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Coastal Zone Soil Survey Team

Charges, activities, membership, and contact information for the Coastal Zone Soil Survey Team.

George Demas was a pedologist whose pioneering studies of subaqueous soil contributed to the understanding of soil formation and the expansion of the concept of soil.
George Demas was a pedologist whose pioneering studies of subaqueous soil contributed to the understanding of soil formation and the expansion of the concept of soil.


Since the 1990s, soil survey mapping and data collection have been improving the soil survey along the coastal zone from the Mid-Atlantic to New England. This includes the dunes, marshes, beaches, and shallow sub-tidal soils in coastal lagoons, bays, and inlets. Coastal zone soil surveys are now available in Web Soil Survey for Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. The NCSS is expanding this work throughout the coastal U.S. with Massachusetts and New York scheduled to be the next survey areas added.

For more information, please visit coastal zone soil surveys.


  • Coordinate coastal zone mapping activities across division (procedures, equipment, safety)
  • Identify training needs
  • Identify needs to update standards – propose solutions
  • Identify needs to update taxonomy – propose solutions
  • Assemble existing data
  • Identify gaps
  • Work with BOA and MGT to provide guidance on priority areas


The Coastal Zone Soil Survey Team meets on Microsoft Teams on a bi-weekly basis on Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. EST.

Bi-weekly meeting minutes are available via CloudVault.


Coastal Zone Soil Survey Story Map

Coastal Zone Soil Survey Project Interactive Map


National Coastal Blue Carbon Assessment Project

Project Plan (2.13 MB)


Topo Bathymetric LiDAR


Fiscal Year 2022 (16.63 MB)
Fiscal Year 2021 (3.07 MB)
Fiscal Year 2020 (4.05 MB)
Fiscal Year 2018 (52.26 KB)


Rob Tunstead

Senior Soil Scientist for Coastal Zone Soil Survey, Raleigh, North Carolina

Greg Taylor

Senior Soil Scientist for Special Projects, Raleigh, North Carolina


Jamie Bean, FPAC-NRCS, OR
Dylan Beaudette, NRCS, Sonora, CA
Jared Cianciolo, FPAC-NRCS, Loxley, AL
Erik Dahlke, NRCS, Olympia, WA
Aisha Davila Martinez, FPAC-NRCS, FL
Joshua Dera, FPAC-NRCS, ME
Adam DeWolfe, FPAC-NRCS, Hammonton, NJ
Jonathan Diaz-Cruz, NRCS, Grand Rapids, MI
Matthew Dorman, NRCS, Dover-Foxcroft, ME
Matthew Duvall, NRCS, Raleigh, NC
Jack Ferrara, FPAC-NRCS, Ft. Myers, FL
Martin Figueroa, NRCS, North Ft. Myers, FL
Braden Fleming, FPAC-NRCS, Tolland, CT
Paul Gadecki, FPAC-NRCS, Moscow, ID
Lori Gorczynski, FPAC-NRCS, Richmond, VA
Edwin Irizarry, FPAC-NRCS, Hammonton, NJ
Jacob Isleib, NRCS, Tolland, CT
Jordan Kim, NRCS, Richmond, VA
Stacey Kloesel, NRCS, Rosenberg, TX
Joey Koptis, NRCS, Loxley, AL
Christopher Mann, FPAC-NRCS, Dover Foxcroft, ME
Morgan McKee, NRCS, Tolland, CT
Anthony Mendez, FPAC-NRCS, Mayaguez, PR
Christopher Moritz, FPAC-NRCS, Richmond, VA
Casey Olson, FPAC-NRCS, MN
Andrew Paolucci, NRCS, WI
Donald Parizek, NRCS, Tolland, CT
Cedric Park, FPAC-NRCS, Frederick, MD
Maggie Payne, NRCS, West Wareham, MA
Austin Price, FPAC-NRCS, Raleigh, NC
Paul Reich, NRCS, Beltsville, MD
Randy Riddle, NRCS, Ventura County, CA
Samuel Rios, NRCS, Mayaguez, PR
Abdiel Santana, NRCS, Mayaguez, PR
Dean Shields, NRCS, Richmond, VA
David Steinmann, NRCS, Hammonton, NJ
Charles Stemmans, NRCS, Opelousas, LA
Cynthia Stiles, NRCS, Davis, CA
Debbie Surabian, NRCS, Tolland, CT
J. Greg Taylor, NRCS, Raleigh, NC
Rob Tunstead, NRCS, Raleigh, NC
Jim Turenne, NRCS, Warwick, RI
Milton Vega, NRCS, Somerset, NJ
Joxelle Velazquez, NRCS, Amherst, MA
Andrew Wilson, FPAC-NRCS, Raleigh, NC