Stephen H. Anderson, PhD

William A. Albrecht Distinguished Professor of Soil and Environmental Sciences

Environmental Soil Physics and Hydrology

Adjunct Professor

Plant Sciences

Undergraduate Degree Program Coordinator

School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-6303
Address 302 Anheuser-Busch Natural Resources Building


  • Ph.D. 1985, North Carolina State University


  • Soil physics, vadose zone hydrology, X-ray tomography of soil systems

Research Description

Anderson’s primary research interests include evaluation of soil management effects on soil hydraulic properties, development of X-ray computed tomography and microtomography techniques for assessment of pore-scale soil properties and processes, and utilizing simulation models to evaluate effectiveness of conservation practices at the watershed scale. Soil properties evaluated with X-ray tomography include macropore and mesopore size distributions and characteristics, pore continuity, and pore tortuosity — all critically important for transport of water, air and solutes in soil systems. Image analysis techniques are applied to quantify pore-scale variability of biopores.


  • Environmental Science/Civil Engineering 3250, Pollutant Fate and Transport
  • Environmental Science/Soil Science 4305/7305, Environmental Soil Physics
  • Environmental Science/Soil Science 4306/7306, Environmental Soil Physics Laboratory
  • Environmental Science/Natural Resources 4320/7320, Hydrologic and Water Quality Modeling
  • Biological Engineering 4350/7350/Civil Engineering 4720/7720, Watershed Modeling Using GIS
  • Biological Engineering 8250, Water Management Theory
  • Environmental Science/Soil Science 8400, Transport in the Vadose Zone
  • Plant Science 4355/7355, Advanced Turfgrass Management

Selected Publications

  • Alagele, S.M., S. Jose, S.H. Anderson, and R.P. Udawatta.  2021.  Hydraulic lift:  Processes, methods, and practical implications for society.  Agroforestry Systems  95:641-657.
  • Singh, N., S. Kumar, R.P. Udawatta, S.H. Anderson, L.W. De Jongeand, and S. Katuwal. 2021.  X-ray micro-computed tomography characterized soil pore network as influenced by long-term application of manure and fertilizer.  Geoderma 385:Article114872:1-8.
  • Singh, N., S. Kumar, R.P. Udawatta, S.H. Anderson, L.W. DeJonge, and S. Katuwal.  2021.  Grassland conversion to croplands impacted soil pore parameters measured using X-ray computed tomography.  Soil Science Society of America Journal 85:73-84.
  • Alagele, S.M., S.H. Anderson, and R.P. Udawatta.  2020.  Agroforestry, grass, biofuel crop, and row-crop management effects on soil water dynamics for claypan landscapes.  Soil Science Society of America Journal  84:203-219.
  • Alagele, S.M., S.H. Anderson, R.P. Udawatta, K.S. Veum, and L.M. Rankoth.  2020.  Long-term perennial management and cropping effects on soil microbial biomass for claypan watersheds.  Agronomy Journal  112:815-827.
  • Gantzer, C.J., and S.H. Anderson.  2020.  The Soil and Water Conservation Society – The society’s beginning.  pp. 1-11.  In J.A. Delgado, C.J. Gantzer, and G.J. Sassenrath.  Soil and Water Conservation Society:  A Celebration of 75 Years.  Soil and Water Conservation Society, Ankeny, Iowa.
  • Haruna, S.I., and S.H. Anderson.  2020.  No-till farming systems for enhancing soil water storage.  pp. 213-231.  In Y. Dang, R.C. Dalal, and N.W. Menzies (eds.) No-Till Farming Systems for Sustainable Agriculture:  Challenges and Opportunities.  Springer Nature, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Haruna, S.I., S.H. Anderson, R.P. Udawatta, C.J. Gantzer, S. Cui, N.C. Phillips, and Y. Gao.  2020.  Improving soil physical properties through the use of cover crops:  A review.  Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment  3:e20105.
  • Zuber, S.M., K.S. Veum, R.L. Myers, N.R. Kitchen, and S.H. Anderson.  2020.  Role of inherent soil characteristics in assessing soil health across Missouri.  Agricultural & Environmental Letters 5:e20021.
  • Alagele, S.M., S.H. Anderson, and R.P. Udawatta.  2019.  Biomass and buffer management practice effects on soil hydraulic properties compared to grain crops for claypan landscapes.  Agroforestry Systems  93:1609-1625.
  • Alagele, S.M., S.H. Anderson, R.P. Udawatta, K.S. Veum, and L.M. Rankoth.  2019.  Effects of conservation practices on soil quality compared to a corn/soybean rotation on a claypan soil.  Journal of Environmental Quality  48:1694-1702.
  • Anderson, S.H., and R.P. Udawatta.  2019.  Agroforestry:  A system for improving soil health.  pp. 317-334. In M.R. Mosquera-Losada and R. Prabhu (eds.) Agroforestry for Sustainable Agriculture.  Burleigh Dodds Science Publishing, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
  • Cercioglu, M., S.H. Anderson. R.P. Udawatta, and S.M. Alagele.  2019.  Effect of cover crop management on soil hydraulic properties.  Geoderma 343:247-253.
  • Norkaew, S., R.J. Miles, D.K. Brandt, and S.H. Anderson.  2019.  Effects of 130 years of selected cropping management systems on soil health properties for Sanborn Field.  Soil Science Society of America Journal  83:1479-1490.
  • Song, E., X. Pan, R.J. Kremer, K.W. Goyne, S.H. Anderson, and X. Xiong.  2019.  Influence of repeated application of wetting agents on soil water repellency and microbial community.  Sustainability 11(16): 4505, pp 1-13.  Special Issue:  Sustainability of Microbial Ecosystems and Aquatic Microbial Diversity.
  • Zaibon, S., S.H. Anderson, K.S. Veum, and S.I. Haruna.  2019.  Soil thermal properties affected by topsoil thickness in switchgrass and row crop management systems.  Geoderma 350:93-100.
  • Cercioglu, M., S.H. Anderson, R.P. Udawatta, and S.I. Haruna.  2018.  Effects of cover crop and biofuel crop management on computed tomography-measured pore parameters.  Geoderma 319:80-88.
  • Gantzer, C.J., S.H. Anderson, and R.J. Miles.  2018.  The centennial of the first erosion plots.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation  73:57A-59A.
  • Haruna, S.I., N.V. Nkongolo, S.H. Anderson, F. Eivazi, and S. Zaibon.  2018.  In situ infiltration as influenced by cover crop and tillage management.  Journal of Soil and Water Conservation  73:164-172.
  • Haruna, S.I., S.H. Anderson, N.V. Nkongolo, and S. Zaibon.  2018.  Soil hydraulic properties:  Influence of tillage and cover crops.  Pedosphere  28:430-442.
  • Satkowski, L.E., K.W. Goyne, S.H. Anderson, R.N. Lerch, E.B. Webb, and D.D. Snow. 2018. Imidacloprid sorption and transport in cropland, grass buffer, and riparian buffer soils. Vadose Zone J. 17:170139. doi:10.2136/vzj2017.07.0139.
  • Senaviratne, G.M.M.M.A., C. Baffaut, J.A. Lory, R.P. Udawatta, N.O. Nelson, J.R. Williams, and S.H. Anderson.  2018.  Improved APEX model simulation of buffer water quality benefits at field scale.  Transactions of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers  61:603-616.
  • Song, E., K.W. Goyne, R.J. Kremer, S.H. Anderson, and X. Xiong.  2018.  Surfactant chemistry effects on organic matter removal from water repellant sand. Soil Science Society of America Journal  82:1252-1258.