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Jessica Veenstra

Professor of Natural Science, Natural Sciences Department Chair


Research, Professional and Creative Activity

My research interests are broad and include: environmental science, geography, soil change, food and agriculture, and environmental education and teaching methods.

The questions that motivate my research are:
1. How are humans impacting the natural environment?
2. How are humans (students and the public) effectively learning about their environmental impact? and
3. How are humans responding to their impact and planning for the future?

  • Dean's Award for Excellence in Professional Development

Hurricane Matthew's Affect on Local Beaches

Professional Profile

Ph.D. Iowa State University (Environmental Science, Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture)
M.S. University of California, Davis (Soil and Biogeochemistry)
B.S. University of California, Davis (Environmental Resource Sciences)

Teaching and Related Service

NAS 105 Earth Science
NAS 107 Environmental Science
NAS 225 Science Communication
NAS 243 Physical Geography
NAS 440 Coastal Environmental Science Capstone
COR 101 Keystone
NAS 355 Coastal Processes (Geomorphology)

More Information


Veenstra, J.J., C.L. Burras. 2012. Effects of agriculture on the classification of Black Soils in the Midwestern United States. Canadian Journal of Soil Science. 92(3): 403-411.

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

Veenstra, J.J., W.R. Horwath, and J.P. Mitchell. 2007. Conservation Tillage and Cover Cropping Effects on Total Carbon and Aggregate-protected Carbon in Irrigated Cotton and Tomato. Soil Science Society of America Journal. 71:362-371.

Veenstra, J.J., W. R. Horwath, J. P. Mitchell and D. Munk. 2006. Conservation tillage and cover cropping influences soil properties in the San Joaquin Valley. California Agriculture. 60(3):146-153.

Mitchell, J.P., A. Shrestha, W.R. Horwath, R.J. Southard, N. Madden, J.J. Veenstra, and D.S. Munk. 2015. Tillage and Cover Cropping Affect Crop Yields and Soil Carbon in the San Joaquin Valley, California. Agronomy Journal. Vol. 107 Iss. 2.

McGranahan, D.A., A.L. Daigh, J.J. Veenstra, D.M. Engle, J. Miller, and D. Debinski. 2014. Connecting soil organic carbon and root biomass with land use and vegetation in temperate grassland.

Special Issue of The Scientific World Journal: Impacts of Land Use Changes on Soil Properties and Processes.  Article ID: 487563


Office Hours (On Campus):

  • Monday: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM