Dr. Chandra Richards

Land Equity Academic Coordinator II
Cooperative Extension San Bernardino County
7863 Central Avenue
Highland, CA 92346
(619) 786-2620
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Also in:
San Diego County


I am a Land Equity Academic Coordinator working in Southern California. in the past, I have worked on a plethora of climate action and 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 agricultural land issues to better safeguard our lands and build climate resilience.


Ph.D. Soil Biogeochemistry, University of California, Berkeley. 2016
B.S. Chemistry, Penn State University. 2009
B.S. Mathematics, Penn State University. 2009


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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