Labs & Centers of Research

My ‘home lab’ with Dr. Rebecca Ryals at UC Merced conducts research on grazing and compost, particularly in biosolids waste management. Past and current collaborations include Dr. Jason Rowntree, Dr. Sasha Kremer of the SOILS project in Haiti (composting toilets), Dr. Richard Teague at Texas State A&M, and Dr. Whendee Silver from the Marin Carbon Project at UC Berkeley, among others.

Drs. Cynthia (Cindy) Daley and Tim La Salle conduct regenerative ag research and run the Regenerative Agriculture Initiative at California State University (Chico). 

Dr. Richard Teague at Texas State A&M University conducts research on adaptive management and Holistic Management in grazing systems, particularly through the Jornada Ecological Reserve.

Dr. David Johnson, at New Mexico State U and more recently, CSU Chico, conducts research on compost bioreactors and applications of compost derivatives at farm scale.

Dr. Fred Provenza is now an emeritus of Utah State, but he’d be worth connecting with (or colleagues, or past graduates) if you’re interested in working on herbivore nutrition and diet selection, behaviour, and related themes. Check out BEHAVE for much more detail on his and his colleagues’ work.

Dr. Lynne Carpenter-Boggs is at Washington State University, conducting research on biologically intensive agriculture in general, specifically in compost teas and extracts and soil health practices. I discovered her through Katrina Spade’s company Recompose, which will be opening its doors for body composting as an alternative to burial and cremation in Washington in May 2020.

Centers of Research

At Washington State University:

  • Office of Clean Technology (CleanTech)
  • Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR)

If you’re looking to do graduate work in regenerative agriculture, or looking for a graduate student or lab to work with, these are all good places to start asking.┬áThere are many more great options not on this list. Have suggestions? Email to Thanks!