Yakun Zhang receives Truog Soil Science Outstanding Dissertation Award from SSSA

Yakun Zhang, a research associate in the Department of Soil Science, has received the 2020 Truog Soil Science Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA).

Below is a bio for Zhang provided as part of SSSA’s announcement of the honor:

Zhang’s research involves developing novel methods in quantitative pedology, digital soil morphometrics, digital soil mapping, and spatiotemporal modeling of soils across the landscape. She has specialty in soil sampling designs, soil mapping, modeling, image analysis, statistical analysis, soil analysis, instrumentation, soil sensor, and hyperspectral imaging. Zhang has been actively participating in national and international conferences to present her research and serves as reviewer for soil science journals.

The Truog Soil Science Outstanding Dissertation Award is designed to recognize a recent Ph.D. degree recipient who has made an outstanding contribution to soil science as evidenced by his/her Ph.D. thesis or dissertation. This award is supported through funds from the Emil Truog estate. The award consists of a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award ceremony and $3,000.

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