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Brian Richards

Brian Richards

Senior Research Associate

B66a Riley Robb Hall
(607) 255-2463

Brian Richards is a Senior Research Associate in the BEE Soil and Water Lab. His research focuses on the interaction of soil, water and a wide range of substances – including trace elements, nutrients, pesticides, colloids – which in the wrong place and/or at deleterious concentrations are regarded as contaminants. Recent major research directions include the impacts of agricultural and perennial bioenergy cropping systems on soils and soil emissions.

Awards and Honors

  • Partnership Award for Mission Integration (2008) USDA-CSREES (Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service) BEE Soil & Water Group (Steenhuis, Walter, Parlange, Walter, Geohring & Richards)

Selected Publications

Journal Publications

Presentations and Activities

  • Glyphosate Mobility on Transport-Prone Soils. Northeastern Plant, Pest and Soils Conference. January 2020. Northeastern Branch of ASA, CSSA, and SSSA. Philaedlphia.
  • Perennial Grass Feedstock Production on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York. Switchgrass V International Conference: Dedicated Energy Crops and Native Grasses for the Emerging Bioeconomy. July 2019. University of Illinois. Urbana, IL.
  • Glyphosate Mobility in Transport-Prone Soils. 2019 Cornell Pesticide Applicator In-service Training. April 2019. Cornell University. Ithaca, NY United States.
  • Improving BMP determination with mass-based measurements. Conference on Monitoring & Process Control of Anaerobic Digestion Plants. March 2019. Leipzig, Germany.
  • Perennial Grass Bioenergy Feedstocks on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York: Yield, Emissions, and Soil Carbon Trends. Switchgrass Collaboration Meeting. February 2019. Noble Institute. Ardmore, OK.
  • Glyphosate Mobility in Transport-Prone Soils. 2018 Ag, Food and Environmental Systems In-service. November 2018. Cornell Cooperative Extension. Ithaca, NY United States.
  • Characterizing and mitigating glyphosate herbicide mobilization in agroecosystems. FY 2018 Water and Soils Project Directors Annual Meeting. October 2018. USDA-NIFA. University of Delaware, Newark, DE.
  • Rethinking Glyphosate: A Multidisciplinary Approach. 8th Annual Sustainability Pitch and Poster Competition. October 2017. Cornell - Atkinson Center for Sustainable Futures. Ithaca, NY.
  • Perennial Grass Bioenergy Feedstocks on Wetness-Prone Marginal Soils in New York: Yield, Emissions, and Soil Carbon Trends. NEWBio Bioenergy Consortium Annual Meeting. September 2017. NEWBio NE Bioenergy Consortium/MABEX Conference & Expo. State College, PA.
  • Sustainable Perennial Grass Bioenergy Production on Marginal Lands of the Northeast: Six Years and Counting. USDA Sustainable Bioenergy Program Project Director Meeting. October 2016. USDA-NIFA. New Orleans, LA.