Colby’s Bro, Matt Gets an Agronomist Job

My older brother Matt recently got his first job in his new career field – agronomy. He will be a research associate with Schillinger Genetics, a non-GMO soybean genetics company. Matt was a contractor for several years, but eventually decided that it wasn’t for him. He ended up in the Iowa State University Agronomy Department.Continue reading “Colby’s Bro, Matt Gets an Agronomist Job”

SoilWeb – A Soil Survey App

SoilWeb is a smart phone app developed by the California Soil Resource Lab for Android and iPhone devices. In a nutshell, it reads your GPS location and brings up a description of the soil series (or soil mapping unit) on which your standing. The first screen shows what a soil pedon (3-dimensional view of aContinue reading “SoilWeb – A Soil Survey App”

Groundhog Day Field Work

I made a trip to my research site on Groundhog Day. Before I tell you about the trip, I’ll first give you a little background on what I actually do for my research. The focus of my dissertation is examining phosphorus dynamics in wetlands restored from agricultural soils. In lamen’s terms I look at theContinue reading “Groundhog Day Field Work”

Envirothon

As a graduate student in the NC State Department of Soil Science, and a member of the Soil and Water Conservation Society at NCSU I have had the pleasure of interacting with local Envirothon teams each spring. In a nutshell, Envirothon is a series of academic competitions at the local, state, and international level that focusContinue reading “Envirothon”

Shoulders of Giants: Hugh Hammond Bennett

This is the first of a series of posts I’m planning for this blog that focus on scientists that paved the way for the current research in soil science, wetland science, and soil and water conservation.  Most of the following was paraphrased from a biography of Hugh Hammond Bennett written by Dr. Maurice Cook, EmeritusContinue reading “Shoulders of Giants: Hugh Hammond Bennett”

Erosion

There are many topics in soil science, and soil and water conservation that are worth a thorough discussion. One is soil erosion. Erosion is a vast topic so it will not all be addressed in one post, or even one blog for that matter. However, this blog post is the first of many in aContinue reading “Erosion”

“Soil” vs. “Dirt”

As a soil scientist I often hear non-soil scientists refer to soil as “dirt”, or people even ask me if there’s a difference. In my mind there is. The simple difference is this: “dirt is soil where it’s not supposed to be”. For example, if your dog goes outside and plays in your backyard, he’llContinue reading ““Soil” vs. “Dirt””

Hello world!

This is the first of many blog posts for my new website. First, let me introduce myself. Who is Colby: My name is Colby Moorberg. I am a doctoral student in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. I grew up on a small hog farm in Iowa. After a short mishapContinue reading “Hello world!”