EPSc 413 Introduction to Soil Science
Spring 2017
Lecture Slides

Lecture slides only will be posted after the lecture.  Students are encouraged to take notes during class. Note taking has been shown to improve retention and comprehension (see Ch. 10 of D.A. Bligh, 2000, What the Use of Lectures?, Jossey-Bass).  In prior years, the instructor has observed a reduction in note taking and decreased comprehension when posting lecture slides before class sessions.

These slides are best viewed in Adobe Acrobat. Preview in OS X often has problems displaying these slides because of a missing font in Mac systems. These render properly in Acrobat on any operating system.

The reading assignments provided below are designed to supplement the lectures and are a source for additional information.  Students will only be tested on topics covered in class.

Lecture 1, January 18, 2017 (posted 1/18/2017)
        Read: 1.1-1.20
 
Lecture 2, January 23, 2017 (posted 1/23/2017)
        Read:  1.10, 1.11, 2.9, 3.2
 
Lecture 3, January 25, 2017 (posted 1/25/2017)
        Read:  2.1-2.8, 3.1-3.4, briefly skim 3.5-3.17
 
Lecture 4, January 30, 2017 (posted 1/30/2017)
        Read:  4.1-4.5

Lecture 5, February 1, 2017: In Class Laboratory on Texture and Color Analysis
        Read:  Box 4.2
        Watch: Video on soil texture analysis

Lecture 6, February 6, 2017 (posted 2/6/2017)
        Read: 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.2

Lecture 7, February 8, 2017 (posted 2/8/2017)
        Read:  5.2-5.9

Lecture 8, February 13, 2017 (posted 2/13/2017)
        Read: 5.5-5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4-6.6

Lecture 9, February 15, 2017 (posted 2/15/2017)
        Read: 8.1-8.5

EXAM 1: In class, February 20, 2017
Covers Lecture 1 through Lecture 8

Lecture 10, February 22, 2017 (posted 2/22/2017)
        Read: 8.6-8.13, Adsorption Article

Lecture 11, February 27, 2017
(posted 2/27/2017)
        Read: 9.1-9.6, 11.1-11.3
        Useful Books: European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity, Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

Lecture 12, March 1, 2017 (posted 3/1/2017)
        Read: 11.4-11.9

Lecture 13, March 6, 2017 (posted 3/6/2017)
        Read: 11.10, 11.14, 12.1-12.4, 12.6
        Optional Article: Persistence of soil organic matter as an ecosystem property

Lecture 14, March 8, 2017 (posted 3/8/2017)
        Read: 12.6, 12.8, 7.1-7.6

SPRING BREAK: March 13-17

Lecture 15, March 20, 2017 (posted 3/20/2017)
        Read: 7.7, 10.1-10.3
        For reference: Field Indicators of Hydric Soils
       
Lecture 16, March 22, 2017 (posted 3/22/2017)
        Read: 10.3-10.7, 19.1, 7.8

Lecture 17, March 27, 2017
(posted 4/3/2017)
        Read: 19.2, 19.6, 4.7, 5.4, 16.11, 9.5, 3.1-3.17

EXAM 2: In class, March 29, 2017
Covers Lecture 9 through Lecture 16

FIELD TRIP TO TYSON RESEARCH CENTER, SATURDAY, APRIL 1 AT 8:30 AM

Lecture 18, April 3, 2017 (posted 4/3/2017)
        Read: 3.5-3.17

Lecture 19, April 5, 2017
(posted 4/5/2017)
        Read: 2.1-2.8
        For more information: Skim Ch. 12 of Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology (view on campus, may require WUSTL key)

Lecture 20, April 10, 2017
(posted 4/10/2017)
        Read: 13.1-13.3, 13.5-13.7, 13.9-13.13, 13.16. 13.19, 13.20

Lecture 21, April 12, 2017
(posted 4/12/2017)
        Read: 14.1. 14.3-14.8, 14.10, 14.12-14.15, 15.1, 15.2

Lecture 22, April 17, 2017 (posted 4/17/2017)
        Read: 15.4-15.9, 16.1-16.3, 13.8, 13.14, 14.2
        For more information: Sections on Serpentine Soils from Serpentine Geoecology of Western North America by Alexander et al.

Lecture 23, April 19, 2017 (posted 4/19/2017)
        Read: 18.1-18.6, 18.8, 18.10, 18.11, Box 10.3

Lecture 24, April 24, 2017 (posted 4/24/2017)
        Read: 17.1-17.3, 17.11, 17.15
                  Is agriculture eroding civilization’s foundation? by David R. Montgomery
                  Conquest of the Land through 7,000 Years by Walter Clay Lowdermilk (Disclaimer: Historical document written in 1953, language used reflects that time period.)

Lecture 25, April 26, 2017
(posted 4/26/2017)
        Read: 2.10, 20.1, 20.5-20.8, 12.1, 12.10, 20.9
                  Soil carbon sequestration impacts on global climate change and food security by Rattan Lal
                  Soil carbon sequestration to mitigate climate change by Rattan Lal

EXAM 3: During final exam period, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm May 8, 2017
Covers Lecture 17 through Lecture 25.


Please note: These slides and readings are intended solely for use by students enrolled in EPSc/EnSt 413 in Spring 2017.  They are not to be reposted on other website and are the copyright of Prof. Catalano.

2017 Jeffrey Catalano