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Ecosystem Science and Managment

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Larry C. Munn

Larry C. Munn

Soil Science Division

Department of Renewable Resources


Teaches Soil 2010/ AECL 2010: Introduction to Soil Science and Soil 4120/5120: Genesis, Morphology and Classification of Soils. I also teach a variety of special topics and research problems courses. Research centers on soil-geology-plant relationships in native, agricultural and drastically disturbed ecosystems.


  • Ph.D. 1977 Crop and Soil Science (Range Soils), Montana State University
  • M.S. 1974 Natural Resources (Forest Soils), Ohio State University
  • B.S. 1972 Agronomy (Soils), Ohio State University

Professional Experience:

Professor of Soil Science, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming. (Assistant Professor 1981-1986; Associate Professor 1986-1991). (Interim Head October 1998-July 1999).

Research (45%): Soil genesis, morphology and classification; soil- native plant community relationships,  mineland reclamation, coal bed methane development effects on soils and landscapes.

Teaching (45%): SOIL 4120/5120 Soil Morphology, Classification and Genesis; AECL/SOIL2010 Introduction to Soil Science

Awards and Honors:

  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude, Ohio State University, 1972
  • Ellbogen Award for Meritorious Classroom Teaching, 1993
  • College of Agriculture Outstanding Teacher, 1999

Professional Committees:

Western Regional Coordinating Committee on the National Cooperative Soil Survey (Chair, 1989 1990); Soils and Geomorphology Committee - American Society of Agronomy national committee; Soil Taxonomy Committee - National Cooperative Soil Survey; Soil Interpretations Committee - National Cooperative Soil Survey; International Committee on the Classification of Soil Families.

University Tenure and Promotion Committee (Member 1992-1994, 2001 -2003; Chair 1993-1994); College of Agriculture Tenure and Promotion Committee, 1989-1991,1997-1999.

Recent Refereed Publications:

  • Zhang, R., S. Rahman, G.F. Vance and L.C. Munn. 1995. Geostastical analyses of trace elements in soils and plants. Soil Science. 159:383-390.
  • Munn, L.C. 1995. Factors controlling distribution of selenium by geomorphic and pedologic processes in a semi-arid environment, Laramie Basin, Wyoming. p270-283. In G.E. Schuman and G.F. Vance (eds.) Decades Later: a Time for Reassessment. American Society for Surface Reclamation. Princton, WV 24740.
  • Zhang, R., J.D. Hamerlinck, S.P. Gloss and L.C. Munn. 1996. Determination of   non-point source pollution using GIS and numerical models.  J. Environ. Qual.  25:411-418.
  • Rahman, S., L.C. Munn, R. Zhang and G.F. Vance. 1996.  Wyoming Rocky Mountain forest soils: evaluating variability using statistics and geoststistics. Can. J. Soil Sci.   75:501-507.
  • Reddy, K.J,  L.C. Munn and L. Wang 1996. Chapter 2. Chemistry and Mineralogy of Molybdenum in soils.  In U.G. Ghupta (ed) Soil and Plant Molybdenum and its Significance in Crops and Livestock.  Cambridge University Press. New York. pp 4-22.
  • Rahman, S., L.C. Munn, G.F. Vance and C. Arneson. 1997. Wyoming Rocky Mountain forest soils: mapping using an ARC/INFO geographic information system. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 61:1730-1737.
  • Young, J.A., G.F. Vance, L.C. Munn, B.M. Christensen and M.S. Schaad. 2000. A Geographic Information System for identification of potential alternative crops utilizing soil and climatic variables in the Big Horn Basin, Wyoming. American Journal of Alternative Agriculture 15:160-170.

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