Alfred Hartemink

Hartemink June 2015

Alfred Hartemink – Professor

Chair of the Department of Soil Science

UW-Madison, Department of Soil Science
FD Hole Soils Lab
1525 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1299, USA
Office: 345 King Hall
Chair Office: 263A Soils Building

Phone: +1 608.263.5691 (Chair office) or +1 608.263.4947 (King Hall office) or +1 608.259.6999 (mobile)
Fax: +1 608.265.2595

Skype: alfred.hartemink

Program Affiliations

  • Department of Soil Science
  • The Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
  • Wisconsin Ecology


  • BSc (Hons) – Tropical soils, 1989, Netherlands
  • MSc – Soil science, 1994, Wageningen University, Netherlands
  • PhD – Soil science, 2001, The Reading University, UK

Teaching and Research Overview

In the autumn semester I teach Pedology (325) including field work and the two lab sections, Field Study of Soil (305) and the pedology component of General Soil Science (301).


We have a field based research programme on digital soil mapping. Project focuses on digital soil mapping in Verona and Bellbrook and the Central Sand plains. These are three contrasting sites in terms of soils (clay, sand, loam) and geomorphology (glaciated, unglaciated). Unique about the project is that is on-farm and in close cooperation with Wisconsin farmers. The sites are also used for teaching courses and graduate research. The projects enhance our understanding of the soils in Wisconsin, how they should be mapped and managed sustainably. It delivers products that can be used to develop up-to-date soil information systems for larger areas. The digital soil maps have the potential to make informed land use decisions that will reduce environmental impact, improve soil conditions and sustain agriculture. Increased understanding of the Wisconsin soil resources and its genesis and distribution is needed to enhance the knowledge base for sustainable agriculture, forestry and all other land uses. hartemink_class_2

Selected Publications 2012-2013

Hartemink, A.E., M.R. Balks, Z.S. Chen, P. Drohan, D. Field, P. Krasilnikov, D.J. Lowe, M. Rabenhorst, K. van Rees, P. Schad, L.A. Schipper, M. Sonneveld, & C. Walter 2013. The joy of teaching soil science. Geoderma (in the press)

Minasny, B., A.E. Hartemink, A.B. McBratney & H.J. Jang 2013  Citations and the h index of soil researchers and journals in the Web of Science, Scopus, and Google Scholar PeerJ 1:e183; DOI 10.7717/peerj.183 Link

Bockheim, J.G. & A.E. Hartemink 2013  Salic horizons in soils of the USA. Pedosphere 23: 600-608 Link

Bockheim, J.G. & A.E. Hartemink 2013  Classification and Distribution of Soils with Lamellae in the USA. Geoderma  206: 92-100 Link

Bockheim, J.G. & A.E. Hartemink 2013 Distribution and classification of soils with clay-enriched horizons in the USA. Geoderma 209–210: 153-160 Link

Hartemink, A.E., P. Krasilnikov & J.G. Bockheim 2013  Soil maps of the world. Geoderma 207-208: 256-267 Link

Hartemink, A.E. & M.W.P. Sonneveld 2013  Soil maps of the Netherlands. Geoderma 204-205: 1-9 Link

Brevik, E.C.. & A.E. Hartemink. 2013  Soil maps of the USA. Soil Science Society of America Journal 77: 1117-1132 Link

Hartemink, A.E. 2013. Book review of: World soil resources and food security, by Lal, R. & B.A. Stewart 2012 (Eds). Soil Science Society of America Journal (2013) 77: 1080 Link

Hartemink, A.E. & J.G. Bockheim 2013  Soil genesis and classification. Catena 104: 251-256 Link

Bockheim, J.G. & Hartemink, A.E. 2013  Soils with fragipans in the USA. Catena 104: 233-242 Link

Nzeyimana, I., A.E. Hartemink &  J.  de Graaff, 2013   Coffee farming and soil management in Rwanda. Outlook on Agriculture 42: 47-52 Link

Hartemink, A.E. & J.G. Bockheim 2013  An inverted horizon soilscape in Wisconsin. Soil Horizons 54: 30-33 doi:10.2136/sh12-07-0021 Link

Bationo, A, A.E. Hartemink, O. Lungo, M. Naimi, P. Okoth, E.M.A. Smaling, L. Thiombiano & B. Waswa 2012  Knowing the African Soils to Improve Fertilizer Recommendations. In: Improving Soil Fertility Recommendations in Africa using the Decision Support System for Agrotechnology Transfer (DSSAT). Edited by J. Kihara. Springer, Dordrecht. pp 19-42 Link

Hartemink, A.E. & J. Bouma 2012  Reconnecting soils and agriculture. Outlook on Agriculture  41: 225-227 Link

Hartemink, B. Lowery & C. Wacker 2012  Soil maps of Wisconsin. Geoderma 189-190: 451-461 Link

Hartemink, A.E., D. Evans, F. Madison & N. Haus 2012  Subsoil erosion of Terra Rossa in Wisconsin. Soil Horizons 53: 23-24 Link

Hartemink, A.E. 2012  Soil science reference books. Catena 95: 142-144 Link

Hartemink, A.E. 2012  Some noteworthy soil science in Wisconsin. Soil Horizons 53: 20-26 Link

Evans, D. & A.E. Hartemink 2012  Mapping the presence of red clay subsoil in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, USA. In: Digital soil assessments and beyond. Edited by B. Minasny, B. Malone & A.B. McBratney. CRC Press. pp 325-327 Link

Hartemink, A.E., A. Raster & M. Jahn 2012  The Evaluation and Reporting of Soils in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems. In: Issues in Environmental Science and Technology. Edited by R. Hester & R. Harrison. The Royal Society of Chemistry, London.  pp 69-93 Link

Odeh, I.O.A., J. Leenaars, A.E. Hartemink, & I. Amapu 2012  The challenges of collating legacy data for digital mapping of Nigerian soils.n: Digital soil assessments and beyond. Edited by B. Minasny, B. Malone & A.B. McBratney. CRC Press. pp 453-458 Link

Hartemink, A.E., H.D. Watson & E. Brevik 2012  On the soil in Soil Survey Horizons. Soil Horizons 53: 30-38 Link

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