Environmental science: A new opportunity for soil science

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During the golden era of soil science - from the 1950s to the 1980s - the main focus of this discipline was on the role of soil in production agriculture. More recently, renewed interest in the area of environmental science has offered new opportunities to soil scientists. Thus, many soil scientists are now working in areas such as bioremediation, waste recycling, and/or contaminant transport. Environmental science has, therefore, not only changed the traditional research role of soil scientists at land grant institutions but has also influenced student enrollment, the traditional soil science curriculum, and faculty recruitment. These changes require a new breed of soil scientist, one with a background not only in soil science but also in other areas of environmental science as well.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-46
Number of pages6
JournalSoil Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2000


  • Agriculture
  • Environmental science
  • Research
  • University

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Soil Science


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