School of Environment and Natural Resources Professor and Ohio Eminent Scholar Richard Dick attended a Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Multi-scale Vascular Plant Biology (MVPB) held at the end of June 2016 in rural Maine.
Professor Richard Dick, was an invited participant at the first Next Einstein Forum (NEF) Global Gathering, held March 8-10, 2016 in Dakar, Senegal. For the past 15 years, Dick, funded mainly by the National Science Foundation, has led a team of scientists conducting research on rhizosphere hydrology and microbiology of shrub-intercropping systems in Senegal, West Africa. He was asked to attend the invitation-only forum in recognition of his long-term research of semi-arid agroecosystems and engagement with West African scientists and universities, Dick said.
College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences graduate and undergraduate students since summer of 2013 are part of a research project in Senegal; sponsored by the National Science Foundation Division of Biology within the Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project. Richard Dick, professor of Soil Microbial Ecology in the School of Environment and Natural Resources directs the $2.6 million NSF PIRE project that is focusing on the Sahel where landscape degradation is causing desertification and seriously reducing food security. A potential solution is two unrecognized native shrub species that can be intercropped to provide benefits to soils and crops while restoring Sahelian agroecosystems.
Richard Dick, professor of Soil Microbial Ecology directs a $2.6 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) project focusing on the Sahel where landscape degradation is causing desertification that seriously reduces food security. A potential key for restoring these landscapes are two unrecognized shrub species that can coexist with crops and have the ability to lift water from wet sub- to dry-surface soil and improve soils.