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2007 Campbell Lecture

Dr. Daniel Hillel

Dr. Daniel HillelInternational authority on sustainable management of soil and water resources and author, Dr. Daniel Hillel, will present the 5th annual Gaylon Campbell Lecture in Environmental Soil and Water Science as shown below.

Presented jointly by the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, the Center for Environmental Research, Education, and Outreach, the Dept. of Anthropology, and in conjunction with the 2007 WSU Sustainability Fair, the lecture is free and open to the public.

The lecture was created through gifts from Campbell Scientific, Inc., and Decagon Devices, Inc.

“The vital and challenging role of environmental soil science in an increasingly troubled world


Thursday, October 25 – 4:10pm
CUE 203
Reception follows in CUE Atrium



“The historical evolution of culture as shaped by the environment, focusing on the ancient Fertile Crescent as reflected in archaeological and written records”


Friday, October 26 – Noon
College Hall 125
Reception follows in College Hall Anthropology Museum


Born in California, Daniel Hillel was taken at an early age to Palestine (later to become Israel), where he spent part of his childhood in a pioneering settlement and where he acquired an abiding love of the land and a commitment to protecting the natural environment.

He obtained a B.S. degree in agronomy at the University of Georgia, M.S. in soil science at Rutgers University, Ph.D. in ecology and soil physics at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and conducted postdoctoral research at the University of California.

In Israel, he served as Professor and Head of Soil and Water Sciences at the Hebrew University and helped to develop innovative methods for efficient utilization of limited soil and water resources. Later he served as professor of soil physics, hydrology, and environmental sciences at several leading universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has been a consultant on agricultural development and environmental protection to the World Bank and to several agencies of the U.N. (the Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency) and has worked in over 30 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Australia.

The results of his research have been published in some 300 scientific papers and research reports. Dr. Hillel has authored or edited over twenty definitive books, several of which have been translated and published in various languages (French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic).

He is the Editor-in-Chief of the recently published (2005) four-volume Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment. Among the honors he has received are the Guggenheim Award, citations by the American Association of University Publishers, and several honorary doctorates. He has been elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, and Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy; and he was granted the Distinguished Service Award by the latter societies.

He is currently serving as Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Climate Systems Research of Columbia University in New York and as Visiting Lecturer at the University of Bonn.

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