Dr. Skidmore served as Research Leader of the Wind Erosion Research Unit from 1994 until his retirement in 2007. He was a National Defense Education Act Fellow and received his Ph.D. in Soil Physics from Oklahoma State University in 1963 and immediately joined the USDA-ARS Wind Erosion Research Unit in Manhattan, Kansas. His entire 44+ year career focused on wind erosion research.
Dr. Skidmore is recognized internationally for his research on soil and water dynamics and is especially well regarded for his leadership in developing the Wind Erosion Prediction System (WEPS). He has been a colleague and mentor to numerous international scientists and developed a particularly strong collaboration with researchers in China. His wide international recognition led to a great demand for collaboration by international students, researchers, policy makers, and government officials.
He has received numerous awards that reflect his scientific stature and leadership. These include Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (1982), Soil Science Society of America (1982), Soil and Water Conservation Society (1983), and American Association for the Advancement of Science (1992). He received the Team Award for Research Product Development, Department of the Army in 2000. He has served as editor of several scholarly journals and was an elected officer in many national and international professional societies. Dr. Skidmore also co-directed the College of Soil Physics at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. He was an adjunct Professor of Agronomy at Kansas State University (1975-2007).