Soils have a role in sustaining virtually all life on earth and are at the intersection of global earth systems – the hydrosphere, biosphere, geosphere, and atmosphere. They further mediate a diverse array of ecological functions and critical zone processes which include plant growth and development.
As a specialist in Soil Management and Plant Productivity, you will explore a nexus of opportunities in relation to soil-plant interactions. Students learn to evaluate and interpret soils and soil-related data to maximize plant productivity while protecting human, ecological, and environmental health. Application of these principles to the core elements of Plant Science including plant propagation, physiology, production, pathology, and fertility is among the principal goals of the program.
Graduates can work in the field or lab, in the public or private sector. This specialization provides a diversity of professional opportunities to improve producer practices, design and implement nutrient and irrigation management strategies, optimize conditions for plant growth and yield, assess environmental vulnerabilities, and promote responsible land management.