Max Planck Gesellschaft

Jeffrey Beem-Miller

MPI for Biogeochemistry
Department of Biogeochemical Processes
14Constraint (Trumbore)
Soil Biogeochemistry (Schrumpf)

PhD student

Room: B0.001
Street address: Hans-Knöll-Str. 10, 07745 Jena, Germany


2017-    PhD student, IMPRS-gBGC, MPI-BGC, Doctoral Thesis: 'Parent material and climatic controls on soil carbon cycling revealed through radiocarbon' (Supervised by: Prof. Dr. Susan E. Trumbore, Dr. Marion Schrumpf, and Prof. Dr. Georg Guggenberger)

2015-17  MSc, Cornell University: 'Soil Carbon Assessment: Confronting climate change on the farm' (Supervised by: Dr. David Wolfe and Prof. Dr. Johannes Lehmann)

2004-08  BA, Biology and Environmental Science, Oberlin College  

Research Bio

I study timescales of soil carbon cycling using radiocarbon, modeling, and soil fractionation techniques such as density separation and laboratory incubations. I am particularly interested in mineral-organic associations and how the interaction of climate and parent material affects soil carbon persistence. My previous research focused on greenhouse gas management in agricultural systems, particularly carbon sequestration, sampling, and accounting methods.




Heckman, K., Hicks Pries, C. E., Lawrence, C. R., Rasmussen, C., Crow, S. E., Hoyt, A. M., von Fromm, S. F., Shi, Z., Stoner, S., McGrath, C., Beem-Miller, J., Berhe, A. A., Blankinship, J. C., Keiluweit, M., Marín-Spiotta, E., Monroe, J. G., Plante, A. F., Schimel, J., Sierra, C. A., … Wagai, R. (2022). Beyond bulk: Density fractions explain heterogeneity in global soil carbon abundance and persistence. Global Change Biology, 28, 1178– 1196.


Todd-Brown, K. E. O., Abramoff, R. Z., Beem-Miller, J., Blair, H. K., Earl, S., Frederick, K. J., Fuka, D. R., Guevara Santamaria, M., Harden, J. W., Heckman, K., Heran, L. J., Holmquist, J. R., Hoyt, A. M., Klinges, D. H., LeBauer, D. S., Malhotra, A., McClelland, S. C., Nave, L. E., Rocci, K. S., Schaeffer, S. M., Stoner, S., van Gestel, N., von Fromm, S. F., and Younger, M. L.: Reviews and syntheses: The promise of big soil data, moving current practices towards future potential, Biogeosciences Discuss. [preprint],, in review, 2021.
Beem-Miller, J, M. Schrumpf, AM Hoyt, G Guggenberger, and S Trumbore. 2021. Impacts of drying and rewetting on the radiocarbon signature of respired CO2 and Implications for Incubating Archived Soils. J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci. 126, e2020JG006119.


Schädel, C, J Beem-Miller, M Aziz Rad, SE Crow, CE Hicks Pries, J Ernakovich, AM Hoyt, A Plante, S Stoner, CC Treat, CA Sierra. 2019. Decomposability of soil organic matter over time: The Soil Incubation Database (SIDb, version 1.0) and guidance for incubation procedures. Earth Sys. Sci. Data.
Shi, Z, SD Allison, Y He, PA Levine, AM Hoyt, J Beem-Miller, Q Zhu, WR Wieder, S Trumbore, JT Randerson. 2020. The age distribution of global soil carbon inferred from radiocarbon measurements. Nat. Geosc. 13, 555–559.


Comstock J, S Sherpa, Feng, Richard Ferguson, S Bailey, J Beem-Miller, F Lin, J Lehmann, D Wolfe. 2019. Carbonate determination in soils by mid-IR spectroscopy with regional and continental scale models. PLOS One.
Lawrence, C.R., J. Beem-Miller, A.M. Hoyt, G. Monroe, C.A. Sierra, S. Stoner, K. Heckman, J.C. Blankinship, S.E. Crow, G. McNicol, S.E. Trumbore, P.A. Levine, O. Vindušková, K. Todd-Brown, Craig Rasmussen, C.E. Hicks Pries, C. Schädel, K. McFarlane, S. Doetterl, C. Hatté, Y. He, C. Treat, J.W. Harden, M.S. Torn, C. Estop-Aragonés, A.A. Berhe, M. Keiluweit, E. Marin-Spiotta, A.F. Plante, A. Thomson, J.P. Schimel, L.J. S. Vaughn, and R. Wagai. 2019. An open source database for the synthesis of soil radiocarbon data: ISRaD version 1.0. Earth Sys. Sci. Data.


Beem-Miller J, A Kong, S Ogle, D Wolfe. 2016. Sampling for soil carbon stock assessment in rocky agricultural soils. Soil Sci. Soc. Amer. J. 80: 1411-1423.
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