UNH Soil Judging Team Places
4th In Regional Competition, Invited To Nationals
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
Nov. 17, 2004
DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire Soil Judging
Team placed fourth in the recent Northeast Regional Intercollegiate
Soil Judging Competition in Wilmington, Ohio.
The four-member team of Amy Ladner of Brookline, Dan Miller of Milford,
Jay Malouin of Durham, and Matt Trippel of Durham competed against
43 students comprising 10 teams from eight universities.
The first place team was Ohio State University, followed by the
University of Maryland and the University of Rhode Island. All four
universities will represent the Northeast Region at the National
Intercollegiate Soil Judging Competition next spring in Auburn,
During the competition, contestants analyze and describe the physical
and chemical properties within a five-foot deep soil profile. They
also determine the suitability of the soil for different kinds of
land use including dwellings with basements, placement of septic
systems, and constructing local streets and roads.
“The Intercollegiate Soil Judging Competition is a great experience
for students majoring in soil science to learn the importance of
describing soils and making land use interpretations typically provided
by professional soil scientists and soil consulting firms,”
says Serita Frey, assistant professor of natural resources.