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Alaska’s climate, soils, highlighted at meeting

Degraded soils, fragile landscapes topic of movie and presentation

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Contact: Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, Please RSVP by October 10, 2017.

Sept. 8, 2017— Alaska is the topic of two important presentations at this year’s Managing Global Resources for a Secure Future ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting in Tampa, FL. The meeting is sponsored by the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and the Soil Science Society of America.

Media are invited to a showing of “Between Earth and Sky: Climate Change on the Last Frontier.” This documentary beautifully illustrates the visible decay of one of Earth’s most important “carbon sinks.” According to David Weindorf, Texas Tech University, one of the documentary leaders, “the film examines climate change through the lens of its impacts to Native Alaskans, receding glaciers, coastal erosion, and Arctic soil.” More information about the movie can be found at The showing is on Tuesday, October 24th at 7 PM. Media may register with the information found below. Weindorf is available for questions before or after the showing.

Lorene Lynn, a soil scientist in Alaska, has been working to help the Alaska landscape recover from infrastructure development. Her presentation is titled “Arctic Tundra Disturbance: Recovery on a Fragile Landscape.” She will describe her work rehabilitating tundra soils that have been disturbed from construction of roads, airstrips, drilling pads and pipelines. “With over 10,000 acres now under development,” says Lynn, “and more construction proposed, rehabilitation techniques are continually being developed to improve soil quality and plant establishment.” Lynn also participated in the filming of “Between Earth and Sky.”

For more information about the 2017 meeting, visit Media are invited to attend the conference. Pre-registration by Oct. 10, 2017 is required. Visit for registration information. For information about the Lynn’s presentation, visit For information about the showing of Between Earth and Sky, visit

To speak with one of the scientists, contact Susan V. Fisk, 608-273-8091, to arrange an interview. 

The Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), founded in 1955, is an international scientific society comprised of 6,000+ members with its headquarters in Madison, WI. Members advance the discipline of crop science by acquiring and disseminating information about crop breeding and genetics; crop physiology; crop ecology, management, and quality; seed physiology, production, and technology; turfgrass science; forage and grazinglands; genomics, molecular genetics, and biotechnology; and biomedical and enhanced plants.

CSSA fosters the transfer of knowledge through an array of programs and services, including publications, meetings, career services, and science policy initiatives. For more information, visit