Caitlin Caudle

Master of Science in Soil Science

Thesis / Dissertation – Variations Present in Soil Health Metrics in a Soil Series under Differing Management Systems

Minor: Water Resources

Honors / Awards
Hugh Hammond Bennett Chapter of SWCS Scholarship

Advisor:  Dr. Deanna Osmond

Graduate Committee:  Dr. Josh Heitman, Dr. Rachel Cook, and Dr. Matt Ricker

Research Summary
Soil health is a new and rapidly developing concept among researchers and farmers alike. My research focused on a select set of chemical, physical, and biological soil health metrics; and reviewed the associated soil processes and laboratory procedures.

Publications and Presentations

  • Caudle, C., Osmond, D., Heitman, J., Ricker, M., Miller, G., and Wills, S. 2020. Comparison of soil health metrics for a Cecil soil in the North Carolina Piedmont. Soil Sci. Soc. of Am. J.
  • Caitlin Caudle, Deanna Osmond, Joshua Heitman, Matthew Ricker, Rachel Cook, 2019, Variations in soil health metrics in a single soil type under differing management systems, Embracing the Digital Environment SSSA International Meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Caitlin Caudle, Deanna Osmond, Matthew Ricker, Joshua Heitman, Rachel Cook, 2019, Assessing Soil Health Metrics in the Piedmont of North Carolina, Bridging the Divide: Uniting Rural and Urban Landscapes for Conservation, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Caitlin Caudle, Deanna Osmond, Joshua Heitman, Matthew Ricker, 2019, Variations in Soil Health Metrics in Cecil Soils: Crop Land, Hay Land, and Forest; SSSNC 62nd Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.


I plan to use my degree to:
I plan to use my degree to help me start my career at the Department of Environmental Quality Winston Salem Regional office working as an Environmental Specialist. I intend to continue working with farmers and other interested parties to use sound environmental practices.

What I enjoyed most about my experience in Crop and Soil Sciences at NC State was:
What I enjoyed most was being able to learn more about research practices and learn more about soil science.

While earning my degree, my greatest supporters were:
My family, my undergraduate advisor, and Dr. Osmond were my greatest supporters through this process.

Now that I have completed the program, I’m most looking forward to:
Being able to use what I have learned to start a career and getting to spend time with my family in western North Carolina.


Messages for Caitlin Caudle

Caitlin, thank you for the privilege of working with such a bright, thoughtful and kind graduate   student. It was such a joy. Best in all future endeavors.
 – Deanna Osmond


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