Manoj Shukla

Manoj Shukla
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  • Ph.D.: Soil Physics, University of Agricultural Sciences Vienna, Austria (1998)
  • M-Tech: Soil and Water Engineering, J N. Agricultural University, India (1986)
  • B.-Tech: Agriculture Engineering, J N. Agricultural University, India (1981)

Professional Appointments:

  • 2014 - Present: Professor of Environment Soil Physics, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU, NM
  • 2009 - 2014: Associate Professor of Environment Soil Physics, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU, NM
  • 2005 - Present: Assistant Professor of Environment Soil Physics, Dept. of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU, NM
  • 2001 - 2005: Research Scientist, School of Natural Resources, the Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Oh
  • 2000 - 2001: Postdoctoral Research Associate, NRES, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, IL
  • 1999 - 2000: Research Scientist, University of Agricultural Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • 1995 - 1999: Research Associate/Teaching Assistant, Univ. of Agricultural Sciences Vienna, Austria

Services to Department:

Chair of Awards Committee, Member of Curriculum and Graduate Studies committee of the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, and member of regional coordination committee on trickle irrigation

Research Interests:

My major research focus is on the assessment of physical, chemical and thermal properties of soil, and chemical fate and transport in the soil. Special areas of research interest are the role of spatial and temporal heterogeneity of soil properties on plot and field-scale under different ecosystems, land use and management systems over a broad range of scales (i.e., aggregate to watershed), migration of solutes through soil profile, soil quality indicators, model calibration, and carbon sequestration in soils.

Teaching Responsibilities:

I am responsible for teaching Environmental Soil Physics (SOILS 477), Advanced Soil Physics (SOILS 652), Contaminant Transport Modeling (SOIL 655, and on occasion Introductory Soils.


Text-book: Soil Physics an Introduction, CRC Press, Boca Raton, Fl

Text-book: Principles of Soil Physics, Marcel Dekker Inc., New York, NY

Referred Journal Articles (Total= 87):

  • Gonzalez-Delgado, A. M. and M. K. Shukla. 2014. Transport of Nitrate and Chloride in Variably Saturated Porous Media. ASCE, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 140 (5): 04014006.
  • Deb, S. K., M. K. Shukla, J. Simunek, and J. G. Mexal. 2013. Evaluation of spatial and temporal root water uptake patterns of a flood-irrigated pecan tree using the HYDRUS (2D/3D) model. ASCE, Irrigation and Drainage Engineering. 139: 599-611.
  • Sharma, P., M. K. Shukla, T. W. Sammis, R.L. Steiner and J. G. Mexal. 2012. Nitrate-Nitrogen Leaching from three Specialty Crops of New Mexico under Furrow Irrigation System. Ag Water Management. 109:71-80.
  • Adhikari P., M.K. Shukla and J. Mexal. 2012. Spatial variability of Infiltration rate and sodium content of Desert soils: Implications for management of irrigation using treated wastewater. Transactions of ASABE. 55(5): 1711-1721.
  • Elsadek A., M. Bleiweiss, M.K. Shukla, S. Guldan and S. Fernald. 2010. Alternative climate data sources for distributed hydrologic modeling on a daily time step. Hydrological Processes Journal. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7917. 25(10): 1542-1557.

Research Funding(Total>2 Million):

  • Carbon sequestration in reclaimed mined soils of Ohio (Lal and Shukla); Department of Energy- National Technology Laboratory (DOE-NETL); Oct 1, 2003-Sept 30, 2006 ($756,000)
  • Mapping of airborne particulate matter under two land uses: agriculture and unpaved Road (Shukla, Miller, Arimoto, Margez); Southwest Consortium for Environmental Research and Policy (SCERP); April 2006-October 2007 ($71,000)
  • Irrigation water management for monitoring and modelling on farm soil salinity (Shukla); Rio Grande basin Initiative; June 2006- September 2009 ($ 63,000)
  • Interactions of vadose zone properties at multiple scales under organic farming in Arid land soils (Shukla) USDA- HATCH; January 2006- December 2010 ($50,000)
  • Advanced sensing and control technologies to optimize resource management in specialty crops. 2008 USDA-CSREES (NMSU, TAMU, UCDAVIC)~2M; $633K Shukla, Mexal.
  • Land application of industrial effluent on a Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem: Impact on soil physics and hydraulic properties Shukla, Mexal; WRII-USGS for their Water Institute Resources Program, $30,000 (2009).

**Student Advising:*

Students Graduated with a master degree (five). Currently serves as a major advisor for four PhD students in the PES department.

Professional Societies and Awards:

  • Recipient of Patricia Christmore Faculty Teaching Award (2009)
  • Recipient of North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) and ACES College Teaching Award (2009)
  • Recipient of certificate of appreciation from NM Alliance for Minority Participation (2009).
  • Nominated to College Teaching Award (2008) Member Editorial Board Soil Science Society America Journal (present).
  • Associate editor for Soil Science Society America Journal (S-6 Div.)(present).
  • Nominated to Gamma Sigma Delta, Honor Society of Agriculture, NMSU Chapter (2005)
  • Received certificate of appreciation for mentoring program at OSU (2005).
  • Reviewer for Soil Science Society of America Journal, Journal of Environmental Quality, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Vadose Zone hydrology Journal, Journal Range Management.
  • Professional Mentor-Office of Minority Affairs, The Ohio State University.
  • Invited Speaker Soil and Water Resource Field Night for farmers, Piketon, The Ohio State University (2003).
  • Received North South Dialogue fellowship in Austria (1995)
  • Received university merit scholarship during M- Tech degree program (1987-88)
  • Received certificate of honor in M-Tech (1989)

Membership of Societies:

  • Soil Science Society of America
  • American geophysical Union
  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineering
  • American Association for Advancement of Science
  • Indian Association of Hydrologists

Language Proficiency:

English: Read, write and speak excellent

German: Read excellent, write and speak good