Dr. Christopher Lant
Environment & Society
Neil Matthews-Pennanen - M.S.- GEOG
Dr. Christopher Lant joined Utah State University’s Quinney College of Natural Resources as Professor and Head of the Department of Environment and Society in 2014 after 26 years as a Geographer at Southern Illinois University including 12 years as Executive Director of the Universities Council on Water Resources. Dr. Lant’s work has focused on water resources, the water-food nexus, and environmental and agricultural conservation policies, publishing over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, mostly in collaboration with a dozen Ph.D. and over two dozen Master’s advisees. Oriented toward problems of the agricultural Midwest, his work has focused on policies that can reduce polluted run-off, restore wetlands, promote ecosystem service provision, and add wind energy as a 21st century “crop.” He has also published on water footprint analysis and virtual water trade. A recipient of over $10 million in research and program development funding, his recent work on NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program has focused on agent-based modeling and projecting the likely geographic response of the Midwest crop belts (corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton) to climate change.
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