Thomas DeLuca

Thomas DeLuca

Professor and Director
Forest soils; Sustainable resource management

Phone: 406-243-5521 
Email: deluca@uw.edu


B.S., Soil Science, Natural Science, University of Wisconsin, Madison
M.S., Soils, Montana State University
Ph.D., Soil Microbiology and Biochemistry, Iowa State University

Over the past 20 years I have conducted research in a variety of topics across temperate, boreal, maritime and polar settings. Primary areas of interest include the influence of disturbance on N and C cycling in prairie, forest, and tundra ecosystems, fire ecology, biological N2 fixation, invasion ecology, and restoration ecology. Ongoing research projects include a Swedish Riksbank funded project on land use history and ecosystem function in boreal and tundra ecosystems of northern Sweden and three separate UK based National Environmental Research Council grants on N cycling in boreal forest ecosystems, N cycling in Antarctic ecosystems, and macronutrient cycling in a large river catchment in Wales.
Current Sponsored Research:
2016 McIntire Stennis
Pacific NW Coop Ecosystem Studies Unit Program Support
The New Northwest Environmental Forum
Recent Publications:
DeLuca, T.H., H.C. Glanville, M. Harris, B.A. Emmett, M.R.A. Pingree, L. L. de Sosa, C. Morenà, D. L. Jones. 2015. A novel rhizosphere trait-based approach to evaluating soil phosphorus availability across complex landscapes. Soil Biology and Biochemistry 88:110-119.
DeLuca, T.H., M.J. Gundale, M.D. MacKenzie, and D.L. Jones. 2015. Bio-char effects on soil nutrient transformation. Chapter 15. Pp 421-454. In: Lehmann, J. and Joseph, S. (eds). Biochar for Environmental Management: Science and Technology. 2nd Edition. Earthscan Publications Ltd, London.
Östlund, L., G. Hörnberg, T.H. DeLuca, L. Liedgren, P. Wikström, O. Zackrisson, and T. Josefsson, 2015. Intensive land use in the Swedish mountains between AD 800 and 1200 led to deforestation and ecosystem transformation with long-lasting effects. Ambio 44:508–520.
Lucchini, P., R.S. Quilliam, T.H. DeLuca, T. Vamerali, and D.L. Jones. 2014. Increased bioavailability of metals in two contrasting agricultural soils treated with waste wood-derived biochar and ash. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21:3230-40.
Lucchini, P., R.S. Quilliam, T.H. DeLuca, T. Vamerali, D.L. Jones. 2014. Does biochar application alter heavy metal dynamics in agricultural soil?. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 184: 149-157.
Rousk K., D.L. Jones and T.H. DeLuca. 2014. The resilience of nitrogen fixation in feather moss (Pleurozium schreberi)-cyanobacteria associations after a drying and rewetting cycle. Plant and Soil, 377:159-167.
Rousk K., D.L. Jones, and T.H. DeLuca. 2014. Exposure to nitrogen does not eliminate N2 fixation in the feather moss Pleurozium schreberi (Brid.) Mitt. Plant and Soil 374:513-521.
Rousk, K., D.L. Jones, T.H. DeLuca. 2014. Moss-nitrogen input to boreal forest soils: tracking 15N in a field experiment. Soil Biology and Biochemistry: 72:100-104.
DeLuca, T.H. O. Zackrisson, I. Bergman, and G. Hörnberg. 2013. Historical land use and resource depletion in spruce-Cladina forests of Northern Sweden. Anthropocene 1:14-22.
DeLuca, T.H., O. Zackrisson, I. Bergman, B. Diez, and B. Bergman. 2013. Diazotrophy in alluvial meadows of Subarctic river systems. PLoS One 8(): e77342-
DeLuca, T.H., S.A. Zewdie, O. Zackrisson, J. R. Healey, D.L. Jones. 2013. Bracken fern promotes an open nitrogen cycle in heathland soils. Plant and Soil 367:521–534.
Jones, D.L., P. Cross, P.J.A. Withers, T.H. DeLuca, D.A. Robinson, R.S. Quilliam, I.M. Harris, D.R. Chadwick and G. Edwards-Jones. 2013 Nutrient stripping: the global disparity between food security and soil nutrient stocks. Journal of Applied Ecology 50:851-862.
Quilliam, R.S. T.H. DeLuca, S. Rangecroft, B Emmett D.L. Jones. 2013. Is biochar a source or sink for polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) compounds in agricultural soils? Global Change Biology-Bioenergy 5:96–103.
Quilliam, R.S., T.H. DeLuca, D.L. Jones. 2013. Biochar application reduces nodulation but increases nitrogenase activity in clover. Plant and Soil 366:83–92.
Rousk, K., D.L. Jones and T.H. DeLuca. 2013. The biogenic source of nitrogen (N) in boreal forest ecosystems. Frontiers in Microbial Ecology 4: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00150.
Rousk, K., D.L. Jones, O. Zackrisson, J. Rousk, and T.H. DeLuca. 2013. Feather moss nitrogen acquisition across natural fertility gradients in boreal forests. Soil Biology & Biochemistry 61:86-95.
Rousk, K., D.L. Jones, T.H. DeLuca. 2013. Moss-cyanobacteria associations as biogenic sources of nitrogen in boreal forest ecosystems. Frontiers in Microbial Ecology 4: doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2013.00150.
Rousk, K., J. Rousk, T.H. DeLuca. 2013. The cyanobacterial role in the resistance of feather mosses to decomposition - toward a new hypothesis. PLoS One 8(4): e62058. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062058.
Rout, M. E., T.H. Chzanowski, T.K. Westlie, T.H. DeLuca, R.M. Callaway, W.E. Holben. 2013. Bacterial endophytes enhance competition by invasive plants. Journal of Experimental Botany 100(): 1726-1737