I currently serve as the Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications in the Sterling C. Evans library At Texas A&M University. As Director of OSC, I am responsible for strengthening the Library's efforts in scholarly communications and open access through engagement and collaboration with the faculty across campus at Texas A&M University. In addition, we are developing library services that support interdisciplinary research teams and enhance research translation and the societal impact of Texas A&M's research.

My scientific research explored questions concerning biogeochemical processes that mediate the interactions between human society and ecosystems, including the fate and bioavailability of contaminants, natural and human perturbations of nutrient and organic carbon, and human impacts on ecosystem functioning.

In addition, I actively pursuing research that characterizes human understanding of complex earth systems; the professional development of future faculty and teachers; and the design of tertiary educational programs that promote learning for all students, develop synergy between educational and research activities, and address major societal issues. I have served as the Associate Director of Geosciences in the NSF-supported Information Technology in Science (ITS) Center for Learning and Teaching at Texas A&M University, the principal investigator of the NSF Teacher Professional Continuum program entitled Professional Learning Community Model for Alternative Pathways in Teaching Science and Mathematics, PLC-MAP, and co-PI of the NSF-sponsored CIRTL Network - Shaping, Connecting, and Supporting the Future National STEM Faculty.

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Academic Articles54
  • Lowe, D. B., Dollinger, I., Koster, T., & Herbert, B. E. (2021). Text Mining for Type of Research Classification. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. 1-20.
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  • Herbert, B. E., & Kaspar, W. A. (2019). Authorship and the Consideration of Alternatives. COLLEGE & RESEARCH LIBRARIES. 80(1), 2-7.
  • Harvey, O. R., Leonce, B. C., & Herbert, B. E. (2018). A Flow Adsorption Microcalorimetry-Logistic Modeling Approach for Assessing Heterogeneity of Brønsted-Type Surfaces: Application to Pyrogenic Organic Materials. Environmental Science and Technology. 52(11), 6167-6176.
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  • Holder, L. N., Scherer, H. H., & Herbert, B. E. (2017). Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems: A Model to Guide Development of Student Expertise in Problem-Solving. Journal of Geoscience Education. 65(4), 490-505.
  • Scherer, H. H., Holder, L., & Herbert, B. (2017). Student Learning of Complex Earth Systems: Conceptual Frameworks of Earth Systems and Instructional Design. Journal of Geoscience Education. 65(4), 473-489.
  • Herbert, B., Little, D., Nair, S., & Markley, C. (2009). Site-Specific Risk Assessment of Sulfate Induced Heave in Lime-Stabilized Clay Soils. Iskander, M., Laefer, D. F., & Hussein, M. H. (Eds.), Contemporary Topics in Ground Modification, Problem Soils, and Geo-support. Selected Papers from the 2009 International Foundation Congress and Equipment Expo, March 15-19, 2009, Orlando, Florida. 558-565. American Society of Civil Engineers.
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  • Herbert, B. E., & Bertsch, P. M. (1995). Characterization of dissolved and colloidal organic matter in soil solution: a review. McFee, W. W., & Kelly, J. M. (Eds.), Carbon Forms and Functions in Forest Soils. 63-88. Soil Science Society of America.
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Conference Papers34
  • Lee, D. J., Mutya, K., Herbert, B. E., & Mejia, E. V. (2019). Exploring Scholarly Impact Metrics in Receipt of Highly Prestigious Awards. ADVANCES IN NEURAL NETWORKS - ISNN 2014. 11420, 147-153.
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  • Sandoval, M., Natarajarathinam, M., Holder, L., McDougal, M., Campbell, M., & Herbert, B. (2017). Engagement in Practice: Building service focused multidisciplinary groups to develop adaptable solutions. 2012 ASEE ANNUAL CONFERENCE. 2017-June,
  • Holder, L. N., Scherer, H. H., & Herbert, B. (2017). STUDENT LEARNING OF COMPLEX EARTH SYSTEMS: A MODEL TO GUIDE DEVELOPMENT OF STUDENT EXPERTISE IN PROBLEM SOLVING. Abstracts with programs (Geological Society of America).
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  • Harvey, O. R., Herbert, B. E., Rhue, R. D., & Kuo, L. (2010). Metal interactions at the biochar-water interface: Energetics and composition-sorption relationship elucidated by flow adsorption micro-calorimetry. ACS National Meeting Book of Abstracts. 240,
  • Little, D., Herbert, B., & Kunagalli, S. (2005). Ettringite Formation in Lime-Treated Soils: Establishing Thermodynamic Foundations for Engineering Practice. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board. 1936(1936), 51-59.
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Institutional Repository Documents36
  • Herbert, B., Guillaumet, A., Wheeler, T., Hahn, D., & Trimmer, J. (2021). A VIVO Community Update: Reflections on the Last Year and Where We Are Headed..
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