Meg Mobley

Senior Instructor I
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Office: 541-737-5751

Agricultural & Life Sciences

Agricultural & Life Sciences 3017C

2750 SW Campus Way

2750 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

I teach large-enrollment non-major courses in Soil Science and Environmental Science for the Sustainability Double-Degree program and the Crop and Soil Science Department at Oregon State University, both on the Corvallis campus and via OSU E-campus.

My research focuses changes in ecosystem services that result from human disturbances. I ask questions like:

  • How long can an ecosystem take up additional CO2 from the atmosphere, or additional anthropogenic nutrients from the soil, before we see adverse effects on ecosystems or humans?
  • How much of these added nutrients will they take up before they saturate and/or become limited by another nutrient or environmental factor?
  • How do other human disturbances, such as land use change or energy development, affect these capacities?
Curriculum Vitae: 

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Affiliated with: 
Crop and Soil Science
Courses Taught: 

SUS102 Intro to Environmental Science and Sustainability (Corvallis campus and Ecampus)

CSS 205, SOIL 205, SOIL 206 Soil Science and Soil Science Laboratory (Corvallis campus and Ecampus)

CROP/SOIL/ENT 101 Introduction to Crop, Soil, and Insect Science (Ecampus)


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Beyond OSU

I was raised on a cattle ranch in southeastern Montana. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Sciences, and minor in Biology, from Duke University in Durham, NC , graduating with distinction in May of 2004. My undergraduate thesis on environmental and species controls over N cycling in the alpine was carried out under the advice of Dr. William Bowman of the University of Colorado-Boulder and Dr. William Schlesinger at Duke University. I worked with a forestry consulting firm, Technical Forestry Services, in Wyoming before returning to Duke to pursue a PhD in Ecology with Dr. Daniel Richter. My dissertation work on secondary forest carbon sequestration and cycling was supported by James B. Duke and E. Bayard Halstead Fellowships, and an NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant. I conducted postdoctoral research at the University of Wyoming in the laboratory of Dr. Ingrid Burke, studying semiarid ecosystem biogeochemistry and the responses of these water-limited systems to excess nitrogen. I am a Senior Instructor at OSU, developing and teaching science courses about soil and sustainability for the Corvallis campus and Ecampus. Outside of my work at OSU, I serve on the Board of Directors of the Corvallis Environmental Center and I get outside to play in the soil - hiking, biking, gardening, etc - whenever possible.

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