The Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation recognizes John Galbraith, an associate professor of crop and soil environmental sciences in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, for his research into the health and quality of soil throughout the United States and worldwide.
Galbraith’s research topics include soil resource inventory, wetland mapping, wetland hydrology, the morphology of hydric soils, hydric soil indicator research, soil health and carbon measurement, and soil sampling/classification for research.
His expertise includes the appraisal of soil resources, properties, and behavior for land and plant management considerations; soil, plant, water, and biology relationships; and erosion and pollution prevention.
He set the trend for modern urban soil surveys in the late 1990s, when he published the landmark “Soil Survey of South Latourette Park, Staten Island, New York City, NY” with Luis Hernandez. He is the international chair of two soil classification groups and is helping to rewrite and improve “Soil Taxonomy” and other international soil classification systems.
As a Virginia Cooperative Extension specialist, he conducts training and publishes instructional information to assist consumers with soil resources, properties, and behavior for land and plant management considerations. He is also the faculty advisor and coach to Virginia Tech's Soil Judging Team.
Galbraith earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree from Texas Tech University and his doctoral degree from Cornell University.