"For in the end we will conserve only what we love"-Baba Dioum 

Recent News:

March 2022: Happy to announce that I have won the University-wide Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award. 


Feb 2022: Our first lab data paper was published in Plos one "Hemp biochar impacts on selected biological soil health indicators across different soil types and moisture cycles"


Dec 2021: Proud to receive the College-wide CAES Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award

Nov 2021: Congratulation Janeva for being selected (1 in 8 nationwide) as one of the prestigious Encompass Fellow sponsored by Tri-societies and Bayer Crop Science. This will provide a chance to represent her soils research at the highest level during the Congressional Visits Day, held in Washington, D.C. (March 7-8, 2022).

Oct 2021: It was an honor to be an invited speaker at New York Scientific
Data Summit 2021
organized by Brookhaven National Lab. I presented on "Microbial controls of climate-smart soil health management practices".


Sept 2021: Glad to share our hemp research as an invited featured speaker at the 3rd Southern Hemp Expo at Raleigh, NC 

Aug 2021: It was a pleasure and honor to be able to provide introductory remarks and moderate a session at the 6th SHI Annual Meeting on "Understanding and Managing the Soil Microbiome" 

July 2021: Congratulations URSP mentee Amira for winning second position at NC A&T undergraduate research symposium. She presented her research on hemp biochar and its impact on soil enzymes

June 2021: Congratulation Stella on your successful MS defense. Stella's research focused on soil health implications for hemp cultivation in North Carolina


May 2021: Congratulation Janeva on being selected as one of the six 2021 Class of Cultivators sponsored by Farm Foundation

April 2021: Earth Day celebrations at these awesome events sponsored by Zerowaste and NC A&T State University. We addressed the crucial role of soils in combating climate change.

March 2021: It was a great experience to provide information on soil health management for hemp at workshops organized by NC Co-operative extension and NRCS 

Feb 2021: Our Industrial Hemp Program was covered by Fox8 news. Here is a link to that coverage

Jan 2021: Honored to serve as an invited panelist at the Q&A session for University Research Excellence Awards. 


Dec 2020: It was a great honor to give an invited talk on World Soil Day under the World Bank-funded project on National Agricultural Higher Education Project (NAHEP) along with a panel of esteemed speakers around the world 

Nov 2020: We are looking for a research associate and a postdoc to work on biological soil health management  

October 2020: Delivered invited talk for the Crop and Soil Science Seminar at NC State. Good to talk to potential future collaborators

Sept 2020: It was a great opportunity to serve as a grant panelist for the USDA AFRI Foundational and Applied Science Program


Aug 2020: CURE-M videos published for increasing undergraduate involvement in research 

July 2020: We received a 3-year funding from USDA NIFA to conduct research on soil health for hemp

June 2020: Hemp manual publication. Click here.

May 2020: Congratulations Amira for getting accepted to the Undergraduate Research Scholars Program sponsored by Office of Ag Research.

April 2020: It was a great honor to be awarded University Rookie Researcher of the Year.

Feb 2020: Congratulations Stella for publishing a review article on Hemp best management practices.

Lab PI: Arnab Bhowmik, PhD
Assistant Professor of Soil Science/Soil Microbiology
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Design
North Carolina A&T State University






Mailing address:


Carver Hall 235B (office), 112 (lab)

1601 East Market Street


Greensboro, NC 27411

Brief resume


Areas of interest

  • Carbon and nitrogen cycling in agroecosystems

  • Soil health and sustainable agriculture

  • Soil management and greenhouse gas emissions

  • Industrial Hemp CBD best management practices

We are interested in studying mechanisms that govern soil organic matter dynamics and the biological networks that provide ecosystem services in sustainable agricultural systems. Specifically, it comprises of interpreting soil microbial and biogeochemical processes that regulate nutrient cycling (mainly carbon and nitrogen), soil health, best management practices and greenhouse gas emissions in perennial and annual agroecosystems.