The Wonders of Soil with Dr. Yamina Pressler


She is not your average soil scientist, she’s more than that. Being an educator, an artist, as well as a soil scientist, her passion for the soil brings a lot to the table. Having worked on her undergraduate at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and received her bachelor’s of science degree in Environmental Management and Protection, Pressler did not think about having an academic career. She recognized how rewarding this job can be through one of her past Cal Poly professors, Dr. Karen Vaughan, who is now a Professor of Pedology at the University of Wyoming. Valorie Wolf, Riley Jensen, and Madison Martella highlight Dr. Yamina Pressler and her research in this photo essay.

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Author bios:

Madison Martella

  • Madison was born and raised in the heart of Central Valley, in Tranquillity, California. She is currently a fourth year Agricultural Communications major at Cal Poly, also receiving a minor in Plant Protection. She has been an active member of Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow, serving as their Secretary and Treasurer for the past two years. After graduation, Madison plans to pursue getting her pest control advisor’s license and pursue a career as a pest control advisor or an agricultural products sales representative

Valorie Wolf

  • Valorie Wolf was born and raised in Northern County San Diego, California. She is currently a fourth year agriculture science major with a crop science minor. After graduation this spring, Valorie plans to pursue her career in her family’s construction and excavating business, as well as continue her education by obtaining her contractor’s license.

Riley Bishop

  • Riley Bishop was born and raised in Hollister, California on the Central Coast. He is a third-year transfer student majoring in Ag Communications. He is also a member of the Cal Poly rodeo team.

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