SOIL 388 Soil Systems and Plant Growth (Ecampus, Fall Term, with Adam Lindsley)
Introduces soils as providers of critical resources for plant growth. Explains how soils supply water, air, thermal energy and nutrients to plants. Shows that sustainable management of soil resources requires substantial understanding of their role in the functioning of natural, forest, and agricultural systems. Explains controls on stocks and availabilities of individual soil resources and mechanisms making these resources plant-available.
SOIL 525 Mineral-organic interactions (Winter Term)
Treats soil as the interface between organic and mineral components. Introduces molecular scale properties of major system components (mineral types and forms of soil organic matter). Shows how interactions between minerals and organics determine the special nature of the soil "bioreactor". Course is focused on biogeochemical processes that determine soil organic matter turnover.
SOIL 512 Soil analysis (Field Excursion, Summer Term, with Gloria Ambrowiak and Adam Fund)
Demonstration of soil management challenges in agroecosystems, soil resource assessments for the major soil orders used for the production of field and horticultural crops in Oregon; demonstration of soil sampling techniques. Individual and group activities; discussion of the decision-making process for soil resource assessments. 5 day duration with three - four overnight stays on campgrounds. A field trip fee will be charged.
SOIL 514 Soil analysis (Laboratory, Summer Term, with Gloria Ambrowiak and Adam Fund)
Provide the theoretical background as well as practical experience needed to plan, select, execute and interpret the soil chemical and physical analyses used for nutrient management recommendations. Individual and group activities; involves classroom presentations as well as hands – on work in a teaching laboratory. Samples processed are those collected in the course of preceding Field Course SOIL 514. Duration five (5) full work days. A lab fee will be charged.