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Dr. Chandra Richards

Agricultural Land Acquisitions Academic Coordinator II
Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County
7863 Central Avenue
Highland, CA 92346
(619) 786-2620
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I am an Agricultural Lands Acquisition Academic Coordinator working across San Bernardino, Riverside, and San Diego Counties. in the past, I have worked on a plethora of environmental projects spanning agriculture, habitat restoration, and forest health. I supported climate-smart carbon farming through planning, education, and technical assistance towards a healthier food system across multiple agricultural operations. I also led multiple riparian and habitat restoration projects to remove invasive species and boost urban greening, especially along the San Diego River and in North County national forests. I have a Ph.D. in soil biogeochemistry from U.C. Berkeley, where I studied the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, and double B.S. degrees in chemistry and mathematics from Penn State University. I am hoping to continue improving community knowledge about soils to better safeguard our lands. 


Peer Reviewed

  • Richards, Chandra; Van Puffelen, Jasper, et al. (2018). Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. 37:4, 993-1006. https://setac.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/etc.4047
  • Richards, Chandra; Moal, Oliver, et al. (2018). Changes in water quality following opening and closure of a bar-built estuary (Pescadero, California). Marine Chemistry. 198, 10-27. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0304420317301330
  • Richards, Chandra (2016). Biogeochemical sulfur cycling in the bar-built Pescadero Estuary: Interdisciplinary investigations into near-annual fish mortality events. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/2kp7v24m
  • Richards, Chandra; Pallud, Celine (2016). Kinetics of sulfate reduction and sulfide precipitation in sediments of a bar-built estuary (Pescadero, California). Water Research. 94:1, 86-102. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0043135416300434

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