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Overview

The Soil and Plant Science Division has implemented a Focus Team concept in order to effectively and efficiently deliver soil and ecological site knowledge to the user community while maintaining the high quality of the data and information. The 15 focus teams will be composed of subject matter experts from within and outside the Division and the geographic diversity of the team members assures dissemination of knowledge, skills, and abilities across the Division.
 

Teams

  • Coastal Zone Soil Survey Team (coming soon)
  • Communications and Outreach Team (coming soon)
  • Digital Soil Mapping Team (coming soon)
  • Dynamic Soil Properties Team (coming soon)
  • Dynamic Soil Survey Team (coming soon)
  • Ecological Sites Team (coming soon)
  • Initial Mapping Team (coming soon)
  • Leadership, Diversity, and Recruitment Team (coming soon)
  • Research Team (coming soon)
  • Safety Team (coming soon)
  • Soil Survey Database Team (coming soon)
  • Soil Survey Interpretations Team (coming soon)
  • Technology Team
  • Training Team
  • Urban Soils Team
     

Charges

  • Act as liaisons across Division and NCSS
  • Provide leadership, guidance and coordination with their specified area of activity
  • Serve as a repository of information in specified area of activity
  • Coordinate with other teams to ensure continuity of activities, training and information exchange
  • Supplement and enhance activities of regional and local board of advisors (BOA) and management teams (MGT)
  • Provide a national perspective to regions and teams
  • Report directly to Steering Team
  • Develop and maintain website
     

Contact

David Lindbo, Director, Soil and Plant Science Division, USDA-NRCS, Washington, DC
 

Members

Steering Team

  • David Hoover, Director, NSSC, USDA-NRCS, Lincoln, Nebraska
  • Eva Muller, Northwest Regional Director, USDA-NRCS, Bozeman, Montana
  • Kamara Holmes, Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS, Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Debbie Surabian, National Leader, Soil Survey Standards, USDA-NRCS, Tolland, Connecticut
  • Wade Bott, State Soil Scientist, USDA-NRCS, Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Larry Laing, U.S. Forest Service, Washington, DC
  • Mickey Ransom, Professor, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas
  • Joey Shaw, Professor, Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • David Kingsbury, Associate Director, Soil Services and Information, USDA-NRCS, Washington, DC

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