Research Scientist II
Steven Vanek conducts research and NGO training activities from the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. His research focuses broadly on soil fertility in smallholder systems, including the use of improved fallows, phosphorus inputs, and biochar to sustain soil productivity in these systems. He is currently focused on accessible soil health testing, and has also taught about food systems and conducted larger-scale analyses such as comparison of soil ecosystem services in land uses and linkages between aboveground and belowground biodiversity. He has worked extensively in the Andes and also has experience in eastern and southern Africa.