White Named Fellow of Soil Science Society of America


September 21, 2017

The Soil Science Society of America, or SSSA, has named College of the Coast & Environment Professor John R. White SSSA fellow. White, who holds the John & Catherine Day Professor of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences, will be formally presented the honor at the SSSA Awards Ceremony at the Annual Meeting in Tampa in October.John White

The annual awards are presented for outstanding contributions to agronomy through education, national and international service, and research. White, a recognized expert on wetland soil biogeochemistry, investigating hydrologic changes in the landscape linked to water and soil quality, has authored more than 80 peer-reviewed publications, 12 peer-reviewed chapters and supervised more than 25 graduate students.

“I am truly honored to be selected by the Soil Science Society,” said White. “And I’m very grateful to the Society members who nominated me in recognition of our lab group’s research accomplishments.” 

White came to the CC&E after having earned a B.S. degree from Washington & Lee University, M.S. degree in geological oceanography from Florida Tech and Ph.D in soil & water science from the University of Florida. He serves as associate director of the LSU Coastal Studies Institute and on the Executive Board of the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio. In addition, he is active in the Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and Society of Wetland Scientists. He currently serves on the Governor’s Coastal Master Plan State Steering Committee.

“Dr. White’s colleagues and I in the College of the Coast & Environment congratulate him on this prestigious honor,” said Dean Chris D’Elia. “His research is widely recognized as being cutting edge and insightful. He is a sought-after student advisor.”

SSSA Fellow is the highest recognition bestowed by the Soil Science Society of America. Members of the Society nominate worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

For more information on the 2017 awards, including award descriptions, visit: www.soils.org/awards/view or contact Sara Uttech, Senior Manager-Governance & Membership, 608-268-4948, suttech@sciencesocieties.org. For more information on the Societies' Annual Meetings, visit: www.acsmeetings.org.