Elaine Ingham is an American microbiologist and soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc. She is known as a leader in soil microbiology and research of the soil food web. She is an author of the USDA's Soil Biology Primer. In 2011, Ingham was named as The Rodale Institute's chief scientist.
Ingham earned her PhD from the Colorado State University in 1981. Her doctorate is in Microbiology with an emphasis on soil. Along with her husband Russ (who also has a doctorate from Colorado State University in Zoology, emphasizing nematology), she was offered a post-doctoral fellowship at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab at Colorado State University. In 1985, she accepted a Research Associate Fellowship at the University of Georgia.
In 1986, Ingham moved to Oregon State University and joined the faculty in both Forest Science and Botany and Plant Pathology. She remained on faculty until 2001.
Ingham has been an Affiliate Professor of Sustainable Living at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, Adjunct Faculty at Southern Cross University in Lismore, New South Wales from 1999 to 2005, Visiting Professor with Melbourne University from 2004 to 2008, and was Program Chair of the Ecological Society of America from 1999 to 2000. She joined the Rodale Institute in 2011 as chief scientist and left in 2013.
Ingham is the founder of Soil Foodweb Inc, which works with soil testing laboratories to assess soil biology. Recently,[when?] Ingham has become Director of Research at the Environment Celebration Institute's Farm near Berry Creek in Northern California, demonstrating the methods of biological agriculture to grow plants without pesticides or inorganic fertilizers.
- Ingham, E.R. and M. Alms. (1999), The Compost Tea Handbook 1.1
- Ingham, E.R. (2000) The Compost Tea Brewing Manual. Sustainable Studies Institute, Eugene, OR. 60 pp.
- Ingham, E.R. (2001) The Compost Tea Brewing Manual Second Edition, Soil Foodweb Inc, Corvallis, Oregon 68pp
- Ingham, E.R. (2002) The Compost Tea Brewing Manual Third Edition, Soil Foodweb Inc, Corvallis, Oregon 78pp
- Ingham, E.R. (2003) The Compost Tea Brewing Manual Fourth Edition, Soil Foodweb Inc, Corvallis, Oregon 88pp
- Ingham, E.R. (2004), Compost Tea Quality: Light Microscope Methods, Soil Foodweb Inc, Corvallis, Oregon 47pp
- Ingham, E.R. (2004) The Field Guide for Actively Aerated Compost Tea (AACT), Soil Foodweb Inc, Corvallis, Oregon 178pp
- Ingham, E.R. (2005). The Compost Tea Brewing Manual, Edition 5, Soil Foodweb Inc, Corvallis, Oregon 79pp
- Ingham, E. R. (1999). The Soil Biology Primer. Chapter 1. The Soil Foodweb. NRCS Soil Quality Institute, USDA. 48 pp.
- Ingham, E.R. (1999). The Soil Biology Primer. Chapter 2. Soil Bacteria. NRCS Soil Quality Institute, USDA.
- Ingham, E.R. (1999). The Soil Biology Primer. Chapter 3. Soil Fungi. NRCS Soil Quality Institute. USDA.
- Ingham, E.R. (1999). The Soil Biology Primer. Chapter 4. Soil Protozoa. NRCS Soil Quality Institute. USDA.
- Ingham, E.R. (1999). The Soil Biology Primer. Chapter 5. Soil Nematodes. NRCS Soil Quality Institute. USDA.
- Ingham, E.R.(2004). The Soil Foodweb: Its Role in Ecosystems Health: The Overstory Book Cultivating Connections with Trees 2nd Edition; Editor Craig R. Elevitch.
- Ingham, E.R. and M.D. Slaughter. (2005). The Soil Foodweb–Soil and Composts As Living Ecosystems. International SoilACE Conference in Soil and Compost Eco-Biology. Leon, Spain. 1: 127-139.
See Dr. Ingham's website for the full list of her publications
- Damrosch, Barbara (October 3, 2013). "'Symphony of the Soil,' soundtrack of life". Washington Post. p. T05.
- Godwin, Sandra (February 29, 2012). "Organics worth the legwork". The Weekly Times (Australia). p. 70.
A key component is compost, which Mr Cafra began making himself after attending a course run by Dr Elaine Ingham, an American soil biology researcher and founder of Soil Foodweb Inc, who is recognised around the world as a leader in soil microbiology.
- "Rodale Institute Names Dr. Elaine Ingham as Chief Scientist". Business Wire (Press release). New York. January 24, 2011.
- "People in the News". The Philadelphia Inquirer. July 18, 2011. p. A13.
The Rodale Institute, a Kutztown nonprofit founded in 1947 dedicated to pioneering organic farming through research and outreach, appointed Elaine Ingham chief scientist. She had been president and director of research at Soil Foodweb Inc.
- "Dr Ingham's background and CV". soilfoodweb.com.
- Dr Ingham's web portal
- Barlow, Genevieve (March 15, 2006). "Get the dirt on microbes". The Weekly Times (Australia). p. 31.