Ecosystem Services

Soil Ecosystem Services

The Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) holds single-topic conferences that advance the soil science discipline. These focused conferences also provide opportunities to further enhance the SSSA brand and identity.

Soil's Role in Restoring Ecosystem Services

March 6-9, 2014

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento, CA

Soil Science Society of America meeting supported by Bouyoucos Conferences

abstract Deadlines

  • Abstract submission deadline: Dec. 1, 2013
  • Abstract editing deadline: Feb. 4, 2014

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  • SSSA members: $450Graduate Student Member: $175 after Feb 4, 2014
  • Nonmembers: $550 after Feb 4, 2014

Conference overview

Soils provide provisioning and regulating ecosystem services relevant to grand challenge areas of: 1) climate change adaptation and mitigation, 2) food and energy security, 3) water protection, 4) biotechnology for human health, 5) ecological sustainability, and 6) slowing of desertification. The purposes of this conference will be to evaluate knowledge strengths and gaps, encourage cross-disciplinary synergies to accelerate new learning, and prioritize research needs.

The conference opens with a Welcome Reception on Thursday, March 6, 6:00pm-8:00pm and ends at 10:30am on Sunday, March 9, 2014.  The Soil, Vines and Wine Field Trip is on Sunday, March 9, 10:00am-4:00pm and is available for an additional fee of $70.

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Who should attend?

Professional and research scientists, consultants, natural resource managers, postdoctoratal researchers, and graduate students.

Letter of Intended Participation

What will participants gain?

  • Exposure to and increased understanding of soil ecosystem services in diverse grand challenge areas.
  • New and/or more focused ideas for high-priority research and education efforts.
  • Networking with scientists with cross-disciplinary expertise, potentially leading to synergistic collaborations.
  • Earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)-- up to 7 Soil and Water CEUs and 5 Professional Development CEUs

View/print the Ecosystem Services Flyer (pdf) to help promote the conference.

Housing is open

Make your hotel reservation now

Located in the beautifully restored historic Public Market Building and situated in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the Sheraton Grand Hotel sits within blocks of the city's best shopping and restaurants. Rooms have been reserved at a discounted rate of $119 for up to 2 people, $129 for three people and $139 for four people staying in one room. A limited number of rooms are available at the government per diem rate.

Soils, Vines and Wine FIELD TRIP

Winery TourThe Lodi Winegrape District is one of the largest wine districts in California with multiple winegrape varieties, and production systems. The District possesses a fascinating mélange of soils that includes a range of landscape age, parent material, and soil characteristics. This variability reflects the presence in the district – and found even within single vineyards – of volcanic, metamorphic, and granitic alluvial landforms. These landforms span ages from modern-day stream deposits to ancient soil landscapes that are among the oldest in the U.S. We will explore viticulture practices, restoration activities, vineyard floor management, nutrient management and the terroir of these landscapes. We plan to visit three sites ranging in landform age from recently deposited floodplain to a 150,000 yr old terrace. The tour will end with wine tasting where we will attempt to compare the wines produced from different soils.

The tour will begin 10:00 am March 9th leaving from the Sheraton Grand Hotel  and returns around  4:00 pm.  Fee is $70 and includes transportation, lunch and wine tasting. There are a limited number of seats on the bus, so register now!


  • Dr. Mary Stromberger, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Mary Ann Bruns, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Dr. Diana Wall, Colorado State University
  • Dr. Satish Gupta, University of Minnesota

For content information, please contact Mary Stromberger at
For general information on the conference, email your contact information to:


Ecological Society of AmericaU.S. Geological Survey, and American Geophysical Union

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Dates & deadlines

Abstract Editing Deadline is February 4, 2014

Registration for SSSA members is $450, $175 for Grad Student Members.

Registration for non-members is $550.

Housing: Make your hotel reservation now.  Housing deadline is Feb 13, 2014

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