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

I teach Pedology (325) including field work and the two lab sections, and the pedology component of General Soil Science (301). We have integrated iPads and products from the ISEE project in our teaching. We teach our students to be able to read the landscape and the relationship between soils, landform and landuse. In the process, they become well-informed consumers of soil information. Both our undergraduate and graduate students easily find employment in the environmental sector but also in agronomy or forestry. Soil science proves to be an excellent start for a career in a field of global importance but with local impact.

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In the FD Hole Soils lab, we have field-based research programs on soil carbon, digital soil morphometrics and digital soil mapping. The research takes place at different locations in Wisconsin and the sites contrast in terms of soils (clay, sand, loam) and geomorphology (glaciated, unglaciated). Unique about our projects is that they are on-farm and in close cooperation with farmers. The sites are also intensely 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. 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.

We also collaborate on research in other parts of the world and host several international visitors and scientists.

Selected Publications 2015-2016

Yost, J., L. Egerton-Warburton, K.M. Schreiner, C.E. Palmer, & A.E. Hartemink. 2016.  Impact of restoration and management on aggregation and organic carbon accumulation in urban grasslands. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 00:000-000 (In the press).

Hartemink, A.E. 2016.  The definition of soil since the early 1800s. Adv. Agron. 137:73-126

Hartemink, A.E. & B. Minasny (ed.). 2016.  Digital soil morphometrics. Springer Dordrecht. 442 p. ISBN 978-3-319-28295-4

Minasny, B., S.Y. Hong, A.E. Hartemink, Y. Kim, & S.S. Kang 2016   Soil pH increase under paddy in South Korea between 2000 and 2012. Agric. Ecosys. Environ. 221:205-213

Akpa S.I.C.,  I.O.A. Odeh, T.F.A. Bishop, A.E. Hartemink & I.Y. Amapu. 2016. Total soil organic carbon and carbon sequestration potential in Nigeria. Geoderma 271:202-215

Adhikari, K. & A.E. Hartemink. 2016.  Linking soils to ecosystem services – A global review. Geoderma 262:101-111

Bonfatti, B.R., A.E. Hartemink, E. Giasson, C.G. Tornquist, & K. Adhikari 2016  Digital mapping of soil carbon in a viticultural region of Southern Brazil. Geoderma 261:204-221

Hartemink, A.E. 2015.  90 years IUSS and global soil science. Soil Sci. Plant Nutr. 61:579-586

Hartemink, A.E. 2015.  The use of soil classification in journal papers between 1975 and 2014. Geoderma Regional 5:127-139

Adhikari, K., & A.E. Hartemink 2015  Digital mapping of topsoil carbon content and changes in the driftless area of Wisconsin, USA. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 79:155-164

Nardi, P., G. Di Matteo, & A.E. Hartemink. 2015.  Hypotheses presence and acceptance in seven soil science journals. Geoderma 243-244:10-17

Hartemink, A.E. 2015.  On global soil science and regional solutions. Geoderma Regional 5:1-3

Watson, H., & A.E. Hartemink. 2015.  Rapid changes in sandy soils under intensive agriculture in Wisconsin. Soil Horizons 1-6 doi:10.2136/sh14-11-0014

Hartemink, A E. 2015. New tools for pedologists – digital soil morphometrics. Soil Horizons

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