Kansas State Soil Microbiology Professor to Speak at Southwestern College
03/13/2019 04:35 PM
Charles (Chuck) Rice, professor of soil microbiology in the Department of Agronomy at Kansas State University, will present “Opportunities for Soil Health in Meeting the Climate Change Challenge,” on Thursday, March 21, at 7 p.m., in Mossman Hall room 101. There is no admission charge and the public is invited to attend.
“By focusing on soil health and building the organic content in their fields, farmers have the opportunity to better meet the challenge of feeding the two billion more people that we will add to the Earth by 2050 and move the planet away from catastrophic warming that is predicted to happen if we do not rapidly lower greenhouse gases in the atmosphere,” says Rick Cowlishaw, professor of biology at Southwestern College. “Dr. Rice’s talk will illustrate that if soil is managed and developed properly, it has the potential to move vast amounts of carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and sequester it in the soil.”
Rice is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the Vanier University Professorship at Kansas State University. He earned his degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Kentucky. Rice teaches courses and conducts research on soil carbon and nitrogen, soil health, microbial ecology, and climate change impacts on agricultural and grassland ecosystems. His research includes work in several countries, especially Brazil. He has advised over 40 graduate students and 10 post-doctorates and has over 200 publications.
Rice has also served in numerous capacities with professional societies including as president of the Soil Science Society of America in 2011. Internationally, he served on the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to author a report on climate change in 2007 and 2014 and was among scientists recognized when that work won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
In 2017, he received the “International” awards from the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy and was named the Hugh Hammond Bennett Awardee from the Soil and Water Conservation Society which recognizes exceptional service and national and international accomplishments in the conservation of soil, water, and natural resources. Rice chairs the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources of the U.S. National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.