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Alberta Soils Network (ASN)

Webinar: Recent developments in Anthroposol classification (12/01/2022)

Link to: Recent Developments in Anthroposol Classification

Presenter: Konstantin Dlusskiy

Presenter bio: Konstantin Dlusskiy, Senior Soil Scientist, Paragon Soil and Environmental Consulting Inc. Konstantin Dlusskiy is a Soil Scientist with over fifteen years of environmental consulting experience and additional 10 years of international research experience working with multidisciplinary teams of professionals. He is highly skilled in soil classification and soil assessments for land suitability rating as well as in land reclamation monitoring and assessment. In the last six years Konstantin taught multiple courses for various post-secondary education institutions. Recently Konstantin joined the team of scientists developing the classification of human-altered soils and published a research paper on the proposed Anthroposolic Soil Order. Dr. Dlusskiy is the Alberta Soils Tour Chair and plays a key role in organizing Alberta Soil Science Workshop and Canadian Society of Soil Science conferences.

Presentation Title: Recent developments in Anthroposol classification

Presentation Description: This webinar presentation is focused on revisions made to the proposed Anthroposolic soil Order classification in a recently published paper that Konstantin Dlusskiy co-authored. The original classification was proposed in 2012 and was field-tested for multiple years. After a discussion among soil scientists across Canada, the classification was revised and proposed to be included in the upcoming 4th edition of the Canadian System of Soil Classification. The key revisions include addition of new subgroups, rectification of great group definitions and modified approach to contaminants in the human-altered soils. Please see an abstract of the paper below.

Referenced paper: Revised Proposed Classification for Human Modified Soils in Canada: Anthroposolic Order M. Anne Naeth, Leonard A. Leskiw, J. Anthony Brierley, C. James Warren, Kevin Keys, Konstantin Dlusskiy, Ronggui Wu, Graeme A. Spiers, Jorden Laskosky, Maja Krzic, Gary Patterson, Angela Bedard-Haughn doi: 10.1139/CJSS-2022-0033


Alberta Soils Network (ASN) provides opportunities for environmental scientists interested in the field of soil science to network and develop professionally. The need for a soils network has gradually arisen because many new graduates no longer work at government agencies where specific in-house training in soils is provided. Training is left more and more up to a consortium of government, industry, academic, professional organizations and consultants to work together on coordinating efforts for continuous education and linking resources. The network has identified a need to gain a current picture of soil science-related training, education and information and so we are working to address this need. Alberta Soils Network was originally established as an AIA branch but continues its service to the community under ASSW. It is hoped that this network will provide interested persons with valuable online references, allowing members to quickly identify and evaluate opportunities in continuing professional development.

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Edward Furler Co-Chair
Sarah Thacker Co-Chair

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• Lynette Esak
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