University of Kentucky College of Agriculture
 
Curriculum Vitae

Jim A. Nelson

Work Address Current Address Personal Information

University of Kentucky 3213 Pepperhill Road Born: 02 July 1970

Department of Plant and Soil Science Lexington, KY 40502 U.S. Citizen

N-222 Ag. Science Bldg North (859) 335-3294

Lexington, KY 40546

Phone: (859) 257-4150

Email: jim.nelson@email.uky.edu


Education

1993-97 M.S. Biology (Plant Ecology), Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos, TX 78666

1989-93 B.S. Biology, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX 79698

1988-89 Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843


Professional Experience

2006-present Scientist I. Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40546

2004-06 Agronomist. USDA-ARS Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Unit, Raleigh, NC.

2002-04 Agric. Sci. Res. Tech. USDA-ARS Soybean and Nitrogen Fixation Unit, Raleigh, NC.

2001-02 Biol. Sci. Lab Tech. USDA-ARS Rangeland Resources Unit, Fort Collins, Colorado

1998-2001 Research Associate, Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory, Colorado State University

1997-98 Research Associate, Dept. of Rangeland Ecology & Management, Texas A&M University

1993-97 Graduate Teaching Assistant, Biology Dept., Southwest Texas State University

1994-95 Research Technician, La Copita Texas A&M Research Station, Alice, TX (Summers)



Refereed Publications

Hughes, R.F., S. Archer, G.P. Asner, C.A. Wessman, C.R. McMurtry, J.A. Nelson and R. J. Ansley. 2006.

Changes in aboveground primary production and carbon and nitrogen pools accompanying woody plant encroachment in a temperate savanna. Global Change Biology 12:1733-1747.

 

LeCain, D.R., J.A. Morgan, D.G. Milchunas, A.R. Mosier, J.A. Nelson and D.P. Smith. 2006. Root

biomass of individual species, and root size characteristics after five years of CO2 enrichment on native

shortgrass steppe. Plant and Soil 279:219-228.

 

McCulley, R.L., I.C. Burke, J.A. Nelson, W.K. Lauenroth, A.K. Knapp and E.F. Kelly. 2005.

Regional patterns in carbon cycling across the Great Plains of North America. Ecosystems 8:106-121.

 

Milchunas, D.G., A.R. Mosier, J.A. Morgan, D.R. LeCain, J.Y. King and J.A. Nelson. 2005.

Elevated CO2 and defoliation effects on a Shortgrass Steppe: Forage quality versus quantity for

ruminants. Agriculture Ecosystems and Environment 111:166-184.

 

Milchunas, D.G., A.R. Mosier, J.A. Morgan, D.R. LeCain, J.Y. King and J.A. Nelson. 2005. Root

production and tissue quality in a Shortgrass Steppe exposed to elevated CO2: Using a new ingrowth

method. Plant and Soil 268:111-122.

 

Nelson, J.A., J.A. Morgan, D.R. LeCain, A.R. Mosier, D.G. Milchunas and W.J. Parton. 2004.

Elevated CO2 increases soil moisture and enhances plant water relations in a long-term field study in

semi-arid shortgrass steppe of Colorado. Plant and Soil 259:169-179.

 

Morgan, J.A., A.R. Mosier, D.G. Milchunas, D.R. LeCain J.A. Nelson and W.J. Parton. 2004. CO2

enhances productivity, alters species competition and reduces digestibility of Shortgrass Steppe

vegetation. Ecological Applications 14:208-219.

 

Ferretti D.F., E. Pendall, J.A. Morgan, J.A. Nelson, D.R. LeCain and A.R. Mosier. 2003. Partitioning

evapotranspiration fluxes from a Colorado grassland using stable isotopes: seasonal variations and

ecosystem implications of elevated atmospheric CO2. Plant and Soil 254:291-303.

 

LeCain, D.R., J.A. Morgan, A.R. Mosier and J.A. Nelson. 2003. Soil and plant water relations determine

photosynthetic responses of C3 and C4 grasses in a semi-arid ecosystem under elevated CO2.

Annals of Botany 92:41-52.

 

Nelson, J.A., P.W. Barnes and S. Archer. 2002. Leaf demography and growth responses to altered

resource availability in woody plants of contrasting leaf habit in a subtropical savanna.

Plant Ecology 160:193-205.

 

Ott, J.R., J.A. Nelson and T. Caillouet. 1998. The effect of spider-mediated flower alteration on

seed production in golden-eye phlox. The Southwestern Naturalist 43:430-436.

 


Published Abstracts

1998 Ott, J.R., J.A. Nelson, and T. Caillouet. Alteration of flower morphology in golden-eye phlox by a crab spider,

and its effect on seed production. Southwestern Association of Naturalists Program and Abstracts 45.

 

1997 Nelson, J.A., P.W. Barnes, and S.R. Archer. Leaf demography and growth responses to moisture availability in

co-occurring woody plants in a Texas subtropical savanna. Bulletin Ecological Society of America 78:153.

 

1996 Nelson, J.A., P.W. Barnes, and S.R. Archer. Morphological and leaf demographic responses to resource availability

in a diverse group of south Texas woody plants. Southwestern Association of Naturalists Program and

Abstracts 43:129.

 

1995 Nelson, J.A., P.W. Barnes, and S.R. Archer. Influence of irrigation on leaf longevity, biomass production, and shoot

growth in diverse woody plant growth forms in a Texas subtropical savanna. Bulletin Ecological Society of

America 76:195.


Published Reports

1996 Nelson, J.A., P.W. Barnes, C.R. McMurtry and S.R. Archer. Influence of irrigation on leaf demography and

production of diverse woody plants in a Texas subtropical savanna. In: LaCopita Research Area: 1996

Consolidated Progress Report. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

1996 Barnes, P.W., C.R. McMurtry, J.A. Nelson, and S.R. Archer. Influence of edaphic variation and Prosopis

glandulosa overstory on co-occurring shrubs in a subtropical savanna. In: LaCopita Research Area:

1996 Consolidated Progress Report. Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

1996 McMurtry, C.R., P.W. Barnes, J.A. Nelson and S.R. Archer. Physiological responses of woody vegetation to

irrigation in a Texas subtropical savanna. In: LaCopita Research Area: 1996 Consolidated Progress Report.

Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Corpus Christi, Texas.

 

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