Robert R. Blank
Robert R. Blank is a Soil Scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, Great Basin Rangelands Research Unit, Reno, Nev, USA. Previously, Dr. Blank spent seven years mapping and classifying soils in South Dakota for the Soil Conservation Service, then obtained his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in soil genesis and morphology from the University of Idaho in 1987. Upon the assignment in Reno, Nev, USA, the reality that much of the Great Basin had become occupied by exotic invasive weeds led to a natural merging of how exotic plants affect soil properties. His research has focused on how exotic weeds affect soil nutrient availability and how these weeds alter the soil to favor their invasiveness. Other research interests include wildfire and its effect on soil, pedogenesis in the Great Basin, clay mineralogy, and the effect of elevated atmospheric carbon dioxide on exotic annual grasses. Dr. Blank is an Avid Photographer specializing in flowers, birds, and insects.
Biography Updated on 17 October 2011