Sustainable cellulosic biofuels: A soils-centric perspective
Free Public Lecture
The 27th G.W. Leeper Memorial Lecture
Cellulosic bioenergy offers significant potential for greenhouse gas mitigation, but the devil is in the details. Recent experimental results regarding soil carbon storage, nitrous oxide responses, and the productive capacity of soils on marginal lands suggest guiding principles for practice and policy in the U.S. and perhaps elsewhere.
This lecture by Professor G. Philip Robertson is part of the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences' 2018 Dean's Lecture Series and hosted by the Victorian Branch of Soil Science Australia and the Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences.
Professor G. Philip Robertson, Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
Professor G. Philip Robertson
Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences and W.K. Kellogg Biological Station
Michigan State University
G. Philip (Phil) Robertson is University Distinguished Professor of Ecosystem Ecology in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences at Michigan State University. He is also a resident faculty at Michigan State University’s WK Kellogg Biological Station, where he has been based since the mid1980’s. He is currently science director for the US Department of Energy’s Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center, and from 19882016 he directed the U.S. National Science Foundation’s LongTerm Ecological Research (LTER) Program in Agricultural Ecology. His research interests include the biogeochemistry and ecology of field crop and bioenergy ecosystems, and in particular nitrogen and carbon dynamics, greenhouse gas fluxes, and the influence of climate change. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology in 1980 from Indiana University and his B.A. in 1976 from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Soil Science Society of America and has served on a number of national and international advisory boards and committees for National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Energy, and the National Research Council, among others.