The Soil Society of America will present its Don & Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award to Kansas State University professor Gerard Kluitenberg at its annual meeting in Long Beach, Calif., Oct 31-Nov. 3.
Kluitenberg's primary research focus is the development of thermal sensors for measuring soil physical properties and quantifying water flow in soils.
He served as chair of SSSA's soil physics division and as associate editor for the Soil Science Society of America Journal. He is a Fellow of SSSA and the American Society of Agronomy.
Kluitenberg is a professor of soil and environmental physics in K-State's Department of Agronomy. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. from Iowa State University.
The Don and Betty Kirkham Soil Physics Award recognizes mid-career soil scientists who have made outstanding contributions in the area of soil physics. The award is supported by the Lena and Maria Van der Ploeg Fund and the Don and Betty Kirkham Fund, both of the Agronomic Science Foundation.
The SSSA, based in Madison, Wis., is an international scientific society that fosters the transfer of knowledge and practices to sustain global soils.