S. Carolina Córdova

S. Carolina Córdova


·S. Carolina Córdova Soil Science and Biogeochemistry

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S. Carolina Córdova

​Assistant Professor and Statewide Soil Health Specialist

Area of Expertise: Soil and Water Sciences

Ph.D., Soil Science, Iowa State University, 2018

B. Eng. Agro-Industry, Tecnica del Norte University, Ecuador, 2010

Main Area of Focus

Soil health and biogeochemistry

Courses teaching Spring 2023

  • PLAS/NRES 435, AGRO/NRES 835: Agroecology

Research Interests

  • Soil health
  • Sustainable intensification of agriculture
  • Soil carbon sequestration
  • Carbon farming & market
  • Resilient agroecosystems
  • Soil-plant-atmosphere interactions
  • Low-input and high-diversity systems
    • Perennial crops (e.g., switchgrass, big bluestem grass, native prairies, CRP)
    • Energy sorghum
    • Short-cycle trees (e.g., poplars)

Extension interests

  • Lead statewide collaborative efforts on soil ecosystem services focusing on soil nutrient management and soil health
  • Build synergistic connections with a diverse group of researchers, extension educators, and stakeholders, working on complementary interests revolving around Nebraska Soil Health
  • Serve Nebraska farmers in building resilient farms and improving their soil health
  • Train future soil health practitioners and scientists
  • Team up with state and federal agents, and diverse stakeholders in building the Nebraska Soil Health Program


Google Scholar publication list
  • Ciampitti, I.A., de Borja Reis, A.F., Córdova, S.C., Castellano, M.J., Archontoulis, S.V., Correndo, A., Antunes De Almeida, L.F., Moro Rosso, L., 2021. Revisiting biological nitrogen fixation dynamics in soybean. Frontiers Plant Science 12:727021 https://doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2021.727021
  • Mosier, S., Córdova, S.C., Robertson, G.P. 2021. Restoring Soil Fertility on Degraded Lands to Meet Food, Fuel, and Climate Security Needs via Perennialization. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems 5:706142 https://doi:10.3389/fsufs.2021.706142
  • Córdova, S.C., Licht, M., Castellano, M.J., Archontoulis, S. V. 2020. Soybean profitability and yield component response to nitrogen fertilizer in Iowa. Agrosystems, Geosciences and Environment 3(1):1-16 https://doi.org/10.1002/agg2.20092
  • Córdova, S.C., Castellano, M.J., Dietzel, R., Licht, M.L., Togliatti, K., Martinez-Feria, R., Archontoulis, S.V. 2019. Soybean nitrogen fixation dynamics in Iowa, USA. Field Crops 236: 165-176 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fcr.2019.03.018
  • Córdova, S.C., Olk, D., Dietzel, R., Muller, K., Archontoulis, S.V., Castellano, M.J. 2018. Plant litter quality affects the accumulation rate, composition, and stability of mineral-associated soil organic matter. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 125: 115-124 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.07.010