Environment and Society
Department Head, Professor
PhD, Geography, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1988
MA, Geography, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa, 1985
BA, Geography and History, State University of New York, Albany, New York, 1983
Water resources and watershed management, ecological-economic modeling, natural resource systems, ecosystem services, and geography of wind energy
Dr. Lant’s work has focused on water resources, the water-food nexus, and environmental and agricultural conservation policies, publishing over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, mostly in collaboration with a dozen Ph.D. and over two dozen Master’s advisees. Oriented toward problems of the agricultural Midwest, his work has focused on policies that can reduce polluted run-off, restore wetlands, promote ecosystem service provision, and add wind energy as a 21st century “crop.” He has also published on water footprint analysis and virtual water trade. A recipient of over $10 million in research and program development funding, his recent work on NSF’s Coupled Natural and Human Systems program has focused on agent-based modeling and projecting the likely geographic response of the Midwest crop belts (corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton) to climate change.