Stephen H. Anderson, PhD

William A. Albrecht Distinguished Professor of Soil and Environmental Sciences

Environmental Soil Physics and Hydrology

Adjunct Professor – PST

Plant Science & Technology

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

  • Rankoth, L.M., R.P. Udawatta, S.H. Anderson, C.J. Gantzer, and S. Alagele. 2021. Cover crop influence on soil water dynamics for a corn-soybean rotation. Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment 4:e20175.
  • 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.