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Mark Thorne

Mark Thorne standing next to a horse in a stall
Associate in Research

Department of Crop and Soil Sciences
159 Johnson Hall
Pullman, WA 99164

Faculty supervisor

Drew Lyon

Educational background

Ph.D. Environmental Science, The Ohio State University
M.S. Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University
B.S. Crop Science, Oregon State University

Area of research interest

My primary research goal is to understand and develop mechanisms and strategies to increase quality, productivity, and sustainability in managed ecosystems.


Spring, J.F., M.E. Thorne, I.C. Burke, and D.J. Lyon. 2018. Rush skeletonweed (Chondrilla juncea) control in Pacific Northwest winter wheat. Weed Technology 32:360-363.

Thorne, M., L. Rhodes, and J. Cardina. 2013. Soil compaction and arbuscular mycorrhizae affect seedling growth of three grasses. Open Journal of Ecology 3:455-463.

Thorne, M., L. Rhodes, and J. Cardina. 2013. Effectivity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi of reclaimed calcareous surface mine soil and native tallgrass prairie soil on growth of prairie grasses. Open Journal of Ecology 3:224-233.

Thorne, M. and J. Cardina. 2011. Prairie grass establishment on calcareous reclaimed mine soil. Journal of Environmental Quality 40:1824-1834.

Thorne, M.E., F.L. Young, J.P. Yenish. 2007. Cropping systems alter weed seed banks in Pacific Northwest semi-arid wheat region. Crop Protection 26:1121-1134.

Young, F.L. and M.E. Thorne. 2004. Weed-species dynamics and management in no-till and reduced-till fallow cropping systems for the semi-arid agricultural region of the Pacific Northwest, USA. Crop Protection 23:1097-1110.

Thorne, M.E., F.L. Young, W.L. Pan, R. Bafus, and J.R. Alldredge. 2003. No-till spring cereal cropping systems reduce wind erosion susceptibility in the wheat/fallow region of the Pacific Northwest. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 58(5): 250-257.

Thorne, M.E., B.A. Zamora, and A.C. Kennedy. 1998. Sewage sludge and mycorrhizal effects on Secar bluebunch wheatgrass in mine spoil. Journal of Environmental Quality 27:1228- 1233.