Christopher Shepard
Assistant Professor

Professional Profile

Chris Shepard is the Assistant Professor of Critical Zone Pedology in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences. Chris started at UK in July 2018. Chris completed his PhD and MS at the University of Arizona investigating the influence climate change on soil formation globally and in the deserts of Southeastern Arizona. He’s interested in how soils form, and how that process is impacted by past climate and environmental changes. Chris will be teaching Soil Classification, Genesis and Morphology as well as advising the UK Soil Judging Team. He’s very excited about teaching soils here at UK.


2014-2018 Ph.D. in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, 
Advisor: Craig Rasmussen,
Dissertation: Understanding soil formation and survival in Southeastern Arizona

2014 M.S. in Soil, Water and Environmental Science, University of Arizona, Advisor: Craig Rasmussen, Thesis: Soil modulation of ecosystem response to climate forcing and change across the US Desert Southwest

2011 B.S. in Environmental Science, University of Virginia

2005-2007 Jackson River Governor’s School for Math, Science and Technology, Dabney S. Lancaster Community College