Plante Lab at Penn


Soil science and terrestrial biogeochemistry research at Penn.

We seek to characterize and understand the mechanisms that stabilize and destabilize organic matter in mineral soils. Our team examines soil carbon cycling in the context of soil sustainability, and how soils respond to climate change and other disturbances.

What we do


Our research lab is always busy: publishing papers, attending and presenting at national and international conferences, field travel, lab work, and more.

Teaching and learning


Mentoring postdocs, graduate and undergraduate students in our research program, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses using active learning techniques, and K12 teaching and outreach on the importance of soils.