Temporary Assignment with NEON
Gene Kelly will assume the role of Deputy Director of the Agricultural Experiment Station and Associate Dean for Extension in the College of Agricultural Science in October 2016. For the past year, he served as the chief visiting scientific officer for the National Ecological Observatory Network of the National Science Foundation. He is a professor of pedology, has served as the head of the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and as the SoGES Assistant Director for Research since 2009. Gene’s scientific specialization is in pedology and geochemistry with primary interests in the biological weathering of soil and studies of soil degradation and global biogeochemical cycles. His current research centers around the influence of climate change and land use on soil degradation and sustainability in water limited systems worldwide. He serves as an advisor to the United States Department of Agriculture with the National Cooperative Soil Survey and several major research programs. He is a Fellow of the Soil Science Society of America and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from CSU and his Ph.D. from the University of California-Berkeley.