D.A. Crossley, Jr.

Research Professor Emeritus


Ph.D., University of Kansas

Areas of Expertise
  • Soil ecology
  • Biodiversity of soil fauna
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Agroecosystem ecology
  • Forest ecology
  • Insect ecology
Research Interests

The importance of invertebrate fauna in terrestrial ecosystems is my general area of research. Current efforts are focused on the soil fauna, and the microarthropods in particular, with emphasis on their biodiversity and its consequences. Research areas include the Coweeta Hydrologic Laboratory in the southern Appalachians and the Horseshoe Bend Agroecosystem Facility at the University of Georgia.

Selected Publications

Lamoncha, K.L., and D. A. Crossley, Jr. 1998. Oribatid mite diversity along an elevation gradient in a southeastern Appalachian forest. Pedobiologia. 42:43-55.

Crossley, D. A. Jr. and David C. Coleman. 1999. Microarthropods. pp. C59-C65 in Malcolm E. Sumner (ed.-in-chief). 1999. Handbook of Soil Science. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

Andre, Henri, Xavier Ducarme, Jo Anderson, D. A. Crossley, Jr., Hartmut Koehler, Maurizio Paoletti and Philip Lebrun. 2001. Skilled eyes are needed to go on studying the richness for the soil. Nature 409:761.

Garrett, Carol. J., D. A. Crossley, Jr., David C. Coleman, Paul F. Hendrix, Keith W. Kisselle and Robert L. Potter. 2001. Impact of the rhizosphere on soil microarthropods in agroecosystems on the Georgia Piedmont. Applied Soil Ecology 16:141-148.

Coleman, D.C., D.A. Crossley, Jr., and P.F. Hendrix. 2004. Fundamentals of Soil Ecology, 2nd Edition, Elsevier Publishing, San Diego, CA.