325 Field Trip

_DSC6917 (2)As part of the Soil Science 325 course, a group Antigo silt loam state soilof soil science students went on a three-day field trip and visited the Antigo silt loam – the State Soil of Wisconsin! The Antigo silt loam was selected to represent the more than 550 different soils in Wisconsin thanks in no small part to the efforts of Francis Hole. The field trip was supported by the FD Hole Endowment.   {L to R, bottom to top:  Kavya Krishnan, Jacob Kruse, Luis Reyes Rojas, Nicholas Galleguillos Katz, Jenifer Yost, Kyle Kazmierczak, Galen Bergquist, David Ritter, Elizabeth McNamee, Professor Alfred Hartemink, Kristin Witkowski}. https://www.myuwconnect.org/give?id=3D4058BD-AD83-4728-B6F0-D55A1098324F

Recent Publications from the Hickey Lab


The Hickey Lab announces two recent publications:  Relations of microbiome characteristics to edaphic properties of tropical soils from Trinidad,” Frontiers Microbiology: http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fmicb.2015.01045/full


“Complete genome sequence of the phenanthrene-degrading soil bacterium Delftia acidovorans Cs1-4,” Standards in Genomic Science: http://www.standardsingenomics.com/content/pdf/s40793-015-0041-x.pdf

Joel Pedersen Part of $20 Million NSF Grant

Pedersen photo 20150213 v3Department faculty member, Joel Pedersen [http://soils.wisc.edu/people/faculty/pedersen/], is part of the leadership team for a new 5-year, $20 million multi-institutional grant from the National Science Foundation, the Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology [go to http://news.wisc.edu/23974 for UW-Mad news story]. Joel’s contributions will focus on impacts of nanomaterials living things. His group will explore the fates and transport of nanoparticles in the environment, and how they interact with membranes of living organisms. Congratulations to Joel and the rest of the UW-Madison team on this tremendous achievement!

Announcing the Jackson-Tanner Commons Project

Soil-King Observatory DriveThe Jackson-Tanner Commons Project is an effort by the Department of Soil Science to provide a new academic workspace where students, staff, and faculty members can interact informally in a relaxed and pleasing environment. Named after our first two faculty members to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Marion Jackson and Champ Tanner, the Jackson-Tanner Commons will be housed in Room 360 of the Soils Building. For more information or to donate to the effort, please see the Jackson-Tanner Commons webpage under Alumni & Friends.

Upcoming Events

2015 Agronomy/Soils Field Day will be held on Wednesday, August 19. This field day, hosted by the Departments of Agronomy and Soil Science in conjunction with the Arlington Agricultural Research Station, will highlight UW-Madison research on crop production and soil management. See the flyer here: Agronomy Field Day

The Wisconsin Farm Technology Days will be held Tuesday, August 25 to Thursday, August 27, in Sun Prairie, WI. This is the largest agricultural show in Wisconsin and one of the largest in the nation. The three-day outdoor event showcases the latest improvements in production agriculture, including many practical applications of recent research findings and technological developments. Dane County Farm Technology Days Brochure

Profiles Newsletter Published

The latest edition of Profiles, the official newsletter of the Department of Soil Science, has been published. Check it out on our Alumni and Friends page.

If you are an alumni and did not receive it in the mail, please update your information with the Wisconsin Alumni Association. As always, we love to hear about how our alumni are doing. Drop us a note using the form on the newsletter or via e-mail to jennifer.ettergoh@wisc.edu.