Shelby C. McClelland, Ph.D.

Livestock Production and Climate Change Specialist | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

About Me

I am an agroecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist dedicated to identifying science-based solutions for mitigating the impact of agricultural production on climate change while maintaining a safe, nutritious food supply for future generations.

I received my Bachelor of Science from Cornell University in 2014 in International Agriculture and Rural Development with an emphasis in agricultural food systems and ecology & the environment. I recently received my PhD in Ecology at Colorado State University in the Schipanksi Agroecology Lab.

My research interests include soil organic matter dynamics, biogeochemistry, trace gas emissions, and alternative crop and livestock management systems. I use a combination of empirical research, life cycle analysis, and ecosystem models to answer these questions.

My dissertation research focused on the ecology of natural climate solutions, specifically the benefits of proposed soil carbon pathways like cover cropping and composting on soil carbon stock change and biodiversity.

Outside of my research, I am an avid reader, fitness enthusiast, and globe-trotter.

Research Interests
  • Agroecology
  • Natural Climate Solutions
  • Livestock GHG
  • Soil Carbon Sequestration

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