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Soil Seminar Series, Spring 2012

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,

January 9     
Orientation, first day of classes     

January 16 
MLK Day Holiday (No Seminar)

January 23
Taleb Abu-Sharar, Visiting Professor, Department of Land, Water and Environment, The University of Jordan. Seminar title: “Traditional Methods of Soil Conservation and Water Harvesting in the Holy Land: a Modern Perspective”

January 30
John Reganold, Brad Jaeckel and Laurie Mooney, Dept. Crop and Soil Science; “Developing the new WSU Organic Farm”

February 6
Kristy Ott-Borrelli, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Diversifying Dryland Grain Cropping Systems for Organic Production”

February 13
Seminar at 1:10pm
Mark E. Swanson, Assistant Professor, School of the Environment; “Hybrid Poplar as a Multi-functional, Multi-product Crop”

Joint Seminar with Crops at 3:10 pm
Aaron Carter, Assistant Professor, Dept. Crop and Soil Science; “Incorporating Wheat Breeding in Research and Teaching Opportunities”

February 20
President’s Day Holiday (No Seminar)

February 27
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”

March 5
Tami Stubbs, Associate in Research, Dept. of Crop & Soil Sciences, WSU; “Decomposition of Crop Residue in Dryland Ecosystems”

March 12
Spring Break (No Seminar)

March 19
Kyle E. Bair, Soils MS Graduate student; “Available phosphorus in recently acidified soils of the Columbia Basin”

March 26
Ashley Hammac, Soils PhD Graduate Student; “Nutrient cycling in Pacific Northwest oilseed production”

April 2
Student Choice Seminar
Dr. Andrew Manu, Professor, Dept. of Agronomy, Iowa State University, ““A Retrospective on an Integrated Agroecosystem Management Project in Niger: Implications for the Future”

April 9
Melissa Letourneau, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Phenazine-mediated nutrient mobilization and biofilm formation in dryland wheat fields”

Caitlin Price, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Examining community acceptance and agricultural use of biosolids compost produced at a rural WWTP”

April 16 (until 2:30)
Bodh Paudel, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Biological control of soil borne pathogens with soil amendments in Douglas fir seedlings and potato”

Waled Suliman, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Use of bio-char to regulate nutrient cycling and greenhouse gases emissions”

Jason Stout, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Developing sustainable irrigation practices in Concord and Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards in Eastern Washington”

April 23 (until 2:30)
Michael Grant, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Biofilm Mediated Chemical Weathering of Biotite in a Drip Flow Reactor”

John Dickson, Soils PhD Graduate student; “The Migration and Transformation of Technetium (Tc-99) in Contaminated Vadose Zone Sediment”

Maninder Chahal, Soils PhD Graduate student; “Modeling the spatial temporal variability of field-scale soil moisture using geo-statistical techniques on the Palouse”

April 30
F inal Exam Week (No Seminar)