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Alfred Hartemink appointed chair of National Committee for Soil Science

Alfred Hartemink, professor and chair of the Department of Soil Science, has been appointed to serve as chair of the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The committee represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union of Soil Sciences. It provides advice to the National Academy of Sciences, serves as a focal point for U.S. discussions on how to promote the advancement of soil science both in the U.S. and around the world, and the committee provides input to the International Union of Soil Sciences and its activities on behalf of U.S. soil science.

Hartemink research focuses on novel ways to explore the soil profile, digital soil mapping and soil carbon in a range of ecosystems. He is the editor-in-chief of Geoderma Regional and the World Soils Book Series. With Jim Bockheim he wrote the book “The Soils of Wisconsin.”

“I am humbled by being appointed to this position, and see it as a possibility to advance the importance of soil science in the U.S. and around the world,” says Hartemink. “There is an upsurge in soil science and this committee embedded in the National Academy will continue to bring the importance of soil science to the foreground. I am fortunate to be at the Department of Soil Science at UW–Madison where many of the developments in soil science are spearheaded.”