RISE 2019 Conference

Transforming University Engagement In Pre- and Post-Disaster Environments: Lessons from Puerto Rico

Marty Matlock

Executive Director

University of Arkansas


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Dr. Marty Matlock is Executive Director of the University of Arkansas Resiliency Center and Professor of Ecological Engineering in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department. He received his Ph.D. in Biosystems Engineering from Oklahoma State University, is a registered professional engineer, a Board Certified Environmental Engineer, and a Certified Ecosystem Designer. Dr. Matlock has co-authored four books and more than 50 peer-reviewed manuscripts. Dr. Matlock’s research focuses on technologies and processes to increase the resilience of ecosystem services, with a focus on food, water, and community systems. He has coordinated agricultural sustainability initiatives with soybeans, corn, cotton, pulses, dairy, beef, pork, and poultry systems. Dr. Matlock has led design initiatives for technology-intensive production of high value crops around the world. He works with ecologists, engineers, architects, social and political scientists, agricultural scientists, economists, and business leaders to create new understanding and framing of vexing human challenges. His interdisciplinary work has been recognized by the leading organizations in agriculture, engineering, architecture, landscape architecture, and sustainable design with over 30 national and international awards. He coordinates academic, research, outreach, and facilities efforts in sustainable and resilient systems across the University of Arkansas campus. Dr. Matlock is the recipient of the 2018 CAST-Borlaug Agriculture Communications Award. He serves on the USEPA Science Advisory Committee for Agriculture, previously served on the US Secretary of Agriculture’s Committee for the 21st Century, is Chairman of the Cherokee Nation Environmental Protection Commission, and serves as sustainability science advisor for 12 food and agricultural product companies.