Volume 23, Number 2
Welcome Ron Revord and Sarah Lovell to the Center for Agroforestry
Beginning in August of 2019, Dr. Sarah Lovell (left), currently Associate Professor of Landscape
Agroecology, Dept. of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, will become the
next Endowed Chair Professor and Director of the Center for Agroforestry, University of Missouri.
Over the past twenty years, Dr. Lovell has developed a robust research program designed to advance
the understanding of agricultural sustainability through the design of multifunctional food production
systems. She has assembled strong interdisciplinary research teams to accomplish her research goals.
Her research has helped to transform our scientific thinking on the integration of ecological principles
and agriculture production at varying scales.
Over the course of her career, Dr. Lovell has established a national and international reputation as an
integrator of complex multi-disciplinary questions related to the design of multifunctional food
production systems. She has demonstrated her ability to advance those concepts through a combined
body of peer-reviewed publications and competitive grant funding.
Dr. Ron Revord (left), will also join the Center for Agroforestry team, starting in June of 2019. Ron
will take the lead on Dr. Mark Coggeshall's prior (2000-2017) tree improvement and genetics research,
with new initiatives related to restoration of the Ozark chinquapin and hybrid hazelnut research. Ron
completed his PhD this year in the Dept. of Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois, where he
worked with Dr. Sarah Lovell on the multifunctional woody polyculture for sustainable food
production program. Ron is also co-founder and current Chair of the Board of Directors for the
Savanna Institute, where he has demonstrated his commitment to agroforestry science and adoption.