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PEDOLOGY

& SOIL MANAGEMENT

Soils are magic. Soils are connectors. To study soil is to study ourselves.

 
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WHAT WE DO & WHO WE ARE

We investigate the spatial and depth variability of soil properties, the impacts of management on soil properties, and soil-landscape relations.

 
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OUR RESEARCH

Pedology and Soil Management

As pedologists (pedology: the study of the formation, characteristics and distribution of soils), we study how soils form, why they look the way they do, and how their properties are distributed spatially and with depth. Our research is focused on understanding and quantifying soil variability, the relationships between soils and landscapes, and the responses of soils to land management strategies and environmental change.

 
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OUR TEACHING

Quality, Diversity, Passion, and Engagement

Our  teaching philosophy is based upon the four major principles of QUALITY, DIVERSITY, PASSION, and ENGAGEMENT. We strive to live these values by increasing quality and rigor in classroom and field courses, increasing diversity in instructional narratives and diversity in the student body, expressing passion for our chosen field by wearing our hearts on our sleeve, and always working to improve student engagement – “Engage, engage, engage!” – through teaching, advising, research and artistic activities. Soil Science is a terrific Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) integrator. Students must draw upon and build from first principles in Chemistry, Physics and Biology to understand basic and applied concepts. It's always a great day for Soil!

 

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CONTACT US

558 Borlaug Hall
1991 Upper Buford Circle
St Paul, MN 55108

jeli0026 at umn.edu

612-626-9936 *(working remotely during COVID-19 restrictions - please email)