Research. Spatial heterogeneity of soil affects the quality and quantity of water in streams, reservoirs, and groundwater. The ability to characterize the spatial distribution of soil properties is paramount to understanding water movement, nutrient transport, and soil erosion on a landscape. My research program focuses on methods and instruments to quantify soil properties and variability of soil properties for use in watershed- and field-scale hydrological models. I also look at improving the accuracy of these models by developing parameterization schemes to better represent soil properties. My research will improve the success of non-point source pollution modeling, land-surface modeling, and precision agriculture.
Teaching. The undergraduate course I teach is designed to teach students how to create, understand and interpret field descriptions of soils. With these skills, students are able to evaluate soil properties regarding the variability, limitations, and uses of soils across a landscape. These courses prepare students for careers as urban planners, real estate agents, consultants, policy writers, restoration ecologists, agriculturalist, geologists, and graduate students. I also teach an Applied Spatial statistics class (SCSC 663) this course gives students in the natural resources the tools to statistically analyze and interpret spatial data, and a Pedology course (SCSC 603), which gives student tools understanding soil genesis, soil characterization data, and digital soil assessment.
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