Julie A Howe
Assistant Professor

Contact Information:

260 Funchess Hall


Education :
Ph.D., 2004, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Soil Chemistry)
MS, 1999, Texas A&M University (Soil Chemistry)
BS, 1995, Texas A&M University (Bioenvironmental Sciences)

Professional Experience:
2007: Assistant Professor, Auburn University
2004: Research Associate, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Nutritional Sciences)

Professional Activities:
My research program focuses on trace element chemistry in soil, water, and plants.

  • Environmental fate of trace elements (e.g., As, Cd, Cr, and Pb) in soil and water environment: Many trace elements are added to the soil via agricultural practices to control pathogens and weeds, but persist in the environment. We seek to understand transformations that influence the long-term fate and hazards of these applied agrochemicals. The effect of plants on trace element chemistry is also of interest for their potential to remediate and/or stabilize contaminated soils.
  • Plant nutrition: Calcium is critical for peanut seed germination. We are working to understand the relationships between soil and seed calcium and relationships between seed calcium and peanut germination and vigor.
Honors and Awards:
  • Science Highlight Brookhaven National Laboratory, National Synchrotron Light Source (December 2003)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Fellowship (2000-2001)
  • Distinguished Graduate Student (University-wide honor), Office of Graduate Studies and Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University (1999)
  • Sigma Xi honor society (1999)
Professional Societies Membership:
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • Crop Science Society of America


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202 Funchess Hall, Auburn University, AL 36849-5412
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