Soil Seminar Series, Fall 2011

Seminars are held Mondays at 1:10pm and originate at WSU-Pullman in Johnson Hall 204 (unless otherwise noted). Arrangements have been made to broadcast to Mt. Vernon, Prosser, Puyallup and Wenatchee stations. Organized by David Huggins,

August 22
First Day of Classes: Seminar Orientation

August 29
Yahya Al Wahaibi, Soils MS Graduate student, Pullman, WA. Seminar Title: “The effect of high SAR on Soil Porosity and therefore Available Water Holding Capacity”.

September 5
Labor Day Holiday (No Seminar)

September 12
Gary Feng, Professor, Xinjiang Institute of Ecology and Geography, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Urumqi, China Seminar Title: “Agricultural Challenges of Semi-arid and Arid Regions and Future Opportunities for Collaborative Programs in Soil and Crop Sciences”.

September 19
Claudio Stockle, Professor and Chair, Dept. Biological Systems Engineering, WSU, Pullman, WA. Seminar Title: “Climate change impact and mitigation in the Pacific Northwest”.

September 26
Brenton Sharratt, Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS Land Management and Water Conservation Research Unit, Pullman, WA. Seminar Title: “Agricultural Dust in the Air of Eastern Washington”.

October 3
Sandford Eigenbrode, Entomologist and Director, Regional Approaches to Climate Change for Pacific Northwest Agriculture (REACCH). Dept. of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences, Univ. of Idaho, Moscow. Seminar Title: “An interdisciplinary approach to climate change and cereal production in the Pacific Northwest: the REACCH PNA project”.

October 10
Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, Soil Microbiologist and BIOAg Research Leader, WSU Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources, Pullman, WA. Seminar Title: “Enhancing Biological Nitrogen Fixation on Degraded Soils in East-Central Africa”.

October 17
ASA Meetings Break

October 24
State-wide tour, Joint seminar with Crops

October 31
Rachel Unger, Soils PhD Graduate student. Seminar Title: “Crop rotational effects on field scale variability in the weed seed bank and soil nitrogen”.

November 7
Gerard Birkhauser, Soils PhD Graduate student. Seminar Title: “Cropping System Impacts on Proton Balance and Soil Acidity within the Palouse”.

November 14
Meagan Hughes, Soils MS Graduate student. Seminar Title: “Plant Nutritional Influence on Cold Hardiness of Canola”.

November 21
Thanksgiving Break (No Seminar)

November 28
Lee Vierling, Associate Professor of Spatial Ecology and Remote Sensing, Co-Director, Geospatial Laboratory for Environmental Dynamics, College of Natural Resources, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID. Seminar Title: “Design and deployment of narrowband spectral radiometers to quantify vegetation dynamics”.

December 5
Chasity Watt, Soils PhD Graduate student. Seminar Title: “Expanding Canola Production on the Colville Indian Reservation and Surrounding Communities”.

December 12
Final Exam Week (No Seminar)