Boettinger - Research

Boettinger - Research

Janis Boettinger directs research activities that address the origin, spatial distribution, and function of soils in ecosystems.  Our research can be grouped into two broad topics:
  1. Digital soil mapping, modeling, and assessment
  2. Soil-plant-landscape relationships

 
Currently funded research projects in these areas include:
  • Shrubby Reed-Mustard Habitat: Parent Material, Soil and Landscape Characteristics (US Fish and Wildlife Service; Dr. Laureen Kelly, Post-doctoral researcher)
  • Digital Soil Mapping and Value-Added Soil Information for Utah's Public Lands  (USDI Bureau of Land Management)

Other research projects include:

  • Refining a Pressure-Calcimeter Method for Inorganic Carbon Analysis (Brook Fonnesbeck, undergraduate researcher)
  • Digital Soil Mapping Techniques for Soil Survey Updates in the Western USA (Suzann Kienast-Brown, Doctoral student; Soil Scientist, GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist for USDA NRCS)
  • Refining the Soil Survey of Fort Bliss to Support Ecological Sites on Otero Mesa, NM (Jeremiah Armentrout, undergraduate researcher)
  • Proximal Sensing of Soil Carbon with VNIR Spectroscopy (LabSpec 2500 VNIR on loan from the National Soil Survey Laboratory; Colby Brungard, doctoral candidate)
  • GlobalSoilMap.net: A global project to create and deliver a global map of soil properties at 90-spatial resolution (Janis Boettinger, Professor)