2016 Manawatu Lecture

The Art and Science of Soils

Dr Craig Ross, Research Associate, Landcare Research

7.30 pm Tuesday, 21 June, Te Manawa – Art Gallery, 326 Main Street, Palmerston North

This year’s Manawatu Lecture follows the theme of the recent “convergence of science, technology, and art” S+ART Festival at Art-On-Edge.

Dr Ross will demonstrate that there is artistry in soil profiles, while also describing some of the science of these soils, and some practical applications from associated soil research.

Craig is a retired Research Associate with Landcare Research in Palmerston North. His 45 year career as a soil scientist started as a pedologist soil surveyor in the South Island (Canterbury, West Coast, and Chatham Islands). Later applied soil physics and environmental research and consultancies (along with an interest in photography), throughout New Zealand, USA, Australia, and the UK, enhanced his appreciation of the art and physical nature of soils. The lecture presents a kaleidoscope of soil colours, underpinned by science.

The Manawatu Lecture was established by the Royal Society of New Zealand Manawatu Branch as its annual prestigious lecture to recognise aspects of science particularly relevant to the Manawatu.

All warmly welcome