Jay provides leadership to this large department providing the citizens of Oregon and beyond with diverse activities in education, research, extension, and public service relevant to seed production, soils and ecosystem services, small farms and communiy food systems, pest management, and various approaches to natural resource management.
He is professor of landscape pedology, with research involving the disciplines of soil science, geomorphology, art and archaeology. His research focuses on morphologistics (the art‐science of shape and form) and human interactions with soils in modern and ancient agricultural and forest landscapes of the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. His experience includes more than 35 large projects, spanning much of North and South America, southern Europe, southwest Asia, and Africa. He has published more than 180 papers and maps, six books and has made contributions to many more works. He is also an internationally known soil artist creating large eco‐artwork installations and fine‐art paintings on display and in collections around the world.