Richard Shaw

New Jersey State Soil Scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Dr. Richard K. Shaw, New Jersey State Soil Scientist, Natural Resources Conservation Service

Dr. Richard K. Shaw serves as State Soil Scientist for the USDA – Natural Resources Conservation Service in New Jersey. His responsibilities include providing technical soil assistance to internal (NRCS) and external customers in New Jersey and New York City, serving as liaison to National Cooperative Soil Survey partners, and overseeing the management and distribution of local soils information. Dr. Shaw began his career in soil science as a laboratory technician, in the Department of Soils and Crops at Rutgers University in 1979, providing technical support for soils related research. He joined the USDA-NRCS as Project Leader in 1996, serving six years in northern New Jersey, followed by ten years in New York City. His soil survey experience has included Sussex and Essex counties in New Jersey, and the five boroughs of New York City.

Dr. Shaw received a B.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Maine and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Department of Soils and Crops, Rutgers University.