The Scientific Method and Experiential Learning Projects
Tom DeSutter, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Soil Science
North Dakota State University
Tom received his BS and MS degrees from South Dakota State University (Brookings, SD) in 1994 and 1998, respectively, and his PhD from Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS). The primary focus area of DeSutter’s graduate research projects was soil chemistry and how agriculture practices impact the environment. Prior to working full-time on his PhD he was a Research Technician at Kansas State working on a project looking at measuring seepage rates from animal waste lagoons. After his PhD he did a Post-Doc at the USDA-ARS Soil, Water, and Air Resources Unit (Ames, IA) developing a method to measure carbon dioxide effluxes using porous, Teflon tubing and the gradient approach. DeSutter was hired by the Department of Soil Science at North Dakota State University (Fargo, ND) in 2006 as an Environmental Soil Scientist where his research interests are the application of industrial by-products to soils, fate and transport of manure-borne hormones in swine production facilities, distribution of mercury and other trace metals in surface and subsurface soils, phosphorus speciation and distribution in wetland landscapes, instrumentation for measuring soil physical and biological parameters, and soil salinity and sodicity. DeSutter teaches Soil and Land Use and Environmental Field Instrumentation and Sampling at NDSU, and also a two-week course on Soil Management at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. Tom has published 31 peer-reviewed publications, one book chapter, and numerous abstracts at professional meetings.