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).

To donate to one of the Department of Soil Science Funds listed aboveClick here 

WORLD SOIL DAY

141205-world-soil-day-dec-5934625Soils have been neglected for too long. We fail to connect soil with our food, water, climate, biodiversity and life. We must invert this tendency and take up some preserving and restoring actions. The World Soil Day campaign aims to connect people with soils and raise awareness on their critical importance in our lives. World Soil Day 2016 will be celebrated on December 5. Soil is the basis for food, feed, fuel and fibre production and for services to ecosystems and human well-being. It is the reservoir for at least a quarter of global biodiversity, and therefore requires the same attention as above-ground biodiversity. Soils play a key role in the supply of clean water and resilience to floods and droughts. The largest store of terrestrial carbon is in the soil, so its preservation may contribute to climate change adaptation and mitigation. The maintenance or enhancement of global soil resources is essential if humanity’s need for food, water, and energy security is to be met. For more information, go to http://www.timeanddate.com/holidays/un/world-soil-day

CONGRATULATIONS

10-26web-photoAt the November 2016 Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) meeting in Phoenix, Arizona, Alfred Hartemink (Professor and Chair, Department of Soil Science) will receive two prestigious awards:  SSSA Fellow and SSSA International Award. The Awards presentation will take place on Tuesday, November 8. Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by SSSA. Alfred has made outstanding contributions in the area of research, teaching, service, and administration both at UW-Madison and several other countries. The International Award is presented in recognition of his high impact contributions in the growth and development of international soil science as evidenced by his work record in 7 countries, and presentations in over 25 countries.