Steve Culman received his B.A. in Biology from Thomas More College in 1999. He earned an M.S. in Soil Science from Cornell University in 2005 on a project using soil solarization to suppress pathogens in rice-wheat cropping systems in Nepal. He earned a Ph.D. in Agronomy in 2008 from Cornell University comparing nutrient cycling and soil food webs between annual croplands and perennial grasslands.
After graduate school, Steve worked for a year as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis exploring relationships between agricultural intensification, biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Central Valley of California. He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University for 3.5 years working on a variety of projects including evaluating tests of active organic matter, evaluating perennial grain crops and examining soil C and N cycling in a long-term cropping systems experiment. He joined Ohio State University in April 2014 as an Assistant Professor in Soil Fertility, serving as the State Specialist in Soil Fertility.