University of Minnesota
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
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Department of Soil, Water, and Climate

David Mulla | 612-625-6721
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564 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul MN 55108


B.S.1979University of California, RiversideEarth Science - Geophysics
M.S.1981Purdue UniversityAgronomy - Soil Chemistry
Ph.D.1983Purdue UniversityAgronomy  - Soil Physics

My research emphasizes (1) the measurement, modeling, and management of uncertainty and risk for non-point source pollution of surface and groundwater; (2) the characterization and estimation of field-scale variability for precision farming; (3) the evaluation of alternative farm management strategies for improved soil quality and sustainability; and (4) evaluation of policies for soil and water resources.

ES 3131 Environmental Physics

Graduate Programs:
Soil Science
Water Resource Sciences
Land and Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications:
Fang, F., P. L. Brezonik, D. J. Mulla, and L. K. Hatch.  2002.  Estimating runoff phosphorus losses from calcareous soils in the Minnesota River Basin.  J. Environ. Quality 31(6):1918-1929.

Birr, A. S. and D. J. Mulla.  2001. Evaluation of phosphorus site index in watersheds at the regional scale.  J. Environ. Quality.    30:2018-2025.

Randall, G. W. and D. J. Mulla.  2001.  Nitrate-N in surface waters as influenced by climatic conditions and agricultural practices. J. Environ. Qual. 30:337-344.

Davis, D. M., P. H. Gowda, D. J. Mulla, and G. W. Randall.  2000.  Modeling nitrate nitrogen leaching in response to nitrogen fertilizer rate and tile drain depth or spacing for southern Minnesota, USA.  J. Environ. Qual. 29:1568-1581.

Wollenhaupt, N. C., D. J. Mulla, and C. A. Gotway.  1997.  Soil sampling and interpolation techniques for mapping spatial variability of soil properties.  p. 19-54. In: (F. J. Pierce and E. J. Sadler, eds.), The State of Site Specific Management for Agriculture.  ASA/CSSA/SSSA, Madison, WI.

Mulla, D. J.  Mapping and managing spatial patterns in soil fertility and crop yield.  In: P. Robert, W. Larson, and R. Rust (eds.), Soil Specific Crop Management.  Am. Soc. Agronomy, Madison, WI.  pp. 15-26, 1993.

Mulla, D. J., Bhatti, A. U., Hammond, M. W., and Benson, J. A.  A comparison of winter wheat yield and quality under uniform versus spatially variable fertilizer management.   Agric. Ecosys. Env. 38:301-311, 1992.

Rossi, R. E., Mulla, D. J., Journel, A. G., and Franz, E. H.  Geostatistical interpretation of ecological phenomena: Tools for modeling spatial dependence.  Ecological Monographs 62:277-314, 1992.

Bhatti, A. U., Mulla, D. J., and Frazier, B. E.  Estimation of soil properties and wheat yields on complex eroded hills using geostatistics and Thematic Mapper images.  Remote Sensing Environ. 37:181-191, 1991.

Mulla, D. J., Page, A. L., and Ganje, T. J.  Cadmium accumulations and bioavailability in soils from long-term phosphorus fertilization.  J. Environ. Qual. 9(3), 408-412, 1980.

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