Steven Fonte, PhD.

Associate Professor

Soil and Crop Sciences

Fields of Expertise

Agriculture, Ecosystem Dynamics, Soil Science

Areas of Interest

Agroecosystems, Soil ecology


Steven Fonte is an associate professor of agricultural systems science. He earned his PhD in 2010 from the University of California, Davis with a focus in Agricultural Ecology. He also holds a M.Sc. degree in Forest Ecology from Oregon State University and a B.Sc. in Environmental and Resource Science from UC Davis. Dr. Fonte’s work takes an ecological approach towards understanding multiple functions and drivers within agroecosystems and then seeks to apply this knowledge towards the sustainable management of soils and farming systems worldwide. This work is done largely in collaboration with farmers and other stakeholders across a range of agricultural contexts.