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Alain F. Plante

Undergraduate Chair
Faculty Director, University Scholars Program


  • Ph.D. (2001) – Soil Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton AB, Canada
  • M.Sc.(1996) – Soil Science, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada
  • B.Sc.(Eng.) (1994) – Environmental Engineering, University of Guelph, Guelph ON, Canada 

Research Interests

My research interests lie in the field of terrestrial carbon biogeochemistry. I am interested in the mechanisms and process that act to stabilize and de-stabilize organic carbon in surface soils, and the links between the soil carbon balance and the broader global carbon cycle. 

Selected Publications

See complete pulbicaton list at Google Scholar, ResearchGate or ORCID.

Courses Taught

  • ENVS100: Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring, every year)
  • ENVS417: The Anthropocene: A Human-Dominated Earth (Spring, on demand)
  • GEOL421/541: Biogeochemistry: Elemental Cycling in Global Earth Systems (Fall, odd years)
  • GEOL411: Introductory Soil Science (Fall, even years)
  • GEOL511: Advanced Soil Science (Spring, on demand)
  • GEOL611: Field Study of Soils (Summer I)


Faculty Director, University Scholars Program, CURF

Biology Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania

Department of Earth and Environmental Science / University of Pennsylvania, 251 Hayden Hall, 240 South 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6316