Peter Bottomley

Emeritus Professor, Soil Microbiology
peter.bottomley [at]

Office: 541-737-1844

Nash Hall

Nash Hall 348

2820 SW Campus Way

2820 SW Campus Way
Corvallis, OR 97331

Current Work Focus: Research on various aspects of soil microbial ecology and microbial physiology including: nitrogen cycling in soils; population ecology of soil bacteria; physiology and ecology of nitrification; genomics of nitrifying bacteria.

Research Projects:

  • Niche differentiation of nitrification in soils.
  • Response and interaction between nitrifying bacteria to environmental change.

Profile Field Tabs

Affiliated with: 
Crop and Soil Science
Courses Taught: 
  • Microbial Ecology
  • General Microbiology
  • Biology of the Procaryotes
My Publications


Book Chapter

P. J. Bottomley and Myrold, D. D., Biological nitrogen fixation: The return of N to the soil, in Soil Microbiology, Ecology, and Biochemistry, 4thth ed., San Diego, CA: Academic Press, 2015, pp. 447-470.

Journal Article