Martin Goldhaber

U.S. Geological Survey, USA


Co-author to the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon



Soil quality is a vital national resource and a major focus of Dr. Goldhaber’s research.  Dr. Goldhaber and a USGS colleague developed a comprehensive project to provide inorganic, organic, and microbiological information on the soils of the continental U.S., and Alaska as well and included close collaboration with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, state geological surveys, and the nation of and Mexico.  This effort will provide decision makers with an accepted and authoritative soil geochemical database to address environmental and health issues at a variety of scales as well as address the baseline carbon status of our Nation’s soils.  His current research focuses on regional geologic, hydrologic, biologic, and anthropogenic controls on the geochemistry of soils of the Sacramento Valley CA, and regional controls on the geochemistry of prairie pothole wetlands and adjacent uplands.  Dr. Goldhaber is past president of the International Geochemical Society, has served as Chief Scientist for Geology of the USGS, co-chaired a 2010 NSF sponsored workshop on ‘The Future of Geobiology and Low Temperature Geochemistry’ and chaired reviews of the NSF ‘Critical Zone Observatory Program in 2011 and 2012’. The Critical Zone program integrates across geological and biological science to understand processes in the near surface.  He is a member of the international advisory board of the European Commission funded SoilTrEC project.  Dr. Goldhaber has recently presented a keynote dinner banquet speech at a joint international meeting held in Delaware (USA) of the U.S. Critical Zone Observatory and the European SoilTrec (Soil Transects in European Catchments) Programs (“Integrating Critical Zone Processes and Ecosystem Studies Across Time and Space”).