Dan Binkley honored with Wallenberg Professorship
Professor Binkley is a world-class scientist who can be expected to contribute to the renewal of forest science in Sweden. Professor Binkley has an extensive and very well-cited scientific publication list, focused on issues related to forest biogeochemistry and dynamics, ranging from empirical studies to scientific syntheses.
Fall 2014 Watershed Science Graduates
Congratulations to our graduates!
Bachelor's of Science: Hunter Brill, Angela Coates, Evan Flemming, Jon Lindquist, Matt Menk, Allisyn Stanfield, and Xinnan Zhu
Minor: Tanner Bonham, PJ Murray, Jared Vaughn, and Charles Waddell
Master's of Science: Adam Pierce and Alexander Williams
Students Dig up Science at CSU Summer Soil Institute
Hosted by the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory in CSU’s Warner College of Natural Resources, the unique course provides an integrated perspective of the interactions among living organisms in soils, the chemistry of organic and mineral matter, and the physical structure of soil. Participants got to work with an interdisciplinary team of world-renowned CSU soil experts like Diana Wall, M. Francesca Cotrufo, and John Moore to gain a strong understanding of soil ecology and current soil issues, such as carbon sequestration.
“Soils are Earth’s fragile skin and enable food production, provide clean water, and are fundamental to human well-being,” said Matthew Wallenstein, SSI instructor and professor at CSU. “The Summer Soil Institute is working to advance education opportunities that can help scientists and educators better understand this incredible, underground ecosystem and how to sustainably manage it for human and environmental well-being.”
SSI is designed for a range of participants including K-12 teachers, environmental professionals, graduate students, post-doctoral students and faculty. The program was initiated through a USDA grant and has trained 120 students worldwide so far.
The course also includes lectures and workshops from CSU faculty, and this year included three visiting experts sharing their knowledge and passion for soil science.
“The Summer Soil Institute was a great experience, and most importantly, I walked away understanding the status of the field of soil science,” said Sheila Saia, a 2014 SSI participant and graduate student at Cornell University. “It was tremendously beneficial to learn from and talk to soil experts like those at CSU and other leading universities and gain hands-on experience in soil analysis techniques, which could be used to answer pressing scientific questions.”
Past participants in SSI say the course is a great career investment, as it addresses emerging issues that are propelling future environmental research and industry trends.
“I think SSI is a fantastic opportunity for someone early in their graduate career to gain a broad, multi-disciplinary perspective on soil science. The instructors are all top-notch and it’s great to see the range of questions people are interested in and what tools they use to answer those questions,” said Kabir Peay, Assistant Professor at Stanford University and past SSI participant.
Dates and application deadline for 2015 are still being determined. For more information, visit soilinstitute.nrel.colostate.edu.
Posted on July 14, 2014