Haly Neely

Haly Neely

Assistant Professor, Spatial Soil and Water Management  509-335-0947 Clark 335 PO Box 646420, Pullman, WA 99164


  • 2014     Ph. D., Soil Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • 2010     M.S., Soil Science, Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • 2008     B.S. Agricultural Journalism, Washington State University, Pullman, WA


  •  AgTM 405

Research interest

The goal of our lab is to quantify the interaction of soil, water, and plants at the field-scale to improve soil health and ecosystem resilience. Research activities can be grouped under two areas: 1) conserve water and protect the soil through soil health promoting practices and, 2) using sensor technology to quantify spatial soil moisture dynamics.

Recent publications

  1. Bhandari, M., A.M.H. Ibrahim, Q. Xue, J. Jung, A. Chang, J.C. Rudd, M. Maeda, N. Rajan, H.L. Neely, and J. Landivar. 2020. Assessing winter wheat foliage disease severity using aerial imagery acquired from small Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. 176. doi:10.1016/j.compag.2020.105665
  2. Bagnall, G.C., N. Koonjoo, S.A. Altobelli, M.S. Conradi, E. Fukushima, D.O. Kuethe, J.E. Mullet, H.L. Neely,W.L. Rooney, K.F. Stupic, B. Weers, B. Zhu, M.S. Rosen, and C.L.S. Morgan. 2020. Low-field magnetic resonance imaging of roots in intact clayey and silty soils. Geoderma. 370. doi: 10.1016/j.geoderma.2020.114356
  3. Bagnall, D., P.M. Crespo Gutierrez, Y.T. Yimam, C.L.S. Morgan, H.L. Neely, and J.P. Ackerson. 2018. Effect of air- and water-filled voids on neutron moisture meter measurements of clay soil. Vadose Zone J. 17:180137. doi:10.2136/vzj2018.07.0137
  4. Neely, H.L., C.L.S. Morgan, K.J. McInnes, and C.C. Molling. 2018. Modeling soil crack volume at the pedon scale using available soil data. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. doi:10.2136/sssaj2018.01.0007.
  5. Watson, H., L. Neely, C.L.S. Morgan, K.J. McInnes, and C.C. Molling. 2017.  Identifying subsoil variation associated with gilgai using electromagnetic induction.  Geoderma  295:34-40.
  6. Rouze, G., C.L.S. Morgan, Neely, A.B. McBratney. 2017 Exploratory assessment of aerial gamma radiometrics across the conterminous United States. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 81:94-108.
  7. Shi, Y, J.A. Thomasson, S.C. Murray, N.A. Pugh, W.L. Rooney, S. Shafian, N. Rajan, G. Rouze, C.L.S. Morgan, L. Neely, A. Rana,.M.V. Bagavathiannan, J. Henrickson, E. Bowden, J.Valasek, J. Olsenholler, M.P. Bishop, R. Sheridan, E.B. Putman, S. Popescu, T. Burks, D.Cope, A. Ibrahim, B.F. McCutchen, D.D. Baltensperger, R.V. Avant Jr, M. Vidrine, C. Yang. 2016. Unmanned aerial vehicles for high-throughput phenotyping and agronomic research. PlosOne. 11(7) DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0159781.
  8. Neely, H.L., C.L.S. Morgan, C.T. Hallmark, K.J. McInnes, and C.C. Molling.   Apparent Electrical Conductivity Response to Spatially Variable Vertisol Properties.  Geoderma 263:168-175.
  9. Neely, H.L., P. Ackerson, C.L.S. Morgan, and K.J. McInnes. 2014.  Instrumentation to measure soil subsidence and water content in a single borehole. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 78:1251-1257.
  10. Kishne, A.Sz., C.L.S. Morgan, H.L. Neely. 2014.  How much surface water can gilgai microtopography capture?  J. Hydrol. 513:256-261.

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