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

Jay Bell | 612-625-6703
jay bell


B.S. 1980 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Agronomy
M.S. 1982 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Agronomy
Ph.D. 1990 Pennsylvania State University Agronomy

Pedology with emphasis on landscape-scale process of soil genesis and the application of digital technologies (geographic information systems) for mapping, describing and reporting soil variability for land management. Hydrology, biochemistry, and morphology of wetland soils Innovative approaches to soil science education.

ESPM 1901  Freshman Seminar – Human Impacts on the Environment
Soil 5555 Wetland Soils
Soil 5515  Soil Genesis and Landscape Relationships

Graduate Programs:
Geographic Information Science (CLA)
Water Resource Science
Conservation Biology
Environmental Biology (CBS)

Selected Publications:
Dolliver, H.A.S. and J.C. Bell. 2006. Using scientific visualization to represent soil hydrology dynamics. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education 35:5-11.

Lin, H., D. Wheeler, J. Bell, and L. Wilding. 2004. Assessment of soil spatial variability at multiple scales. Ecological Modeling. Vol. 182:3-4, pp. 271-290.

Peng, W., D.B. Wheeler, J.C. Bell, and M.G. Krusemark. 2003. Delineating patterns of soil drainage class on bare soils using remote sensing analyses. Geoderma. 115:261-279.

Reuter, R. J. and J. C. Bell. 2003. Hillslope Hydrology and Soil Morphology for a Wetland Basin in South-Central Minnesota. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 67:365-372

Reuter, R.J. and J.C. Bell. 2001. Soils and Hydrology of a Wet-Sandy Catena in East-Central Minnesota. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 65: 1559-1569.

Thompson, J.A, J.C. Bell and C.A. Butler. 2001. Digital elevation model resolution: Effects on terrain attribute calculation and quantitative soil-landscape modeling. Geoderma, 100 (1-2)(2001) pp. 67-89.

Thompson, J. A. and J. C. Bell. 2000. Hydric Soil Indicators in Mollisol Landscapes. In J. L. Richardson and M. J. Vepraskas (ed.) Hydric Soils. Ann Arbor Press, Chelsea, MI.

Bell, J. C., Bates, P. C., and D. F. Grigal. 2000. Chapter 12. A Soil-Terrain Model for Estimating Spatial Patterns of Soil Organic Carbon. In J. Wilson and J. Gallant (eds.) Terrain Analysis: Principles and Applications.

Wheeler, D. B., J. A. Thompson, and J. C. Bell. 1999. Laboratory comparison of soil redox conditions between red and brown soils in Minnesota, USA. Wetlands. Vol. 19, No.3. Sept. 1999, pp. 607-616.

Grigal, D. F. and J. C. Bell. 1999. Site and Landscape Characterization for Ecological Studies. Soil Investigation Methods for Long-Term Ecological Research Sites. LTER Series.