Thorsten J. Knappenberger

Associate Professor (Soil Physics)

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences

(334) 844-3997 


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255 Funchess Hall
Auburn Univ, AL 36849



  • 2009 Ph.D., University of Hohenheim (Agricultural Engineering)
  • 2003 M.S., University of Hohenheim (Agricultural Engineering)
  • 2001 B.S., University of Hohenheim (Agricultural Engineering)


  • 2014 – Present Assistant Professor for Soil Physics, Auburn University
  • 2014 Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Washington State University
  • 2011 – 2013 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington State University
  • 2005 – 2010 Instructor, University of Hohenheim
  • 2009 Instructor, University of Kassel
  • 2003 – 2009 Research Assistant, University of Hohenheim


  • 2013 2012 Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Refereeing for Water Resources Research
  • 2011 – 2013 Fellowship funded by the German Research Foundation


  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)



  • Transport processes in soils and sediments
  • Irrigation efficiency and timing
  • Contaminant transport in soils
  • Soil colloid transport
  • Soil tillage
  • Spatial and temporal statistics
  • Stormwater remediation



  • ENVI 3000 – Introduction to Stream Restoration
  • CSES 5590/6590 – Environmental Soil Physics
  • CSES 7080 – Experimental Methods
  • CSES 8580 – Fate and Transport of Chemicals in Soils



  • Knappenberger, T., A.D. Jayakaran, J.D. Stark, C.H. Hinman. Monitoring Stormwater Infiltration and Outflow of Permeable
    Pavement Parking Lot Cells. Journal of Irrigation and Drainage (in press)
  • Poncet, A.M., J.P. Fulton, T.P. McDonald, T.P. Bridges, T. Knappenberger. Influence of Soil Properties, Row-Crop Planter
    Depth and Spring Load Settings on Gauge-Wheel Load and Seeding Depth. ASABE (in review)
  • Radcliffe, D.E., T. Knappenberger, and A.L.M. Daigh. 2016: Using Khan Academy Videos in Flipped Classroom Mode to
    Bolster Calculus Skills in Soil Physics Courses. Natural Sciences Education 45, doi:10.4195/nse2016.04.0008
  • Knappenberger, T., S. Aramrak, and M. Flury. 2015: Transport of Barrel and Spherical Shaped Colloids in Unsaturated Porous
    Media. Journal of Contaminant Hydrology 180, 69–79
  • Knappenberger, T. 2015: Teaching: The Other Part of a Faculty Position. Crops, Soils, Agronomy News 60 (9), 42–43
  • Knappenberger, T., M. Flury, E.D. Mattson, and J.B. Harsh. 2014: Does Water Content or Flow Rate Control Colloid
    Transport in Unsaturated Porous Media? Environmental Science and Technology 48(7),3791–3799
  • Singh, P., H. Abdou, M. Flury, W. Schillinger, and T. Knappenberger. 2013: Critical water potentials for germination of wheat
    cultivars in the dryland northwest USA. Seed Science Research 23, 189–198.
  • Knappenberger, T., and K. Köller. 2012: Spatial assessment of the influence of seeding depth and apparent soil electrical
    conductivity on emergence and yield of corn. Journal of Precision Agriculture 13, 163–180.
  • Knappenberger, T. 2009: The influence of seeding depth on emergence and yield of corn. PhD-thesis, University of
    Hohenheim, Germany. (in German)
  • Knappenberger, T., M. Ströbel, and K. Köller, K. 2007: Software for experimental design. Landtechnik 62, 152–153. (in German)
  • Knappenberger, T. 2006: The quality of seedbed preparation depending on the soil water content. Landtechnik 61, 306–307.
    (in German)
  • Knappenberger, T., and K. Köller. 2005: Opportunities and challenges of a real-time control of seeding depth. Agrartechnische
    Forschung 11, 49–52. (in German)
  • Jantschke, C., T. Knappenberger, and K. Köller. 2005: The soil moisture measuring value. Landtechnik 60, 134–135. (in German)
  • Knappenberger, T. 2003: Design of a development system for autonomous control of a farm tractor using CASE tools.
    Master-Thesis, University of Hohenheim, Germany. (in German)