Program Founder and Director: Clive A. Edwards

Clive A. Edwards was born in Worcester, England, and holds B.Sc. (Hons), M.Sc. and an honorary D.Sc. from Bristol University, England. He received an award from the Kellogg Foundation and went on to earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. He worked for the British Ministry of Agriculture for four years and was a Senior Principal Scientific Officer at the Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts, U.K. from 1960 to 1985. From 1966-1968 he was a Visiting Professor at Purdue University. He was appointed as Chair of the Department of Entomology at The Ohio State Univeristy in 1985.

Dr. Edwards has published extensively on soil ecology, environmental toxicology, and sustainable agriculture, and he is currently recognized as a world authority on earthworms. His book 'Ecology and Biology of Earthworms', now in its 3rd Edition, is the first comprehensive book on earthworms since Charles Darwin's 'The Production of Vegetable Mould Through the Action of Earthworms', which was published in 1881. In 1996, Professor Edwards' book 'Ecology of Earthworms' won a Presidential Citation from the U.S. Soil & Water Conservation Society.

A prolific writer, he has published 378 scientific papers, including writing, editing, and co-editing 30 books. In 1972, he was elected to a Fellowship of the U.K. Institute of Biology, and in 1984 to the Fellowship of the U.K. Royal Society of Arts, from which he received a prestigious ERAS Pollution Abatement Award.

In 1990 Professor Edwards co-authored a successful proposal for an Eminent Scholar position in Soil Ecology at The Ohio State University. In 1996 the Office of Academic Affairs presented him with the OSU International Outstanding Faculty Award, and he received an OSU Distinguished Scholar Award in 1998, an OSU Distinguished Lecturer Award in 2000, a Professional Career Achievement Award from the Soil Ecology Society in 2001, a Senior Distinguished Faculty Research Award from OARDC in 2002, and a British Crop Protection Council Gold Medal for services to U.K. Crop Protection in 2002.

Important collaborator Dr. Norman Q. Arancon--now at University of Hawaii at Hilo

Dr. Arancon obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Environmental Science from The Ohio State University as a Fulbright Scholar and a Graduate Research Associate from 1997-2001. He was awarded a Post-Graduate Diploma in Agricultural Studies from the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, after an award from the Rotary International Foundation in 1993. He holds a bachelor's degree in Agriculture with a major in Crop Science from Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan, Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines, as a Xavier Science Foundation scholar.

He worked for Xavier University as Lecturer-Instructor from 1989 to 1997. From 1994-1997, he was appointed Research and Documentation Coordinator for the Sustainable Agriculture Center of the College of Agriculture, Xavier University, and later assumed Officer-in-Charge of the Center in 1997. His research at OSU included substitution of vermicomposts into commercial plant-growth media to horticultural crops in the greenhouse. Together with Dr. Clive Edwards and his students at the Soil Ecology Laboratory, they pioneered research on vermicompost applications in the field using other commercially-important vegetables, such as tomatoes and peppers; ornamentals such as marigolds and petunias; and small fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, and grapes, and invesigated the effects of vermicomposts on chemical and biochemical changes in soils. He leads a USDA/NRI grant entitled "Effects and Modes of Action of Vermicomposts on Field Horticultural Crops."

Dr. Arancon became a Research Associate Professor at The Ohio State University in 2007. He took a position as Assistant Professor at The Univeristy of Hawaii (Hilo) in Summer 2008 but continues to collaborate closely with Dr. Edwards and the Soil Ecology Laboratory. His current work involves...

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