The conference keynote Pritchard Lecture will be delivered on Monday, July 22, by Gene Kelly, a professor of pedology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences at Colorado State University. The keynote address will examine the vulnerability of soils to changing climatic and land use conditions in the context of our global challenge to both feed an ever-growing population and protect our natural resources.
Kelly has been an advisor to the USDA with the National Cooperative Soil Survey and several major soils research programs. He is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) and has served as chair of the SSSA Pedology Division. Kelly’s research program is directed toward studying the origin and evolution of soils and quantifying the biologically mediated processes of soil formation in many environments around the world. He has conducted research on the South African savannah examining the evolution and fundamental role of grasslands in global biogeochemical cycles. He also worked for eight years as administrative leader and principal investigator of Colorado State University’s Shortgrass Steppe Long Term Ecological Research Program on Colorado’s northeastern plains.
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The four-day conference will also include technical workshops, educational tours, and a special symposium in partnership with the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture that will highlight grant-funded research, extension, and education related to water quality and quantity. To view the full agenda and find registration information, visit the Soil and Water Conservation Society Web site.