Soil science alumni employed by USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service

May 08, 2023
A photo of seven soil science alumni at a training in Arizona.

Last month, seven University of Minnesota soil science alumni who currently work for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) attended the NRCS Basic Soil Survey course in Tucson, Arizona. These seven UMN alumni accounted for 23% of this year's national class!

These alumni were all involved in our soil science minor, field studies, soil judging, and LAAS graduate programs to various degrees and are now working as soil scientists all around the country, including four in Alaska!


  • Autumn Boxum: Soil Judger 2017-2019, Soils Minor, now in Pinedale, WY
  • Claire Benton: Soils Minor, now in Homer, AK
  • Gabe Benitez: Soil Judging captain 2019-2020, Soils Minor, now in Wasilla, AK
  • Andrea Williams: Soil Judger 2015-2016, Soils Minor, now in Lincoln, NE
  • Devon Brodie: Soil Judger and Soil Judging Captain 2017-2019, Soils Minor, LAAS MS Graduate 2020, now in Flint, MI
  • Abbie Clapp: Soil Judger 2019-2020, Soils Minor, now in Wasilla, AK
  • Mike Sousa: Soils Minor, LAAS MS Graduate 2020, now in Wasilla, AK