Adjunct Senior Research Scientist
Keith Shepherd is a Principal Soil Scientist at the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) with over 30 years’ research experience in tropical land management. He leads ICRAF’s Global Research Project on Land Health and Information Systems Research in the CGIAR program on Water, Land & Ecosystems. His research focuses on development and application of land health surveillance and response – an evidence-based approach for monitoring and assessing land/soil health and risks, and targeting interventions for land improvement. The land health surveillance framework is being used as a platform for the Africa Soil Information Service (AfSIS) landscape carbon measurement systems and to guide sustainable land management projects. To support this research, Keith has created a Soil-Plant Spectral Diagnostics Laboratory for high throughput analysis of soil and plant samples using light (infrared, x-ray, and laser spectroscopy). The unit is supporting a network of infrared spectroscopy laboratories in African national programs. Keith also leads a research programme on decision analysis and applied information economics aimed at improving development decisions under uncertainty and prioritising high value research.