Dr. Stephen Wood

Yale School of the Environment, Food Systems at the Nature Conservancy

Monday, January 31, 2022 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Stockbridge Hall, Room 124

Seminar summary

Soil health has become a popular metaphor to capture the role that soils play in sustainable ecosystems and agroecosystems. Because of the growing interest in the metaphor, there is growing interest in quantifying soil health, both at the field scale and for broader applications like sustainability indices. Because soil health is a metaphor and a holistic concept, reductionist approaches to measurement are challenging, yet measurement frameworks are growing rapidly. I will describe the challenges faced by The Nature Conservancy related to the implementation of the soil health metaphor. This will include conceptual challenges of soil health, difficulty interpreting soil health metrics, and opportunities for innovation.

More details about the speaker can be found at the Nature Conservancy, and at Yale School of the Environment.  You can also check out Dr. Wood's recent published work.

If you would like to schedule a 30-minute meeting with Steve, please contact  Sam (sglazecorcor@umass.edu) by 3 PM this Friday (1/28). 

The seminar will be IN-PERSON, join the seminar in STOCKBRIDGE HALL, room 124, or via zoom link for the seminar: https://umass-amherst.zoom.us/j/99970847656 


Part of our Stockbridge School of Agriculture Spring 2022 Seminar Series.  All events are free and open to the public.

Face masks must be properly worn at all times inside buildings on campus.  We strongly urge you to use a high-grade mask, such as KN95, KF94, or N95, or double-mask. Cloth masks should be used only when double masking with a close-fitting surgical mask underneath.


Dr. Sam Glaze-Corcoran