Ying Ouyang Receives Soil Science Society of America’s Highest Honor

Ouyang observes a field experiment that measures water use and groundwater changes at a biomass production plantation in Mississippi. He uses STELLA models to predict woody biomass production and CO2 emissions. USFS Photo.

Research hydrologist Ying Ouyang was recently named a 2019 Fellow by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the highest recognition bestowed by the organization.

The SSSA is an international scientific society whose members are dedicated to advancing the field of soil science to sustain global soils. Each year, members nominate colleagues based on their professional contributions, achievements, and service. No more than 0.3 percent of the Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected.

A USDA Forest Service scientist with the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research, Ouyang works on the campus of Mississippi State University. His research focuses on investigating the impacts of forest and agricultural management practices on water quality and quantity in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley using watershed models.

“It is a great gift to be named a fellow after 30 years as a member of SSSA,” says Ouyang. “It feels good to have my three decades of dedication to soil and hydrologic sciences recognized.”

Ouyang’s professional career has spanned the spectrum from basic to applied research in soil, environment, and hydrology. He has authored 134 refereed journal articles, 74 of which he was the lead author. Ouyang developed several novel methods and models on carbon dioxide flux, impacts of afforestation on water resources, and real-time monitoring of water quality. He is world-renowned for developing STELLA models, applying multivariate statistics, and pioneering the micro-emulsion remediation approach.

Ouyang conducts real-time monitoring of cottonwood sapflow at the Hollandale biomass study site. USFS Photo.

“I was not surprised that Dr. Ying Ouyang recently entered the elite ranks of Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America,” said Ted Leininger, project leader of the Center. “At a time when our environment is changing, Ying’s contributions to our understanding of hydrology and the soil-plant-atmosphere continuum are substantial and have important management implications.”

In addition to his 30-year membership with the SSSA, Ouyang has been a member of the American Geophysical Union since 1991, a member of the American Institute of Hydrology, Professional Hydrologist since 2002, and has served as associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Quality for 13 years.

Throughout his career, he has assembled and led numerous interdisciplinary research programs at the local, national, and international level and is recognized as an authority on hydrology and water resources. Ouyang collaborates with university faculty members on scientific publications and grant proposals and has served as a graduate student committee member at MSU since 2010.

Ouyang and other fellows will be recognized at the SSSA Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas on November 11, 2019.

Learn more about Ouyang and his remarkable research.

For more information, email Ying Ouyang at ying.ouyang@usda.gov.

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