Texas Tech University

David Weindorf, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President – Office of Research & Innovation • Professor & BL Allen Endowed Chair of Pedology – Department of Plant and Soil Science

Email: david.weindorf@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-5287

Department of Plant and Soil Science 

Texas Tech University
Bayer Plant Science Building, Room 211A
2911 15th Street
Mail Stop 2122 
Lubbock, TX 79409-2122 

David Weindorf

Personal Information

Dr. David C. Weindorf currently serves as Associate Vice President in the Office of Research & Innovation (ORI), Professor, and 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: Fulbright Specialist at the Indian Institute of Technology – Kharagpur (2018); 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 on the board of trustees for the Composting Council Research and Education Foundation 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.”

Previously, Dr. Weindorf served as Associate Dean of Research in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (TTU), and Associate Professor and Assistant Professor of Soil Classification/Land Use at Louisiana State University. 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.


In his research career, Dr. Weindorf has focused extensively on the development of new applications for proximal sensors, particularly portable X-ray fluorescence (PXRF) spectrometry, and visible near infrared diffuse reflectance spectroscopy (VisNIR DRS) for soil survey and environmental quality assessment. A considerable component of his research features international engagement with ongoing research in Brazil, China, India, Romania, Italy, and South Africa. Dr. Weindorf and his research team have published more than 150 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

Additional Links

ORCID    David Weindorf