Andrew J. Margenot

Assistant Professor

Dr. Margenot addresses the literal foundation of all cropping systems: soils. He advances how we monitor and manage soils as natural capital. His research team evaluates how human activities can enhance or compromise soil services to human societies, with an emphasis on food security from urban and rural agroecosystems in the U.S. Midwest and East Africa.

Primary Disciplines


  • B.A. Philosophy; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Connecticut College, 2010
  • Ph.D. Soils and Biogeochemistry, University of California Davis, 2016

Academic Positions

  • Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California Davis, 2016 - 2017
  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2017 - present

Research Interests

  • Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy
  • Soil fertility in East Africa
  • Urban agriculture
  • Phosphorus
  • Soil organic matter and enzymes

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research

  • US Borlaug Fellow in Global Food Security

Chapters in Books

  • Margenot, A.J., Bal, L., Rao, L., R. Sommer, R. 2017. Phosphorus Fertilization and Management in Soils of Sub-Saharan Africa. Eds. Lal, R. and Stewart, B.A. Soil Phosphorus. CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL.
  • Margenot, A.J., Calderón, F.J., Goyne, K., Mukome, F.N.D., Parikh, S.J. 2016. Soil analysis, applications of IR and Raman spectroscopies. Ed. G. Tranter. Encyclopedia of Spectroscopy and Spectrometry, 3rd Ed. Elsevier, Ltd: Oxford, UK.

Selected Articles in Journals