More about Ritchie's research
Ritchie received a plaque and cash award at U.S. Department of Agriculture headquarters here today, and will also receive additional research funding. ARS is the USDA's principal scientific research agency.
"Dr. Ritchie is internationally recognized for his impact on, and leadership in, soil and water conservation research and applications," said Edward B. Knipling, ARS administrator.
Based at the Hydrology and Remote Sensing Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., Ritchie is being honored for "continuous research and leadership in soil and water conservation on ways to manage, conserve and improve the quality and sustainability of soil and water resources." Over his 36-year career, Ritchie has achieved national and international recognition for his scientific contributions, including:
Ritchie earned a B.A. in biology and education in 1960 from Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.; an M.S. in botany and soils in 1962 from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville; and a Ph.D. in botany and ecology from the University of Georgia-Athens in 1967.
He has held offices in many scientific societies and was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and the Soil Science Society of America in 2000. Ritchie has also served nationally and internationally as an expert advisor to numerous organizations.
Ritchie has received a USDA certificate of merit for outstanding research each year since 1988.