Stolt wins top award for soil survey efforts

Dr. Mark Stolt

Dr. Mark Stolt, a professor in the Natural Resources Science Department, has been awarded the “Silver Spade Award,” a top prize, by the Northeast Cooperative Soil Survey.

The award is in recognition of outstanding regional and national service to soil survey.

“Since coming to URI in 1997, Mark has built a nationally recognized program in soils,” said Dr. Arthur J. Gold a colleague in NRS.  “He has trained 13 graduate students who now work in the private and public sectors.  His is the national leader in the study and classification of subaqueous soils – soils that develop in estuaries and ponds – with implications for aquaculture, fisheries and restoration.

“Most impressively, he has taught and coached the URI soil judging team to a national championship.  Soil judging requires that students identify soil properties in the field that relate to environmental quality, water resources, agriculture and habitat management. Under Mark’s guidance, the soil judging team has attracted the best and brightest at URI who have repeatedly won the honor of representing the Northeast colleges and universities in national competitions in Oregon, West Virginia, Texas and Ohio,” said Gold.

The Cooperative Soil Survey is a nationwide partnership of federal, regional, state and local agencies; and private entities and institutions. This partnership works together to cooperatively investigate, inventory, document, classify and publish information about soils of the United States and its trust territories and commonwealths. The activities of the NCSS are carried out on national, regional, and state levels.