Alain F. Plante

Alain F. Plante

ProfessorFaculty Director, University Scholars Program


158 Hayden Hall

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  • 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 Foci
Biogeochemistry and Global Environmental Change
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. 

Courses Taught
  • ENVS100: Introduction to Environmental Science (Spring, every year)
  • ENVS302: Case Studies in Environmental Sustainability (Penn Global Seminar)
  • 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)
Selected Publications

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


Faculty Director, University Scholars Program, CURFBiology Graduate Group, University of Pennsylvania