Shelby McClelland

Sustainability Leadership Fellow Cohort: 2020-2021

Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and Graduate Degree Program in Ecology

Research Summary: My research is driven by one primary question: can we store more carbon than we emit? As an agroecosystem ecologist, my work centers on identifying the synergies and tradeoffs between environmental and food security goals associated with management choices in our food systems. I rely upon my background in biogeochemistry, ecosystem ecology, and soil science to answer outstanding scientific questions at the farm, landscape, and national scales related to natural climate solutions. Through a combination of field and modelling approaches, I seek to understand how practices like cover cropping, composting, and grazing impact soil health and net greenhouse gas emissions.