Plants, Soils, and Climate
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.