Ippolito Appointed as the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professor

We are pleased to announce the appointment of James A. Ippolito as the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professor in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).​

Ippolito earned his Ph.D. in environmental soil quality/chemistry from Colorado State University (CSU) in December 2001, where his dissertation focused on the co-application effects of phosphorus adsorption/desorption of water treatment residuals and biosolids. Ippolito’s educational background also includes an M.S. in soil chemistry/fertility from CSU and a B.S. in plant science with an agronomy concentration and a microbiology minor from the University of Delaware.​

This is the first appointment for the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professorship, established through the generosity of Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science Dr. Rattan Lal, and it supports research and education in the sustainable management of soil resources for food, climate, and environmental security.​

Ippolito’s career has been committed to enhancing environmental soil fertility and health in various ecosystems, including agricultural lands, shortgrass steppe regions, grazed areas, burned landscapes, and metal-contaminated mining sites. His research has delved into the intricate connections between soil macro- and micro-nutrients, trace and heavy metals, microbiological activity, and soil physical attributes.​

Dr. Ippolito’s expertise in soil health and fertility aligns with our mission to address critical issues related to food production, environmental conservation, and sustainable agriculture. Please join us in welcoming Dr. Ippolito to our CFAES community.​


Dean Cathann A. Kress, Ph.D.​
Vice President for Agricultural Administration & Dean

Tracy Kitchel, Ph.D.​

Senior Associate Dean and Director of Faculty and Staff Affairs​

Professor of Agricultural Education