Russell Huddleston, Professional Wetlands Scientist and Biologist with E2 Consulting Engineers, will conduct a one-day workshop at California State University, Chico called “Introduction to Soil Morphology and Hydric Soils” on April 12, 2014. The workshop is hosted by Friends of the Chico State Herbarium.

Introduction to Soil Morphology and Hydric Soils – April 12. 2014


A basic definition of soil is the unconsolidated, thin, variable layer of mineral and organic material, usually biologically active, that covers the earth’s land surface in which plants grow. Soil consists of mineral material, plant roots, microbial and animal biomass, and various states of organic matter as well as water and gases. Soil morphology is the field observable attributes of the soil within the various soil horizons and the description of the kind and arrangement of the horizons.

This one day workshop is intended to provide an introduction to general soil morphology including texture, color, structure, consistence, roots and pores with an emphasis on describing the characteristics of the surface horizons. Soil horizon nomenclature and boundaries will also be briefly discussed. The class will also provide an introduction to hydric soils including important definitions, oxidation-reduction processes, types of redoximorphic features and field indicators of hydric soils. This workshop is not intended to be an intensive study of these areas, but will provide a fundamental basis for a better understanding of the techniques used to describe soils and the important processes that occur in wet soils.

This workshop will be led by Russell Huddleston. Russell has a M.S. in Ecology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in biology from Southern Oregon University. He is a certified Professional Wetland Scientists and consulting biologist with E2 Consulting Engineers in Emeryville, California. Russell has over 13 years of professional experience working in a variety of wetland types throughout the western United States including Coastal and tundra wetlands in Alaska; vernal pools and seasonal wetlands in California and southern Oregon; mountain streams and seeps in Utah; and desert playas and washes in Arizona, Nevada and Southern California.

The workshop will be held on April 12, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Holt Hall Room 129 on the CSU Chico campus. Registration is $125 business, $100 personal, $90 for members of Friends of the Chico State Herbarium and $40 for students (only 2 student seats available). Please register in advance as the class size is limited to 16 participants. For more information about the workshop please contact Russell Huddleston at Russell.huddleston@e2.com. For more information about registration please contact the Biology office at 530-898-5356 or at jbraden@csuchico.edu.