This block type should be used in "unccd one column" section with "Full width" option enabled

Independent experts nominated by country party

Jeffrey Herrick

First name
Last name
Nominating Country
Date of Nomination
Other Disciplines
Soil Science
UN languages spoken



Geographical Focus
Job function
Soil Scientist
Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture
Telephone number
+1 575 6465194
Work experience
Soil Scientist, USDA-ARS, 1998-Present; Post-doctoral research associate, New Mexico State University, 1994-1997; Graduate Research Assistant, Ohio State University (PhD research in Costa Rica), 1988-1993; Fulbright Fellow, Lincoln University, 1986-1987; Intern, CIAT, 1985._x000D_
Thematic areas: Sustainable land management Land potential_x000D_
Monitoring and assessment Restoration; Geographic areas of field experience: North America, Central America, South America, East Africa, Southern Africa, Mongolia and Inner Mongolia
Highest Academic achievement and qualification
Ph.D., Agronomy (Soil Science), Ohio State University (US)_x000D_
Diploma in Agricultural Science, Lincoln University (New Zealand)_x000D_
B.A. with Distinction, Biology, Swarthmore College (US)
Number of Publications
Publication titles
1. Herrick, J. E., Urama, K. C., Karl, J. W., Boos, J., Johnson, M. V. V., Shepherd, K. D., ... & West, L. T. (2013). The global Land-Potential Knowledge System (LandPKS): Supporting evidence-based, site-specific land use and management through cloud computing, mobile applications, and crowdsourcing.Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, 68(1), 5A-12A; _x000D_
2. Herrick, J.E., O.E. Sala and J.W. Karl. 2013. Land degradation and climate change: a sin of omission? Guest Editorial. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 11: 283; _x000D_
3. Herrick, J.E., J.R. Brown, B.T. Bestelmeyer, S.S. Andrews, G. Baldi, J. Davies, M. Duniway, K.M. Havstad, J.W. Karl, D.L. Karlen, D.P.C. Peters, J.N. Quinton, C. Riginos, P.L. Shaver, D. Steinaker and S. Twomlow. 2012. Revolutionary land use change in the 21st century: is (rangeland) science relevant? Rangeland Ecology and Management 65: 590-598; _x000D_
4. Riginos, C. and Herrick, J.E. 2010. Monitoring Rangeland Health: A Guide for Pastoralists and Other Land Managers in Eastern Africa, Version II. Nairobi, Kenya: ELMT-USAID/East Africa; _x000D_
5. Reynolds, J.F., D.M. Stafford Smith, E.F. Lambin, B.L. Turner II, M. Mortimore, S.P.J. Batterbury, T.E. Downing, H. Dowlatabadi, R.J. Fernandez, J.E. Herrick, E. Huber-Sannwald, H. Jiang, R. Leemans, T. Lynam, F.T. Maestre, M. Ayarza and B. Walker. 2007. Global desertification: building a science for dryland development. Science 316: 847-851.
Other activities
US Science and Technology Correspondent to the UNCCD. 2010 – Present._x000D_
Member, Soil Science Society of America, Ecological Society of America, Society for Range Management, Soil and Water Conservation Society; Associate editor. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment. _x000D_
USDA-ARS advisor to the NRCS Rangeland NRI (National Resources Inventory) Data Analysis Team. Serve as primary external advisor to this national inventory of non-federal rangelands which includes field measurements at ~2000 locations/2003-2010 and 4000/year since 2011. 1999-present._x000D_
Development and training leader. Interpreting Indicating of Rangeland Health assessment protocol. Together with three co-authors, responsible for development, improvement and training (2-4 national and international workshops per year) for this internationally-adopted ecosystem health assessment tool. 2000-present._x000D_
Co-chair “Ecology in an Era of Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities for Environmental Scientists in the Americas”. Co-organized 500-person ESA-sponsored conference in Merida, Mexico. January 8-12, 2006._x000D_
Adjunct faculty member New Mexico State University, USA (1996-present), and developed and taught new graduate course for UNAM (the National Autonomous University of Mexico) Restoration Ecology program in 2006.
Organisation name
USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range
Organisation street address
MSC 3JER, Box 30003, NMSU_x000D_
Las Cruces, NM 88003-0003, NM 88003-0003
Organisation city
Las Cruces
Organisation country
United States of America