Rattan Lal, Ph.D., is a Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science and Director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, The Ohio State University, and an Adjunct Professor of University of Iceland. With completion of education from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana (B.Sc, 1963), Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi (M.Sc, 1965), and the Ohio State University, Columbus (Ph.D, 1968), he served as Sr. Research Fellow with the University of Sydney, Australia (1968-69), Soil Physicist at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria (1969-87), and Professor of Soil Science at OSU (1987-to date).
His current research focus is on climate-resilient agriculture, soil carbon sequestration, sustainable intensification, enhancing use efficiency of agroecosystems, and sustainable management of soil resources of the tropics. He is a fellow of the American Society of Agronomy (ASA, 1985), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA, 1986), Third World Academy of Sciences (1992), American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (1996), Soil and Water Conservation Society (SWCS, 1997), Indian Natl. Academy of Agricultural Sciences (1998), and Rothamsted, U.K. (2013). He received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award of the SWCS, 2005; Borlaug Award (2005), and Liebig Award (2006) of the International Union of Soil Sciences, M.S. Swaminathan Award (India) of 2009, COMLAND Award (Germany, 2009), and Sustained Achievement Award, Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (2017). He received honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Punjab Agricultural University (2001), the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Aas (2005), Alecu Russo Balti State University, Moldova (2010), Technical University of Dresden Germany (2015), and University of Lleida, Spain (2017), and included in Thomson Reuters 2014-2017 list of most cited researchers and included in the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds (2002-2013). He was president of the World Association of the Soil and Water Conservation (1987-1990), the International Soil Tillage Research Organization (1988-91), the Soil Science Society of America (2005-2007), President of the International Union of Soil Sciences, Vienna, Austria (2017-18). He was a member of the Federal Advisory Committee on National Assessment of Climate Change-NCADAC (2010-2014), member of the SERDP Scientific Advisory Board of the Department of Defense (2011-), Senior Science Advisor to the Global Soil Forum of IASS, Potsdam, Germany (2010-2012), member Steering Committee of the Global Soil Week, IASS, Potsdam, Germany (2012-2016), member Advisory Board of FACCE-JPI of the European Council (2013-2016), Chair Advisory Committee to UNU-FLORES, Dresden, Germany (2014-2020), and member of the SPI of UNCCD,Bonn,Germany(2018-2020).
Prof. Lal was a lead author of IPCC (1998-2000), and was awarded Nobel Peace Prize Certificate by IPCC in 2007, and Global Dryland Champion of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn, Germany in 2013. He has mentored 110 graduate students and 54 postdoctoral researchers, and hosted 169 visiting scholars from around the world. He has authored/co-authored more than 2227 research publications including 868 refereed journal articles and 506 book chapters, has written 20 and edited/co-edited 68 books.
Back to all speakers >