Dan Richter

Duke University

Email: drichter@duke.edu

Invited expert & workshop participant to the SCOPE Rapid Assessment Project on the Benefits of Soil Carbon


Dan Richter has worked on the faculties of the University of Michigan and Duke in ecology, soils, and forestry programs. Richter has worked for more than two decades as lead scientist of the 56-year old Calhoun Soil-Ecosystem Experiment in South Carolina, where he and seven Duke PhD and masters students have studied soil and ecosystem biogeochemistry as a function of land-use change, land degradation, and management. The carbon cycle has been the focus of many studies but papers range widely among macronutrients, acidity, and the trace elements. Richter has authored a book, Understanding Soil Change (Cambridge) and initiated an international network of long-term soil-ecosystem experiments (LTSEs) guided by the perspective that long-term ecological studies that target above and belowground components are critical to improving many aspects of environmental sustainability. Richter has research experience in Indonesia, Costa Rica, Burkina Faso, Gabon, and throughout North America including Alaska. Recently, Richter has developed interests in community-scale woody-biomass thermal energy and has written several papers on the topic, including a Policy Forum in Science