The Soil for Society Network Webinar Series invites partners from within and outside the network to share relevant work on soil for sustainable development. Presenters will discuss engagement with the next generation of soil systems leaders for a truly sustainable future. There is also time for speed networking to facilitate connection among participants.


*DECEMBER 6, 2023 | 11:00 – 12:00 (Chicago) | 17:00 – 18:00 (GMT)

Impact of Field Management on Soil Health

  • Dr. Said Hamido, Rodale Institute, US

Dr. Hamido is a soil scientist at Rodale Institute and directs a Regenerative Agriculture, Nutrition, and Climate Health Project (R.A.N.C.H.) on farms in Tennessee and Missouri. R.A.N.C.H. uses management-intensive grazing with various multi-species configurations towards speeding the soil-building process. The goals are to track changes over time in (1) soil carbon sequestration, (2) soil physical, chemical, and biological indicators, and (3) soil biodiversity.

Impact of Soil and Water Conservation Measures on Watershed Carbon Sequestration – Methods in Climate Change Mitigation

  • Dr. Sachinkumar Nandgude, Mahatma Phule Agricultural University, India

Dr. Nandgude is currently a postdoctoral fellow at Kansas State University working on climate extremes and interactions between natural resources and crop model simulations in temperate and tropical regions of the world. Dr. Nandgude is Professor (and Chair) in the Department of Soil and Water Conservation Engineering at Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth Agricultural University in India and earned a PhD from IIT Kharagpur. Dr. Nangude’s research focuses on watershed carbon sequestration and climate change adaptation and mitigation.

*NOVEMBER 8, 2023 | 11:00 – 12:00 (Chicago) | 17:00 – 18:00 (GMT)

Agri-Food Cluster North Savo and Soil Related Projects

  • Dr. Ardita Hoxha-Jahja, Savonia University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Dr. Ardita Hoxha-Jahja is the North Savo Agri-Food Cluster Manager with extensive experience developing international projects and establishing networks global wide. The main objective of the project is to “…foster development of regional actors in agriculture and food sector for promoting vitality of the rural industries. The main aim is to develop partnerships, share knowledge and experiences, and to create project initiatives by coordinating and facilitating collaboration.

Using Remotely Sensed Soil Data for Sustainable Food-Water Systems: Crop Modeling Approaches in the Ogallala Aquifer

  • Wayne Delight Hindoga Ndlovu, University of Kansas, US

Wayne Ndlovu is a final year Geology M.S. student at the University of Kansas. Some of her research interests are environmental data science, statistics and science communication. Her undergraduate research was on the impacts of road salt contamination on water and soil quality in wetlands. Currently, she uses crop models to simulate crop-water productivity in Kansas and assess the effectiveness and resilience of community-driven groundwater management practices.

Supported by the National Science Foundation AccelNet Program Award #2201335