The Pedology Laboratory at the University of Idaho is housed in the Department of Plant, Soil and Entomological Sciences.
Maynard A. Fosberg, emeritus professor of soil science, founded the laboratory in 1960 to better understand Idaho’s soil resources. In 1990, Paul McDaniel joined the faculty as the lab's principal investigator.
Current research focuses on the environmental factors and processes that form soils and ultimately influence their use and management.
In addition to on-going research, the laboratory maintains an extensive database of the chemical, physical and mineralogical properties of over 5,000 analyzed pedons.
The Maynard A. Fosberg Soil Monolith Collection contains approximately 235 soils from the state of Idaho, the Pacific Northwest and the United States. It represents one of the most unique teaching resources at the University of Idaho, with the entire collection displayed on the walls of the first floor of the Agricultural Science building on the main campus in Moscow.