David Weindorf, Ph.D.
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
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
- Career Vita
- Video: Professor/Soil Scientist: From Summers on a Ranch to Academia
- Video: Professor/Soil Scientist, In-depth: Working with Young People Hungry to Learn
- Video: A Day in the Life of Scientist David Weindorf - soil scientist and agronomist
- Video: Bringing the Lab to the Field. Dr. David Weindorf explains how the portable
x-ray fluorescence spectrometer (PXRF) and the visible near-infrared spectroscope
- Video: Soil Science in Seconds