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2020 Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference

New Mexico State University logo.July 20-22, 2020
Virtual Conference

Headquartered at New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, New Mexico

“Uses of Soil Survey”

Hosted by New Mexico State University and the New Mexico Natural Resources Conservation Service, along with the Forest Service, and the New Mexico Bureau of Land Management. The 2020 Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference will be hosted virtually via Zoom. The conference will be held on July 20th, 21st, and 22nd. Virtual meetings will begin at 2 p.m. MDT and last until approximately 4 p.m. MDT each day.

Highlights of this year’s meeting will include a virtual field trip of unique soils and landscapes from many of the western states as well as competitive student presentations with a cash award to the winner.



  • Cost: Registration is free; however, attendees are encouraged to donate for student awards. All conference registrants will receive an email 1-2 days prior to the meeting with all relevant zoom links.
  • Website:
  • Questions: Please contact Dr. Colby Brungard (
  • Continuing education credits can be self-certified


  • Interpretations: Steve Campbell, Soil Scientist, West National Technology Support Center, NRCS
  • Technology: Amy Koch, State Soil Scientist, HI, NRCS and Cory Owens, State Soil Scientist, OR, NRCS
  • Research: Dr. Cynthia Stiles, Regional Director, Soil Survey Region 2, NRCS
  • Ecosystem Dynamics: Scott Woodall, Ecological Site Specialist, Soil Survey Region 8, NRCS
  • Taxonomy: Mike Regan, Soil Data Quality Specialist, Soil Survey Region 1, NRCS
  • The Steering Committee meets from 1:00–2:30 MDT every other Thursday starting April 23rd, by Zoom conference. Please contact Colby Brungard ( to join.
    — Dr. Colby Brungard, New Mexico State University
    — Rick Straight, NM NRCS
    — Mark Casillas, Forest Service
    — Alex Dado, MT NRCS
    — Nathan Coombs, NM BLM
    — Dave Hoover, NRCS


Students attending the 2020 Western Regional Cooperative Soil Survey Conference are invited to submit an abstract to compete in a rapid fire competition. The winner(s) of the competition will receive a cash prize. Further details about the rapid fire format can be found at: All student presentations will be strictly limited to five minutes by the moderator. It is recommended that students limit their presentation to 4 slides, with either the first or last slide consisting of your name, title, school, expected graduation date, contact information, and (optionally) picture. We are requesting that each student provide this basic vita information to assist federal and state partners in identifying students who they could potentially hire.

To submit abstracts or for further information, please contact Dr. Colby Brungard via email at with the subject “Abstract 2020 West Region”. Students should register and submit an abstract by June 30th, 2020. The abstract should include the title, author, school, and a 250 word (or less) description of the presentation. In the event that more abstracts are received than time allows (~ 20), the organizing committee consisting of federal and university professional soil scientists will review the abstracts and select the students who will present. Students will be contacted shortly after June 30th to confirm their presentation.

Award winners will be selected by all conference participants. Following the conclusion of the student presentations, all conference participants will be asked to rank the conference presenters. The student with the highest ranking will win an award for best presentation. Ties will be broken by a committee consisting of the conference organizers.


Dr. Colby Brungard
Assistant Professor of Pedology
Plant and Environmental Sciences
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: 575-636-8941