David Lobell, Stanford University, received the 2022 NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences.

Lobell’s groundbreaking work has advanced the world’s understanding of the effects of climate variability and change on global crop productivity.

Lobell’s innovative use of remote sensing, statistics, ecosystem modeling, and agronomy addresses challenges at the interface between agriculture and the environment.  His work has revealed crop responses to global climate change to inform strategies to minimize the environmental impact of agriculture.  He has also identified novel adaptations and investments for improving world food security.

He continues to chart the path forward toward the next generation of interpreting satellite imagery to predict key sustainable development outcomes and improve our understanding of agriculture’s interface with the environment.

The NAS Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences recognizes research by a mid-career scientist (defined as up to 20 years since completion of PhD) at a U.S. institution who has made an extraordinary contribution to agriculture or to the understanding of the biology of a species fundamentally important to agriculture or food production. For the purpose of the prize, areas of science with applications to agriculture include plant and animal sciences, microbiology, nutrition and food science, soil science, entomology, veterinary medicine, and agricultural economics. The recipient will be awarded a medal and a $100,000 prize. The prize is endowed through generous gifts from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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