Soil Science 728 Graduate Seminar Schedule

Seminars held in Room 357 Soils Bldg, unless otherwise noted. Mixer in the Jackson-Tanner Commons after the seminar (from 4:30 to 5:30 pm).

Wednesday, Sept. 5  “Welcome:  Overview of syllabus & assessment” Nick Balster & Doug Soldat (Seminar Coordinators, UW Soil Science).

Wednesday, Sept. 12:   “Extracellular electron transfer (EET) in the critical zone:  Biological redox transformation of insoluble Fe-bearing minerals in soil and sedimentary environments” Eric Roden,(Professor, UW Geology & Geophysics)

Wednesday, Sept. 19:  “Can we manage cropping systems to accumulate carbon in soils of the upper Midwest?” Randy Jackson (Professor, UW Agronomy)

Wednesday, Sept. 26:  Foliar “trait space” from imaging spectroscopy by Phil Townsend (Professor, UW Forest &  Wildlife Ecology)

Wednesday, Oct. 3:  The good, the bad, and the ugly of nitrification inhibitors by Anna Teeter (MS with Carrie Laboski)

Wednesday, Oct. 10:   Managing sediment and phosphorus in the tributary watersheds of Green Lake by Anita Thompson (Professor, UW Biological Systems Engineering)

Wednesday, Oct. 17:  From data abundance to information scarcity: What do we really need for digital agriculture? by Jingyi Huang (Assistant Professor, UW Soil Science)

Wednesday, Oct. 24:  Conventional and organic soil management with tech and data as told by a farmer by Megan Wallendal (Wallendal Farms, Grand Marsh, WI).

Wednesday, Oct. 31: Digital soil mapping:  An opportunity to revisit parameter equifinality in hydrologic models by Nate Chaney (Assistant Professor, Civil & Environmental Engineering, Duke University)

Wednesday, Nov. 7:  Scale matters:  How we study soil microbial communities by Jaimie West (PhD Research Assistant with Thea Whitman)

Wednesday, Nov. 14:  James G. Bockheim Distinguished Lecture in Soil Science  Soil carbon:  The labile, the stable, and the unknown by Sylvie Quideau (Univ. of Alberta) at 3:45 pm in 270 Soils Bldg.  Reception to follow. (Note different time and location)

Wednesday, Nov. 21:  NO SEMINAR — Thanksgiving

Wednesday, Nov. 28:   Presentation by Nayela Zeba (PhD with Thea Whitman)).

Wednesday, Dec. 5:  Presentation by Ekrem Ozlu (PhD with Francisco Arriaga)

Wednesday, Dec. 12: “Seminar wrap-up” Doug Soldat & Nick Balster Last seminar of the semester.

Select seminar videos from previous years

If I were 25 years old. Emeritus Professor of Soil Science John Norman reflects over some lessons learned during his academic career, emphasizing advice he would like to give those on the verge of entering the field.


The life and times of a wandering pedologist. Emeritus Professor of Soil Science, Jim Bockheim, on April 8, 2015.