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Ecosystem Science and Management

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Jay Norton
Associate Professor
Extension Soils Specialist
Director, UWyo Soil Resource Laboratory

Contact Information:

Office: Agriculture 48


Phone: (307) 766-5082

Jay Norton

Research Interests:

My research focuses on nutrient cycling in natural, disturbed, and agricultural settings from the perspective of landscape and soil organic matter dynamics. I am interested in learning how interactions among landscapes, plant communities, and land use affect resiliency and degradation-recovery processes as applied to on-the-ground ecological restoration and sustainable management.


I am most interested in using applied research as an extension tool. Engaging land owners, agency managers, conservationists, and others in planning and implementing problem-solving research provides the most effective learning situations for both researchers and managers. It also ensures relevant and practical results that address real production and management issues.

Teaching: Soil Health and Nutrient Cycling, SOIL 4160/5160

Taught fall semester in odd-numbered years. This course addresses the ability of soils to support plant growth as a function of soil properties and management in agriculture, forestry, rangelands, and ecological restoration. Topics include soil health, landscape/fertility relationships, soil-plant relationships, sustainable agriculture, acidity and alkalinity, organic matter and nutrient cycling, soil assessment, and disturbed soils.

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