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David Lobell, PhD

  • Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment
  • Professor, Earth System Science
  • William Wrigley Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment
  • Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies

Energy and Environment Building
473 Via Ortega
Stanford CA 94305

(650) 721-6207 (voice)

Biography

David Lobell is the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director at the Center on Food Security and the Environment and a Professor in the Department of Earth System Science. He is also the William Wrigley Senior Fellow at the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, and a senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies (FSI) and the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy and Research (SIEPR). His research focuses on agriculture and food security, specifically on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas throughout the world. He has been recognized with a Macarthur Fellowship in 2013, a McMaster Fellowship from CSIRO in 2014, and the Macelwane Medal from the American Geophysical Union in 2010. He served as lead author for the food chapter and core writing team member for the Summary for Policymakers in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report. Dr. Lobell received a PhD in Geological and Environmental Sciences from Stanford in 2005, and a Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics from Brown University in 2000. 

publications

Journal Articles
December 2021

Evaluating maize yield response to fertilizer and soil in Mexico using ground and satellite approaches

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Evaluating maize yield response to fertilizer and soil in Mexico using ground and satellite approaches
Journal Articles
November 2021

Combining GEDI and Sentinel-2 for wall-to-wall mapping of tall and short crops

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Combining GEDI and Sentinel-2 for wall-to-wall mapping of tall and short crops
Journal Articles
September 2021

Two shifts for crop mapping: Leveraging aggregate crop statistics to improve satellite-based maps in new regions

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Two shifts for crop mapping: Leveraging aggregate crop statistics to improve satellite-based maps in new regions

In The News

cover crops
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A pillar of the climate-smart agriculture movement is on shaky ground

David Lobell discusses Stanford study of cover crops' impacts.
A pillar of the climate-smart agriculture movement is on shaky ground
cover crops
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There’s room for improvement in a popular climate-smart agricultural practice

There’s room for improvement in a popular climate-smart agricultural practice
Local people on rice terraces at Longji, Guilin, China.
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Less air pollution leads to higher crop yields, Stanford-led study shows

New analysis shows crop yields could increase by about 25% in China and up to 10% in other parts of the world if emissions of a common air pollutant decreased by about half.
Less air pollution leads to higher crop yields, Stanford-led study shows
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