Wade’s graduation potluck party

Congratulations Dr. Wade Ross! It’s celebration time after years of hard work of research on DayCent climate change modeling and Random Forest modeling of soil carbon and net primary productivity. Some photos from our potluck party with the lab team. Wade graduated with the Ph.D. dissertation “A region-wide analysis of terrestrial carbon cycling across the Land of the Pines” (2017).

Ploy’s visit to Gainesville and lab group

Ploy (Pasicha Chaikaew), who graduated with a Ph.D. from UF in 2014, was visiting our lab team in Gainesville (May 8, 2017). She came a long way from Bangkok, Thailand where she works as faculty member in the Department of Environmental Science, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University.


UF Research Foundation Professor (2017 – 2020)

More wonderful news.

Dr. Grunwald was awarded the UF Research Foundation Professorship. This is a three year meritorious professorship given for outstanding academic achievements by the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida.

UF Term Professor (2017 – 2020)

Wonderful news.

Dr. Grunwald was awarded the UF Term Professorship. This is a special three year  meritorious professorship given for outstanding academic achievements by the University of Florida.

Champions for Change Award (2016)

Congratulations! The UF Mindfulness team led by Dr. Grunwald was awarded the 2016 UF Champions for Change Award by the UF Office of Sustainability and the Healthy Gators Coalition.

The UF Mindfulness team has been active as a change agent to co-construct a mindful UF campus.


The 7 Biggest Problems Facing Science

What an interesting article at Vox: https://www.vox.com/2016/7/14/12016710/science-challeges-research-funding-peer-review-process.

Science has pros and cons. And like any other career, a scientist faces multiple challenges, among them to acquire funding for research in a competitive world of limited funding, juggle work and life, and meet expectations to teach, advise, mentor, coach, write proposals, papers, books …., design and conduct innovative research, analyze data, develop models, and create new ideas that advance science. In addition, professional service and hundreds of others little managerial and coordination tasks are demanding. It’s a 24/7 job.

Terrestrial Carbon (TerraC) Information System

TerraC is dedicated to: (i) advance terrestrial carbon science through sharing of carbon and environmental data; (ii) facilitate environmental synthesis; and (iii) enhance collaboration among researchers, scientists, and extension specialists through shared resources. TerraC offers tools to upload, store, manage, query, analyze, and download data characterizing terrestrial carbon dynamics from various sources, including soils, plants/biomass, atmosphere, water, and whole ecosystems. It was developed by Dr. Grunwald’s research team.

Access TerraC: http://terrac.ifas.ufl.edu/


What is Pedometrics?

Pedometrics = pedos [soil] and metron [measurement]

“Pedometrics” (term coined by A.B. McBratney) is a neologism, which stems from the Greek words pedos [soil] and metron [measurement]. It is formed and used analogously to other applied statistical fields such as biometrics, psychometrics, econometrics etc. (see Preface of Geoderma, 1994: 62). Pedometrics is defined as:

“the application of mathematical and statistical methods for the quantitative modeling of soils, with the purpose of analyzing its distribution, properties and behavior”

Trends in soil science sub-disciplines and subjects between 1967 and 2001. The ordinate is the percentage of papers in Geoderma (source A.. E. Hartemink et al., 2001; Geoderma, 100, pp. 217-268).


Contemporary pedometrics topics:

  • Analysis and modeling of spatial and temporal variation of soil properties
  • Digital soil mapping
  • Error propagation
  • Multiscale data integration
  • Soil-landscape modeling
  • SCORPAN or CLORPT based modeling
  • Soil pattern analysis
  • Quantitative soil classification algorithms
  • Pedogenic simulation modeling
  • Design and evaluation of sampling schemes
  • Soil sensors
  • Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy for soil mapping
  • Remote sensing supported soil mapping
  • and more

World Soil Day 2015

The 68th United Nations General Assembly has designated 5th of December as World Soil Day and declared 2015 as the International Year of Soils.