The Sequestration: Lal Carbon Center Newsletter Autumn 2023

The Sequestration Autumn 2023We are pleased to announce that the CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration (Lal Carbon Center) newsletter has been named The SequestrationPlease click here to access a PDF version of this newsletter, or read on to access our digital version. 

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01. Front Page

  1. The CFAES Rattan Lal Center for Carbon Management and Sequestration (Lal Carbon Center) is delighted to welcome Professor Jim Ippolito as the first appointment for the Dr. Rattan Lal Endowed Professorship.

  2. 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).​

  3. Anthropogenic-induced   climate   change   is   forcing producers globally to address resiliency and adaptability in agroecosystems.  In essence, producers, hand in hand with scientists, are creating the agroecosystems of tomorrow.

  4. The Lal Carbon Center team at their table in the Agricultural Crops tent at the Farm Science Review. Left to right: Yadunath Bajgai, Researcher, Nicholas Johnson, Program Manager,  Klaus Lorenz, Assistant Director, Kyle Sklenka, Lab Manager, Mohammad Adnan, Visiting Scholar, Nancy Loria, Researcher, and Sandya Kharki, Researcher

    The Lal Carbon Center team embarked on an enriching journey to the renowned Farm Science Review, a cherished tradition at The Ohio State University since its inception in 1962.

  5. Our team is pleased to share two new handouts on the topic of soil carbon. What is the Carbon Cycle? provides a summary of the carbon cycle on a local level, in soil, as it impacts farming and vice versa. ​

  6. The Lal Carbon Center was glad to receive five members of the Legislative Fellows Program for South and Central Asia on 4th October 2023 at the Waterman Agricultural and Natural Resources Laboratory.

02. Arrivals & Departures

  1. João Carlos Sá holds a degree in Agronomic Engineering from the Federal Rural University of Rio de Janeiro (1981), a Master’s degree in Agronomy (Plant Production) from the Federal University of Paraná (1994), and a Ph.D in Soils and Plant Nutrition from The Ohio State University and São Paulo

  2. Sandhya Karki earned her Ph.D. degree in Agroecology and a Master’s degree in Agro-Environmental Management from Aarhus University, Denmark. Dr.

  3. Gunadhish Khanal has a keen interest in soil carbon and nitrogen turnover in the soil: the two most important soil processes that affect soil health, soil quality, plant health, plant productivity, and the climate.​

  4. Maggie Willis is excited to rejoin the Lal Carbon Center as a Marketing and Communications Specialist. Utilizing the communication skills and experience gained from her 2020 Psychology degree at OSU, and her training in design, motion graphics, and animation from UCLA, she looks forward to

  5. Hannah Shively has really enjoyed her first few weeks here as Dr. Lal’s administrative assistant. Everyone has been so lovely and welcoming, which she says has made this transition so much easier!

  6. With regrets and warm congratulations, we bid farewell to Nicholas Johnson, our Program Manager of over a year. We appreciate your work in a challenging role, and we’re confident you'll excel as a Grants and Contracts Management Analyst at the College of Medicine. Please stay in touch!​

03. In Memoriam

  1. Associate Dean and Director of International Programs in Agriculture Dave Hansen, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Bobby Moser, Professor M.S. Swaminathan, and Professor Rattan Lal in 2004, when Dr. Swaminathan received an honorary doctorate from The Ohio State University.

    On September 28, 2023, the world bid farewell to a luminary of unparalleled stature, Monkombu Sambasivan Swaminathan, a distinguished Indian scientist whose profound contributions to agriculture and food security resonated globally. Dr.

  2. Compton James Tucker, His Majesty the King of Sweden, Carl XVI Gustaf, and Guðrún Gísladóttir. Dr. Gísladóttir received the Wahlberg's Gold Medal in 2014.

    The Lal Carbon Center is deeply saddened by the passing of a brilliant colleague, Guðrún Gísladóttir, Professor of Geology at the University of Iceland in the Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences.

04. Lal Carbon Center Updates

  1. Updated map with coarse geographical approximations of the soil sampling sites through the United States for the C-FARM project.

    The seven institutions (The Ohio State University, Michigan State University, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Kansas State University, U.S. Geological Survey, and Utah State University) that are part of the Carbon Farming Alliance for Research and Management (C-FARM) have been meeting

  2. Nancy Loria is collaborating with Microsoft on a project aimed at developing a prototype for a portable handheld device that demonstrates its effectiveness in monitoring soil organic carbon (SOC) levels directly in the field.

  3. Would you like to learn about advancements in soil science as they happen? ​

    Please join the Lal Carbon Center on Fridays at 3:00 pm US Eastern time over Zoom to hear presentations from our Researchers, Postdocs and Graduate Students about recent progress in their research. ​

05. Lal Carbon Center Near & Far

  1. Columbus, OH, USA — July 2023

    Dr. Klaus Lorenz joined more than 350 representatives from key industries across Ohio who gathered from July 26-27 for the 2023 SP Innovation Summit held by the Supplier’s Partnership for the Environment at The Ohio State University. As a featured speaker in

  2. Washington, DC, USA — July 2023

    Dr. Lal delivered a virtual presentation at an event hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) on July 13, 2023, entitled "Advancing Success Towards SDG2 (Zero Hunger) Through Science and Technology.”

  3. Porto Alegre, Brazil — August 2023

    Dr. Lal was delighted to receive an invitation to speak at the 78a SOEA Conference: Official Week of Engineering and Agriculture with CONFEA/CREA (Federal Council of Engineering and Agronomy) in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on August 10, 2023.

  4. St. Paul, MN, USA — August 2023

    Dr. Lal gave a presentation entitled “Soil, Spirituality, Science, and Religion” at the Professors World Peace Academy (PWPA) event on August 23, 2023. The PWPA is an educational organization founded to support the academic community’s role in the pursuit

  5. Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania — September 2023

    In September, Dr. Lal gave a speech at the Africa Food Systems Forum (AFSF).

06. Lal Carbon Center In the News

  1. Lal Carbon Center researcher Yadunath Bajgai was captured in deep conversation with a farmer at the Farm Science Review. Read more at the link about how North American farmers learn latest innovations from Ohio State researchers at the annual event.

  2. In this podcast featuring Dr. Rattan Lal and our dear colleague Dave Brandt, Now at Ohio State explores the following questions: can caring for the soil beneath our feet improve crop yields, sustainability and overall earth health? In this episode, we talk with two experts about

07. Quarterly Presentations & Publications


    Lal, R., and N. Kumar. 2023. The Space of Pseudofunctions with Application to Disjointness Preserving Mappings. Mediterranean Journal of Mathematics 20(1).​