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Adjunct Professor Richard Conant
Adjunct Professor
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Earth, Environmental and Biological Sciences,
Geology & Geochemistry
Discipline *
Ecology, Ecological Applications, Soil Sciences
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PhD (Arizona State University)

Professional memberships
and associations

agriculture, biogeochemistry, carbon sequestration, ecosystem ecology, greenhouse gas emission, soil carbon

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


 Dr. Richard Conant is a Professor and Smart Futures Fellow at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia and an ecosystem ecologist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. His research focuses on understanding the feedbacks between human activities and ecosystem biogeochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how land use and land management practices impact on carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural and grassland ecosystems. One of his professional goals is to understand how human activities are affecting the capacity of ecosystems to continue to supply goods and services. He believes that knowledge about the relationship between human activities and ecosystem ecology can empower policy makers to make wise decisions with respect to biogeochemistry.
Dr. Conant leads research projects that span a variety of subjects ranging from physiochemical mechanisms that stabilize carbon in soil microsites to remotely detecting grassland management activities and associated impacts on carbon cycling. Dr. Conant has worked closely with scientists from diverse disciplines to understand the characteristics of scientific information that best informs decision making, and has worked to integrate those conclusions into his own research. He is a participant in national and international efforts to quantify human impacts on carbon cycling and is involved in an effort to develop indicators of ecological condition for ecosystems close to home too. Dr.Conant earned his Ph.D at Arizona State University in 1997.

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Professional activities
Co-coordinator for carbon cycle science, NSF Math-Science Partnership project.
Guest Editor, Plant and Soil special issue on Soil Organic Matter Dynamics. 2009.
Member, Scientific Committee, North American Biochar Conference. Boulder, CO. August 2009.
Member, Organization Committee, 2nd International Meeting on Soil Organic Matter Dynamics. Colorado Springs, CO. July 2009.
Member, National Research Council Research Associate Program Review Panel, 2008-present.
Member, Shortgrass Steppe Long-term Ecological Research Site, Science Steering group, 2008-present.
Member, Grassland Carbon Working Group, 2008-present.
NEON Domain 10 Science Coordination Committee. 2008-present.
Co-convener, Opportunities in Colorado for agricultural carbon offsets. Sterling, CO. 2008
Co-convener, Terrestrial Agricultural and Forestry Carbon Opportunities in Colorado. Brighton, CO. 2008
Member, Carbon Management Steering Group of Colorado Renewable Energy Collaboratory.
Review Panel, Legislative Citizens Commission on Minnesota’s Resources. 2007
American Society of Agronomy Carbon Sequestration Working Group, 2007-present
NEON Domain 10 Executive Committee, 2007-2008
Subject Editor, Global Change Biology, 2010-present
Editorial Advisory Board, Global Change Biology 2007-2010
Member, CO Governor’s Climate Action Roundtable – Agricultural and Forestry Sectors. 2007.
Co-convener, Soil Carbon: Response to Climate Change, Symposium at the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union. 12/07
Review Panel, USGS Land Cover Trends Program. 2007
Co-convener, The Contribution of Terrestrial and Anthropogenic Processes to Atmospheric CO2 Concentrations in the Mid Continent NACP Intensive, Des Moines, IA, September 15-17, 2004
Co-convener, Reconciling supply and demand of carbon cycle science, Fort Collins, CO, September 18-19, 2004
Co-convener, Taking the PULSE of Colorado’s Front Range, Denver, CO, November 17, 2004
Synthesis reports
Challenges and opportunities for carbon sequestration in grassland systems. Technical report for FAO. 2009
Rebuilding resilience through climate mitigation. Technical report for FAO. 2009
Author, Policy measures for mitigation and adaptation – pasture management in dry and cold environments. Submission to FAO’s Intergovernmental Group on Meat and Dairy Products – Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from animal production: A policy agenda. FAO 2009.
Contributor, Grasslands: Enabling their potential to contribute to greenhouse gas mitigation. A submission by FAO to the UNFCCC. FAO. 2009
Contributor, Reduced emissions and adaptation in landscapes. Report on The State-of-the-Art on Agriculture and Climate Change. The World Bank. 2009.
Coordinating Lead Author, Climate Change Science Program Scientific Assessment Product 2.2: State of the Carbon Cycle Report; Chapter 10, Agriculture, grasslands, shrublands, and arid lands, 2007
Lead Author, Climate Change Science Program Scientific Assessment Product 2.2: State of the Carbon Cycle Report; Chapter 3, The North American Carbon Budget, Past and Present. 2007
Co-organizer, Agricultural Production Monitoring, Rome May 8-11, 2006
Theme Team Member and Lead Author, Integrated Global Observations for Land (IGOL), a Theme Report for the Integrated Global Observation Strategy Partners, 2005-2007
Lead Author, USDA-NRCS National Engineering Handbook, Part 629, Chapter 3: Greenhouse Gases. 2005
Contributing Author, IPCC Good Practice Guidance for Land Use, Land-use Change, and Forestry, 2004
Contributing Author, IPCC Special Report on Land Use, Land Use Change, and Forestry, 2000
Advisory boards/consultations
Member, Advisory Board, Coalition on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (C-AGG), 2010-present
Expert consultation on greenhouse gas emissions and mitigation potential in agriculture, forestry, and fisheries sectors, UN Food and Agricultural Organization, December 2009.
Member, Rangeland Protocol Issues Advisory Group, Marin Carbon Project, 2008-present.
Member, Grassland Carbon working Group, 2008-present.
Public presentations
Invited presentation on CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability at the monthly meeting of the Northern Colorado Renewable Energy Society. Fort Collins, CO. 3/10.
Invited presentation on CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability to the Rocky Mountain Regional Center of the Institute of International Education. 3/10.
Invited presentation on “Terrestrial carbon sequestration: Some perspectives that inform future terrestrial carbon sink policies” at the Annual Meeting of the Big Sky Partnership. Bozeman, MT. 9/09.
Invited presentation on “Greenhouse gases in Colorado – emissions and opportunities” to the 5th Annual Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium and Trade Show. 2/09.
Invited presentation on CSU’s School of Global Environmental Sustainability at the “Bigger than Business Open House” 10/08.
Commencement address at the Graduation Ceremony for the Warner College of Natural Resources. 12/07.
Invited presentation on “COMET-VR and scaling issues” at the Kansas Forum on soil carbon mitigation: measurement and monitoring. 12/07.
Invited presentation on “Soil carbon – quantification for trading” to the Colorado RC&D Coordinators meeting 11/07.
Invited presentation on “Soil carbon credit programs” at the Annual Meeting of the Independent Bankers of Colorado. Denver, CO. 5/07.
Invited presentation by Moffatt Ngugi (PhD Student) on “Characteristics of key resource areas: information for grazing management” to Kenyan Grazing Professionals. Nairobi, Kenya. 4/07.
Soil carbon sequestration briefing to US Extension Agents at the Colorado Renewable Energy Options Conference. Denver, CO. 3/07.
CO House testimony on behalf of Colorado State House Bill HB-1203 sponsors. 2/07.
Project briefing on Assessment of soil carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas mitigation in Colorado’s lands for the Colorado Pollution Prevention Advisory Board. Denver, CO. 1/07.
Research update for the Crow Valley Grazing Association on MODIS data and grazingland management. 10/06.
CO Senate testimony on behalf of Colorado State Senate Bill SB-214 sponsors. 4/06.

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