Hugo H. Rogers
Affiliate Professor

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Selected Publications

Education :
Ph.D., 1975, Univ. North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Environ. Science & Eng.)
M.S., 1971, Auburn University (Plant Physiology)
1969, Auburn University (B.S. Botany)

Professional Experience:
1984-present : Plant Physiologist USDA-ARS-NSDL
1984-present : Affiliate Professor Agronomy & Soils, Auburn Univ.
1992-present : Affiliate Professor Forestry & Wildlife Sci., Auburn Univ.
1994-present : Adjunct Professor Biology, Duke University
1975-76 : Environmental Engineer Research Triangle Institute

Professional Activities:
Brief description of research program and goals: My assignment is that of Research Leader (August 1999), in the USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory (NSDL), Auburn, Alabama. As Research Leader, I provide leadership for the Unit and coordinate the Unit's research programs. The mission of the NSDL is to develop technologies and strategies for managing soils that increase adoption of sustainable production/cropping systems, particularly conservation systems reducing economic risks and farm production costs; improve soil quality and productivity; increase available water to plants and reduce risks from short-term droughts; and relate agriculture to global environmental change. NSDL contributes to the Agency's global change initiative, which includes both agro-ecosystems and natural ecosystems such as forests and rangelands. My assignment is to reduce uncertainty regarding: (1) the effects of rising atmospheric CO 2 concentration on crop production and food security, and (2) the role of agronomic ecosystems in the sequestration of atmospheric CO 2 by soil. Specifically, my assignment encompasses the determination of the effects of atmospheric CO 2 level on belowground processes which control crop productivity and carbon/nutrient cycling, including structure and function of root systems, soil microorganisms, soil carbon dynamics, and CO 2 -induced soil responses. Both edaphic and micrometeorological aspects of the entire crop system are being studied. I plan and conduct in-depth research to develop new knowledge relevant to this area of science.

Professional Societies Membership:
  • Member, Editorial Board, Global Change Biology , 1995-present.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Agronomy Journal . Associate Editor, 1991-94.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Environmental Pollution . 1991-1999.
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Environmental Quality, Associate Editor. 1992-1998.
  • Member of EE-2: Ecological Committee, Air and Waste Management Association, 1978-present.
  • Member of Southern Regional Plant Root Environment Group (SRIEG-25), 1984-present.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of The National Institute for Global Environmental Change, Southeast Regional Center, 1992-95 and 2001-2003.
  • Member of Soil/EnviroCARS, Synchrotron X-ray Sources in Soil Science Research, NCR-174, 1993-present.
  • Member of Technical Oversight Committee, Southern Appalachian Mountains Initiative, 1995-97.
  • Member of ES-4: Global Sustainable Development Committee, Air and Waste Management Association, 1997-present.
  • Member of Scientific Advisory Committee, Great Plains Regional Center for Global Environmental Change, 2002-present.
  • Member of Soil Science Society of America Committee to plan future soils exhibit for the Smithsonian Institution, 2002-present.
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