Judy Daniels

Judy Daniels is the Founder, Soil Scientist and Geospatial Ecologist at Soil Sage.  She has been a professional environmental scientist since 1999, since receiving her degrees in Biology and Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.  Her areas of expertise are land use change analyses, spatial statistics, and soil regenerative health and sustainability.  She received her Ph.D. in Soil and Crop Science and Soil Biodiversity from Colorado State University in 2016.  She is also a contributing author to 170 customized soil survey manuscripts, that include ecological site descriptions for the Soil Resource Inventory of the National Park Service. 

Judy’s work experience includes 13 years as an Environmental Scientist, Project Manager, and Geospatial Ecologist, for both private and government entities.  Her experience also encompasses 16 years of soil and biological field research, data and laboratory analysis, and geospatial analytics.  In addition, she has over 25 years of data analysis and management experience.  She has also combined her technical and scientific skills in analyzing landslides, landscape condition assessments, and environmental reclamation projects. 

Judy’s current work and scientific projects include cannabis research and regenerative agriculture.  Concentrating on nutrient and water use efficiencies, spatial distribution of heavy metals, soil analysis, bioaccumulation analysis, environmental stress responses, and sustainable practices, in a high elevation desert in South Central Colorado.  In addition, she is a strong advocate in promoting the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the United Nations sustainable agriculture goals (SDGs) for soil education and sustainability. 

Judy is a member of the International Research Cooperative on Soil Carbon Sequestration, the Colorado Hemp Advancement & Management Plan (CHAMP) for Research and Development, Marijuana Enforcement Division (MED) Sustainability Working Group, the National Cannabis Industry Association’s (NCIA) Environmental Best Management Practices and Policies White Paper Chapter Chair, Chairman of the Board for the Colorado Hemp Processing Cooperative, Scientific Advisor for Hempology Partners, PaleoBiotica, and Cannaissance Creatives.  Judy is also active in the domestic and international Soil Science Societies. 

Dr. Judy Daniels is a United States Air Force Veteran and lives in Arvada, Colorado.

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Contact Judy at judy.daniels@ronininstitute.org