Background and Research Interests

Cristine Morgan is a Professor of Soil Science with emphasis in soil hydrology  and pedometrics at Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Her research program integrates graduate and undergraduate teaching that focuses on improving the ability to quantify spatially and temporally variable soil properties across watersheds, and improving understanding of water transport processes affected by the variation of these soil properties.  In her research program, the spatial distribution of soil properties are quantitatively analyzed to address issues related to sound management of water and land resources at the agricultural field and watershed scale. Specific research projects include developing a real time system to characterize soil profiles in the field using a penetrometer-mounted visNIR, mapping properties of the soil surface with aerial and proximal passive gamma radiometrics, minimally invasive mapping of soil cracking patterns with electrical resistivity tomography, developing mechanistic models of soil cracking phenomenon, modeling surface hydrology of cracking soils, and incorporating pedometrics and soil physics knowledge in land surface models to improve atmospheric modeling. Dr. Morgan has been awarded teaching and mentoring honors by the College and University and her research program has been recognized by the Soil and Water Conservation Division of the Soil Science Society of America. Her students have been awarded numerous national and international awards and scholarships for their work advancing knowledge in soil physics and pedology.  She is also Editor-in-Chief for Geoderma, a global soil science journal. Dr. Morgan earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Soil Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Soil Science Department (2000 and 2003 respectively). Her Bachelor’s degree is in Plant and Environmental Soil Sciences from Texas A&M University (1998).

Affiliated Students

Julieta Le Collazo
Gregory Rouze
Sarah Vaughan

TWO Publications


TWO Presentations

Mohanty, B.P., G. Moore, G. Miller, S. Quiring, M. Everett, and C. Morgan, The Texas Water Observatory: Utilizing Advanced Observing System Design for Understanding Water Resources Sustainability Across Climatic and Geologic Gradients of Texas, AGU Fall Meeting. 2015.
Mohanty, B.P., G. Moore, G. Miller, M. Everett, C. Morgan, and M. Lawing, Texas Water Observatory in Brazos Corridor, Council of Principal Investigators Meeting, Texas A&M University, June 22, 2016.
Mohanty, B.P., G. Moore, G. Miller, M. Everett, C. Morgan, M. Lawing, Texas Water Observatory, 54th Annual Soil Survey & Land Resource Workshop, Texas A&M AgriLife and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), February 3, 2017.
Jaimes, A., N. Gaur, M. Everett, G. Miller, G. Moore, C. Morgan, M. Lawing, B. Mohanty, Texas Water Observatory: Utilizing Advanced Observing System Design for Understanding Water Resource Sustainability across Climatic and Geologic Gradients of Texas, NACP/AmeriFlux PI Joint Meeting, North Bethesda, MD, March 27 - 30, 2017.

Related Research Projects

Application of Two-Source Model for ET Predictions in a Production Ag Field of High Spatial Variability
Long Term Soil Moisture Monitoring in high-clay Texas Soils: How Good are the Data?
Three-dimensional, in-situ characterization of soil structure to quantify soil condition