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

Rodney Venterea | 612-624-7842rodventerea
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152 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St. Paul MN 55108


B.S.1983Dartmouth CollegePsychology
M.S.1991University of Massachusetts, LowellCivil Engineering
Ph.D.2000University of California, DavisSoil Science

Dr. Venterea’s research program addresses the impacts of human activities on soil microbiological, chemical, and physical processes.  Much of his work is focused on quantifying the impacts of agricultural and waste management practices on the transformation of nitrogen- and carbon-containing compounds that are readily transported to water bodies and the atmosphere.  Current studies include: (i) Agricultural management effects on soil greenhouse gas emissions and soil carbon storage, (ii) Controlled release fertilizers for minimizing environmental impacts of nitrogen fertilizer, (iii) Controls over nitrous oxide emissions in forest soils, (iv) Evaluation of errors in chamber methods for measuring soil-atmosphere gas exchange, and (v) Modeling soil nitrogen transformations and greenhouse gas transport processes.

Graduate Programs:
Soil Science
Plant Biological Sciences
Land and Atmospheric Science

Selected Publications:
Venterea, R.T. 2010. Simplified method for quantifying theoretical underestimation of chamber-based trace gas fluxes. J. Environ. Qual. 39:126–135.

Venterea, R.T., M. S. Dolan, and T.E. Ochsner. 2010. Urea decreases nitrous oxide emissions compared with anhydrous ammonia in a Minnesota corn cropping system.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 74: 407–418.

Venterea, R.T., K.A. Spokas and J.M. Baker. 2009. Accuracy and precision analysis of chamber-based nitrous oxide gas flux estimates. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 73:1087-1093.

Venterea, R.T. 2007.  Nitrite-driven nitrous oxide production under aerobic soil conditions: Kinetics and biochemical controls. Global Change Biol. 13, 1798–1809.

Venterea, R.T., J.M. Baker, M.S. Dolan and K.A. Spokas. 2006. Soil carbon and nitrogen storage are greater under biennial tillage in a Minnesota corn-soybean rotation. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 70: 1752-1762.

Venterea, R.T., M. Burger, and K.A. Spokas. 2005. Nitrogen oxide and methane emissions under varying tillage and fertilizer management. J. Environ. Qual. 34:1467-1477.

Venterea, R.T., P.M. Groffman, L.V. Verchot, A.H. Magill, J.D. Aber and P.A. Steudler.  2003. Nitrogen oxide gas emissions from temperate forest soils receiving long-term nitrogen inputs.  Global Change Biol. 6: 303- 316.

Venterea, R.T., G.L. Lovett, P.M. Groffman, and P.A. Schwarz. 2003. Landscape patterns of net nitrification in a northern hardwood-conifer forest.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 67:527-539.

Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2000. Mechanistic modeling of nitrite accumulation and nitrogen oxide gas emissions during nitrification. J. Environ. Qual. 29:1741-1751.

Venterea, R.T. and D.E. Rolston. 2000. Mechanisms and kinetics of nitric and nitrous oxide production during nitrification in agricultural soil. Global Change Biol. 6:303-316.