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Lee Burras

Lee Burras

  • Morrill Professor
  • Agronomy
 Dr. Burras advances ISU core missions of learning and engagement through teaching, advising and curriculum development in agronomy and environmental science. He serves on major curriculum committees in agronomy, environmental science, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and for the Iowa State University Faculty Senate. Dr. Burras is active in the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy.

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2019 Agronomy
716 Farm House Ln.


  • B.S., Agronomy, Iowa State University, 1981
  • M.S., Pedology, Iowa State University, 1984
  • Ph.D., Soil Science, Ohio State University, 1992

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Dr. Burras advances the ISU core mission of discovery through research on the morphology, distribution and quality of soils.

Key Environmental Science Publications

Veenstra, J.J., D. Dembe, J. Nsamba, L. Wasko, C.L. Burras, G. Nonnecke, B. Orum, S. Downie, and R. Cox. 2009. Mapping Soils in Central Uganda. Soil Survey Horizons 50:30-34

Lemus, R., E.C. Brummer, C.L. Burras, K.J. Moore, M.F. Barker and N.E. Molstad. 2008. Effects of nitrogen fertilization on biomass yield and quality in large fields of established Switchgrass in southern Iowa, USA. Biomass & Bioenergy 32:1187-1194

Miller, B.A., C.L. Burras and W.G. Crumpton. 2008. Using soil surveys to map Quaternary parent materials and landforms across the Des Moines Lobe of Iowa and Minnesota. Soil Survey Horizons 49:91-95

Papanicolaou, A.N., M. Elhakeem, C. Wilson, C.L. Burras and B. Oneal. 2008. Observations of soils at the hillslope scale in the Clear Creek watershed in Iowa, USA. Soil Survey Horizons 49:83-86