Jay Stratton Noller
Department Head and Professor, Landscape Pedology

Soil Science
Soil Geomorphology
Archaeological Agriculture

OSU Campus
Department of Crop and Soil Science
109B Crop Science Bldg.
Corvallis, OR 97331
United States
(541) 737-2821


Jay and his research group are developing applications of predictive mapping techniques in the survey of soils and ecological units across forests, farms and rangelands in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere.

For more than the past decade Jay has documented temporal and spatial variability in soil development along the Saharan ecotone with focus of investigation of co-evolution of landscape and culture. An example of co-evolution of landscape and culture is soil erosion and the relationship with ancient land use practices in Cyprus and Greece.

"Camps on Cyprus May Have Belonged to Earliest Open-Water Seafarers" - The New York Times, November 22, 2005

Current Projects:



Spring CSS 466/566 Soil Morphology & Classification
Winter (Alt. even yrs) CSS 468 Digital Mapping of Soilscapes (new Win 2012)
Winter (Alt. odd yrs) CSS 568 Soil Geomorphology (new Win 2013)




    B.S.  Geology,  California State University, Los Angeles
    M.S.  Geology,  California State University, Los Angeles
    Ph.D.  Soil Geomorphology of the Peruvian-Atacama Desert, University of Colorado, Boulder


Ammerman, A.J. and Noller, J.S., 2005, New light on Aetokremnos. World Archaeology 37:533-543.

Quaternary Geochronology - Methods and Applications

Jay Stratton Noller, Janet M. Sowers, and William R. Lettis, Editors

Surveys the established and experimental means of dating Quaternary surficial materials. Experts review the basic theory, procedures, accuracy and applications for each method. This is an authoritative reference for Quaternary scientists, geochronologists, paleoseismologists and students. American Geophysical Union Reference Shelf Series, Vol. 4, 2000. 582 pages, hardbound; ISBN 0-87590-950-7.

  • Noller, J.S., Zomeni, Z., and Panayides, I., 2011, Preliminary field and GIS-based Assessment of Tsunami Hazard on Cyprus, in  F. Briand, Ed., Marine geo-hazards in the MEditerranean, no. 42, CIESM Workshop Monographs, Monaco, pp. 49-58.  
  • Noller, J.S., 2010, Soil portraits. Soil Survey Horizons 51:35-36.
  • Noller, J.S., 2009, Quaternary Geological Map of Cyprus, 1:250,000 scale: Geological Survey Department of Cyprus (map on A1 folio).
  • Noller, J.S., 2009, Landform Map of Cyprus, 1:250,000 scale: Geological Survey Department of Cyprus (map on A1 folio).
  • Noller, J.S., 2009, Incorporating soil aging in digital mapping of soils. Pedometron 28:12-16.
  • Elnaggar, A.A., and Noller, J.S., 2009,  Application of remote-sensing data and decision-tree analysis to mapping salt-affected soils over large areas. Remote Sensing 2:151-165. dx.doi.org/10.3390/rs2010151.
  • Lufafa, A., I. Diédhiou, S.A.N. Samba, M. Séné, F. Kizito, R.P. Dick, and J.S. Noller. 2008. Allometric relationships and peak-season community biomass stocks of native shrubs in Senegal's Peanut basin. Journal of Arid Environments. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2008.09.020
  • Lufafa, A., I. Diédhiou, S.A.N. Samba, M. Séné, M. Khouma, F. Kizito, R.P.
    Dick, E. Dossa, and J.S. Noller. 2008. Carbon stocks and patterns in native shrub communities of Sénégal’s Peanut Basin. Geoderma 146:75-82. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.geoderma.2008.05.024
  • Lufafa, A., J. Bolte, D. Wright, M. Khouma, I. Diedhiou, R.P. Dick, F. Kizito, E. Dossa and J.S. Noller. 2008. Regional carbon stocks and dynamics in native woody shrub communities of Senegal's Peanut Basin. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 128-1-11. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agee.2008.04.013
  • Ammerman, A., P. Flourentzos, R. Gabrielle, C. McCartney, J.S. Noller, D. Peloso, and D. Sorabji, 2008, More on the new early sites on Cyprus: Report of the Department of Antiquities, Cyprus, pp. 1-23.