David E. Kissel

NAME David E. Kissel
TITLE Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences
Director, Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories
DEPARTMENT Crop and Soil Sciences and Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories
PHONE 706-542-5350
FAX 706-369-5734
ADDRESS Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories
University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602
EMAIL dkissel@uga.edu
EDUCATION Ph.D., Soil Chemistry, University of Kentucky
M.S., Soil Fertility, University of Kentucky
B.S., Agronomy, Purdue University
RESEARCH INTERESTS Ammonia retention by soils, ammonia volatilization, soil nitrogen cycle, soil acidity measurement

David Kissel


Dr. David E. Kissel is administrative head and Director of the Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) of the University of Georgia. This unit provides testing services for farmers, researchers, homeowners, and industry clients. The three faculty in this unit also carry out applied research in the development of new laboratory testing protocols and they collaborate with other faculty in the College on research and outreach projects that depend on the AESL testing protocols.

Dr. Kissel is author or co-author of over 100 refereed scientific articles and numerous popular scientific articles on nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizer use and cycling in soils and crops. Recent research has been in the areas of mapping of soil properties such as organic carbon and clay across field landscapes using remote sensing and GIS technologies. Research is in progress on new laboratory methods, including the development of better methods for routine determination of soil pH and lime requirement. Dr. Kissel has an extensive background on sorption of ammonia by soils and the reaction of urea in soils. Some of his present research involves the study of ammonia sorption by chars, a product from biofuels production.


Chen, Feng, D.E. Kissel, L.T. West, and Wayne Adkins 2000 Field scale mapping surface soil organic carbon using remotely sensed imagery. Soil Sci. soc. Amer. J. 64:746-753.

Weaver, A.W., D.E. Kissel, F. Chen, L.T. West, W. Adkins, D. Rickman, and J.C.Luvall 2004. Mapping soil pH buffering capacity of selected fields in the coastal lain. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 68: 662-668.

Chen, F., D. E. Kissel, L.T. West, R. Clark, D. Rickman, J.C. Luvall, and W. Adkins. 2004. Field scale mapping of surface soil clay concentration. Precision Agriculture 5: 3-22.

Kissel, D.E. and M.L. Cabrera. 2004. Ammonia in soils. pp.56-64. Encyclopedia of soils in the environment. Elsevier Publishing Co.

Kissel, D.E., M.L. Cabrera, N. Vaio, J.R. Craig, J.A. Rema, and L.A. Morris. 2004. Rainfall timing and ammonia loss from urea in a loblolly pine plantation. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 68:1744- 1750.

Liu, Min, D.E. Kissel, M.L. Cabrera, and P.F. Vendrell. 2005. Soil lime requirement by direct titration with a single addition of calcium hydroxide. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 69:522-530.

Kissel, D.E., R.A. Isaac, R. Hitchcock, L.S. Sonon, and P.F. Vendrell. 2007 Implementation of soil lime requirement by a single-addition titration method. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 38: 1341-1352.

Kissel, D.E., S. Paramasivam, and M.L. Cabrera. 2008. Ammonium, ammonia, and urea reactions in soils. In J.Schepers and W. Raun (eds.) Nitrogen in Soils. American Society of Agronomy. (Accepted for publication).