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Pedology - Boettinger Lab Group


Pedology is a branch of soil science focusing on the formation, morphology, and classification of soils as bodies within the natural landscape. Pedology seeks to understand how the properties and distribution patterns of soils worldwide have developed along with broader landforms, biogeochemical environments, and habitats of living organisms. Through their understanding of the causes and magnitudes of soil variations, pedologists help to broaden knowledge of the surface of the Earth and promote conservation of the soil resource.

Areas of Focus

  • Determining the parent material, soil, and landscape characteristics associated with shrubby reed-mustard habitat (endangered plant species endemic to the Uinta Basin in Utah).
  • Using Digital Soil Mapping techniques to elucidate the spatial scale at which soil varies across different landscapes.
  • Using statistical models to predict soil distribution, and determining what they tell us about pedogenesis.
  • Predicting soil distribution to support an ecological site in Fort Bliss, New Mexico.
  • Predicting soil components and value-added soil information in Canyonlands National Park, Utah.
  • Assessing soil variability, wind erosion potential, and relict wetlands in Snake Valley, Utah.
  • Ecosite evaluation using vegetative field data and Predictive Soil Mapping.
  • Development of new methods of analysis for inorganic carbon.