SPRING 2017 “PROFILES” ISSUE

MESSAGE FROM THE DEPARTMENT CHAIR

Some days ago, we interviewed some undergraduate students for fieldwork positions in the summer. Spring has arrived (well, almost) and we are planning ahead for our projects. We explained the projects to the students and then discussed all the variables, like our new probe sampler, the sampling design, the new instruments that we are using this summer, and of course the weather. It appeared to one of the students that there is lots to be figured out and decisions to be made whilst conducting research – not everything can be planned. The student couldn’t be more right as we are seeking for novelty, trying to explain and understand things a bit better, chasing ideas alongside, whilst keeping our goals and overall progress in close view.

Often, I think our department moves in a similar mode and manner; there are lots of things going on that may appear dispersed but the overall objectives of pushing the frontiers of soil science and doing some of the best teaching and extension is solidly anchored in the commotion of everyday life. We have the good fortune of being supported by a great staff, and an excellent college and university. We have keen undergraduate and graduate students, and a wonderful group of alumni and retired colleagues. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep you informed about departmental activities………………………From Alfred Hartemink

To access the rest of Vol. 8, No. 2 of “Profiles,” log in to MyUW and follow the link. https://uwmadison.app.box.com/files/0/f/27798721833/1/f_176011878926.  Watch for future volumes posted on this web site.

Soil Evolution Par for the Golf Course

Want a good read?  Check out <https://dl.sciencesocieties.org/publications/csa/articles/62/6/4>.  You’ll recognize a few names (some still with the Department of Soil Science and others who have either retired or received their degrees in Soil Science).  Anyway, a good read!  Enjoy!!

 

 

Iron- and manganese-cemented layer at the interface of sand and gravel (30-cm depth) on a golf course in Wisconsin. Source: Glen Obear {former research assistant with Doug Soldat}.

 

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA

Fall Semester 2016-2017, the Department of Soil Science assembled on the steps of Ag Hall for what is hoped to be an annual event. Lots of smiling faces…who wouldn’t smile if you’re a member of a GREAT department at UW-Madison!

Front:  Joel Pedersen, Alfred Hartemink, Jerry Tyler, Rick Wayne (seated), Chee Thao.  Second Row:  Mattie Urrutia, Steve Ventura, Kavya Krishnan, Jenna Grauer-Gray, Terri Busby, Jenifer Yost, Luis  Reyes Rojas.  Third Row:  Nick Balster, Ed Boswell, Shannon Plunkett, Kalyn Dietrich, Zachary Carroll, Dan Capacio, Christy Davidson, Amanda Jensen-Hawks, Ben Henke.  Fourth Row:  Harry Read, Carolyn Betz, Greg Richardson, Laura Adams, Michael Braus, Hans Klopp, Chris Bandura, Nicholas Galleguillos, Keith Schiller.  Fifth Row:  Christina Kranz, Keefe Keeley, Phil Barak, Anna Cates, Dick Cates, Aitor Garcia-Tomillo, Qiyu (Ada) Zhou, Carol Duffy, Donny Vineyard, Matt Ruark, Geoff Siemering.  Last Row:  Sarah Sebrosky, Thea Whitman, Francisco Arriaga, Jim Beaudoin, Laura Ward Good, Joe Wolter, Yakun Zhang, Nick Bero, Troy Humphrey, Dick Wolkowski.  Faculty/Staff Missing:  Todd Andraski, Will Bleam, Julie Garvin, Bill Hickey, Carrie Laboski, Sharon Long, Mark Powell, Doug Soldat, Jaimie West.

SOIL SCIENCE WELCOMES DR. DAVID R. MONTGOMERY

The UW-Madison Department of Soil Science welcomes to campus Dr. David R. Montgomery on Thursday May 11, 2017 as part of the O.N. Allen Soil Microbiology Symposium. 

►12:30 to 1:30 pm – Keynote entitled “The Hidden Half of Nature,” in the Ebling Auditorium, Microbial Sciences Bldg.

►1:30 to 3:00 pm – Reception and Soil Microbiology Research Posters by students from Soil Sci/Microbio 523 in the Jackson-Tanner Commons, Room 363 Soils Bldg.

►7:00 pm – Talk and Book Signing – Dr. Montgomery’s new book “Growing a Revolution:  Bringing Our Soil Back to Life” will be held at Mystery to Me, 1863 Monroe Street.

Dr. Montgomery is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington-Seattle.  He is also the author of “The Hidden Half of Nature:  The Microbial Roots of Life and Health,” and “Dirt: The Erosion of Civilizations.”

CONGRATULATIONS ALL!

Congratulations to a number of Soil Science individuals:  (1) Francisco Arriaga for being selected to receive the 2017 CALS John S. Donald Short Course Teaching Award and being elected for the Rothermel-Bascom Professorship. (2) Laura Ward Good on being selected to receive the 2017 CALS Academic Staff Excellence in Leadership Award. (3) Alfred Hartemink on being named a Douglas D. Sorenson and Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor.  Francisco, Laura, and Alfred, along with Thea Whitman (O.N. Allen Professor of Soil Microbiology) will be honored at the CALS Awards Program on Wednesday, May 3 @ 3 pm in the Ebling Auditorium of the Microbial Sciences Bldg.

THE LEO M. WALSH DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN SOIL SCIENCE

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 @ 3:30 pm, 270 Soils Bldg. {Reception to follow in the Jackson-Tanner Commons}

“Biogeochemistry and Transport of Iron at the Soil Aggregate and Horizon Scale”

By Celine Pallud (Associate Professor, Environmental Science, Policy & Management, Univ. of California-Berkeley

 

Abstract:   Understanding and predicting the fate and transport of nutrients and contaminants in natural systems is a continuing challenge in soil science. Biogeochemical processes controlling elemental cycling in soils are heterogeneously distributed owing to chemical conditions dictated by the local mineralogical and physical environment. Consequently, the fate of chemicals in soils is dependent on the convoluted coupling of biological, chemical and hydrological processes that vary spatially from the micro- to the macroscale. In structured soils, the aggregate scale (mm to cm) is of particular interest and chemical species distribution can be strongly localized due to mass-transfer limitations and redox gradients within soil aggregates. Iron (hydr)oxides are ubiquitous in soils, playing a dominant role in the geochemistry of surface and subsurface environments. This presentation will discuss the use of flow-through reactors of increasing complexity, to study the coupling of physical, and (bio)geochemical processes affecting iron cycling in soils in order to fill the gap between understanding of well mixed batch systems and observations on very complex natural subsurface systems.

*Made available by the generosity of Leo M.  Walsh and the Leo M. Walsh Distinguished Lectures in Soil Science Fund*

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS

matt-in-fieldMatt Ruark (Associate Professor and Extension Soils Specialist at UW-Madison) has been awarded the Vilas Faculty Early Career Investigator Award.  This award provides flexible research funds that can be used for books, research travel, supplies or similar expenses incurred in the pursuit of Matt’s scholarly activity.  Besides being a faculty member in UW-Madison Department of Soil Science, Matt is the Faculty Advisor for UW Discovery Farms and Project Director for the, Sustainable Dairy Project (USDA).

Soils and Environmental Chemistry

bleam-bookSoil and Environmental Chemistry (2nd Edition) by Will Bleam (Professor UW-Madison, Dept. of Soil Science), offers a holistic, practical approach to the application of environmental chemistry to soil science that includes over 100 spreadsheet files that supplement the text as a means of migrating problem-solving from calculator-based to spreadsheet-based.  With an expanded set of problems and solutions and added coverage of key topics such as sample collection, water chemistry simulation, and soil carbon cycle models, this updated edition is a must-have reference for soil scientists in environmental chemistry. Designed to equip the reader with the chemistry knowledge and problem-solving skills necessary to validate and interpret data, this book combines valuable soil chemistry concepts into the big picture. Presents key aspects of soil chemistry in environmental science, including dose responses, risk characterization, and practical applications of calculations using spreadsheets

Support the Department of Soil Science

dsc07045Buildings & Grounds: Jackson-Tanner Commons Fund (112-040-001)

Discretionary Funds: Department of Soil Science Fund (132-761-690); Soil Science Sense of Community Fund (112-760-000); Wm. Rothermel Soil Science Fund (132-760-734).

Endowed Chairs/Professorships: O.N. Allen Professorship in Soil Microbiology & Soil Science (132-766-025); Wm. Rothermel Bascom Professorship in Soil Science (132-761-507).

Undergraduate and/or Graduate Student Support: Champ Tanner Ag. Physics Award Fund (132-760-301); Charles & Alice Ream Soil & Water Protection Research Fund (132-760-392); Charles L. Ream Memorial Scholarship (132-760-073); Jaya G. Iyer Soil Science Endowment Fund (132-768-296); Kelling Soil Fertility Award Fund (112-767-130); Larry Bundy Graduate Student Fund (132-767-884); Lee Sommers Soil Science Graduate Educ. Fund (132-768-269); Leo Walsh Wis. Agri-Business Assoc. (WDGF) (132-763-186); M.L. Jackson Memorial Fund (132-763-633); O.N. Allen Graduate Fellowship Fund in Agric. (112-760-006); O.R. and Gladys Zeasman Soil Sciences Fund (132-765-222); R.D. Powell Memorial Scholarship Fund in Soil Science (132-767-570); Wayne Kussow & Wis. Turfgrass Assoc (WSGF) (132-762984).

Research and Programs: F.D. Hole Wis. Soil Study & Expedition Fund (1320767-691); Leo Walsh Distinguished Lecture ship in Soil Science (132–767-661); Nutrient Cycling in Agricultural Systems (122-760-003); Soil and Water Management Fund (112-760-005); Soil Science Faculty Research Fund (122-760-002); Wis. Soil Fertility & Nutrient Mgmt. Fund (112-760-004); Wis. Turfgrass Research Fund (112-760-001).

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