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Robert Heinse

Robert Heinse

Acting Department Head and Professor


Ag Science, Room 113

Mailing Address

Department of Soil and Water Systems
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2340
Moscow, ID 83844-2340

Soil and environmental physics with an emphasis on hydraulic properties of soils and porous media as well as their characterization using near-surface geophysics.

  • Ph.D., Utah State University, 2009
  • Dipl. Geophys., Universitaet Leipzig, Germany, 2004

  • Fluid distribution and transport in soil at multiple scales
  • Near-surface geophysical methods for imaging processes related to hydrological problems, issues of environmental change and characterization of soils

  • Nearing, G.S., Tuller, M., Jones, S.B., Heinse, R. and M.S. Meding. 2013. Electromagnetic induction for mapping textural contrasts of mine tailing deposits. Journal of Applied Geophysics 89 (11-20).
  • Jones, S.B., D. Or, R. Heinse and M. Tuller. 2012. Beyond Earth: Designing Root Zone Environments for Reduced Gravity Conditions. Vadose Zone J. 11(1)
  • Jones, S.B., B. Bugbee, R. Heinse, D. Or and G.E. Bingham. 2011. Porous Plant Growth Media
  • Design Considerations for Lunar and Martian Habitats. SAE International Journal of Aerospace 4 (1), 55-62.
  • Robinson, D.A., S.B. Jones, J.M.Jr. Blonquist, R. Heinse, I. Lebron, and T.E. Doyle (2009). The Dielectric Response of the Tropical Hawaiian Mars Soil Simulant JSC Mars-1. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 73:3.
  • Heinse, R., S.B. Jones, M. Tuller, G.E. Bingham, I. Podolskiy and D. Or (2009). Providing Optimal Root-Zone Fluid Fluxes: Effects of Hysteresis on Capillary-Dominated Water Distributions in Reduced Gravity. SAE Technical Paper no. 2009-01-2360.
  • Jones, S.B., R. Heinse, B. Bugbee, D. Or and G.E. Bingham (2009). Porous Plant Growth Media Design Considerations for Lunar and Martian Habitats. SAE Technical Paper no. 2009-01-2361.
  • Heinse, R., S.B. Jones, S.L. Steinberg, M. Tuller and D. Or (2007). Measurements and Modeling of Variable Gravity Effects on Water Distribution and Flow in Unsaturated Porous Media. Vadose Zone J 6:713-724.
  • Heinse, R., G. Kluitenberg, K.S. Lewis, R.S. Austin, P.J. Shouse, G.B. Bingham, and S.B. Jones (2006). Integration of Heat Capacity and Electrical Conductivity Sensors for Root Module Water and Nutrient Assessment. SAE Technical Paper no. 2006-01-2211.
  • Heinse, R., S.D. Humphries, R.W. Mace, S.B. Jones, S.L. Steinberg, M. Tuller, R. Newman and D. Or. (2005). Measurement of Porous Media Water Retention during Parabolic Flight Induced Microgravity. SAE Technical Paper no. 2005-01-2950.
  • Jones, S.B., R. Heinse, G.B. Bingham and D. Or (2005). Modeling and Design of Optimal Growth Media from Plant-Based Gas and Liquid Fluxes, SAE Technical Paper 2005-01-2949.

  • R.M. Wade Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Idaho, 2012



University of Idaho

Physical Address:
E. J. Iddings Agricultural Science Laboratory, Rm 242
606 S Rayburn St

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2340
Moscow, ID 83844-2340