Jay Noller

Department Head
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Office: 541-737-2821

Crop Science Building

Crop Science Building 109B

3050 SW Campus Way

3050 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Soil Science - Soil Geomorphology
Art Science
Industrial Hemp Agriculture
Sustainable Cemetery Studies
Archaeological Agriculture
Earthquake Geology

Jay and his research groups study

  • Applications of predictive mapping techniques in the survey of soil, geomorphological, and ecological units across forests, farms and rangelands in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and elsewhere;
  • Theory and practice of visual and installation art as research tool in Earth sciences;
  • Developing Oregon's pilot research program in industrial hemp;
  • Bringing sustainability science to cemeteries through research;
  • Systems of ancient agriculture; and
  • Impacts of earthquakes on natural and cultural systems.


Current Projects:

  • Agricultural Archaeology of Paestum
  • Tidal Wetland Foundations of Venice
  • Archaeological Agriculture of Basilicata

I am no longer taking on new graduate students

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Affiliated with: 
Crop and Soil Science
OSU Main Campus
Beyond OSU

Jay provides leadership to this large department providing the citizens of Oregon and beyond with diverse activities in education, research, extension, and public service relevant to seed production, soils and ecosystem services, small farms and communiy food systems, pest management, and various approaches to natural resource management.

He is professor of landscape pedology, with research involving the disciplines of soil science, geomorphology, art and archaeology. His research focuses on morphologistics (the art‐science of shape and form) and human interactions with soils in modern and ancient agricultural and forest landscapes of the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. His experience includes more than 35 large projects, spanning much of North and South America, southern Europe, southwest Asia, and Africa. He has published more than 180 papers and maps, six books and has made contributions to many more works. He is also an internationally known soil artist creating large eco‐artwork installations and fine‐art paintings on display and in collections around the world. 

My Publications


Journal Article



J. S. Noller, Sowers, J. M., and Lettis, W. R., AGU Reference ShelfQuaternary Geochronology: Methods and Applications, vol. 4. Washington, D. C.: American Geophysical Union, 2013.


Journal Article

T. L. Evans, Mata-Gonzàlez, R., Martin, D. W., McLendon, T., and Noller, J. S., Growth, water productivity, and biomass allocation of Great Basin plants as affected by summer watering, Ecohydrology, vol. 22156455254573224583015364868705615327115851951145642989119150695487256351860141253295998049578235855154465360, p. n/a - n/a, 2012.


Journal Article


Journal Article

J. S. Noller, Soil Portraits, Soil Horizons, vol. 51, no. 2, p. 35, 2010.


Journal Article

J. S. Noller, Quaternary Geological Map of Cyprus,, Geological Survey Department of Cyprus, 2009.


J. S. Noller, Landform Map of Cyprus, Geological Survey Department of Cyprus , 2009.