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Rattan Lal

Rattan Lal

Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science
Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center
President Elect, International Union of Soil Sciences
Adjunct Professor, University of Iceland
The Ohio State University


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. He received B.S. from Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana; M.S. from IARI, New Delhi and Ph.D. from the Ohio State University. He served as Sr. Research Fellow with the University of Sydney, Australia (1968-69), Soil Physicist at IITA, Ibadan, Nigeria (1970-87), and Professor of Soil Science at OSU (1987-to date). He has authored/co-authored 798 refereed journal articles and 436 book chapters, has written 19 and edited/co-edited 63 books. He is included in the Reuter Thompsons 2014 and 2015 list of the World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds, and among the most cited scientists.

Research Interest

Soil processes and greenhouse effects, Soil wetness and anaerobiosis, Sustainable management of soil and water resources, Restoration and rehabilitation of degraded soils including minelands, soil resilience, water quality, soil structure and compaction, Conservation tillage, Agroforestry, Tropical agriculture, Natural resources management with emphasis on food security and environmental quality, Agricultural development in the Third World.