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Mauricio Fontes

Title:Tinker Visiting Professor
Primary Affiliation:Department of Environmental Earth System Science
Other Affiliations:EESS, Stanford University, Center for Latin American Studies
Office Location:582 Alvarado Row Office 9
Research Group:Soil and Environmental Biogeochemistry

Biographical Information

Mauricio Fontes a Tinker Visiting Professor at Stanford
University, is Professor at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa in Brazil.
He obtained his Ph.D. in Soil Science from North Carolina State University in
1988 where he was invited to become a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Gamma
Sigma Delta honor societies from his academic achievements. At that time, he
also was recipient of a Potash and Phosphate Institute Fellowship Award. He was
a Visiting Scholar at University of California Berkeley in 1993/94, at
Technische Universitat Munchen in 2000/01 and at Stanford University from
2009/10. Professor Fontes has
worked for many years on the fate of heavy metals adsorption/desorption
phenomena, on establishing geochemical background of heavy metals and on
assessing soil vulnerability to pollution/contamination to heavy metals of
highly weathered/developed soils throughout the country but most notably in the
State of Minas Gerais. He also does research with soils from Amazonia and
recently had approved by CNPq (Brazilian Research Funding Agency) a project in
“Geochemical Background, Natural Soil Fertility and Nutrient Cycling in
Amazonia Soils”. Professor Fontes has published extensively including books,
book chapters and papers in journals among others. He serves as a reviewer for several
scientific journals and is member of the Editorial Board of ISRN Agronomy. He has
been a member of Editorial Board for Revista Ceres and Revista
Brasileira de Ciencia do Solo, important Brazilian agronomic journals. He is
member of the Soil Science Society of America, of the International Society of
Trace Elements Biogeochemistry (ISTEB) and was recently appointed Honorary
Member for the International Committee of ICOBTE-2013 (12th International
Conference on the Biogeochemistry of Trace Elements) to be held June 16-20,
2013 in Athens, Georgia.


Heavy metals adsorption/desorption
phenomena in soils; geochemical background of heavy metals in soils; soil vulnerability to pollution/contamination to heavy metals of
highly weathered/developed soils; geochemical background, natural soil fertility and nutrient cycling in Amazonia soils.




  • BS Agronomy, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil, 1974
  • MSc Soil Fertility, Universidade Federal de Vicosa, Brazil, 1979
  • PhD Soil Science North Carolina State University, 1988

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