FAll 2014 SYLLABUS

Attendance and participation for all laboratories and examinations is mandatory. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR REVIEWING BACKGROUND INFORMATION BEFORE EACH LAB .

In-door (bench) laboratory analyses will be carried out individually (one report per person).
Field labs will be done in teams (one report per team).

FIELD LABS: Bus DEPARTS from bottom of Lawrinson stairs (Physical Plant).
Mon, Wed and Fri 12:45 pm;
Tu and Th 12:30pm

If you are not on the bus, you cannot depart = miss lab.
You could depart from the course.


Fall 2014 Lab Due Dates, Exam Schedule

Week Of: Lecture Topics & Reading Assignments Lab Topics
Aug. 25 - 29 Course Introduction
History of Soil Science
Soil as a Resource
Text 1.1-1.8; 20.1 - 20.4
Extensions of Tragedy of the Commons
Field Lab - Tully Valley Geology
Fact Sheets Linked Below (partial titles)

Required Reading: The hydrogeology of the Tully Valley, Onondaga County, New York-An overview of research, 1992-2012:

Older - individual component fact sheets also available (not required)
History of Landslides
Landslide Hazards
Remediation of Mudboils
Tree Rings Record
Hydrogeology of Tully Valley
Sept. 1 - 5
No Class Monday- Labor Day
Soil Profile Description
Text 1.9 - 1.20
Soil Drainage Class Key
***Reading***
Field Book for Describing and Sampling Soils, version 3.0
Lab 2 Navigating 345 Cyberspace Room Location -
Mon. Your choice (dorm room, Cafe Kabul, etc.)
Tues. 12:30-2:30 310 Baker
Wed. 12:45-2:45 309 Baker
Thur. Your choice- all computer labs booked (no room for soils :(
Fri. 12:45-2:45 310 Baker
Sept. 8- 12 Parent Material
(It's in the jeans!)
Weathering
Text Chapter 2 & 3.1
Site Classification site classification Field Guide
by R.D. Briggs (1994)
Lab 3 - Field Trip: 3-Rivers Game Management Area - Morphology of a Lacustrine Catena. Download OSDs for Croghan, Lamson, Niagara, and Otisville series.

Get your own soil map from Web Soil Survey

Guide to Describing Soils
Prose used by the pros
Guide to identifying soil horizons
Sept. 15 - 19 Soil Formation
Read Chapter 4
Lab 4 - Field Trip (part 1) Heiberg Forest - Morphology of a Glacial Till Catena. Download OSDs for Mongaup, Willdin, Ontusia, Norchip series.
Get Site Classification Field Guide
Hagerstown series Picture
Hagerstown series Description
Sept. 22 - 26
Soil Physical Properties
Chapter 4
Lab 4 Heiberg Field Trip (part 2) - Soil Mapping

Competent with ARC and looking for tools to build your soils map? Use links below for NRCS soil data:

Geospatial Data Gateway. Instructions are linked from this page.

Download page for Soil Viewer 6 Tool for ARCGIS 10 and installation instructions

Sept. 29 - Oct. 3
EXAM 1
Soil Water Concepts
Text 5.1 - 5.4
Field Indicator for Hydric Soil Indicators
- NOT REQUIRED but you can click here
Lab 5 Soil Texture, Structure, BD and Pore Space
B-13 Marshall
Oct. 6 - 10 Soil Water Movement
Text 5.5 - 5.11
Lab 6 Erosion and BMPs
Heiberg Forest

NYS BMP Manual Click Here


NYS Erosion & Sediment Blue Book Click Here

Minnesota DNR BMP Treasure Chest Click here
Oct. 13 - 17 Soil Erosion

Text Chapter 17
Lab 7 Soil Water
Mon. 12:45 - 2:45 110 Moon
Tues. 12:30 - 2:30 110 Moon
Wed. 12:45 - 2:45 210 Walters
Thur. 12:30 - 2:30 324 Bray
Frid. 12:45 - 2:45 319 Marshall
Oct. 20 - 24 Soil Aeration, Soil Temperature

Text Chapter 7

Wetlands via US EPA US EPA
Lab BREAK Yeah Briggs rules!
Oct. 27 - 31
Soil Colloids
Text Chapter 8
Lab 8 - Organic Soils at Palermo
FAO Organic Soil Website
Nov. 3 - 7
EXAM 2
SSSA This Week
Soil CEC and Soil Acidity

Text Chapter 9
Lab 9 CEC
Nov. 10 - 14 Soil Buffering
Lab 10 Soil Acidity
Nov. 17- 21 Nutrition and Nutrient Cycles Lab 11 Soil Fertility
Fertilizer Link- Professor Shakhashiri Chem 103 at Univ. Wisconsin
Confused about converting mass to charge? - Check out

Christmas Tree Fertilization Worksheet

Mon. 12:45 - 2:45 110 Moon
Tues. 12:30 - 2:30 110 Moon
Wed. 12:45 - 2:45 110 Moon
Thur. 12:30 - 2:30 314 Bray
Frid. 12:45 - 2:45 110 Moon
Nov. 24 - 28 THANKSGIVING BREAK
Dec. 1 - 5
Exam 3 during 1st hour of lab period
Nutrition and Amendments
Text Chapters 13-14
Exam 3 Taken During Lab Period in Room:
Mon. 12:45 - 1:45 110 Moon
Tues. 12:30 - 1:30 110 Moon
Wed. 12:45 - 1:45 324 Bray
Thur. 12:30 - 1:30 324 Bray
Fri. 12:45 - 1:45 319 Marshall
Dec. XX FINAL EXAM Schedule
email: rdbriggs@esf.edu
Updated on November 30, 2014
SUNY Environmental Science and Forestry