William L. (Bill) Pan has spent the majority of his research career in documenting the fate of carbon and nitrogen cycling in cropping systems. Now the soil scientist and professor in Washington State University’s Department of Crop and Soil Sciences will serve as the project’s lead investigator for cropping systems. He will participate in the cropping systems, extension and greenhouse gas monitoring aspects of the project. Pan is director of the Washington State Biofuels Cropping Systems Program and a co-director of STEEP IV, two foundational programs that contributed to the success of the Climate Change CAP proposal. Pan served as chair of the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences from 2002-2008. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee to the International Plant Nutrition Institute from 2008-2010. He has published extensively on topics that range from basic to applied soil sciences, and his publications have been featured in a variety of books and journals.