Keith Paustian

paustianSoil Ecology



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Research Interests:

  • Soil organic matter dynamics
  • Carbon and nitrogen cycling in cropland and grassland ecosystems
  • Assessment of agricultural climate change mitigation strategies
  • Evaluation of environmental impacts of agricultural bioenergy production
  • Soil organic matter dynamics
  • Agroecosystem ecology


Extension and Outreach:

  • Acting as coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) dealing with agriculture and national greenhouse gas inventory methods.
  • Co-chaired a Task Force on ‘Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation: Challenges and Opportunities for Agriculture’ by the Council on Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), and was lead author on a PEW Center report on ‘Agriculture’s Role in Greenhouse Gas Mitigation’.
  • Serves on the US Carbon Cycle Science Steering Group, which provides expert input to Federal Agencies involved in climate and carbon cycle research, and a National Academy of Sciences panel evaluating GHG measurement methods.
  • Serves on the Chicago Climate Change science advisory board, the 25X25 advisory board and the Soil Science Society of America Greenhouse Gas Working Group.
Curriculum Vitae

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