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Bezdicek Retires after 31 Years at WSU

Dr. Bezdicek, and wife TrishSTEEP's principal investigator and administrator for the last 5 years, Dr. David Bezdicek, retired in September 2004.

A soil microbiologist, Dave's dedication to team research and outreach spanned three decades at WSU. Dave has authored more than 55 refereed journal publications, 32 book chapters, and 18 proceedings. He is recognized by peers as a Fellow in the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. He has served as Division Chair for the Soil Science Society of America, and as Associate Editor of the Agronomy Journal. His expertise in soil microbiology and environmental microbiology has been recognized through requested participation in many national and international research panels for USDA, NSF, BRD, NSERC-Canada, Smithsonian Institution, and EPA. As a principal investigator, he has received more than $5.4 million in grant funds, and as collaborator, more than $3 million for WSU.

Dave has provided national and international leadership in recognizing the role of soil quality and soil biology in the Conservation Reserve Program and no-till agriculture. His efforts at the national level and in PNW research have drawn attention to the significance of no-till agriculture in sequestering atmospheric carbon and reducing the potential for global warming. Throughout his leadership as a scientist, administrator, and PI for the highly successful PNW Solutions to Environmental and Economic Problems (STEEP) program, he has worked tirelessly to promote diverse cropping systems and reduced tillage for cutting soil and water erosion and for sequestration of atmospheric carbon.

Dave was the first director of WSU's Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR). As director he promoted research and education on improved soil quality, better communication between agriculture and urban stakeholders, use of alternative crops, and the acceptance of sustainability as part of WSU's institutional goals. He also was instrumental in establishing WSU's composting facility. Dave received the outstanding Faculty Excellence in Research award in WSU's College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) in 2004.

Dave also has been active in WSU's teaching program. He established courses in soil microbiology and composting, and led the effort to place multi-media equipment into classrooms in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences. More than 25 graduate students have completed advanced degrees in Soil Science under his direction.

Dave is well known in the WSU community for his musical talent, playing fiddle and guitar. He and his group, Loose on the Palouse, are often sought for gigs around campus, especially within CAHNRS. Not surprising, he and the band played at Dave's retirement party.


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