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Sean Schaeffer

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Institution/Organization: University of Tennessee

Email Address: sschaef5@utk.edu


Keyword(s) of Area of Expertise:

  • climate change
  • agroecosystems
  • critical zone
  • biodegradable plastic
  • soil ecology
  • soil biogeochemistry


2005 Ph. D. – University of Arkansas

1998 M. S. – The University of Arizona

1996 B. S. – University of Utah

Professional Appointments
2018 – Associate Professor, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Dept., University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

2012 – 2018 Assistant Professor, Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science Dept., University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture

2011 Assistant Project Scientist, Earth Research Institute, University of California, Santa Barbara

2008 – 2010 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

2005 – 2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, University of Utah

2003 – 2005 Research Associate, School of Biological Sciences, Washington State University

Selected Publications
Li, L, CB Wilson, H He, X Zhang, F Zhou, SM Schaeffer (2019). Physical, biochemical, and microbial controls on amino sugar accumulation in soils under long-term cover cropping and no-tillage farming. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 135:369-378

Sintim, HY, AI Bary, HG Hayes, ME English, SM Schaeffer, CA Miles, A Zelnyuk, M Flury (2019). Release of Micro- and Nanoparticles from Biodegradable Plastic Mulch during Composting. Science of The Total Environment, 675:686-693

Sintim, HY, S Bandopadhyay, ME English, AI Bary, JM DeBruyn, SM Schaeffer, CA Miles, JP Reganold, M Flury (2019). Impacts of biodegradable plastic mulches on soil health. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 273:36-49

Manzoni, S, SM Schaeffer, G Katul, A Porporato, and JP Schimel (2014). A theoretical analysis of microbial eco-physiological and diffusion limitations to carbon cycling in drying soils. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 73:69-83

Schimel, JP, SM Schaeffer (2012) Microbial community composition and carbon cycling in soil. Frontiers in Terrestrial Microbiology, 3:348. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2012.00348