The Good Soil? You be the judge…

Four undergraduate students from the School of Earth and Environment: Tala Al-Obaidi, Charlotte Patrick, Eleanor Liddle and Colin Flower (L-R in top photo) were among the first WA teams to compete in the recent 2015 National Soil Judging Competition, held at Whitby Falls Farm south of Perth on Sunday 6 September.

Competition to accurately describe and classify an unknown soil profile was fierce, and although the La Trobe team were the eventual winners,  the UWA team performed admirably. The team members were totally committed to their task, and more than proved their worth by wading into frigid, muddy water at the bottom of one of the training pits on Saturday.

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Dedication to soil science: cold, muddy water in the practice pit. (Photo credit: Andrew Rate)
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Soil judging – getting the details right while coaches look on. (Photo credit: Gaus Azam)

The students were coached by Matthias Leopold who was assisted in coaching duties by Andrew Rate and Louise Barton.

The Soil Judging Competition was held to coincide with ‘Celebrating Soils 2015‘, the conference of the WA Branch of Soil Science Australia, held at the Atrium Hotel in Mandurah, Western Australia. This conference was attended by around 120 national and international delegates, with a UWA contingent of 16 staff and postgraduate students presenting or co-authoring research presentations. PhD student Mary-Anne Lowe was recognised with an award for best poster presentation – congratulations Mary-Anne!

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