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Dr. Gordon Rees

Dr. ReesDr. Gordon Rees

(Coordinator for EESS Major)

Phone: (805) 756-6346
Office: 180-517




Office Hours: TF 9-11am

Areas of Focus

Pedology · Soil Mineralogy · Forest and Range Soils

About Dr. Gordon Rees

Gordon received his B.S. in Environmental Soil Science from Brigham Young University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Soils and Biogeochemistry from UC Davis. His doctoral research focused on the effect of soil mineralogy on the plant-availability of soil potassium. His experience also includes morphological characterization and land use evaluation of soils across California forest and range ecosystems, soil carbon isotope analysis for archaeological applications around ancient Mayan sites in Guatemala, digital soil mapping, and analysis of soil micromorphology using atomic force microscopy.

Gordon's teaching includes courses on introductory soils, soil morphology, forest and range soils, and soil judging.

Student comments about Dr. Rees


Dr. Rees's affinity for soil science and morphology shines through in his lectures and lab exercises. I already liked soil science, but I think his teaching methods and overall demeanor would make it easy for anyone to find something they like about soils. I would gladly take another class with him

Dr. Rees was a very effective teacher because of all the help he gave during class and in office hours.  He loved answering questions and was very available to do so.

He is very enthusiastic about the subject and the things he talks about. Going into a subject not knowing anything and having someone who is so enthusiastic about what the topic is very refreshing.

Dr. Rees is a cool dude.

This is definitely one of my favorite classes I have taken at Cal Poly. Dr. Rees knows the subject very well and he is passionate about the material. Because he is so knowledgeable, he answers questions thoroughly. Everything in the class has been presented clearly. I have never felt like the homework, quizzes, or exams were unfair. The class overall was very helpful, interesting, and thorough.


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