Robert L. Tate III

Associate Professor, Director Undergraduate Curriculum
Room 230 Environmental & Natural Resource Sciences Building
(908) 932-9810



Research Interests

Primary research initiatives involve evaluating the properties of soil which define soil quality and assessing the capability of implementing soil remediation procedures to optimize the soil quality level. The overall objective of these studies is to derive principles applicable to assessment and management of industrially contaminated soil sites. The product of the optimized soil quality will be improvement of both ecosystem quality and overall environmental health. Specific research areas include:

Other research activities include study of a) the behavior of xenobiotics and native organic compounds in soil and their impact on ecosystem stability and b) biogeochemical cycles in native ecosystems and the factors controlling these processes. The studies of the behavior of xenobiotics in soils have involved the examination of reclamation and management practices for disturbed soils, behavior of antibiotics and various carcinogens in soils, and problems associated with disposal of radioactive wastes. Objectives of the biogeochemical cycle projects relate to the elucidation of the responsible microbial populations, determination of the enzymes involved in the mineralization reactions, evaluation of the rates of plant nutrient movement through various soil organic matter pools (including the effect of various management systems on this nutrient mobility), and delineation of plant-microbe interactions affecting nutrient cycles.

Recent Publications