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Professor Jeanette M. Norton (Jenny) is Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Plants, Soils and Climate, an Ecology Center Associate and an Adjunct Professor in Biology at Utah State University. Dr. Norton’s research focuses on understanding key organisms in the nitrogen and carbon cycles of terrestrial systems on many different levels -  from individual genes to ecosystem processes. Dr. Norton is on the steering committee for the Nitrification Network (

Dr. Norton has served on the editorial boards of Applied Environmental Microbiology and Soil Science Society America Journal and as panelist for NSF and USDA. She is dedicated to student research mentoring on the graduate and undergraduate levels. Dr. Norton graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Biology from the State University of New College of Environmental Science and Forestry in 1980, received her PhD. in Soil Science (Microbiology) under the mentoring of Prof. Mary Firestone at University of California, Berkeley in 1991 and gained further experience as a post-doctoral researcher at the NSF Center for Microbial Ecology, Michigan State University with Professor Eldor Paul and Professor James Tiedje. Dr. Norton is a member of the American Society of Microbiology, Soil Science Society of America, International Society of Microbial Ecology and the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). More on Jenny's Research   Curriculum Vita


Brittany Johnson

Research Assistant

• Brittany received a bachelor's degree in Biology from Utah State University (2009).

Wayne Breon

Undergraduate Research Assistant

• Wayne is a senior in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Utah State University.


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