North Carolina Botanical Garden


Soil Ecology

with Janel Ohletz, Ph.D., Soil Scientist

This event is full. Now accepting wait list registrations.

Date: Saturdays, October 29 and November 5

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $90 ($81 Members)


This 6-hour course is intended for a broad audience. Students are introduced to the complex world of soils, including how they are formed, characterized, and populated by a wide array of organisms. An overview of soil types is presented, followed by the study of typical Piedmont soils and their properties. The various roles that soils play in both human society and ecological systems are discussed.


No prerequisites. 


Remaining Seats: 0

Registration open through 10/28/2022 12:00 PM EST | Refund Policy

About the Instructor

Janel Ohletz recently received her PhD in Soil Science from NC State University where she was a USDA National Needs Fellow in the Department of Crop and Soil Science. Her research focused on investigating nutrient management in high-yielding field corn using machine learning and remote sensing technology to gain a better understanding of dynamics in soil fertility and limiting factors to yield.  She has M.S. in Agricultural Science and a B.S in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems from the University of New Hampshire. She is deeply committed to working toward a more sustainable and equitable agriculture and food systems. Janel is also a classically trained chef and, prior to returning to school, she worked in the hospitality industry for 20 years. She believes in making an impact by being part of the conversation, whether that be to advocate for a change in our food and agricultural systems; or presenting at conferences aimed at new and emerging farmers about how good food starts with building from the ground up.

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