Gregg Sanford

Research Scientist

Contact Information:
3113 Wisconsin Energy Institute
1552 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53726


  • Ph.D. Agronomy, Minor in Soil Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012 - Dissertation title: Agroecosystem land managment and its effect on soil organic carbon stocks and dynamics in the Mollisols of southern Wisconsin
  • M.S. Agronomy, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2012 - Thesis title: Dairy slurry in corn based systems: impacts on soil compaction and profitability
  • B.A. Biology, New College of Florida , 2012 - Thesis title: The flora of Bailey Cay, Roatan Honduras


Sanford GS, Oates LG, Jasrotia P, Thelen KD, Robertson GP, Jackson RD. Comparative productivity of alternative cellulosic bioenergy cropping systems in the North Central USA. Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment.

In Press
Sanford, G.R. . 2014. Perennial grasslands are essential for long term SOC storage in the Mollisols of the North Central USA Soil Organic Carbon, IUSS publication.

Hedtcke, J.L., G.R. Sanford, K.E. Hadley, and K.D. Thelen. 2014. Maximizing land use during switchgrass establishment in the North Central United States Agron. J. 106. 596-604.

Sanford, G.R. and C.J. Kucharik. 2013. Effect of methodological considerations on soil carbon parameter estimates obtained via the acid hydrolysis-incubation method Soil Biol. Biochem. 67. 295-305.

Sanford, G.R., Posner, J.L., Jackson, R.D., Kucharik, C.J., Hedtcke, J.L., and T. Lin. 2012. Soil carbon lost from Mollisols of the North Central U.S.A. with 20 years of agricultural best management practices. Agric. Ecosys. Env. 162: 68-76. 10.1016/j.agee.2012.08.011

Liang, C., Sanford, G.R., JACKSON, R.D., and T.C. Balser. 2011. Potential legacy effects of biofuel cropping systems on soil microbial communities in southern Wisconsin, USA. Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 2: 131-137. 10.4236/as.2011.22019

Sanford, G.R., Posner, J.L., and G.L. Hadley. 2009. Economics of hauling dairy slurry and its value in Wisconsin corn (Zea mays L.) grain systems. Ag. Food Env. Sci. 1: 1-10.

Sanford, G.R., Cook, A.R., Posner, J.L., Hedtcke, J.L., Hall, J.A., and J.O. Baldock. 2009. Linking Wisconsin diary and grain farms via manure transfer for corn production. Agron. J. 101: 167-174.

Sanford, G.R., Posner, J.L., Schuler, R.T., and J.O. Baldock. 2008. Effect of dairy slurry on soil compaction and corn (Zea mays L.) yield in southern Wisconsin. J. Soil Till Res. 100: 42-53.

In Prep
Sanford, G.R., Thelen, K.D., Simmons, J.T., Jackson, R.D., Robertson, G.P.. 2013. Establishment phase productivity of first generation dedicated bioenergy crops in the North Central USA

Sanford, G.R., Kucharik, C.J.. Soil carbon dynamics along an agroecosystem land-cover gradient on Mollisols of southern Wisconsin Soil Science Society of America Journal.

Professional Positions and Responsibilities

  • Assistant Scientist, Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, 2008 to present

Honors, Grants and Fellowships

  • Dwayne A. Rohweder Forage Extension Fellowship, UW-Madison Agronomy, 2007
  • Outstanding Staff Award, UW-Madison Agronomy, 2011