Dr. Kelly Craven

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Terrestrial Water & Carbon Dynamics
Associate Professor
Noble Research Institute
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Ph.D. | Plant Pathology | University of Kentucky, Lexinton, KY | 2003
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Noble Research Institute associate professor Dr. Kelly Craven is a member of the OK NSF EPSCoR Track-1 RII Award titled Socially Sustainable Solutions for Water, Carbon, and Infrastructure Resilience in Oklahoma. The $20 million EPSCoR research project is a social science-led, multi-disciplinary collaboration among social, physical, biological, engineering, and computational scientists. More than thirty researchers from across the state are working together on the project, which began July 1, 2020.

Dr. Craven's research addresses the need for increased food production using fewer resources. This need is necessitated by a confluence of events, including an increase in population from 7 billion people to 11 billion by 2100, and a dwindling world supply of arable cropland and rock phosphate. He and his co-researchers aim to utilize and optimize the plant microbiome (together with the plant and environment referred to as "the phytobiome") to more effectively provide nutrients to plants and to maintain or improve crop productivity with less agronomic inputs (fertilizer, water). 

Dr. Craven's research will benefit the OK NSF EPSCoR project's Focus Area 2: Terrestrial Water & Carbon Dynamics TWCD). Through his research, Dr. Craven will help advance the team's goal of, "collecting and calibrating data to inform management decisions that will alter ecosystem productivity and carbon storage as well as water yield for agricultural, municipal, industrial, and ecological purposes." The TWCD focus area is central to the wicked problems facing Oklahoma because of conflicting policy narratives that shape concerns about carbon management and risks associated with landscape management practices (e.g., wildfire risks). At the same time, linkages across the TWCD and other focus areas provide opportunities to engage key stakeholder groups in discussions addressing both problem definition and potentially sustainable solution sets. Land use/carbon cycle issues play this crucial role because of the interactions among terrestrial ecosystems and carbon and water cycling, which are in turn integral components of the other impact domains addressed in this research project.

Learn more about the OK NSF EPSCoR research project.

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