10.1002/agj2.20129)


Wang, H., Y. Zhang, Y. Zhang, M.D. McDaniel, L. Sun, W. Su, X. Fan, S. Liu, and X. Xiao. 2020. Water-saving irrigation is a ‘win-win’management strategy in rice paddies – With both reduced greenhouse gas emissions and enhanced water use efficiency. Agricultural Water Management 228: 105889.
(DOI: 10.1016/j.agwat.2019.105889)

Moore, K.J., R.P. Anex, A.E. Elobeid, S. Fei, C.B. Flora, A.S. Goggi, K.L. Jacobs, A.L. Kaleita, P. Jha, D.A. Laird, D.L. Karlen, A.W. Lenssen, T. Lübberstedt,

M.D. McDaniel, D.R. Raman, S.L. Weyers. 2019. Regenerating agricultural landscapes with perennial groundcover for intensive crop production. Agronomy 9(8): 485, 1-35. (DOI: 10.3390/agronomy9080458)


McDaniel, M.D., D. Saha, M.G. Dumont, M. Hernández, M.A. Adams. 2019. The effect of land-use change on soil CH4 and N2O fluxes: A global meta-analysis. Ecosystems, 1-20. (DOI: 10.1007/s10021-019-00347-z)

Charkhabi, S., A.M. Bierle, M.D. McDaniel, N.F. Reuel.  2018.  Resonant sensors for low-cost, contact-free measurement of hydrolytic enzyme activity in closed systems. American Chemical Society Sensors 3(8): 1489-1498.  (DOI: 10.1021/acssensors.8b00267 )


Peralta, A.L., Y. Sun, M.D. McDaniel, J.T. Lennon.  2018.  Crop rotational diversity increases disease suppressive capacity of soil microbiomes. Ecosphere 9(5): 1-16. (DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.2235)


Maucieri, C., Y. Zhang, M.D. McDaniel, M. Borin, M.A. Adams.  2017.  Short-term effects of biochar and salinity on soil greenhouse gas emissions from a semi-arid Australian soil after re-wetting. Geoderma 307:267-276. (DOI: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2017.07.028)


McDaniel, M.D., R.R. Simpson, B.P. Malone, A.B. McBratney, B. Minasny, M.A. Adams.  2017.  Quantifying and predicting spatio-temporal variability of soil CH4 and N2O fluxes in a seemingly homogeneous Australian agricultural field. Agriculture, Ecosystems, & the Environment 240: 182-193.

(DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2017.02.017)


Austin, E.E., K. Wickings, M.D. McDaniel, G.P. Robertson, A.S. Grandy. 2017. Cover crop root contributions to soil carbon in a no‐till corn bioenergy cropping system. GCB Bioenergy 9:1252–1263. (DOI: 10.1111/gcbb.12428)


McDaniel, M.D., and A.S. Grandy. 2016. Soil microbial biomass and function are altered by 12 years of crop rotation. SOIL 2:583-589.  
(DOI: 10.5194/soil-2-583-2016)


McDaniel, M.D., A.S. Grandy, L.K. Tiemann, M.N. Weintraub. 2016.  Eleven years of crop diversification alters the decomposition dynamics of litter mixtures incubated in soil.  Ecosphere. (DOI: 10.1002/ecs2.1426)


Tiemann, L.K., A.S. Grandy, E.E. Atkinson, E. E. Marin-Spiotta, M.D. McDaniel. 2015. Crop rotational diversity enhances belowground communities and functions in an agroecosystem.  Ecology Letters 8:761-771. (DOI: 10.1111/ele.12453)


McDaniel, M.D., A.S. Grandy, L.K. Tiemann, M.N. Weintraub. 2014.  Crop rotation complexity regulates the decomposition of high and low quality residues.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry 78: 243-254. (DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2014.07.027)


McDaniel, M.D., J.P. Kaye, M.W. Kaye. 2014. Do “hot moments” become hotter under climate change? Soil nitrogen dynamics from a climate manipulation experiment in a post-harvest forest. Biogeochemistry 121(2): 339-354. (DOI: 10.1007/s10533-014-0001-3)


McDaniel, M.D., L.K. Tiemann, A.S. Grandy. 2014.  Does agricultural crop diversity enhance soil microbial biomass and organic matter dynamics? A meta-analysis.  Ecological Applications 24(3): 560-570.  (DOI: 10.1890/13-0616.1)


McDaniel, M.D., J.P. Kaye, M.W. Kaye, M.A. Bruns. 2014. Climate change interactions affect soil CO2 efflux and microbial functioning in a post-harvest forest. Oecologia 174:1437-1448. (DOI: 10.1007/s00442-013-2845-y)


McDaniel, M.D., R.J. Wagner, C.R. Rollinson, B.A. Kimball, M.W. Kaye, J.P. Kaye. 2014. Microclimate and ecological threshold responses in a warming and wetting experiment following whole tree harvest.  Theoretical and Applied Climatology 116: 287-299.  (DOI: 10.1007/s00704-013-0942-9)


Grandy, A.S., D.S. Salam, K. Wickings, M.D. McDaniel, S.W. Culman, S.S. Snapp. 2013.  Soil respiration and litter decomposition responses to fertilization rate in no-till corn systems.  Agriculture, Ecosystems, & the Environment 179: 35-40. (DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2013.04.020)


McDaniel, M.D., J.P. Kaye, M.W. Kaye. 2013.  Increased temperature and precipitation had limited effects on soil extracellular enzyme activities in a post-harvest forest.  Soil Biology & Biochemistry 56:90-98.  (DOI: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2012.02.026)


Castellano, M.J., D.L. Lewis, D.M. Andrews, M.D. McDaniel. 2012. Coupling biogeochemistry and hydropedology to advance C and N cycling science.  In H. Lin (ed.) Hydropedology: Integration of Soil Science and Hydrology.  Elsevier.


Adviento-Borbe, M.A.A., J.P. Kaye, M.A. Bruns, M.D. McDaniel, M. McCoy, S. Harkcom. 2010. Soil greenhouse gas and ammonia emissions in a long-term maize-based cropping systems experiment. Soil Science Society of America Journal 74:1623-1634. (DOI: 10.2136/sssaj2009.0446)


McDaniel, M.D., M.B. David, T.V. Royer. 2009. Relationships between benthic sediments and water column phosphorus in Illlinois streams. Journal of Environmental Quality 38:607-617. (DOI: 10.2134/jeq2008.0094)

Soil-Plant Interactions in the McDaniel Lab

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