AMP Grazing Research Science & Advisory Team
as of March 16, 2017

SCIENCE TEAM

Steve Apfelbaum
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Applied Ecological Services Inc.; The Earth Partners
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Steven I. Apfelbaum: Co-Principal Investigator

Applied Ecological Services Inc.; The Earth Partners

Senior Ecologist and Scientist, Chairman of the Board, Applied Ecological Services, Inc.

Since 1978, Steven has led the 130-person firm, Applied Ecological Services, Inc. headquartered in Wisconsin, as a registered senior ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. Under Steven’s leadership, AES, Inc. has become one of the most esteemed firms offering turn-key delivery on thousands of ecological restorations, ecosystem research, and ecosystem service projects recognized for their innovation and success by non-profit conservation organizations, and private and public agency clients. Steven has contributed to the authorship of hundreds of publications, including the books “Soil Carbon Management: Environmental, Economic and Societal Benefits (CRC press, 2007); and “Natures Second Chance” (Beacon press, Boston) which was recognized as one of the top 10 books on environment and helping citizens learn what they can do about climate risk in 2009. Articles have included “A dirty way to fight climate change” (Christian Science Monitor Op-ed 2008) and the policy proposal for the Obama administration, “A National Strategic Carbon Reserve Plan”, addressing carbon sinks. Steven’s latest books (“Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land”, and “The Restoring Ecological Health to Your Land Workbook” (Island Press) have been praised for being the first “How-to” restoration books for landowners and land managers. Steven is a co-author of the Verified Carbon Standard approved “The Earth Partners Soil Carbon Quantification Method”. He is project director on the Palouse Soil Carbon project, one of the carbon market and ecosystem-scale science demonstration projects funded by USDA-NRCS. Steven holds a research appointment at UW-Stevens Point, and is a Gaylord Nelson Environmental Institute Fellow at University of Wisconsin-Madison. Steven teaches at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he is focused on the future of the earth’s coastal systems. He has received many awards including the Aldo Leopold Foundation’s life time achievement in ecological restoration, and the Ryerson award in conservation. Steven holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Peter Byck
PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Arizona State University +
Carbon Nation
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Peter Byck: Principal Investigator

Professor of Practice + Director + Producer + Writer + Public Speaker

Peter Byck is the director, producer and writer of carbon nation. Byck is also Professor of Practice at Arizona State University, in both the School of Sustainability and the Cronkite School of Journalism. Via carbon nation and ASU, Byck has met and collaborated with the leading minds from the world of climate, clean energy, military applications and land use. Byck is currently in production for carbon nation 2.0 - an on-going series of short films produced in collaboration with ASU. He is also working with scientists and ranchers on soil health research - the focus of the 1st cn 2.0 short film Soil Carbon Cowboys. Byck’s public speaking engagements highlight his most unique discovery during the 3-year promotion of carbon nation: liberals and conservatives in the U.S. are not polarized, as the popular press presents. Through Byck’s humor, curious mind and respectful approach, he gets to the core of peoples’ beliefs – listening carefully for common ground. And in the realm of energy, he’s realized that if the subject of climate change is tabled, there is vast agreement on how the country should approach our use of energy: people are chomping at the bit for clean energy and energy efficiency. And, a large portion of Americans are willing to make sacrifices to get us to a low carbon economy – they’re just waiting for someone to lead. Byck has recently appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher (episode 255) and NPR’s Science Friday. As a public speaker, Byck has presented carbon nation at Google, Facebook, McDonald’s, Boeing, Nike, Microsoft, TetraPak, Shell, Walmart.com, SC Johnson, St. Gobain; House of Commons & U.S. Embassies in London, Berlin and Vienna, various U.S. Consulates in Scotland, Ireland and Germany; Richard Branson’s Carbon War Room, White House CEQ, NetImpact, Urban Land Institute, SXSW ECO, BSR, EcoAmerica Prince Charles’ B.E.P. program @ Cambridge University, Yale, Duke, Arizona State University (many events), Conservation International, & many other universities, companies and conferences across the country and internationally. Byck has over 20 years of experience as a director and editor. His first documentary, “Garbage,” won the South by Southwest Film Festival, screened in scores of festivals and played at the Museum of Modern Art and Lincoln Center. Byck has directed shows for MTV starring Will Smith, John Travolta, Nicholas Cage, Drew Barrymore, Gwyneth Paltrow & David Duchovny. In addition, he has edited documentaries for Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” and “King Kong.” Byck has edited documentaries and promotional shorts for Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, 20th Century Fox, MTV, Vh1, BBC, Disney and MGM, including “The West Wing,” “The Matrix,” “Scrubs,” “er” and many more. Byck has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California Institute of the Arts. He is married with 2 young sons.

Russ Conser

Standard Soil, CEO Shell Game Changer - Retired
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Russ Conser

Standard Soil, CEO Shell Game Changer - Retired

Standard Soil, PBC – Co-Founder & CEO

Russ is co-founder and CEO of Standard Soil, PBC – a grassfed beef production company setting out to put healthy food back on our tables, birds and bees back on our grasslands, and clean water back in our rivers by putting carbon back to work in our soils. Russ recently retired from a 30-year career at Shell where he led the GameChanger program that invested in early-stage energy technology scientists and entrepreneurs in and outside of Shell. Russ was born in Omaha, NE, educated as a Mechanical Engineer (Iowa State ‘83), and practiced as a Petroleum Engineer exploring for and producing oil and gas around the world. For the first half of his career, Russ’ very deep specialty was Petrophysics - the sensors and modeling methods for quantifying and characterizing stores of carbon in the deep earth. Thus in the subject of soil carbon, Russ has literally returned to his roots.

After a mid-career diversion into corporate finance, Russ helped found Shell Technology Ventures and for the next 15 years became solely focused on advanced technology innovation and entrepreneurship. From many years leading GameChanger, Russ has unusually deep and broad experience in emerging energy technology, and is a deep expert in both theory and practice of corporate innovation and venturing. Russ has been a frequently invited speaker, panelist and writer at events related to the future of energy and corporate innovation including the US Department of Energy, US National Intelligence Council, National Petroleum Council, Harvard Kennedy School of Government, TEDx, the Management Innovation Exchange and the Urban Land Institute. Russ stepped beyond Shell in 2013 to join the broader world of revolutionary entrepreneurs focused on the interconnections of energy, water and food. Russ presently sits on the Board of Directors of StarRotor Corporation, the Advisory Board for the AceelerateH2O water- technology accelerator, the Selection Committee for the iSelect Fund, and the Board of Directors of The Grassfed Exchange. Russ and his wife Nancy have three sons and live in Fulshear, TX.

M. Francesca Cotrufo, PhD

Colorado State University
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M. Francesca Cotrufo

PhD – Professor, Colorado State University

Dr. Cotrufo is a professor of soil ecology and biogeochemistry at the department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and senior scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Lab, at Colorado State University. She earned B.Sc. from the University of Naples, Italy and Ph.D. from Lancaster University, UK. Prior to join CSU in 2008, she worked as a professor of ecology at the Second University of Naples, Italy. Dr. Cotrufo is a soil ecologist with leading experience in the field of litter decomposition and soil organic matter C and N dynamics, and in the use of isotopic methodologies in these studies. Her main research interest is in the understanding of C and N fluxes from plant litter to soil and the atmosphere, and their response and feedback to global environmental changes and disturbances, such as management and fire. She also pursues applied research to propose soil management practices that increase soil quality and fertility and mitigate climate change, as for example the study of biochar in soils. She participated in, and often coordinated, a number of research projects, financed by the European Community, NSF, USDA, DOE and privates. She has long-term experience with mentoring, advising and teaching. She currently teaches several classes both at graduate and undergraduate level in the field of soil ecology, global change and stable isotopes. She is editor of the journal Global Change Biology (IF 8.4). To date (8/2016) she published 85 peer reviewed articles and several book chapters, which received a total of over 5397 citations and have an H factor of 35 (Google scholar).

Jennifer Hodbod, PhD

Michigan State University
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Jennifer Hodbod, PhD

Social Scientist

The over-riding theme of Jennifer Hodbod’s research program is ‘how do we create resilient food systems?’ – environmentally and economically sustainable food systems that can equitably feed a growing global population whilst adapting to security threats such as climate change, changing preferences and economic shocks. I practice applied research in order to test and disseminate potential solutions in food systems. To integrate these components Jennifer utilizes environmental social science methods within a novel and integrative research design for investigating human-environment interactions – resilience assessment. By taking a social-ecological systems perspective she can investigate impacts across multiple scales, to highlight all impacts – intended or not – for all actors.

Jennifer completed her PhD at the University of East Anglia (UK) in 2013, within the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research. Her PhD research examined the impacts of biofuel expansion on social- ecological systems in Ethiopia, investigating the consequences at different scales on food security, livelihoods, the environment and energy security using interdisciplinary methods. She is now a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiative. Whilst at ASU she has initiated projects that study the impacts of urban agriculture projects in Phoenix on resilience at multiple scales, agricultural development in Ethiopia, and Adaptive Multi-Paddock (AMP) grazing – high intensity, short duration grazing – and its impact on the resilience of rangelands as well as its scalability. Collaborators include members of key research and engagement organizations - academics from multiple disciplines and universities, local and national governments, NGOs, and smallholder and commercial producers. Her novel framing of food systems through a resilience lens has resulted in multiple contributions to both disciplines.

David Johnson, PhD

New Mexico State University
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David C. Johnson, PhD

Molecular Biologist

Dr. Johnson researches metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses of microbial community structures in natural and agroecosystems. He is a molecular biologist, at New Mexico State University, currently conducting research in soil microbial community structures and functions exploring the interactions and interdependence between plants and soil microbes towards improving: plant carbon capture efficiencies, system water use efficiencies, soil microbe carbon-use-efficiencies towards increasing the duration of carbon placed into the soils of agroecosystems. This research is aimed at developing practical and easily- adoptable mechanisms to significantly reduce greenhouse gases while promoting sustainable agro- ecosystems. Dr. Johnson is Director of the Institute for Sustainable Agricultural Research at NMSU currently working with farming/ranching professionals; New Mexico Environmental Department, Air Quality Division; USDA/Natural Resources Conservation Service; Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories; Texas A&M, Arizona State University, and the Thornburg Foundation exploring paths to reduce atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations, improve food security and increase farm and rangeland productivity through the development of beneficial soil microbial community structures. Dr. Johnson is also currently a Senior Program Specialist and an Adjunct Instructor at the Institute for Energy and Environment in the NMSU College of Engineering, facilitating research, pilot project development and student mentoring in fields ranging from: bio-hydrogen and bio-methane generation, abandoned mine closures, advance oxidation processes for water clean-up at super-fund sites, reverse-osmosis and electro- dialysis water desalination, microbial-fuel cell desalination processes and algal bio-fuel production.

Urs Kreuter, PhD

Ecosystem Science & Management; Texas A&M University
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Urs P. Kreuter, PhD

Professor

Dr. Kreuter is a Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management, Texas A&M University. He obtained degrees form the University of Natal, South Africa, and Utah State University including B.S. Agriculture cum laude (1982), M.S. Agriculture (1985), M.A. Economics (1989) and , PhD. Range Science (1992). Before moving to the USA, Dr. Kreuter worked as a Research Scientist in the South African Department of Agriculture and as a lecturer at the University of Natal. Dr. Kreuter was hired at Texas A&M University as post doctoral-research scientist in 1993 and, after a three year stint in the commercial sector, as Assistant Professor in 1998; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 2004 and to Professor in 2010. Dr. Kreuter has taught five courses at Texas A&M University. These include four undergraduate courses on Principles of Rangeland Management Around the World, Application of Principle of Rangeland Management, Ecosystem Management, and Biodiversity Conservation and Eco-tourism in Southern Africa (study abroad course); and a graduate course on Ecological Economics. Dr. Kreuter's research focuses on the Human Dimensions (social and economic aspects) of Ecosystem Management, primarily in grassland and rangeland ecosystems, and it aims to enhance positive incentives for the sustainable management of ecosystems under diverse land tenure systems and changing environmental conditions. Dr. Kreuter has been associated with the acquisition of over $7 million in research funds, he has published over 100 articles including 57 peer-reviewed journal articles and he has presented 79 talks at national and international professional meetings. Dr. Kreuter has trained two post doctoral researchers, 7 , PhDs and 10 Masters students. Dr. Kreuter’s most recent awards include Association of Former Students’ Distinguished Achievement Award– College Level Teaching (2013), Society of Range Management Outstanding Achievement Award–Research/Academia (2014), and Society for Management Range Science Education Council Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award (2015).

R. Michael Lehman, PhD

AG Research Service
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R. Michael Lehman, PhD

Soil Microbiologist

Dr. Michael Lehman is a soil microbiologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Brookings, SD. Since 2004, he has researched interactions between soil microbes and various crop and soil management strategies, including crop residues, extended crop rotations, cover crops, and no-till soil management. Lehman is an adjunct graduate faculty in Plant Science at South Dakota State University where he has advised and served on graduate committees for four M.S. students. Lehman has mentored and supported with extramural funds two postdoctoral research associates over the past six years. Prior to employment with the USDA-ARS, Lehman spent 13 years at the Idaho National Laboratory (USDOE) in Idaho Falls researching fundamental aspects of environmental microorganisms and their interaction with contaminants. Lehman was adjunct graduate faculty at Idaho State University and was the thesis advisor for PhD. and M.S. graduates. Lehman received a B.A. from the University of Colorado, an M.S. from University of Virginia, and a PhD. from Idaho State University. Lehman has performed peer reviews for over 30 refereed journals and multiple grant application programs within the USDA and DOE. Lehman serves on the editorial board of PLOS ONE and Agricultural and Environmental Letters. He serves on the advisory board for the South Dakota Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program. Lehman has given over 40 invited presentations on the role of soil microorganisms in maintaining soil health and function and serves as an advisor to the Soil Health Institute. He has authored or co-authored 80 publications: 52 peer-reviewed journal articles, 2 patents, 25 reports or proceedings, 1 book chapter; and, over 100 published abstracts.

Jonathan Lundgren, PhD

Ecdysis Foundation
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Jonathan Lundgren, PhD

Agroecologist

Dr. Lundgren is an agroecologist, Director ECDYSIS Foundation, and CEO for Blue Dasher Farm. He received his PhD in Entomology from the University of Illinois in 2004, and was a top scientist with USDA- ARS for 11 years. Lundgren received the Presidential Early Career Award for Science and Engineering (the highest honor given to young scientists by the Office of the President), the Rothbart Early Career Scientist for USDA-ARS, and received the Early Career Innovation Award from the Entomological Society of America. Lundgren has served as Panel Manager for NIFA’s Biotechnology Risk Assessment Grants Program for two years and on the EPA’s and EFSA’s scientific advisory panels to assess the safety of RNAi-based pesticides. Lundgren is actively involved in the Entomological Society of America, and is past President for the International Organization for Biological Control (Nearctic Regional Section). He is an editor for Environmental Entomology, and formally for Arthropod-Plant Interactions, and has reviewed manuscripts for more than 50 scientific journals. He was a visiting scientist at CABI in Delemont Switzerland, and with CIAT in Cali Colombia. Lundgren has written 107 peer-review journal articles, authored the book “Relationships of Natural Enemies and Non-prey Foods” (Springer Publishers), co-edited the Biological Control special issue “Trophic Ecology of the Coccinellidae”, and has received more than $3.4 million in extramural grant funds. One of his priorities is to make science applicable to end-users, and he regularly interacts with the public and farmers regarding pest management and insect biology. He has trained 5 post-docs and 12 graduate students from around the world. Lundgren’s research program focuses on assessing the ecological risk of pest management strategies and developing long-term solutions for sustainable food systems. His ecological research focuses heavily on conserving healthy biological communities within agroecosystems by reducing disturbance and increasing biodiversity within cropland.

Keith Paustian, PhD

Colorado State University
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Keith Paustian, PhD

Soil and Crop Sciences, Modeling

Dr. Paustian is Professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. A major focus of his work involves modeling, field measurement and development of assessment tools for soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas emissions from soils. He has published over 240 journal articles and book chapters. Previous and current research activities include development models and inventory methodology used to estimate US soil C and N2O emissions that are reported annually by EPA to the UNFCCC; development of a web-based tool (COMET-FarmTM) for estimating on-farm greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and carbon sequestration used by USDA (http://cometfarm.nrel.colostate.edu/) and project-scale systems for GHG assessment of sustainable land management projects in developing countries (http://www.unep.org/cbp_pim/). He also serves as project director for the Bioenergy Alliance Network of the Rockies (BANR - http://banr.nrel.colostate.edu/) which is a consortium of universities, industry and the US Forest Service, researching the potential for sustainable bioenergy production from beetle-kill trees and forest residues. Professional service activities include Coordinating Lead Author for the IPCC 2006 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Methods and the IPCC 2003 Good Practice Guidance for LULUCF, a 2010 National Academy of Science panel evaluating greenhouse gas measurement methods and verification issues, and member of the US Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group, which provides expert input to Federal Agencies involved in climate and carbon cycle research. He also served on the Voluntary Carbon Standard Steering Committee for Agriculture, Forestry and Other Land Use (AFOLU) and on numerous other national and international committees involving climate and carbon cycle research. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and 2015 recipient of the Soil Science Society of America’s Outstanding Research Award.

Jason Rowntree, PhD
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Michigan State University
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Jason Rowntree, PhD: Co-Principal Investigator

Michigan State University

Beef Cattle and Forage Utilization

Dr. Jason Rowntree is currently the faculty coordinator for two research facilities at Michigan State University, The Lake City Research and Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Centers. His current research and outreach is focused on applying holistic management principles to agricultural settings. Specifically, Dr. Rowntree has three primary areas of research and outreach interest: 1) improving energy efficiency at the farm level through properly managed grazing and integrated cropping systems; 2) understanding the impact of grazing systems on GHG flux and 3) development of pasture-based local beef production systems. He is currently developing a genetic beef cattle base using Red Angus across the two  research facilities to provide grass finishing genetics to the upper Midwest. In the first two years they have marketed over 200 head of beef cattle into grass finishing markets. He also recently developed a local beef model on Michigan State University campus that sources 60% of the total needed beef from campus sources. Jason is active with intercollegiate livestock judging activities serving as a beef superintendent for the National Livestock Judging Contest. He has judged livestock shows nationally and in Canada for over 20 years. Jason and his wife Cara have three children. They have a small 10 ac farm that allows for his family to raise grass finished beef, pastured poultry and eggs for their friends and church family. As a family they homeschool, are active in the local 4H community and his three kids actively show swine and goats at state and regional shows.

Benjamin Runkle, PHD

Assistant Professor, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas
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Benjamin R.K. Runkle, PhD

Assistant Professor, Biological & Agricultural Engineering, University of Arkansas

Dr. Runkle is a specialist in the application of eddy covariance measurements to determine landscape-atmosphere exchange of greenhouse gases. Dr. Runkle is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological & Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas. He performs research at the intersection of the water and carbon cycles, and has studied at boreal and temperate peatlands, arctic tundra, and rice and cotton agricultural locations. This field-based research involves long-term measurements of key environmental fluxes (e.g., evapotranspiration, surface water flows, and carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the landscape to the atmosphere). This research also provides the basis for process studies and computer modeling approaches to environmental systems. Dr. Runkle directs the Delta-Flux network, a nascent initiative assembling researchers responsible for 17 eddy covariance towers throughout the three mid-South states of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi. With colleagues at the USDA-ARS research unit in Jonesboro, Arkansas, he investigates the potential of conservation irrigation methods in rice and cotton to reduce agriculture’s field greenhouse gas emissions. With his post-doctoral researcher, Kosana Suvočarev, he is adapting the alternative micrometeorological method, surface renewal, for wider application – in more types of field sites and for greenhouse gases rather than only sensible heat flux.

Dr. Runkle has a B.S.E. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from Princeton University, M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of California – Berkeley, and has post-doctoral experience at the Institute of Soil Science in the University of Hamburg, Germany. He teaches a senior capstone undergraduate course title Sustainable Watershed Engineering, in which students perform design work testing the effect of Low Impact Development strategies on local surface runoff. In his course titled Modeling Environmental Biophysics, he trains graduate students on the background necessary to interpret and analyze eddy covariance datasets.

Janice Swanson, PhD
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Michigan State University
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Janice Swanson, PhD: Co-Principal Investigator

Michigan State University

Animal Well-being

Dr. Janice Swanson is professor and chair of the Department of Animal Science at Michigan State University (MSU). She received her PhD from the University of Maryland in Applied Ethology in 1988, and a masters and baccalaureate degree in animal science from the University of Connecticut. Dr. Swanson’s professional career includes five years as a technical information specialist in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal Welfare Information Center and 15 years as a faculty in the Department of Animal Science and Industry at Kansas State University (KSU, 1992-2007). At KSU, Dr. Swanson taught courses in animal behavior and welfare, conducted outreach, was a member of the graduate faculty, served as director of the department’s international program, and as the interim department head (2005-2007). In 2007 Dr. Swanson assumed the position of professor and Director of Animal Welfare at MSU as a joint appointment in the Departments of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Swanson coordinates outreach, teaching and research in the area of animal welfare with a focus on social responsibility in the food system. She is a member of the MSU Animal Behavior and Welfare Group and has been serving as the chair of the Department of Animal Science since 2010. In addition to her administrative and academic responsibilities in teaching, research and extension, Dr. Swanson has provided scientific service to government, industry and scientific animal welfare advisory committees including: the United Egg Producers, McDonalds, Food Marketing Institute, Bob Evans, Darden, Leprino Foods and Tysons. She was co-chair of the scientific revision leading to the third edition of the Federation of Animal Science Societies Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Research and Teaching, chairs the taskforce charged with the annual review and revision of the Michigan Generally Accepted Agricultural and Management Practices for the Care of Farm Animals administered under the Michigan Right to Farm Act, and recently served as the scientific co-director of the Coalition for Sustainable Egg Supply Project.

Wendy Taheri, PhD

TerraNimbus
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Wendy Taheri, PhD

Fungi Specialist

A specialist in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF), Dr. Taheri has a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Indiana University. While there, she studied under Jim Bever, one of the top scientists in the field of AMF. Her research demonstrated that selection for the right AMF communities could increase plant biomass as much as 69%. This earned her first research paper a press release. Realizing the tremendous benefits these organisms could bring to agriculture she accepted employment with the USDA which allowed her to study the impact of agricultural practices on these vital members of the soil community. After two consecutive contracts with the USDA she recently went on to found her own company, TerraNimbus, LLC. She is currently pursuing independent research and overseeing development of biological products that help jump-start the restoration of degraded farmland.

Dr. Taheri has a special interest in helping solve broad scale ecological problems. This has led her to examine the role of AMF in phosphorus conservation, sustainable farming, and carbon sequestration. Outreach to farmers and crop consultants is an important part of her activities. Her work has been featured in John Deere’s Furrow, The Farm Journal, Acres USA, Corn & Soybean, Successful Farming and other farm journals that emphasize soil health and sustainable agriculture.

Richard Teague, PhD
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Ecosystem Science and Management; Texas A&M University
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Richard Teague, PhD: Co-Principal investigator

Ecosystem Science and Management; Texas A&M University

Rangeland Ecologist

Richard Teague is Associate Resident Director of Texas A&M AgriLife Research in Vernon, Texas, Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Texas A&M University and Senior Scientist at the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture. He was raised in a farm community and schooled in Zimbabwe before obtaining a BSc (Agriculture) in grassland science (1972) at Natal University in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and a PhD in botany and microbiology (1987) at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. As a research scientist working on the management of rangelands since 1972, he has visited most grazing areas of the world, attending conferences and presenting research results. He has visited leading conservation ranchers in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia, Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Canada and most of the western rangeland states in USA to determine how they have produced superior results. He is intimately aware of the research that has been done on grazing management in most parts of the world and has been conducting research in Texas since 1991. His research concentrates on conducting ranch-scale, multi-county assessments that address three related objectives in the context of the Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: 1) Determine the extent that grazing strategies influence key ecosystem services (especially soil and vegetation carbon sequestration), soil fertility and stability, water quality, net primary and secondary production, and the economic viability of working ranches that contribute to the retention of open space and rural community health in the Southern Plains of the USA; 2) Determine the extent that different grazing management strategies can be used by livestock producers to mitigate and adapt to alternative climate change scenarios; and 3) Evaluate the long-term economic consequences of using alternative grazing management strategies to achieve rangeland restoration and production goals. In 2013 he and co-authors received the award for top technical paper by Texas Society for Range Management titled “Why the perceptual dichotomy between research results and rancher experience? Journal of Environmental Management 128, 699-717”.

Greg Thoma, PHD

University of Arkansas
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Greg Thoma, Ph.D.

University of Arkansas

Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering

Greg Thoma, Ph.D. is the Bates Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Arkansas and served as inaugural Director for Research and is now an advisor to The Sustainability Consortium. He has led numerous food and agriculture life cycle assessment projects: milk, cheese, milk delivery systems, yogurt, swine, poultry, corn, and beef. He serves on the steering committee for the Swiss National Research Program, “Healthy Nutrition and Sustainable Food Production.” He is the North American subject editor for Agriculture for the International Journal of Lifecycle Assessment. He has been active with the Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership since its inception acting as the Technical Advisory Group Lead/Co-lead for development of the poultry, swine, and large ruminants’ guidelines.

Allen Williams, PhD
CO-PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Pres., CEO, Grass Fed Beef, LLC & Grass Fed Insights, LLC Miss St. Uni - Former Faculty
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Allen Williams, PhD

Pres., CEO, Grass Fed Beef, LLC & Grass Fed Insights, LLC Miss St. Uni - Former Faculty

President, GFI, LLC

Allen Williams is a 6th generation family farmer (since 1840) and founding partner of Grass Fed Beef, LLC, Grass Fed Insights, LLC, a partner in Joyce Farms, Inc., and a team member in Solutions in The Land, LLC. He has consulted with more than 3500 farmers and ranchers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and South America on operations ranging from a few acres to over 1 million acres. Allen pioneered many of the early grassfed protocols and forage finishing techniques and has spent the last 15 years refining those. He is a “recovering academic”, having served 15 years on the faculty at Louisiana Tech University and Mississippi State University. He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Animal Science from Clemson University and a PhD. in Genetics & Reproductive Physiology from LSU. He has authored more than 400 scientific and popular press articles, and is an invited speaker at regional, national, and international conferences and symposia. Major areas of research focus include soil health, forage & grazing management systems, live animal carcass ultrasound, reproductive technologies, Meat Science, and alternative marketing systems. Allen and his colleagues specialize in whole farm & ranch planning based on the concept of regenerative agriculture. Their approach creates significant “value add” and prepares the landowner for multiple enterprise/revenue stream opportunities that stack enterprises and acres. This approach allows for enhanced profitability and/or investment value.

He is featured in the Carbon Nation film, “Soil Carbon Cowboys” (http://vimeo.com/80518559) and has a recently released book co-authored with Teddy Gentry, “Before You Have A Cow”. Allen is a regular contributor to “GRAZE” and has written articles for the “Organic Broadcaster”, “Stockman GrassFarmer”, and many other publications. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Grass Fed Exchange and the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network, Core Team Member of the Pasture Project, and Co- Investigator for Team SoilCarbon. He also serves as an officer in the Starkville Civitan Club and is active in his local church.


SCIENCE ADVISORS

Phil Christensen, PhD

Arizona State University (ASU)
Planetary geologist, NASA contacts

Christian Davies, PhD

Shell Oil Company
Environmental scientist

Gary Dirks, PhD

Arizona State University (ASU)
Director, GIOS & Lightworks

Jay Fuhrer

USDA - NSRC
Cropping and grazing systems

Jerry Hatfield, PhD

USDA - ARS, Ames, Iowa
Lab Director

Tony Michaels, PhD

Arizona State University (ASU)
Soil health, Ag business

Sian Mooney, PhD

Arizona State University (ASU)
Agricultural Econ & Carbon Markets

Rebecca Ryals, PhD

University of Hawaii
Ag GHG dynamics mngmt & research

Charlie Walthall, PhD

USDA - ARS
Climate Change, soils & emissions

Jingle Wu, PhD

Arizona State University (ASU)
Landscape ecology
  • ASU
  • Ecdysis
  • carbonnation
  • Texas A&M
  • New Mexico University
  • USDA
  • Michigan State
  • Terra Nimbus
  • Applied Ecological
  • Colorado State

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