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Janis Boettinger

Janis Boettinger

Plants, Soils, and Climate


Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 339
IconPhone: (435) 797-4026

Educational Background

PhD, Soil Science, University of California, Davis, 1992
MS, Soil Science, University of California, Davis, 1988
BS, Environmental Technology, Cornell University, 1984


Soil pedology, genesis, and morphology


Dr. Boettinger's research focuses on pedology. Pedology is a branch of soil science focusing on the formation, morphology, and classification of soils as bodies within the natural landscape. Pedology seeks to understand how the properties and distribution patterns of soils worldwide have developed along with broader landforms, biogeochemical environments, and habitats of living organisms. Through their understanding of the causes and magnitudes of soil variations, pedologists help to broaden knowledge of the surface of the Earth and promote conservation of the soil resource.