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Gene Kelly, professor of Pedology and Deputy Director of the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station /Associate Dean for Extension has been appointed to serve on the U.S. National Committee for Soil Science by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

The committee represents the interests of the U.S. soil science community in the International Union of Soil Sciences. It provides advice to the National Academy of Sciences, serves as a focal point for U.S. discussions on how to promote the advancement of soil science both in the U.S. and around the world, and provides input to the International Union of Soil Sciences.

Kelly’s research focuses on the impact of global change on soils and evaluating the vulnerability and stability of soils to changing climatic and land use conditions. “The net result of human activities on soil resources this century will be global in scale and will have direct impacts on human security for centuries to come” says Kelly. Kelly also serves as a scientific advisor to the United States Department of Agriculture, The National Science Foundation, The National Ecological Observation Network and several major research programs.

“I am honored to serve on this committee, and see it as an opportunty to advance Soil Science in the U.S. and around the world,” says Kelly. “This committee operating within the National Academy will promote the importance of soil science research and education in addressing a multitude of global change issues. I am fortunate to be at Colorado State University where our Soil Science community spans multiple colleges and is deeply committed to interdisciplinary agricultural, ecological and environmental research and education.”

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