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Ying Ouyang Named a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America

September 9, 2019

Starkville, MS — USDA Forest Service Southern Research Station scientist Ying Ouyang was recently selected as a 2019 Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA), the highest recognition bestowed by the Society.

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 worthy colleagues based on their professional achievements and meritorious service. Only up to 0.3 percent of the Society’s active and emeritus members may be elected Fellow.

Ying Ouyang

Ying Ouyang. (Forest Service photo)

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

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

“I was not surprised that Dr. Ying Ouyang recently entered the elite ranks of Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, as one of only 0.3 percent of the Society’s members,” said Ted Leininger, project leader of the Center for Bottomland Hardwoods Research (CBHR). “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.”

As a research hydrologist with the Station’s CBHR, Ouyang works on the campus of Mississippi State University. His research focus is on investigating the impacts of forest and agricultural management on water quality and quantity in the Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley using computer and watershed models.

In addition to his many contributions to research, Ouyang has served as associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Quality for 13 years. Assembled and led numerous interdisciplinary research programs at the local, national, and international level, and is recognized as an authority on hydrology and water resource. He 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 on November 11 during the 2019 SSSA annual meeting in San Antonio, TX.