EPSc 413 Introduction to Soil Science
Spring 2018
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.

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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. All readings are in The Nature and Properties of Soils, 15th edition, by Brady and Weil. For reference, the Table of Contents for the textbook can be viewed here. If you purchased an earlier edition then you can identify many of the reading assignments based on this Table of Contents.

Lecture 1, January 17, 2018
        Read: 1.1-1.11
 
Lecture 2, January 19, 2018
        Read:  1.12-1.20, 2.9

Lecture 3, January 22, 2018
        Read:  4.1-4.5

Lecture 4, January 24, 2018
        Read:  4.5, 4.7, 4.8, Box 4.2
        Watch: Video on soil texture analysis
        Soil Texture by Feel Flow Chart

Lecture 5, January 26, 2018: In Class Laboratory on Texture and Color Analysis
        Read:  Box 4.2
        Watch: Video on soil texture analysis
        Soil Texture by Feel Flow Chart

Lecture 6, January 29, 2018
        Read:  2.9, 3.2
 
Lecture 7, January 31, 2018
        Read:  2.1-2.8, 3.1-3.4, briefly skim 3.5-3.17

Lecture 8, February 2, 2018
        Read:  3.4, 3.17, 4.8, 5.1, 5.2

Lecture 9, February 5, 2018
        Read: 5.1-5.4

Lecture 10, February 7, 2018
        Read: 5.4, 5.8. 5.9

Lecture 11, February 9, 2018
        Read: 5.5, 5.6, 6.1-6.6

Lecture 12, February 12, 2018
        Read: 6.4, 6.5, 8.1-8.3

Lecture 13, February 14, 2018
        Read: 8.3-8.5

EXAM 1: In class, February 16, 2018
Covers Lecture 1 through Lecture 12 (Soil Water Budgets)

Lecture 14, February 19, 2018
        Read: 8.6-8.11

Lecture 15, February 21, 2018
        Read: 8.12, 8.13, 9.1, Adsorption Article

Lecture 16, February 23, 2018
        Read: 9.2-9.6, 11.1-11.3
        Useful Books: European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity, Global Soil Biodiversity Atlas

Lecture 17, February 26, 2018
        Read: 11.4-11.9

Lecture 18, February 26, 2018
        Read: 11.9, 11.10, 11.14

Lecture 19, March 2, 2018
        Read: 12.1-12.4, 12.6
        Optional Article: Persistence of soil organic matter as an ecosystem property

Lecture 20, March 5, 2018
        Read: 12.4, 12.6, 12.8, 7.1, 7.2, 7.6
        Optional Article: Persistence of soil organic matter as an ecosystem property

Lecture 21, March 7, 2018
        Read: 7.3-7.5, 7.7
        For reference: Field Indicators of Hydric Soils

Lecture 22, March 9, 2018
        Read: 10.1-10.3

SPRING BREAK: March 12-16

Lecture 23, March 19, 2018
        Read: 10.4-10.7

Lecture 24, March 21, 2018 (Guest Lecture by Bill Winston, Data & GIS Services)
        Read: 19.4, 19.7, 19.8

Lecture 25, March 23, 2018
        Read: 19.2, 19.5, 19.6, 4.7, 5.4, 16.11, 9.5

FIELD TRIP TO TYSON RESEARCH CENTER, SATURDAY, MARCH 24 AT 8:30 AM
       
Lecture 26, March 26, 2018
        Read: 19.1, 7.8, 3.1-3.3

EXAM 2: In class, March 28, 2018
Covers Lecture 12 (Soil Minerals) through Lecture 24

Lecture 27, March 30, 2018
        Read: 3.4-3.17

Lecture 28, April 2, 2018
        Read: 3.4-3.17

Lecture 29, April 4, 2018
        Read: 2.1-2.8
        For more information: Skim Ch. 12 of Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology (view on campus, may require WUSTL key)

Lecture 30, April 6, 2018
        Read: 2.1-2.8
        For more information: Skim Ch. 12 of Soils: Genesis and Geomorphology (view on campus, may require WUSTL key)

Lecture 31, April 9, 2018
        Read: 13.1-13.3, 13.5-13.7, 13.9-13.13

Lecture 32, April 11, 2018
        Read: 13.16. 13.19, 13.20, 14.1, 14.3-14.8

Lecture 33, April 13, 2018
        Read: 14.10, 14.12-14.15, 15.1, 15.2

Lecture 34, April 16, 2018
        Read: 15.4-15.9
        For more information: Sections on Serpentine Soils from Serpentine Geoecology of Western North America by Alexander et al.

Lecture 35, April 18, 2018
        Read: 16.1-16.3, 13.8, 13.14, 14.2, 18.1-18.5

Lecture 36, April 20, 2018
        Read: 18.6, 18.8, 18.10, 18.11, Box 10.3

Lecture 37, April 23, 2018
        Read: 17.1-17.3, 17.5-17.7, 17.13
                  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 38, April 25, 2018
        Read: 17.11, 17.12, 17.15, 2.1, 20.1, 20.5-20.8, 20.10, 20.11
                  Is agriculture eroding civilization’s foundation? by David R. Montgomery

Lecture 39, April 27, 2018
        Read: 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 scheduled final exam period, 8:00 am to 10:00 am, May 4, 2018
Covers Lecture 25 through Lecture 39.


Please note: These slides and readings are intended solely for use by students enrolled in EPSc/EnSt 413 in Spring 2018.  They are not to be reposted on other website and are the copyright of Prof. Catalano.

2018 Jeffrey Catalano