Texas Tech University

David Weindorf, Ph.D.

Associate Dean for Research (CASNR); B.L. Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology (PSS)

Email: david.weindorf@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-5287

Department of Plant and Soil Science 

Texas Tech University
Bayer Plant Science Building, Room 214
2911 15th Street
Mail Stop 2122 
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122 

David Weindorf

Personal Information

Dr. David C. Weindorf currently serves as Associate Dean for Research for the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Professor & BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Science. Dr. Weindorf holds a B.S. in Range Management, M.S. in Soil Science (geochemistry minor), and Ph.D. in Agronomy from Texas Tech University (TTU). Awards for Dr. Weindorf include: TTU International Impact Award (2017), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) Fellow (2017), SSSA President’s Award (2017), TTU Faculty International Scholarship Award (2015), USDA-NRCS National Cooperative Soil Survey’s Eagle Award (2012); LSU Gamma Sigma Delta’s Agricultural Teacher Honor Role (2011); Fulbright Scholar at Universitatea de Ştiinţe Agricole şi Medicină Veterinară in Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2011); Sedberry Award for Outstanding Graduate Teacher in the LSU College of Agriculture (2010); and LSU Gamma Sigma Delta’s Teaching Award of Merit (2010). 

Dr. Weindorf is 20+ year member the SSSA having served as chair of the Pedology section (S-5) in 2016. He is a licensed Texas Professional Geoscientist. He was formerly editor of the journal Soil Horizons (2011-2013), and currently serves on the editorial boards of Pedosphere and Geoderma. Dr. Weindorf also currently serves as a trustee advisor for the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation (2013-present) and has served as the past president and board member of the Professional Soil Scientists Association of Texas; as well as past president and board member of the Texas Section of the American Society of Agronomy. He is Executive Producer of the acclaimed documentary film “Between Earth and Sky – Climate Change on the Last Frontier.”

Dr. Weindorf previously served as Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Soil Classification/Land Use at Louisiana State University (LSU). Prior to that, he was an Assistant Professor of Soil Science at Tarleton State University. In addition, he served as coach of the intercollegiate soils judging teams at Tarleton State and LSU; he now coaches the TTU team.


Dr. Weindorf has focused his research efforts on the development of applications for new technologies in field soil survey, land use management/planning, remote sensing, environmental quality assessment, compost science, and international translational soil taxonomy. A considerable component of his research features international engagement with ongoing research in China, India, Romania, Italy, South Africa, and Spain.

The Austin, Texas native is particularly interested in the development of new applications for portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometry, visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (VisNIR DRS), and electromagnetic induction (EMI) techniques. The devices, which provide analysis of soils on site in seconds, have the potential to revolutionize the way soil scientists evaluate soils in the field. “Previously, we had to go to the field, collect samples, and return to the lab for extensive lab work. While these new techniques do not replace lab work, they can help us to refine our sampling techniques in the field and provide us with quality data that enhances our overall analytical capabilities” Weindorf said. Dr. Weindorf and his research team have published more than 120 peer reviewed research papers on topics ranging from classical pedology and proximal sensing applications to optimized land use management techniques.



  • PSS 2432 - Principles and Practices in Soils
  • PSS 4332 - Soil Classification
  • PSS 5334 - Soils and Crops of Arid Lands
  • PSS 5337 - Advanced Soil Classification

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Department of Plant and Soil Science