Thomas F. Morris
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Rd., Unit 4067
Department of Plant Science 
Storrs, Connecticut 06269

Telephone: (860) 486-0637
Fax: (860) 486-0682
Complete CV


Ph.D.       1992      Iowa State University
                              Major: Soil Science
M.S.        1988      University of Connecticut
                             Major: Soil Science
B.S.         1975      Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture Doylestown, Pennsylvania
                              Major: Agronomy

Professional Positions & Education

2019                     Professor Emeritus

2012-2019            Professor, Plant Science, University of Connecticut

2004-2016            Regional Coordinator Professional Development Program,

          USDA Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and

          Education (SARE) program

2000-2012            Associate Professor, Plant Science, University of Connecticut

1994-2000            Assistant Professor, Plant Science, University of Connecticut

1993-1994            Visiting Assistant Professor, Plant Science, Univ. Connecticut

1988-1992            Research Assistant, Agronomy, Iowa State University

1985-1988            Research Assistant, Plant Science, University of Connecticut

1981-1984            Research Farm Manager, Rodale Research Center, Kutztown,


Scientific Positions

2015-                 Science Review Panel Member, NutrientStar

2002-2005         Associate Editor, Journal of Environmental Quality

Selected Publications

Tao, H., T.F. Morris, P.M. Kyveryga, and J. McGuire. 2018. Factors affecting nitrogen availability and variability in cornfields. Agron. J. 110:1974–1986. doi:10.2134/agronj2017.11.0631.

Morris, T.F., T. S. Murrell, D.B. Beegle, J.J. Camberato, R.B. Ferguson, J. Grove, Q. Ketterings, P.M. Kyveryga, C.A.M. Laboski, J.M. McGrath, J.J. Meisinger, J.Melkonian, B.N. Moebius-Clune, E.D. Nafziger, D. Osmond, J.E. Sawyer, P.C. Scharf, W. Smith, J.T. Spargo, H.M. van Es, H. Yang. 2018. Strengths and Limitations of Nitrogen Rate Recommendations for Corn and Opportunities for Improvement. Agron. J. 110:1–37. doi: 10.2134/agronj2017.02.0112.

Geng, X., K. Guillard, S. Mangiafico, T. F. Morris. 2014. Architecture defining sufficiency levels of nitrogen in cool-season turfgrass lawns using Macy’s concept. Crop Sci. 54:1844–1858.

Yost, M.A., T.F. Morris, M.P. Russelle, and J.A. Coulter. 2014. Second-year corn after alfalfa often requires no fertilizer nitrogen. Agron. J. 106:659-669.

Tao, H., T.F. Morris, B. Bravo-Ureta, R. Meinert. 2014. Factors affecting manure applications as directed by nutrient management plans at four Connecticut dairy farms. Agron. J. 106:1420-1426.

Geng, X., K. Guillard, and T.F. Morris. 2014. Turfgrass growth and color correlated to spring Illinois Soil N Test and soil permanganate-oxidizable carbon concentrations. Crop Sci. 54:383-400.

Geng, X., K. Guillard, and T.F. Morris. 2014. Relating turfgrass growth and quality to frequently-measured soil nitrate. Crop Sci. 54:366-382.

Tao, H., T.F. Morris, B. Bravo-Ureta, R. Meinert, J. Neafsey. 2012. Nutrient applications reported by farmers compared with performance-based nutrient management plans.Agron. J. 104:423-436.   

Kyveryga, P.M., T.M. Blackmer, R. Pearson, and T.F. Morris.  2011. Late-season digital aerial imagery and stalk nitrate testing to estimate the percentage of areas with different nitrogen status within fields. J. Soil Water Conserv. 60:373-384.

Mallory, E., C. White, T. Morris, and N.E. Kiernan.  2011. Reading the farm – training agricultural professionals in whole farm analysis for sustainable agriculture. J. Extension, vol. 45, no. 5.

Zhivotovsky, O. P., Y. A. Kuzovkina, C. P. Schulthess, T. Morris, and D. Pettinelli. 2011. Lead uptake and translocation by willows in pot and field experiments. Intern. J. Phytoremediation, 13:731-749.

Zhivotovsky, O. P., Y. A. Kuzovkina, C. P. Schulthess, T. Morris, D. Pettinelli, M. Ge.  2011.Hydroponic screening of willows (Salix L.) for lead tolerance and accumulation. Intern. J. Phytoremediation 13:75-94.

Kyveryga, P., H. Tao, T.F. Morris, T.M. Blackmer. 2010. Identification of nitrogen management categories by corn stalk nitrate sampling guided by aerial imagery. Agron. J. 102:858-867.

Tao, H., T.F. Morris, B. Bravo-Ureta, R. Meinert, K. Zanger, J. Neafsey. 2010. A partial budget analysis for phosphorus-based nutrient management plans for Connecticut dairy farms.Agron. J. 102:231-240.   

Kinsella, K., C.P. Schulthess, T.F. Morris, J.D. Stuart.  2009. Rapid quantification of Bacillus subtilis antibiotics in the rhizosphere. Soil Bio. Biochem. 41:374-379. 

Ping, J., C. Green, R. Zartman, K. Bronson, T. Morris.  2008.  Spatial variability of soil properties, cotton yield and quality in a production field.  Comm. Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 39:1-16

Kyveryga, P., A.M. Blackmer, T.F. Morris.  2007.  Disaggregating model bias and variability when calculating economic optimum rates of nitrogen fertilization for corn. Agron. J. 99: 1048-1056.

Kyveryga, P., A.M. Blackmer, T.F. Morris.  2007.  Alternative benchmarks for economically optimal rates of nitrogen fertilization for corn.  Agron. J. 99: 1057-1065.

J. R. Heckman, W. Jokela, T. Morris, D. B. Beegle, J. T. Sims, F. J. Coale, S. Herbert, T. Griffin, B. Hoskins, J. Jemison, W. M. Sullivan, D. Bhumbla, G. Estes, and W. S. Reid.  2006.  Soil test calibration for predicting corn response to phosphorus in the northeast USA.  Agron. J. 98:280-288.

Morris, T. F., and M. Keilty (eds.) 2006.  Alternative Health Practices for Livestock.  Blackwell Publ. Professional, Ames, IA. 

Hooker, B., T. F. Morris, R. Peters, and Z. Cardon.  2005.  Long term effects of tillage and corn stalk return on soil carbon dynamics.  Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 69:188-196.

Hyde, J. E., and T. F. Morris.  2004.  Phosphorus availability from phosphorus-amended water treatment residual.  Comm.Soil Sci. Plant Anal. 34: 1033-1046.

Balkcom, K. S., A. M. Blackmer, D. J. Hansen, T. F. Morris, and A. P. Mallarino.  2003.  Testing soils and cornstalks to evaluate nitrogen management on the watershed scale.  J. Environ. Qual. 32:1015-1024.

Heckman, J.R., T.F. Morris, J.T. Sims, J.B. Sieczka, U. Krogmann, P. Nitzsche, and R. Ashley.              2002.  Presidedress soil nitrate test is effective for fall cabbage.  HortScience 37:113-117.

Boucher, T.J., R.A. Ashley, R.G.Adams, Jr., and T.F. Morris.  2001.  Effect of trap position, habitat, and height on the capture of pepper maggot flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). J. Econ. Entomol. 94:456-461.

Achenie, L., M.A. Butkus, D. Grasso, C. P. Schulthess, T. Morris, J. Hyde.  2001.  A comparative study of neural network and mechanistic models for surface complexation.  Advances in Environ. Research 5:137-143.

Hyde, J. E., and T.F. Morris.  2000.  Phosphorus availability in soils amended with dewatered water treatment residual and metal concentrations with time in residual.  J. Environ. Qual. 29:1896-1904.

Morris, T. F., G. Hamilton, and S. Harney.  2000.  Optimum Plant Population for Fresh Market Sweet Corn in the Northeastern United States.  HortTechnology 10:25-30.

Guillard, K., T.F. Morris, and K.L. Kopp.  1999. The Pre-sidedress soil nitrate test and nitrate leaching from corn.  J. Environ. Qual. 28:1845-1852.

Hooker, B.A. and T.F. Morris.  1998.  End-of-season cornstalk test for excess nitrogen in silage corn.  J. Prod. Agric. 12:282-288.