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Henry Allen Torbert

Posted by | March 13, 2021


Henry Allen Torbert

Job Title:

Research Leader, Soil Scientist


Phone Number:

334 844-3979


Google Scholar Profile


Dr. H. Allen Torbert is a Soil Scientist and the Research Leader (Location Coordinator) for the USDA-ARS National Soil Dynamics Laboratory in Auburn, AL, where he manages human and physical resources as well as research activities.  He earned his B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1985) degrees from Auburn University’s Agronomy and Soils Department and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois in the Agronomy and Soils Department (1989).  After a Post Doctorate in Auburn, Dr. Torbert served as a Soil Scientist at the USDA-ARS Grassland Soil and Water Research Laboratory in Temple, TX.  In 2001, Dr. Torbert returned to Auburn as a Soil Scientist and was appointed Research Leader in 2005 for the National Soil Dynamics Laboratory. Dr. Torbert’s program focuses mainly on soil fertilizer practices to develop cropping systems that optimally integrate animal manure into sustainable agriculture while safeguarding environmental integrity.  This includes developing knowledge regarding the relationship of agriculture to global environmental change.  He has authored or co-authored 307 publications; 170 refereed journal articles; 18 book chapters; 86 conference and symposium proceedings; 14 popular publications; 19 technical publications/reports; and 2 patents (1 additional submitted for consideration); and has secured 76 extramural proposals totaling over 9.3 million dollars.  Dr. Torbert currently serves on the editorial board of Pedosphere, and European Agrophysical Journal, and the Journal of Soil and Tillage Research.  He is active in the International Soil Tillage Research Organization.  Dr. Torbert also is an affiliate faculty member at Texas A&M University, Texas and Auburn University, Alabama and has served on several graduate student committees in the Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences Department, Horticulture Department, and the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University.

Research Areas:

  • Soil Fertility

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