Dr. Mahdi M. Al-Kaisi
Professor of Soil Physics, Department of Agronomy, Iowa State University; American Society of Agronomy Fellow; Soil Science Society of America Fellow; and Soil and Water Conservation Society Fellow
Mahdi M. Al-Kaisi is a professor of soil physics (soil management/environment) for the Department of Agronomy at the Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. He received his masters and PhD in soil physics from North Dakota State University in 1982 and 1986, respectively. Professor Al-Kaisi has been on the faculty at Iowa State University since 2000, where his research focuses on the effects of cropping and tillage systems, crop residue management, cover crops and nitrogen application on soil carbon dynamics and sequestration, greenhouse gas emissions and other ecosystem services. In addition, he studies the interaction effects of agricultural practices and environmental factors, such as weather variability and landscape spatial variability on soil organic carbon sequestration and systems sustainability and productivity. The focus of his research is to develop sustainable management practices that improve soil health, productivity and environmental services. As a result of his research, he has developed field calculators to assess soil management practices impacts, such as tillage systems, crop residue and crop rotation effects on soil sustainability. He also developed soil carbon index for soils in Iowa. Dr. Al-Kaisi is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, the Soil Science Society of American and Soil and Water Conservation Society.