As pedologists (pedology: the study of the formation, characteristics and distribution of soils), we study how soils form, why they look the way they do, and how their properties are distributed spatially and with depth. Our research is focused on understanding and quantifying soil variability, the relationships between soils and landscapes, and the responses of soils to land management strategies and environmental change.
Sousa, M.J., Jelinski, N.A., Windmuller-Campione, M., Williams, A., GreyBear, E., Finnesand, K., Zachman, V. In Press. Long-term recovery of organic layer thickness but not soil carbon stocks and permafrost depth following fire in black spruce forests of the Copper River Basin, Alaska. Canadian Journal of Forest Research.
Jelinski, NA, Perrone, SV, Blair, HK, Fabian, ML. 2020. Growing hearts and minds: Linking landscapes and lifescapes in a soils field course. Nat Sci Educ. 2020; 49:e20018. https://doi.org/10.1002/nse2.20018
Jelinski, N.A., M.J. Sousa, A. Williams, E. GreyBear, K. Finnesand, D. Mulligan, C. Cole, M.D. Stillinger, J.M. Feinberg. 2019. Cryoturbation and carbon stocks in Gelisols under late-successional black spruce forests of the Copper River Basin, AK. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 83: 1760-1778. http://doi.org/10.2136/sssaj2019.07.0212
Jelinski, N.A., B. Campforts, J.K. Willenbring, T.E. Schumacher, D.A. Lobb, S.K. Papiernik, B. Campforts, and K. Yoo. 2019. Meteoric Beryllium-10 as a tracer of erosion due to post-settlement land-use in west-central Minnesota. JGR-Earth Surface 124(4):874-901. https://doi.org/10.1029/2018JF004720
Jelinski, N.A., C.J. Moorberg, M.D. Ransom, J.C. Bell. 2019. A Survey of Introductory Soil Science Courses and Curricula in the United States. Natural Sciences Education. Natural Sciences Education 48:180019. doi:10.4195/nse2018.11.0019
Massawe, B.H.J., L. Winowiecki, Meliyo, J.L., Mbogoni, J.D.J., Msanya, B., Kimaro, D., Deckers, J., Gulinck, H., Lyamchai, C., Sayula, G., Msoka, E., Vagen, T.-G., Brush, G., Jelinski, N.A. 2017. Assessing Drivers of Soil Properties and Classification in the West Usambara Mountains, Tanzania. Geoderma Regional. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geodrs.2017.10.002
Jelinski, N.A., K. Yoo, and J. Klaminder. 2017. Utilizing a Suite of Isotopic and Elemental Tracers to Constrain Cryoturbation Rates and Patterns in a Non-Sorted Circle. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes 28:634-648. DOI: 10.1002/ppp.1944
Jelinski, N.A., Broz, K., Jonkers, W., Ma, L.-J., Kistler, H.C.K. 2017. Effector Gene Suites in Some Soil Isolates of Fusarium oxysporum Are not Sufficient Predictors of Vascular Wilt in Tomato. Phytopathology 107(7): 842-851.
Jelinski, N.A. and K. Yoo. 2016. Soil mantled hillslopes: intersections of geomorphology, soil science, and ecology. Chapter 6, pp. 180-214 In: Ecosystems: A Biogeoscience Approach (E.A. Johnson, Ed.). Cambridge University Press.
Jelinski, N.A. and K. Yoo. 2016. The distribution and genesis of eroded phase soils in the conterminous United States. Geoderma. 279:149-164.
Leigh Winowiecki, Tor-Gunnar Vågen, Boniface Massawe, Nicolas A. Jelinski, Charles Lyamchai, George Sayula, Elizabeth Msoka. 2015. Landscape-scale variability of soil health indicators: effects of cultivation on soil organic carbon in the Usambara Mountains of Tanzania. Nutirent Cycling in Agroecosystems. 105:263-274. DOI:10.1007/s10705-015-9750-1.
Nater, E.A., and N.A. Jelinski. 2014. Temperate Region Soils. In: S.A. Elias (Ed.). Earth Systems and Environmental Sciences. Elsevier.
Jelinski, N.A. 2013. Cryoturbation in the Central Brooks Range, Alaska. Soil Horizons 54(5): 01-007. DOI: 10.2136/sh13-01-0006
Jelinski, N.A. and C.J. Kucharik. 2009. Land-use Effects on Soil Carbon and Nitrogen on a U.S. Midwestern Floodplain. Soil Science Society of America Journal 73:217-225.
Steller, R.M., N.A. Jelinski, and C. J. Kucharik. 2008. Developing models to predict soil bulk density in southern Wisconsin using soil chemical properties. Electronic Journal of Integrative Biosciences 6(1):53-63
Honors and Awards
2020 Soil Scientist of the Year Award, Minnesota Association of Professional Soil Scientists