Dr. Richard Conant’s research focuses on understanding the feedbacks between human activities and ecosystem biogeochemistry. Specifically, he is interested in how land use and land management practices impact carbon and nitrogen cycling in agricultural and grassland ecosystems. He believes that knowledge about the relationship between human activities and ecosystem ecology can empower policy makers to make wise decisions with respect to biogeochemistry and ecosystem services. He is involved in efforts to develop indicators of ecological condition for ecosystems close to home and contributes to state, national, and international efforts to develop tools to accurately quantify human impacts on the carbon cycle. Dr. Conant earned his Ph.D at Arizona State University in 1997.
Dr. Stephen Ogle is an Associate Professor in the Department of Ecosystem Science and Sustainability and Senior Research Scientist at the Natural Resource Ecology Laboratory at Colorado State University. Dr. Ogle is a leader in research dealing with assessments of land use and management impacts on biogeochemical processes. Currently, he is the lead compiler on the U.S. national assessment of agricultural land use and management impacts on greenhouse gas emissions of CO2 and N2O, which is used for reporting to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Dr. Ogle has worked on international syntheses and reports through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), including the 2006 National Greenhouse Gas Inventory Guidelines and Fourth Assessment Report on Climate Change(Mitigation).