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|Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory (STPAL)|
The soils faculty of LSU is both diverse and comprehensive, covering all major areas of soil science research and teaching. Faculty in the soils program at LSU include:
|Area of Specialization||Faculty Member|
|Environmental Management Systems||Maud Walsh|
|Environmental Soil Chemistry||Jim Wang|
|Soil Chemistry||Lewis Gaston|
|Soil Microbiology||Lisa Fultz|
|Soil Fertility||Brenda Tubana|
|Soil Physics||Magdi Selim|
Have your soil and plant material tested so you can optimize fertilization and soil amendment.
Soil Testing and Plant Analysis Laboratory (STPAL)
The School of Plant, Environmental, and Soil Science (SPESS) houses an impressive collection of geologic specimens, soil monoliths and historical soil surveys.
Please contact Dr. Walsh if you are interested in visiting the Soil and Mineral Exhibit at Sturgis Hall.
Most LSU soils faculty hold joint research appointments with the LSU AgCenter.
Research is conducted in state-of-theart laboratories in Sturgis Hall, field research stations and in cooperation with private landowners across Louisiana.
Major instrumentation available through our department includes inductively coupled plasma atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), ion chromatograph, total organic carbon analyzer, gas chromatograph (GC), high-pressure liquid chromatography (HPLC), gas chromatograph with mass spectrometer (GCMS) and Fourier transform infrared spectrometer.
Many LSU soils faculty are involved in statewide, national and international research efforts in collaboration with faculty from other universities and state and federal governmental agencies. Such investigations are often the product of successful external grants at all levels. Findings from research studies are published in nationally renowned peer reviewed journals such as the Soil Science Society of America Journal, Journal of Environmental Quality, and Soil Survey Horizons, and others.
For information on specific research projects please visit the individual faculty member's web page.