The way Ohio State University scientist Rattan Lal sees it, many of Earth’s biggest challenges — from growing enough food to protecting water quality to reversing climate change — have answers in the soil.
As Distinguished University Professor of Soil Science in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences(CFAES), Lal has spent his career working to find those answers. Along the way, he’s gained a global reputation for his research and advocacy on soil-related matters along with multiple honors and awards.
His latest recognition, a big one, comes on an appropriate day.
Who We Are, on the website of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, features Rattan Lal, a distinguished professor at The Ohio State University and director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center. The story chronicles Professor Lal’s 50 years of scientific work and contributions to soil science.
While in India recently, Professor Rattan Lal was interviewed by television station Rajaya Sabha. In the interview, he spoke with T V Venkateswaran about the fundamental importance of soil and the integral relationship between the quality of soils, the health of people and the environment.
Rattan Lal, Professor and Director, Carbon Management and Sequestration Center, School of Envrionment and Natural Resources is one of three CFAES faculty members, who have have been awarded international research fellowships through USDA's Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program. By working with a distinguished visiting international scholar from a developing or middle-income country, these CFAES faculty will broaden their own network of international collaborators as well as focus on long-term research endeavors that promote improved food security and economic growth.
Rattan Lal, director of the Carbon Management and Sequestration Center at The Ohio State University, was honored with the Elsevier Atlas award March 31, for his journal article “Food Security in a Changing Climate," published in the “Ecohydrology & Hydrobiology" journal in April 2013.
Congratulations to Rattan Lal, Distinguished University Professor of soil science in the School of Environment and Natural Resources, who was honored at a reception held on April 4, 2016, and hosted by Ohio State University President Michael Drake and Vice President for Research Caroline Whitacre. The reception was held at the university's Faculty Club and recognized Ohio State faculty members who received national or international awards during the 2015-2016 period.
Professor Rattan Lal, a soil scientist and Distinguished Professor at The Ohio State University, received the honorary degree as Doctor of Natural Sciences honoris causa from the Technical University (TU) of Dresden on September 23, 2015. “With the granting of this honorary doctorate, our university honors one of the world’s most famous and globally engaged soil scientists. His research topics and spheres of activities go far beyond soil science. Of global importance are Lal’s seminal and often cited publications on the potential for carbon storage in soils connected with global change, food security in a world with growing human population, as well sustainable and integrated management of soil and water resources. Moreover, we honor a person not only of high international standing, but also with a unique and charismatic personality”, says Karl-Heinz Feger, professor at the Institute of Soil Science and Site Ecology and Dean of the Faculty of Environmental Sciences at TU of Dresden.