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About Mark S. Coyne

Mark Coyne received a B.S. (1982) from Iowa State University in Agronomy and International Agriculture, an M.S. (1984) from the University of California, Riverside in Soil and Environmental Science, and a PhD (1989) from  Michigan State University in Crop and Soil Science (Soil Microbiology) under the direction of James Tiedje. He was appointed assistant professor of Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Kentucky in 1991 and became full professor in 2006. In 2014 he was named "Great Teacher of the Year" by the UK Alumni Association. Coyne currently teaches and conducts research in soil microbiology, ecology, and biochemistry. He is the Director of Graduate Studies for the Integrated Plant and Soil Sciences M.S. and PhD Programs at the university of Kentucky and advises undergraduate students in the Natural Resource Sciences Program. His research program in Soil Microbiology, Ecology, and Biochemistry has attracted over $4 million in extramural funding and focuses on N and C dynamics in agricultural environments, soil and environmental quality, fecal contaminants in the soil environment, and soil quality. He is the author of four textbooks in microbiology and fundamental soil science.


Present Professor of Soil Microbiology, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • 2014 UK Alumni Association "Great Teacher Award
  • Heick Professor of Soil Science, 2011-2016
  • 2003-2004 Division S-3 Chair (Soil Biology and Biochemistry), Soil Science Society of America


  • PLS 566 - Soil Microbiology
  • PLS 567 - Research Methods in Soil Microbiology
  • IPS 610 - Transdisciplinary Communication
  • IPS 625 - Transdisciplinary Research
  • PLS 660 - Advanced Soil Biology

Contact Information

Mark Coyne
Department of Plant and Soil Sciences
College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment
N-122N Agricultural Science Center
1100 S. Limestone St.
University of Kentucky
Lexington KY 40546-0091


Refereed Journal Articles and Conference Papers (53)