UC Davis Plant SciencesStephen R. Kaffka


Stephen Kaffka: Biographical Sketch


Stephen Kaffka is Director of the California Biomass Collaborative and extension specialist in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis. He is chair of the BioEnergy Work Group for the University of California’s Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  He participates on several advisory committees for the California Energy Commission and California Air Resources Board, including ex officio member of the Bioenergy Interagency Work Group.  From 2003 to 2007 he was director of the Long Term Research on Agricultural Systems Project.  As director he led the development of current and new projects focusing on sustainable agriculture.  His commodity assignments include sugar and oilseed crops.  Since coming to U.C. Davis in 1992, he has also carried out research on water quality and agriculture in the Upper Klamath Basin, and the reuse of saline drainage water for crop, forage, energy biomass feed stocks and livestock production in salt affected areas of the San Joaquin Valley.  He has received meritorious service awards form the American Society of Sugar Beet Technologists and the Soil and Water Conservation Society, is past president of the California chapter of the American Society of Agronomy, and past section leader for American Society of Agronomy’s division on environmental quality.  He has Ms and Ph.D. degrees from Cornell University in agronomy and a B.S. from the University of California at Santa Cruz in biology. 




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