Plants, Soils, and Climate
PhD, Soil Science, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 2007
MS, Soil Science, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, 2003
BS, Ecology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England, 1995
Soil microbiology and ecology, agroecology, soil quality, sustainable farming systems
Dr. Reeve's research focuses on understanding the environmental, economic and social consequences of different farming systems. The overall goal of her research is to develop strategies for organic and integrated annual and perennial crop production adapted to shallow alkaline soils, short growing seasons, cold winters and hot summers. She aims to improve soil health, crop quality, on farm biodiversity, and reduce reliance on external inputs for improved agricultural sustainability. To this end, she assesses farming systems at plot, field, farm, landscape and regional scales through a combination of local and multi-state trials to determine viable agricultural systems for Utah in the face of expanding urban growth, increased competition for water and climate change. Specific objectives are to:
- Evaluate effects of different treatment combinations (crop rotation, cover crops, compost, mulch) on changes in nutrient cycling, water use, weeds, and yield of agronomic and fruit crops.
- Assess cropping systems for soil health and carbon and nitrogen storage potential.
- Determine mechanisms responsible for long-term persistence of compost in calcareous and non-calcareous dryland soils.