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Brenton Sharratt
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  Brenton is a soil scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service in Pullman Washington. He received an MS degree in soil science/biometeorology from Utah State University and a PhD degree in soil science from the University of Minnesota.

Brenton was a research associate at the Appalachian Fruit Research Station in Kearneysville, West Virginia from 1984-1986 prior to beginning his career with the USDA-ARS in Fairbanks, Alaska. His research in Alaska focused on improving the plant growing environment through soil and straw management. He joined the USDA-ARS in Morris, Minnesota in 1993 to support research initiatives aimed at assessing the impact of frozen soil on erosion and water quality.

Since 2002, Brenton has been located with the USDA-ARS in Pullman and has served as co-director of the Columbia Plateau Wind Erosion / Air Quality Project (USDA-CSREES sponsored project). He is a member of the American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and American Geophysical Union. He has served as the coordinator of SSSA Division S-6 Undergraduate Speech Contest from 2000-2004, as committee member/chair of the ASA Agronomy Club Achievement Contest from 2002-2005, and on the graduate faculty at the University of Alaska, University of Minnesota, and Washington State University. Brenton chaired a national conference on frozen soil processes in 1994, co-chaired an international conference on frozen soil phenomena in managed ecosystems in 1997, and has co-chaired/chaired SWCS symposia on air quality in 2003/2004. He has served as special editor of the Minnesota Academy of Science Journal, authored 4 book chapters and over 60 referred journal articles, and written over 90 other publications. He received the USDA Civil Servant of the Year award in 2000, Team Excellence Award from Washington State University in 2003, ten certificates of merit from the USDA, and extramural funding for 7 research projects.