Bruce Vasilas

Education

  • Ph.D., Soil Microbiology, University of Minnesota
  • M.S., Soil Biochemistry, University of Maryland
  • B.S., Agronomy-Soils, University of Maryland

Current Courses

  • PLSC151, Introduction to Crop Science
  • PLSC401/601, Agronomic Crop Production
  • PLSC441/641, Forage Resource Management

Research

  • Hydric soils and wetlands ecology
  • Water quality in wetlands
  • Functional assessment of wetlands
  • Monitoring of wetlands for hydrology and biogeochemical cycling
  • Wetland identification and delineation
  • Evaluation of environmental impact of anthropogenic disturbance of wetlands
  • Identification, morphology and interpretation of hydric soils

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Mid-Atlantic Hydric Soils Committee
  • Past Chair (2015), Wetland Soils Division, SSSA
  • Northeast Hydric and Subaqueous Soils Committee
  • Mid-Atlantic Association of Professional Soil Scientists
  • Society of Wetlands Scientists
  • American Society of Agronomy
  • Crop Science Society of America
  • Soil Science Society of America
Recent Publications

Journal Papers

Rogerson, J. E., J. L. Bowman, E. L. Tymkiw, G. M. Colligan, and B. L. Vasilas. 2014. The impacts of white-tailed deer browsing and distance from the forest edge on soybean yield. Wildlife Society Bulletin 38:473–479.

Lehmicke, A. J. J., J. L. Bowman, A. E. Banning, and B. L. Vasilas. 2013. Effect of tide level and time of day on detection rate and abundance of clapper rails in a mid-Atlantic tidal marsh system. Waterbirds 36:364–368.

Springer, M. T., J. L. Bowman, and B. L. Vasilas. 2013. The effect of white-tailed deer browsing on wheat quality and yield in Delaware. Wildlife Society Bulletin 37:155–161.

Vasilas, B., J. L. Bowman, A. Rogerson, A. Chirnside, and W. Ritter. 2012. Impact of piers on tidal marshes: accumulation of wood preservative metals in water and soils. Environmental Science and Management 5:260–270.

Colligan, G. M., J. L. Bowman, J. E. Rogerson, and, B. L. Vasilas. 2011. Factors affecting white-tailed deer browsing rates on early growth stages of soybean crops. Human-Wildlife Conflicts 5:321–332.

Vasilas, B., J. L. Bowman, A. Rogerson, A. Chirnside, and W. Ritter. 2011. Environmental impact of long piers on tidal marshes in Maryland – vegetation, soil, and marsh surface characteristics. Wetlands 31:423–431.

Banning, A. E., J. L. Bowman, and B. L. Vasilas. 2009. The effect of long piers on birds using tidal wetlands. Journal of Wildlife Management 73:1362–1367.

Book Chapters

Vasilas, B., M. Rabenhorst, J. Fuhrmann, A. Chirnside, S. Inamdar. 2013. Wetland Biogeochemistry Techniques. In J. Anderson, W. Conway, and A. Davis (eds.) Wetland Techniques. Springer. New York, N.Y.

Vasilas, L. and B. Vasilas. 2013. Identification of Hydric Soils. In J. Anderson, W. Conway, and A. Davis (eds.) Wetland Techniques. Springer. New York, N.Y.

Vasilas, B. and J. Fuhrmann. 2011. Microbiology of Hydric Soils. In L.M. Vasilas and B.L. Vasilas (eds.). A Guide to Hydric Soils in the Mid-Atlantic Region. USDA, NRCS; Morgantown, WV.

Vasilas, L. and B. Vasilas. 2011. Hydric soils and wetland regulation. In L.M. Vasilas and B.L. Vasilas (eds.). A Guide to Hydric Soils in the Mid-Atlantic Region. USDA, NRCS; Morgantown, WV.

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Contact Information
Bruce Vasilas

Professor of Agronomy and Soil Management

Plant and Soil Sciences
University of Delaware
138 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Phone: (302) 831-1391

Email: bvasilas@udel.edu