Daniel Hirmas, Ph.D.

Geography and Atmospheric Science
Associate Professor
Primary office:
785-864-5542
Lindley Hall
Room 415A
1475 Jayhawk Blvd
Lawrence, KS 66045-7575


Teaching Interests

  • Flipped courses, threshold concepts, discipline-based education research

Research Interests

  • Pedology, soil-geomorphology, soil morphology, soil physics

Selected Publications

Hirmas, D., & Mandel, R. (2017). Soils of the Great Plains. In L. T. West, A. E. Hartemink, & M. J. Singer (Eds.), Soils of the USA. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Hirmas, D. R., & Giménez, D. (in press). A geometric equation for representing morphological field information in horizons with compound structures. Soil Science Society of America Journal. DOI:10.2136/sssaj2016.12.0396

Hirmas, D. R., Gimenez, D., Mome Filho, E. A., Patterson, M., Drager, K., Platt, B. F., & Eck, D. V. (2016). Quantifying soil structure and porosity using three-dimensional laser scanning. In . (Ed.), Digital Soil Morphometrics (pp. 19-35). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.

Mohammed, A. K., Hirmas, D. R., Giménez, D., & Miller, J. R. (2016). A digital morphometric approach for quantifying ped shape. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 80, 1604-1618. DOI:10.2136/sssaj2016.06.0203

Drager, K., Hirmas, D. R., & Hasiotis, S. T. (2016). Effects of ant (Formica subsericea) bioturbation on physical and hydrological properties of a fine-textured soil. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 80, 364-375. DOI:10.2136/sssaj2015.08.0300

Drager, K., Hirmas, D. R., Hasiotis, S. T., & Bents, T. C. (2016). Effects of ant (Formica subsericea) nest development on physical and hydrological properties in a coarse-textured soil. Soil Science, 181, 166-174.

Katz, B. S., Stotler, R. L., Hirmas, D. R., Ludvigson, G., Smith, J. J., & Whittemore, D. O. (2016). Geochemical recharge estimation and the effects of a declining water table. Vadose Zone Journal. DOI:10.2136/vzj2016.04.0031

Kim, D., Hirmas, D. R, McEwan, R. W, Mueller, T. G, Park, S. J, Samonil, P., Thompson, J. A, & Wendroth, O. (2016). Predicting the influence of multi-scale spatial autocorrelation on soil-landform modeling. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 80, 409-419.

Eck, D., Qin, M., Hirmas, D., Giménez, D., & Brunsell, N. (2016). Relating quantitative soil structure metrics to saturated hydraulic conductivity. Vadose Zone Journal, 15(1). DOI:10.2136/vzj2015.05.0083

Kraus, C., Hirmas, D., & Roberts, J. (2015). Compressive strength of blood stabilized earthen architecture. In C. Mileto, F. Vegas, L. García Soriano, & V. Christini (Eds.), Earthen Architecture: Past, Present and Future (pp. 217-220). London, UK: Taylor & Francis Group.

Klopfenstein, S., Hirmas, D., & Johnson, W. (2015). Relationships between soil organic carbon and precipitation along a climosequence in loess-derived soils of the central Great Plains, USA. Catena, 133, 25-34.

Rabenhorst, M., Schmehling, A., Thompson, J., Hirmas, D., Graham, R., & Rossi, A. (2015). Reliability of soil color standards. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 79, 193-199.

Halfen, A. F., White, T., Slocum, T. A., Hirmas, D. R., McDermott, D., Atchley, P., Johnson, W. C., Egbert, S., & Gilbreath, A. (2014). A new stereoscopic (3D) media database and teaching strategy for use in large-lecture introductory geoscience courses. Journal of Geoscience Education, 62, 515-531.

Hirmas, D. R., Slocum, T. A., Halfen, A. F., White, T., Zautner, E., Atchley, P., Liu, H., Johnson, W. C., Egbert, S., & McDermott, D. (2014). Effects of seating location and stereoscopic display on learning outcomes in an introductory physical geography class. Journal of Geoscience Education, 62, 126-137.

Kraus, C., Hirmas, D., & Roberts, J. (2013). Microbially indurated rammed earth: A long awaited next phase of earthen architecture. In C. Jarrett, K. Kim, & N. Senske (Eds.), The Visibility of Research, Proceedings of the 2013 Architectural Research Centers Consortium (pp. 58-65). Charlotte, NC: University of North Carolina Charlotte.

Hirmas, D. R. (2013). A simple method for removing artifacts from moist fine-textured soil faces. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77, 591-593.

Hirmas, D. R., Giménez, D., Subroy, V., & Platt, B. F. (2013). Fractal distribution of mass from the millimeter- to decimeter-scale in two soils under native and restored tallgrass prairie. Geoderma, 207-208, 121-130.

Eck, D. V., Hirmas, D. R., & Giménez, D. (2013). Quantifying soil structure from field excavation walls using multistripe laser triangulation scanning. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 77, 1319-1328.

Hirmas, D. R., Platt, B. F., & Hasiotis, S. T. (2012). Determination of calcite and dolomite content in soils and paleosols by continuous coulometric titration. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76, 1100-1106.

Platt, B. F., Hasiotis, S. T., & Hirmas, D. R. (2012). Empirical determination of physical controls on megafaunal footprint formation through neoichnological experiments with elephants. PALAIOS, 27(725-737).

Subroy, V., Giménez, D., Hirmas, D. R., & Takhistov, P. (2012). On determining soil aggregate bulk density by displacement in two immiscible liquids. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 76, 1212-1216.

Wysocki, D. A., Schoeneberger, P. J., Hirmas, D. R., & LaGarry, H. E. (2011). Geomorphology of Soil Landscapes. In P. M. Huang, Y. Li, & M. E. Sumner (Eds.), Handbook of Soil Sciences: Properties and Processes(2nd ed.) (pp. 29:1-29:26). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Hirmas, D. R., & Graham, R. C. (2011). Pedogenesis and soil-geomorphic relationships in an arid mountain range, Mojave Desert, CA. Soil Science Society of America Journal, 75, 192-206.

Hirmas, D. R., Graham, R. C., & Kendrick, K. J. (2011). Soil-geomorphic significance of land surface characteristics in an arid mountain range, Mojave Desert, USA. Catena, 87, 408-420.


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