On June 1, the Department of Soil Science welcomed Zac Freedman as its newest Assistant Professor. Dr. Freedman came to UW-Madison from West Virginia University at Morgantown. His research here will center on soil biogeochemistry, ecology, and microbiology and sustainability.
His lab plans to investigate soil microbial communities and how the critical ecosystem functions they mediate can be altered by environmental change in natural and managed ecosystems. The research will span the fields of ecology, environmental science, microbiology and soil science and will employ both classical and state-of-the-art techniques.
Dr. Freedman will team-teach Soil Biology (Soil Sci. 323) in the Fall Semester – a course that covers broad topics like plant-microbe interactions, the role of microorganisms in soil nutrient cycling and pathogenic organisms, as well as their connection with plant, soil and human health. Case studies will also be discussed that connect the role of soil biology as it relates to food production systems, soil and water quality and climate change.