Division Field TripEach of SSSA's 14 Divisions of Interest, organized into Groups, offer a unique perspective into the world of Soil Science -- from chemistry to physics, soil fertility and plant nutrition, to forest soils, and consulting, to K-12 activities and more -- there is a place for everyone.

SSSA's specialized Divisions of Interest gives you the opportunity to develop focused peer networks and information resources. Via the divisions, members present papers at the Annual Meetings and participate in Division Business Meetings. The Divisions may also host listservs, webpages, and newsletters. As a division member, you can also guide the division direction by participating in elections and serving through leadership opportunities. As an SSSA member, you may join as many as you are interested in!

Not sure which divisions of interest you are a member of? Need to add or change your Divisions of Interest? Quickly access your Divisions of Interest list (member login required).

Agricultural Soil and Food Systems Group

Nutrient Management and Soil and Plant Analysis Division
Manufacturing technology, additives, coating techniques, evaluation, and soil test analysis.

Soil and Water Management and Conservation Division
Irrigation, drainage, tillage, erosion, evaporation, transpiration, cropping systems, and cultivation methods.

Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition Division
Plant nutrients and plant nutrition, interaction of plant growth factors, and soil and plant tissue tests.


Education and Practicing Professionals Group

Consulting Soil Scientists Division
Provide a professional perspective to the soil science profession through education, networking, and training needs of consultants and by putting research to practical use.

Soil Education and Outreach Division
Soil science education and outreach to K-12 and the general public.

Fundamental Soil Science Group

Pedology Division
Soil formation and geology, physical and chemical properties, soil survey and mapping, interpretation of soil behavior, and wetland preservation.

Soil Biology and Biochemistry Division
Soil microorganisms, organic matter, nitrogen transformations, microbial decomposition, rhizosphere dynamics, mycorrhizae, enzymes, and fate of organic material.

Soil Chemistry Division
Analysis, acidity, liming, ion exchange, physical chemistry of soils, and behavior of soil additives.

Soil Mineralogy Division
Frequency, distribution, formation, translocation, and properties of soil minerals.

Soil Physics and Hydrology Division
Water movement, structure and aggregation, and modeling of water movement and contaminant movement.


Soil and Ecosystem Processes Group

Forest, Range, and Wildland Soils Division
Soil organic matter dynamics; biogeochemistry of deficient nutrients; long-term soil sustainability management practices; belowground processes and rhizosphere dynamics; water relations/hydrology; soil biodiversity.

Soils and Environmental Quality Division
Influence upon and interaction of soils with the environment; efforts of soil scientists to maintain and improve the quality of the environment.

Urban and Anthropogenic Soils Division
Soils altered by human activities in the suburban or urban environment.

Wetland Soils Division
Wetland soil processes, classification, nutrient relationships, and water quality.


Division Leadership

Division Leadership includes SSSA Division Chair, Chair-Elect, and SSSA Group Board Representatives.

asa leadership handbook coverSSSA Leadership Handbook-NEW!

The SSSA Leadership Handbook has been created with instructions, content, guidelines, and the Annual Meeting program planning information. The handbook is your resource for connecting your Division with your members.

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Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition