The Division presents several awards each year to recognize achievement and to promote early career scientists and students to attend the annual meetings:


Sergei A. Wilde Distinguished Lectureship on Forest Soils. Colleagues and friends of Dr. S. A. Wilde established a Distinguished Lectureship in his name to honor his leadership role in the evolution of forest soil science during the 20th century. Dr. Wilde, a native of Russia, came to the United States in 1929 and was employed by the U.S. Forest Service. In 1934 he became Professor of Forest Soils at the University of Wisconsin, a position he held until his retirement in 1968. Through his research, his authorship of two textbooks, numerous forest-related publications, and his public service, Dr. Wilde had a profound influence on the science that now underpins management of forest soils and seedling production technology. His legacy will continue through the generations of academic offspring both informed and inspired by this quest for knowledge in support of forest soil science and forest management. 


The lectureship consists of an annual presentation on forest soils or a closely related area by a distinguished scholar at the annual meeting of the Soil Science Society of America. The lectureship will focus on current and emerging developments in the area of forest soils, with emphasis on science, technology, and educational or policy issues. The lecture is generally be given as a plenary session sponsored by the Forest, Range and Wildland Soils Division. 



S. A. Wilde Early Career Achievement Award. In further recognition of Dr. Wilde’s role as a mentor of developing soil scientists, the S. A. Wilde Early Career Achievement Award recognizes significant accomplishment in forest, range or wildland soil research by an individual up to 7 years post completion of a terminal degree program.


To be considered for this award the early career criteria must be nominated by a member of the Forest, Range, and Wildland Soils Division.  The award will consist of the honor of presenting an extended oral presentation (30 minutes) at the annual meeting and an honorarium of $2000 to support attendance at the meeting for the purpose of making the presentation.  



Robert J. Luxmoore Graduate Student Travel Award. The family, friends, and colleagues of Dr. Robert J. Luxmoore wish to recognize his many research contributions to the fields of soil science and whole plant physiology, as well as, his significant leadership and service roles in the Soil Science Society of America by providing a financial award to defray the expenses of a graduate student to attend the annual meeting of the Society for the purpose of presenting an oral or poster presentation.


Reared in Australia, Dr. Luxmoore came to the United States to complete a doctoral program in soil physics at the University of California Riverside in the late 1960’s.  After completing post-doctoral assignments at the University of Illinois and University of Wisconsin, he moved to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory where he focused on research in environmental soil science and whole plant physiology for the balance of his career.  Dr. Luxmoore was widely recognized as a researcher and leader in the profession and was elected to Fellowship by both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  In addition to his service on numerous boards and committees, Dr. Luxmoore served with distinction as Editor in Chief of the Soil Science Society of America Journal and as President of the Society.  Dr. Luxmoore was also active in his local community, being a strong advocate for social, environmental, and economic justice issues.


To be considered for this award, current graduate student members of the Forest, Range and Wildland Soils Division who have had an abstract accepted for presentation (oral or poster) at the annual meeting must submit to the Division Chair a completed application form endorsed by the student’s advisor, and a copy of the accepted abstract.