Program Areas

4-H and Youth

Growing youth in crop, horticulture and soil science.

Air Quality, Water Quality, and Buffers

Protecting air and water quality is critical to sustaining ecosystem services for the state of North Carolina. Research and outreach in these areas, as well as riparian buffers, are an important component within the Soil Science Department.

Geographic Information Sciences

Application of geospatial and precision technologies is important to the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of agriculture as well as the protection of our natural resources.

Molecular Environmental Soil Science

The Molecular Environmental Soil Science (MESS) research program seeks to understand the fundamental biological and chemical processes that control the speciation, transformation, bioavailability, fate, and transport of nutrients and contaminants in the environment.

Nutrient Management

The relationship between agricultural productivity and environmental protection are essential areas of the research and extension programs in the Department of Soil Science. Previous departmental efforts in this area have resulted in improved nutrient recommendations for crop production and protection of NC water resources.

Septic Systems and Soil Properties

This program deals mainly with residential wastewaters and their disposal through on-site wastewater treatment systems (septic systems).

Soil Ecology

Soil ecology is the study of how soil organisms interact with other organisms and their environment – their influence on and response to numerous soil processes and properties form the basis for delivering essential ecosystem services.

Soil Physical Properties, Hydrology, and Erosion

Soil physical properties affect water flow and sediment transport across the landscape, control chemical and pollutant movement from surface and subsurface sources to groundwater, regulate natural temperature dynamics and gas exchange with the atmosphere, and determine soil productivity for plant growth.

Waste Management

The Department has an active research and extension program dealing with the treatment and management of with agricultural, industrial, and by-product wastes.

Wetland Soils

The wetland soils program studies hydric soils of jurisdictional wetlands as well as soils that have seasonally high water tables within 1 m of the surface.


Soil Science Partners

Vision: The Department of Soil Science will be an international leader in soil and related research. The excellence of the Department’s academic programs will attract outstanding undergraduate and graduate students. The Department will provide nationally recognized extension leadership in sustainable and productive use of soil and water resources and waste materials.


Who Funds us

Since 2008 over $16 Million in competitive funding