247 Johnson Hall
PO Box 646420
Pullman WA 99164-6420 USA
B.S. Biophysical Environmental Studies, 1991, Northland College, Ashland, WI
M.S. Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, 1994, Iowa State University, Ames, IA
Ph.D. Soil Science, 1997, Washington State University
Most of my personal research projects focus on 1). Biologically improving crop and soil health, and 2) Sustainable use of agricultural by-products. Learn about Biologically-Intensive Agriculture and Organic Farming (BIOAg) for Sustainability here.
Organic and Alternative Agriculture
- Organic production: nutrient supply, carbon footprint, soil biology
- Biodynamic farming and preparations
Green Manure Biocontrol
- Soilborne disease control and nutrient supply from mustard green manures and seedmeals
Compost and Compost Teas
- Composting unusual byproducts such as livestock carcasses and mint distillery waste
- Compost teas for nutrient supply and pathogen antagonism
Soil Microbiology and Molecular Ecology
- Soil, compost, and compost tea community analysis
*Adewale, C., L. Carpenter-Boggs, D. Huggins (in preparation) Comparative analysis of soil available nutrients on organic farms using ion exchange and traditional extraction methods. Soil Science Society of America Journal.
Carpenter-Boggs L.A., S.S.Higgins, B.J.Weddell, L.M.Higgins, M.Mazzola, J.L.Smith. (in preparation) Sinapis alba Seed Meal Effects on Available Nitrogen and Pythium-induced damping Off for Organic Greenhouse Spinach Production. HortScience.
Crump, A., J.L. Smith, H.P. Collins, L. Carpenter-Boggs. (accepted) The effect of biochar and Brassica seed meal amendments on soil biological processes. Biology and Fertility of Soils.
Zaher, U., D. Granatstein, L. Carpenter-Boggs. 2013. Interactive LCA framework towards reduced carbon footprint of nutrients recycling in organic agriculture. International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment.
Reganold, J.P., P.K. Andrews, J.R. Reeve, L. Carpenter-Boggs, C.W. Schadt, J.R. Alldredge, C.F. Ross, N.M. Davies, J. Zhou. 2013. Organic vs. conventional strawberry agroecosystem. In D. Rooney (ed.) Sustainable Soil Management. CRC Press, Boca Raton, Florida. pp. 185-215.
*Piaskowski, J., B. Weddell, L. Carpenter-Boggs. 2013. Evaluation of a symposium for dryland organic agriculture in the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Extension.
Abi-Ghanem, R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, R. Koenig, J. Ullman, K. Murphy, C. Pannkuk. 2013. Agricultural resource availability in Iraq: Insight from an Iraqi extension revitalization project. Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education.
Mohammad Duqqah, U. Zaher, L. Carpenter-Boggs. 2013. Evaluation of Nutrient recycling and reuse of activated sludge treated wastewater in intensive agriculture. African Journal of Biotechnology.
*Biabani, A., L. Carpenter-Boggs. 2012. Study of characteristics in the global chickpea collection. Russian Agricultural Sciences. 38: 114-117.
Biabani, A., L. Carpenter Boggs, K. Natasha, U. Morad. 2012. Microscopic morphology of nitrogen fixing paranodules on wheat roots. African Journal of Biotechnology. 11:2971-2976.
*Abi-Ghanem, R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.L. Smith, G. J. Vandemark. 2012. Nitrogen fixation by US and Middle Eastern chickpeas with commercial and wild Middle Eastern inocula,” ISRN Soil Science doi:10.5402/2012/981842.
TerAvest, D., J.L. Smith, L. Carpenter-Boggs, D. Granatstein, L. Hoagland, J.P. Reganold. 2011. Soil carbon pools, nitrogen supply, and tree performance under several groundcovers and compost rates in a newly planted apple orchard. HortScience 46: 1687–1694.
*Reeve, J.R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, H. Sehmsdorf. 2011. Sustainable agriculture, a case study of a small Lopez Island Farm. Agricultural Systems 104:572-579.
*Biabani, A., L. Carpenter-Boggs, M. Katozi, H. Sabouri. 2011a. Effects of seed deterioration and inoculation with Mesorhizobium ciceri on yield and plant performance of chickpea. Australian Journal of Crop Science 5:66-70.
*Biabani, A., L. Carpenter-Boggs, C.J. Coyne, L. Taylor, J.L. Smith, S. Higgins. 2011b. Nitrogen fixation potential in global chickpea mini-core collection. Biology and Fertility of Soils 47:679-685.
*Abi-Ghanem, R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.L. Smith. 2010. Cultivar effects on nitrogen fixation in peas and lentils. Biology and Fertility of Soils 47:115-120.
*Reeve, J.R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.P. Reganold, A.L. York, and W.F. Brinton. 2010a. Influence of biodynamic preparations on compost development and resultant compost extracts on wheat seedling growth. Bioresource Technology 101:5658-5666.
*Reeve, J., C.W. Schadt, L. Carpenter-Boggs, S. Kang, J. Zhou, J.P. Reganold.2010b. Effects of soil type and farm management on soil ecological functional genes and microbial activities. The ISME Journal 4:1099-1107.
*Reganold J.P., P.K. Andrews, J. Reeve, L. Carpenter-Boggs, C. Schadt, J.R. Alldredge, C. Ross, N. Davies, J. Zhou. 2010. Fruit and soil quality of organic and conventional strawberry agroecosystems. PLoS ONE 5(9): e12346. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0012346.
Teravest, D., J.L. Smith, L. Carpenter-Boggs, L. Hoagland, D. Granatstein, J.P. Reganold. 2010. Influence of Orchard Floor Management and Compost Application Timing on N Partitioning in Organically Managed Apple Trees. HortScience 45:637-642.
*Abi-Ghanem, R., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.L. Smith, G. Vandemark. 2010. Nitrogen Fixation by U.S. and Middle Eastern Chickpeas with Commercial or Wild Middle Eastern Inoculum. Abstract 59015. Agronomy Society of America 2010 International Annual Meetings, Long Beach, CA.
*Weddell, B., L. Carpenter-Boggs, S. Higgins. 2012. Global Climate Change. WSU Extension Publication FS069E.
*Carpenter-Boggs, L. J.P. Reganold, J.R. Reeve, P.K. Andrews. 2011. Organic management improves soil health and strawberry nutritive value. Proceedings of the Western Nutrient Management Conference, Reno, NV.
*Crosby, C., L. Carpenter-Boggs, S. Higgins, N. Khadduri. 2010. National Proceedings, Forest and Conservation Nursery Associations, 2009, USDA Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station RMRS-P-62, p. 32.
*Granatstein, D.M., L. Carpenter-Boggs, D.R. Huggins. 2010. Greenhouse Gases and Agriculture: Where Does Organic Farming Fit? National webinar eOrganic
*Carpenter-Boggs, L. 2010. The Science Behind Biodynamics. eOrganic webpage.
Several Western Carolina University students and a faculty member spent a recent bitterly cold weekend in the gray winter woods on campus, working on a project that may provide society with an alternative to traditional burial and cremation.
Cheryl Johnston, director of WCU’s Forensic Osteology Research Station, and the students are collaborating with Katrina Spade, founder and director of the Urban Death Project, in determining the most efficient way of composting humans after death. The goal of Spade’s project is to come up with a more natural way of handling the bodies of the deceased while simultaneously providing rich compost for the Earth.