Western Society of Soil Science

The Western Society of Soil Science comprises the states and provinces of Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, American Samoa, Baja California, Baja California Sur, British Columbia, California, Chihuahua, Colima, Colorado, Durango, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Jalisco, Montana, Nayarit, Nevada, New Mexico, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Sinaloa, Sonora, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and Yukon Territory.  View the Branch Map (pdf) >>


The WSSS Annual Meeting was condensed and held July 22-23, 2013, at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona and included two field trips. The first field trip was a half day tour of the unique Biosphere 2 facility and the newly commissioned Landscape Evolution Observatory (LEO; http://leo.b2science.org/) on Monday afternoon, July 22.  The second field trip was a five-six hour tour across the elevation/climate gradient of the Santa Catalina Mountains just outside of Tucson that span ecosystems ranging from desert scrub to mixed conifer forests.  The field tour examined the ongoing research and facilities of the Jemez River Basin – Santa Catalina Mountain Critical Zone Observatory that is focused on understanding interactions among soils, climate, and tectonics in regulating both short and long-term critical zone evolution, on Tuesday, July 23.

Congratulations to the student competition winners:

Graduate Student Presentation Award Recipients

Christopher Shepard (University of Arizona)
Seth Cude (University of Wyoming)
Samantha Day (University of Wyoming)
Rebecca Lybrand (University of Arizona)
Brook B. Fonnesbeck (Utah State University)

Thanks to Craig Rasmussen for coordinating the WSSS 2013 Annual Meeting!


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