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David Coleman

Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus
Graduate Faculty
University of Georgia
Room 714, Biological Sciences Bldg.
Athens, GA 30602

Office: (706) 542-2309
Fax: (706) 542-3344
email: davec@uga.edu

Dr. Coleman is also a faculty member with the Conservation Ecology Program.


Ph.D. - University of Oregon, Eugene

Research Interests

  • Energetics
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Decomposition
  • Biodiversity of soil biota

Research Projects

Long-term studies of disturbances as they affect ecological processes in landscapes of the southern Appalachians (NSF) Co-PI; LTREB: Long-term soil organic matter dynamics in subtropical agroecosystems (NSF) Lead PI; International Symposium on Soil Biodiversity, with special issue of Pedobiologia on that topic (NSF) PI; Microbial biomass and dynamics in riparian zones of the Southern Appalachians (US Forest Service).

Selected Publications

Coleman, D.C., M.D. Hunter, P.F. Hendrix, D.A. Crossley, Jr., S. Arce-Flores, B. Simmons, and K. Wickings. 2009. Long-term consequences of biological and biogeochemical changes in the Horseshoe Bend LTREB agroecosystem, Athens, Ga. Pp.  In: P. Bohlen, Ed. Agroecosystem management for ecological, economic and social sustainability. Taylor and Francis, New York.

Upchurch, R.A., Chiu, C-Y., Everett, K., Dyszynski, G., Coleman, D.C., and Whitman, W.B. 2008. Differences in the composition and diversity of bacterial communities from agricultural and forest soils. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 40, 1294-1305.

Coleman, D.C. 2008. From Peds to Paradoxes: linkages between soil biota and their influences on ecological processes. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 40, 271-289.

Coleman, D.C., and D.H. Wall. 2007. Fauna: the engine for microbial activity and transport. Chapt. 7 (pp. 163-191) in: Soil Microbiology, Ecology and Biochemistry. E.A. Paul (ed.). Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Adl, M.S., D.C. Coleman, and F. Reed. 2006. Slow recovery of biodiversity in sandy loam soils of Georgia after 25 years of no-tillage management. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 114: 323-334.

Coleman, D.C., and W.B. Whitman. 2005. Linking species richness, biodiversity and ecosystem function in soil systems. Pedobiologia 49: 479-497.

Coleman, D.C., D.A. Crossley, Jr., and P.F. Hendrix. 2004. Fundamentals of Soil Ecology. 2nd Edn., Elsevier Academic Press, San Diego. 384 pp.

Moore, J.C., E.L. Berlow, D.C. Coleman and 14 co-authors. 2004. Detritus, trophic dynamics and biodiversity. Ecology Letters 7: 584-600.

Hunter, M. D., S. Adl, C. M. Pringle, and D. C. Coleman. 2003.  Relative effects of macroinvertebrates and habitat on the chemistry of litter during decomposition.  Pedobiologia 47: 101-115.

Coleman, D.C., D.M. Swift, and J.E. Mitchell. 2004. From the frontier to the biosphere: a brief history of the USIBP Grasslands Biome program and its impacts on scientific research in North America. Rangelands 26: 8-15.

Coleman, D.C., S. Fu, P.F. Hendrix, and D.A. Crossley, Jr. 2002. Soil foodwebs in agroecosystems: impacts of herbivory and tillage management. European Journal of Soil Biology 38: 21-28.

Coleman, D.C. 2001. Soil Biota, Soil Systems, and Processes. Pp. 305-314 in vol. 5: S. Levin, Ed. Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Academic Press, San Diego, CA.

Coleman, D. C., and P. F. Hendrix. 2000. (Eds.). Invertebrates as Webmasters in Ecosystems, CAB International, Wallingford, U.K. 336 pp.

Knoepp, J. D., D. C. Coleman, D. A. Crossley, Jr., and J. S. Clark. 2000. Biological indices of soil quality: an ecosystem case study of their use. Forest Ecology & Management 138: 357-368.

Coleman, D. C., and P. F. Hendrix. 2000. (Eds.). Invertebrates as Webmasters in Ecosystems, CAB International, Wallingford, U.K. 336 pp.

Download Vitae: Coleman_CV_July2010.pdf

David Coleman