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January, 2020

Spotlight on Shelby McClelland
Ph.D. Student
Department of Soil and Crop Sciences
Prior to arriving at CSU, Shelby worked as a research associate with the University of California Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center in Northern California studying the invasive annual grass Taeniatherum caput-medusae in Californian range lands. For the last two years she has researched enteric methane and agricultural greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the Environmental Defense Fund. Shelby is currently researching soil carbon and GHG emissions in organic agriculture production systems. She is particularly focused on three key organic-oriented practices: cover crops, manure and organic amendments, and plant-soil impacts of management intensive grazing. Results of this work will be integrated into the COMET-Farm and Cool Farm Tool to improve GHG decision-support for farmers.