Soil Scientists: Who We Are, What We Do


International Soil Judging first place Team USA on soil pit
September 23, 2015

To four budding soil scientists, soil is not just what’s underfoot. It’s a passion, and a key to future success.

May 01, 2015

Ed Landa has been captivated by soils since his undergrad days, but they’ve hardly been his sole fascination. His love of art, history, and...

Phil Small
March 19, 2015

As an art major at the University of California–Davis, consulting soil scientist Phil Small says he always dug clay much more than the...

January 09, 2015

This month, we profile retired USDA-ARS plant physiologist and research leader Betty Klepper, who was elected the first female Fellow of the Soil...

group photo with Bill Shuster
December 18, 2014

Bill Shuster is a research hydrologist with the USEPA, based in Cincinnati, OH. He recently overheard his daughter explaining his work to her...

Matt Politzzotto
September 14, 2014

Arsenic-contaminated water in Asia is a big problem, affecting 100 million people. As a result of the...

Dick Arnold
July 17, 2014

Dick Arnold has lots of stories to tell. All of them are interesting. He’s taught at a prestigious university and led a major division of a...

soil judging team
June 17, 2014

In the United States alone, thousands of soil scientists use the skill of “soil judging” in their daily jobs. They look at and feel...

Maxine Levin studying subaqueous soils
May 19, 2014

Maxine Levin spent a few years as a soil scientist working at Oakridge National Laboratories early in her career. “Though I love science and...

Ed Gregorich
March 26, 2014

Ed Gregorich has done a lot of field research in his career, and as a native of Wisconsin, USA, and a resident of Ottawa, Canada, he’s no...