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K-State Today

February 7, 2013



Internationally recognized soil scientist to present prestigious agronomy lecture Feb. 21

By Steve Watson

Dr. Mike McLaughlin

Internationally recognized soil scientist Mike McLaughlin will present the 30th annual Roscoe Ellis, Jr. Lectureship in Soil Science at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 21 in 1018 Throckmorton Hall at Kansas State University. The title of the lecture is “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Managing Nutrients and Contaminants in Soil.”

McLaughlin is chief research scientist in the environmental biogeochemistry program of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation’s, or CSIRO, Land and Water in Adelaide, Australia. The lecture is free and open to the public. CSIRO is Australia’s national science agency. Refreshments will be served at 2 p.m. in the lobby of Throckmorton Hall.

McLaughlin is a respected leader worldwide in the study of trace elements and nutrients in the terrestrial environment. His research interests are now principally in biogeochemistry of nutrients and pollutants in the soil, assessment of remediation of contaminated soils and advanced techniques to measure and monitor nutrients and pollutants in the environment.

In 2011, McLaughlin was honored with the International Plant Nutrition Institute’s Science Award. He has also received Researcher of the Year from the Fluid Fertilizer Foundation, the International Award from the Soil Science Society of America, and the first Leo M. Walsh Soil Fertility Distinguished Lectureship. He is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and American Society of Agronomy.

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