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
Recent Publications, 2016-2018
Blubaugh, C.K., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.P. Reganold, R.N. Schaeffer, and W.E. Snyder. 2018. Bacteria and Competing Herbivores Weaken Top–Down and Bottom–Up Aphid Suppression. Frontiers in Plant Science. 2018:9.
Adewale, C., J.P. Reganold, S. Higgins, D. Evans, and L. Carpenter-Boggs. 2018. Improving carbon footprinting of agricultural systems: Boundaries, tiers, and organic farming. Environmental Impact Assessment Review. 71:41-48.
Biabani, A., L. Carpenter-Boggs, A. Gholizadeh, M. Vafaie-Tabar, and M.O Omara. 2018. Reproduction efficiency of Eisenia foetida and substrate changes during vermicomposting of organic materials. Compost Science & Utilization. DOI: 10.1080/1065657X.2018.1463877
Alam, Z.M., L. Carpenter-Boggs, A. Rahman, M.M. Haque, M.R.U. Miah, M. Moniruzzaman, M.A. Qayume, and H.M. Abdullah. 2017. Water Quality and Resident Perceptions of Declining Ecosystem Services at Shitalakkah Wetland in Narayangonj City. Sustainability of Water Quality and Ecology doi.org/10.1016/j.swaqe.2017.03.002
Carlson, B.R., L. Carpenter-Boggs S. Higgins, R. Nelson, C.O. Stöckle, and J. Weddell. 2017. Development of a web application for estimating carbon footprints of organic farms. Computers and Electronics in Agriculture 142: 211-223.
Adewale C., L. Carpenter-Boggs, U.E. Zaher, S.S. Higgins, and D.M. Granatstein. 2016. Identifying hotspots in the carbon footprint of a small scale organic vegetable farm. Agricultural Systems 149:112-121.
Shrewsbury, L.H., J.L. Smith, D.R. Huggins, L. Carpenter-Boggs, and K. Reardon. 2016. Denitrifier population abundance influences soil denitrification rates in topographically diverse field scale agricultural landscape. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 103:221-231.
Paudel, B., S. Higgins, L. Carpenter-Boggs. 2016. Influence of brassicaceous soil amendments on potentially beneficial and pathogenic soil microorganisms and seedling growth in Douglas-fir nurseries. Applied Soil Ecology 105:91-100.
Walters, H., L.A. Carpenter-Boggs, K. Desta, L. Yan, G.J. Matanguihan, and K. Murphy. 2016. Effect of irrigation, intercrop and cultivar on agronomic and nutritional characteristics of quinoa. Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems 40:783-803.
Morrow, J., L. Carpenter-Boggs, J.P. Reganold, and D. Huggins. 2016. Evaluating Measures of Soil C and N to Assess Soil Health in Long-term Agroecosystem Trials of the Inland Pacific Northwest. Soil Science Society of America 80:450-462
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.