Section I Future Challenges. Section II Valuing Soils. Section III Culture and History. Section IV Technologies and Uses. Section V Future Strategies. Index.
G. Jock Churchman holds a BSc(Hons) and a PhD
in chemistry from Otago University in his native New Zealand, and a
BA(Hons) in philosophy from Flinders University of South Australia.
He was a post-doctoral fellow in the Soils Department of the
University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was then employed in the New
Zealand Soil Bureau, DSIR for 16 years and in CSIRO Division of
Soils (later Land and Water) for 14 years. He also held visiting
fellowships at Reading University (1 year) and the University of
Western Australia (6 months). Currently he is adjunct senior
lecturer in soils at the University of Adelaide and part-time
associate professor in the Centre for Environment Risk Assessment
and Remediation at the University of South Australia. His research
has been centered on clays. He is currently (2010-2014) chair of
the IUSS Commission on the History, Philosophy and Sociology of
Edward R. Landa holds an MS and PhD in soil science from the University of Minnesota, and is an adjunct professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at the University of Maryland, College Park. His work at the U.S. Geological Survey from 1978 to 2013 focused on the fate and transport of radionuclides and metals in soils and aquatic systems. Throughout his career, Ed has had an active interest in the history of science and technology, and has published on the radium extraction industry, description of color in science and art, and depictions of soils in films. He co-edited Soil and Culture (Springer, 2010) with Christian Feller, and has served as the chair (2006-2010) and vice chair (2010-2014) of the Commission on the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Soil Science of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
"...the book includes a varied selection of papers and should
encourage soil scientists to have a wider perspective on their
-D.A. Davidson, in European Journal of Soil Science