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Shai Sela

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Bachelor’s Degree
Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Geology and Environmental Sciences
Major in Hydrology

Master’s Degree
Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Geography and Environmental Development
Major in Geographic Information Technologies (cum laude)

Ben-Gurion University, Israel
Geography and Environmental Development

Research interests

Nitrogen management models, precision agriculture, soil physics, hydrological modeling, spatial soil-plant interactions, geo-statistics, dryland eco-hydrology.


Shai Sela is a postdoctoral associate with the van-Es Lab in the Soil and Crop Sciences Section, working on the Adapt-N precision nitrogen management tool.  His study focuses on issues related to sustainable agriculture, such as the effect of different soil and nitrogen management practices on environmental fluxes (e.g. nutrient leaching and soil denitrification losses). Shai’s responsibilities further include the implementation and design of field trials, as well as analysis of data from ongoing and past trials conducted throughout the Northeast and the Midwest US regions. His past research had focused on the role of physical soil crusts on the eco-hydrology of semi-arid climates, which was studied using field experiments, numerical hydrological modelling, GIS and remote sensing tools.

Selected publications

Sela. S, H.M. van Es, B.N. Moebius-Clune, R. Marjerison, J.J. Melkonian, D. Moebius-Clune, R. Schindelbeck, and S. Gomes (2016), Adapt-N Outperforms Grower-Selected Nitrogen Rates in Northeast and Midwest USA Strip Trials. Agronomy Journal. 108: 1-9,  doi: 10.2134/agronj2015.0606

Assouline, S., S. Thompson, L. Chen, T. Svoray, S. Sela, and G. Katul (2015), The dual role of soil crusts in desertification, J. Geophys. Res. Biogeosci., 120

Sela, S., T. Svoray, and S. Assouline (2015), The effect of soil surface sealing on vegetation water uptake along a dry climatic gradient, Water Resour. Res., 51.

Sela, S., T. Svoray, and S. Assouline (2014), Soil Surface Sealing Effect on Soil Moisture at a Semiarid Hillslope: Implications for Remote Sensing Estimation. Remote Sens., 6, 7469-7490.

Sela, S., T. Svoray, and S. Assouline (2014), Temporal variability of soil water content in a semiarid hillslope across time scales: Effect of soil surface condition, J. Arid Environ.112, 64-74

Chen, L., S. Sela, T. Svoray, and S. Assouline (2013), The role of soil-surface sealing, microtopography, and vegetation patches in rainfall-runoff processes in semiarid areas, Water Resour. Res., 49(9), 5585-5599

Sela, S., T. Svoray, and S. Assouline (2012), Soil water content variability at the hillslope scale: Impact of surface sealing, Water Resour. Res., 48, W03522

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