2017 Lecturer | Dr. David Lindbo

About the Lecturer

Dr. Lindbo directs the soil and ecological site survey, research, and interpretation programs for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Agency. He has spent his career working on land use soils relations, including soil interpretations, hydric soils, wastewater, and related issues. He has worked extensively with K12 students and teachers regarding soils and land use education.

He has authored/co-authored numerous research and extension publications including practitioner training materials related to decentralized wastewater, low-impact development issues, hydric soils, and hydropedology as well as a general interest soil book for young children “Soil! Get the Inside Scoop” and an advanced book “Know Soil, Know Life.” He has over 130 publications, has given over 200 invited presentations, and taught well over 10,000 professionals in his array of extension courses.

Dr. Lindbo currently serves as Director of the Soil Science Division, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service, NRCS, and is a Professor Emeritus of Soil Science in the Department of Soil Science at North Carolina State University. Dr. Lindbo is a former President of the Soil Science Society of America.

Dr. Lindbo has co-authored more than 130 refereed publications.


Notable recent awards include:

  • American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) Award for Outstanding Educational Aids
  • Co-Chair, Office of Science and Technology Policy Soil Science Interagency Working Group 2016-2017
  • Fellow Soil Science Society of America, 2009
  • University of New Hampshire, Forest Resources Department, Outstanding Alumni 2013


  • Ph.D. University of Massachusetts, Plant and Soil Science Dept.
  • M.S. University of Massachusetts, Geology Dept.
  • M.S. University of New Hampshire, Forest Resources Dept.
  • B.S. University of New Hampshire, Institute of Natural and Environmental