Terrance Loecke

International & Interdisciplinary Studies - Environmental Studies Program, Kansas Biological Survey
Assistant Professor, Assistant Scientist
Primary office:
Higuchi Hall
Room 41C
University of Kansas
2101 Constant Ave.
Lawrence, KS 66045


Dr. Loecke's research examines how ecosystem management and environmental variability influences soil, water, and air quality.  This allows him to work at the intersections of food, water, climate, and energy.  Currently, he is focusing on the causes and consequences extreme biogeochemical events, such as how storms affect water quality and greenhouse gas emitted from soils.  Additionally, he collaborates with scientists from across the county to estimate the role of soil in the global carbon cycle.


Ph.D., Crop and Soil Sciences, Michigan State University and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station (KBS)

M.S., Crop Production and Physiology, Agronomy Department, Iowa State University

B.A., Biology with an Environmental Emphasis, University of Northern Iowa

Research Interests

  • Quantitative ecology
  • Biogeochemistry
  • Agroecology
  • Global change ecology

Selected Publications

McMillan, S. & Loecke, T. D. (2018). Before the storm: antecedent conditions as regulators of hydrologic and biogeochemical response to extreme climate events
. Biogeochemistry. DOI:10.1007/s10533-018-0482-6

Kritee, K. Nair, D. Zavala-Araiza, D. Proville, J. Rudek, J. Adhya, T. K., & Loecke, T. D. (2018). High nitrous oxide fluxes from rice indicate the need to manage water for both long-and short-term climate impacts
. PNAS, 115, 9720–9725. DOI:10.1073/pnas.1809276115

Franz, T. E., Loecke, T. D., Burgin, A. J., Zhou, Y. Le, T. & Moscicki, D. (2017). Spatiotemporal predictions of soil properties and states in variably saturated landscapes. Journal of Geophysical Research-Biogeosciences. DOI:10.1002/2017JG003837

Loecke, T. D., Burgin, A. J., Riveros-Iregui, D. A., Ward, A. S., Davis, C. A., Thomas, S. A., & St. Clair, M. (2017). Weather whiplash in agricultural landscapes creates unforeseen implications for water quality. Biogeochemistry. DOI:10.1007/s10533-017-0315-z

Jarecke, K. M., Loecke, T. D., & Burgin, A. J. (2016). Abioitic and biotic controls on soil oxygen at the aquatic terrestrial interface. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 95, 164-172. DOI:10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.12.018 http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.soilbio.2015.12.018

Reynolds, K. N., Loecke, T. D., Burgin, A. J., Davis, C. A., Riveros-Iregui, D. Thomas, S. A., St. Clair, M. A., & Ward, A. S. (2016). Optimizing Sampling Strategies for Riverine Nitrate Using High-Frequency Data in Agricultural Watersheds. Environmental Science and Technology, 50, 6406-6414. DOI:10.1021/acs.est.5b05423

Wijewardane, N. K., Ge, Y. Wills, S. & Loecke, T. (2016). Prediction of Soil Carbon in the Conterminous United States: Visible and Near Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy Analysis of the Rapid Carbon Assessment Project. Soil Science Society of America Journal. DOI:10.2136/sssaj2016.02.0052

Tiwari, R. Kritee, K. Adhya, T. Loecke, T. Rudek, J. Nair, D. Ahuja, R. Baliredddygari, S. Balakrishna, S. Ram, K. Venkataiah, L. C., Dava, O. Madasamy, M. & Salai, A. (2015). Sampling guidelines and analytical optimization for direct greenhouse gas emissions from tropical rice and upland cropping systems. Carbon Management. DOI:10.1080/17583004.2015.1082233

Selected Grants

McGill, Bonnie, (Principal), Burgin, Amy, (Mentor), Loecke, Terry, (Mentor), Hivley, Dean, (Mentor), Farming for a Smaller Dead Zone: How agricultural conservation practices, artificial drainage, and climate change affect water quality in Iowa., Smith Conservation Post-doctoral Fellowship, $197,925, Submitted 01/01/2018 . Foundation. Status: Funded.

, , Loecke, Terrance, (Principal), Kansas Microbiomes across Aquatic, Plant and Soil Ecosystems. NSF EPSCoR, $20M collaborative proposal with 5 Kansas institutions. Role: Soil Area Leader for KU. Lead PI ΓÇô K. Bowman-James; Sharon Billings and Jim Bever Co-PIs, $20,000,000, Submitted 08/01/2016 (08/01/2017 - 08/31/2022). Federal. Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

2016 Outstanding Review for Biogeochemistry Journal
Biogeochemistry Journal

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