Joseph Blankinship

Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Joey Blankinship is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. Dr. Blankinship has a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia and a PhD in Biology from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Blankinship specializes in soil biogeochemistry in order to better understand the mechanisms underlying soil greenhouse gas emissions, soil carbon stabilization, soil aggregate formation, soil nutrient dynamics, and soil water retention. Developing a mechanistic view of these critical ecosystem processes will lead to the most effective strategies for soil conservation, dust abatement (and associated disease control and traffic safety), increased productivity in drought-prone agricultural systems, soil carbon sequestration, and potential diversion of municipal and industrial organic waste (e.g., compost and biochar) to enhancing soil health.


  • PhD, Biology, Northern Arizona University, 2009