Rattan Lal

Rattan Lal

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Phone: (614) 292-9069
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Rattan Lal is a Professor of Soil Science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources. He is the Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at Ohio State's Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center.

Professor Lal conducts research in carbon sequestration in terrestrial ecosystems, soil dynamics and processes, and natural resources management with emphasis on food security and environmental quality in the United States, Africa, Latin America, and India. Currently his research is focused on carbon dynamics in relation to soil erosion, and soil quality as indicated by soil structure and productivity.

Professor Lal is the recipient of prestigious Norman E. Borlaug Award (2005) and the von Liebig Award (2006) for his contributions and research in sustainable management of soil and natural resources. His service to professional organizations includes Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Soil Science, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Soil & Tillage Research, and Past-President of the Soil Science Society of America. He is a fellow of the Soil Science Society of American, the American Society of Agronomy, the Third World Academy of Sciences and the American Association for Advancement of Science. He is a member of the U.S. National Committee of Soil Science, and was a lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the U.N. Millennium Assessment.

He has authored, reviewed and edited 1,200 journal articles and publications during his career, and has published in a variety of journals including Science and Soil & Tillage Research. He has presented numerous keynote seminars around the world, including the prestigious Presidential Lecture chaired by the President of Iceland.

Selected Publications

R. Lal, "Carbon Sequestration." Philosophical Transaction of the Royal Society (U.K.), 363 (1492), Pgs. 815-830, 2007.

R. Lal, "Soils and Sustainable Agriculture: A review." Agronomy for Sustainable Development, Vol. 27, Pgs. 1-8, 2007.

R. Lal, "Farming Carbon." Soil Tillage Resources, Vol. 96, Pgs. 1-5, 2007.

R. Lal, "Carbon Management in Agricultural Soils. Mitigation and Adaption Strategies for Global Change." Springer, Vol. 12(2), Pgs. 303-322, 2007.

R. Lal, "Soil Science and the Carbon Civilization." Soil Science Society of America Journal, Vol. 71, Pgs. 1095-1108, 2007.

R. Lal, and D. Pimentel, "Biofuels From Crop Residues." Soil & Tillage Resources, Vol. 93, Pgs. 237-238, 2007.

R. Lal, R. Follett, B. A. Stewart and J. M. Kimble. "Soil Carbon Sequestration to Mitigate Climate Change and Advance Food Security." Soil Science. Vol. 172, Pgs. 943-956, 2007.

R. Lal, "Agricultural Activities and the Global Carbon Cycle." Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems, Vol. 70, Pgs. 103-116, 2005.

R. Lal, "Soil Erosion and Carbon Dynamics." Soil & Tillage Resources, Vol. 81, Pgs. 137-142, 2005.

R. Lal, "Soil Carbon Sequestration in Natural and Managed Tropical Forest Ecosystems. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Vol. 21(1), Pgs. 1-30, 2005.

R. Lal, R. M. Griffin, J. Apt, L. Lave, M.G. Morgan, "Managing Soil Carbon." Science, Vol. 304, Pgs. 393, 2004.

R. Lal, M. Griffin, J. Apt, L. Lave and M. G. Morgan, "Managing Soil Carbon: A response." Science, Vol. 305, Pgs. 1567, 2004.

R. Lal, "Soil Carbon Sequestration Impacts on Global Climate Change and Food Security." Science, Vol. 304, Pgs. 1623-1627, 2004.

R. Lal, "Managing the Soils of Sub-Saharan Africa." Science, Vol. 236, Pgs. 1069-1076, 1987.

Books Edited

R. Lal, M. Suleimenov, P. Doraiswamy, P. Wall and D. Hansen (Eds). "Climate Change and Terrestrial C Sequestration in Central Asia." Taylor and Francis, Amsterdam, 493 pp., 2007.

R. Lal,(Ed). "Encyclopedia of Soil Science," Second Edition, Vol I, Vol II. Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, FL., 2006.

R. Lal, J.M. Kimble, R. Follett and C.V. Cole. "The Potential of U.S. Cropland to Sequester Carbon and Mitigate the Greenhouse Effect." Sleeping Bear Press, Chelsea, MI, 128 pp., 1998.