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Alumni - Kent Sutcliffe

Kent Sutcliffe began his education at the University of Maine in 1992. He started off in the Forestry program, but settled into the Ecology and Environmental Sciences his sophomore year. He spent his junior year at Utah State University as part of the National Student Exchange program. In August 1996 he graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Natural Resources (currently the EES program) and a concentration in Plants and Soils.

Immediately following graduation from UMaine, Kent began attending graduate school at Utah State University, where he studied redoximorphic feature formation in saline wet soils. In 1999, his work resulted in a thesis titled Dynamics of Irrigation-Induced and Saline Wet Soils, Central Utah.

Since 1998, Kent has been a soil scientist for the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency of the USDA. He is currently the Assistant State Soil Scientist, but he has worked in the field extensively as a Soil Mapper and as a Soil Survey Project Leader. One notable project he led was the soil survey of the 1.8 million-acre Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Southern Utah.

The EES program at UMaine gave me a great, well-rounded foundation, with a heavy emphasis on written and oral communication. Critical thinking skills are also well developed in this program. This combination made me well prepared to tackle graduate school and then my career. These skills were particularly useful when presenting graduate research through written means and at professional meetings.

-Kent D. Sutcliffe

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