Jeff Herrick is a scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and holds adjunct appointments at New Mexico State University and the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University. His research includes basic work on factors that control the resistance and resilience of arid and semi-arid ecosystems, and applied studies leading to the development of protocols for inventory, assessment, monitoring and management at watershed to national scales.
Herrick serves as an advisor to several US government agencies responsible for land management, and is the US science representative to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). He led the development of nationally and internationally adopted rangeland monitoring protocols, and has worked on related issues with scientists and land managers in over 20 countries. He is currently collaborating on projects in Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia and Namibia, and leads the global ‘Land-Potential Knowledge System’ (LandPKS) project. His training includes degrees from Swarthmore College (US – ecology), Lincoln University (New Zealand – Agricultural Science), and The Ohio State University (US – soil science).