Lance Gunderson joined Ward Laboratories in the fall of 2002 and is currently leading the soil health testing division as the Director of Soil Health and New Test Development.
Lance started the soil health division at Ward Labs in the summer of 2011 with the implementation of phospholipid fatty acid (PLFA) testing since that time has added the Haney and Soil Respiration methods. Very recently, Ward Labs has started offering soil enzyme tests as well. These current soil health methods are focused on using measurements that address soil biology along with aspects of soil fertility. Lance hopes, however, to increase Ward Laboratories’ testing abilities to include physical characteristics of soils in the near future,
while continuing to offer other new and innovative soil health testing methods. Altogether, Ward
Laboratories aims to guide producers’ management decisions with land stewardship, resource
preservation and rejuvenation, and sustainable food production at the highest priority.
Lance attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney earning his bachelor’s in biology/chemistry in 2005 and his master’s in biology in 2012. He is currently attending the University of Nebraska at Lincoln seeking a doctoral degree in agronomy with an interest in soil microbial ecology and soil health.