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Marty D. Matlock

Marty D. Matlock

Executive Director, U of A Resiliency Center

Professor of Ecological Engineering, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

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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 in human-dominated ecosystems. His focus is on the interface of food, water, and community systems. 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. 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.

Research Focus

  • Life Cycle Assessment of agricultural, urban, and supply chain systems
  • Ecological services design and restoration
  • Watershed restoration and management
  • Ecological risk assessment Complex Systems Theory

Application Areas

  • Designing sustainable global food supply systems
  • Integrating metrics to support sustainable production
  • Corporate strategies for risk reduction and management
  • Government policy to reduce impacts from human activities

Research Projects

  • Developing a sustainable city strategy for Conway, AR
  • Reducing food security concerns in animal agriculture
  • Designing water risk protocols for governments and industries under climate change scenarios
  • Life cycle analysis of global agriculture

Project Partners

  • The UA Community Design Center
  • The Sustainability Consortium
  • Field to Market Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture
  • UN Food and Agriculture Organization
  • US food and ag industries (14 partners) World Wildlife Fund Environmental Defense Fund

Risk assessment, metric development, complex systems modeling, ecosystem design

      BENG 5623: Life Cycle Assessment 

      BENG 5933: Ecological and Environmental Risk Assessment

      SUST1103: Foundations of Sustainability 

      SUST2103: Applications of Sustainability 

      SUST 4103: Capstone Experience in Sustainability

  • B.S., Soil Chemistry, Oklahoma State University
  • M.S., Plant Physiology, Oklahoma State University
  • Ph.D., Biosystems Engineering, Oklahoma State University

Leh, M.D., Sharpley, A.N., Singh, G. and Matlock, M.D., 2018. Assessing the impact of the MRBI program in a data limited Arkansas watershed using the SWAT model. Agricultural Water Management, 202, pp.202-219.

Haggard, B., Smithee, D., Benefield, R., Chard, S., Matlock, M., Phillips, S. and King, R., 2017. Final Report to Governors from the Joint Study Committee and Scientific Professionals. Arkansas Governor’s Office, Littlerock, AR

Thomson, A. M., S. Ramsey, E. Barnes, B. Basso, M. Eve, S. Gennet, P. Grassini, B. Kliethermes, M. Matlock, E. McClellen, E. Spevak, C. S. Snyder, M. D. Tomer, C. van Kessel, T. West, and G. Wick. 2017. Science in the Supply Chain: Collaboration Opportunities for Advancing Sustainable Agriculture in the United States. Agric. Environ. Lett. 2:170015. doi:10.2134/ael2017.05.00151.

Putman, B., Thoma, G., Burek, J., Matlock, M. 2017. A retrospective analysis of the United States poultry industry: 1965 compared with 2010. Agricultural Systems. 157, 107-117. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2017.07.008

Veltman, K., Jones, C.D., Gaillard, R., Cela, S., Chase, L., Duval, B.D., Izaurralde, R.C., Ketterings, Q.M., Li, C., Matlock, M. and Reddy, A., 2017. Comparison of process-based models to quantify nutrient flows and greenhouse gas emissions associated with milk production. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 237, pp.31-44.

McCarty, J.A., B.E. Haggard, M.D. Matlock, N. Pai, and D. Saraswat, 2016.  Post-Model Validation of a Deterministic Watershed Model using Monitoring Data.  Transactions of the ASABE. (2016): 497-508.

Sandefur, H.N., Asgharpour, M., Mariott, J., Gottberg, E., Vaden, J., Matlock, M. and Hestekin, J., 2016. Recovery of nutrients from swine wastewater using ultrafiltration: Applications for microalgae cultivation in photobioreactors. Ecological Engineering, 94, pp.75-81.

Sandefur, H.N., McCarty, J.A., Boles, E.C., Matlock, M.D. 2015. “Peanut Products as a Protein Source: Production, Nutrition, and Environmental Impact.” Sustainable Protein Sources. Ed. Sudarshan Nadathur. Elsevier. In Print.

Sandefur, H. N., E. Cummings, R. Z. Johnston, M. D. Matlock, D. I. Gustafson. 2015. Analyzing Correlations between Stream Benthic Macroinvertebrate Community Structure, Water Quality, and Watershed Land Use in the Continental United States. Biological Engineering Transactions 7(4): 169-182.

Johnston, R. Z., Sandefur, H. N., Bandekar, P., Matlock, M. D., Haggard, B. E., & Thoma, G. 2015. Predicting changes in yield and water use in the production of corn in the United States under climate change scenarios. Ecological Engineering 82, 555-565.

McCarty, J., Sandefur, H., Matlock, M., Thoma, G., Kim, D., 2014. Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Production and Consumption of Peanut Butter in the U.S. Transactions of the ASABE. 57(6): 1741-1750.

Sandefur, H., Matlock, M., Johnston, R., 2014. Comparison of Methods for Quantifying Carbon Sequestration in the North Little Rock Urban Forest. Biological Engineering Transactions. 6(4): 221-231.

Sandefur, H. N., Johnston, R. Z., Matlock, M. D., Costello, T. A., Adey, W. H., & Laughinghouse IV, H. D., 2014. Hydrodynamic regime considerations for the cultivation of periphytic biofilms in two tertiary wastewater treatment systems. Ecological Engineering, 71, 527-532.

Gustafson, D., M. Collins, J. Fry, S. Smith, M. Matlock, D. Zilberman, J. Shryock, M. Doane, and N. Ramsey. 2013. Climate adaptation imperatives: global sustainability trends and eco-efficiency metrics in four major crops–canola, cotton, maize, and soybeans. International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability, 1-18.

Leh, M. D., Matlock, M. D., Cummings, E. C., & Nalley, L. L. 2013. Quantifying and mapping multiple ecosystem services change in West Africa. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 165, 6-18.

Matlock, M., G. Thoma, E. Cummings, J. Cothren, M. Leh, and J. Wilson. 2013. Geospatial analysis of water use, water stress, and eutrophication impacts from US dairy production. International Dairy Journal. 31, S78-S90.

Fossett, M. A., R. Kaiser, M. D. Matlock, A. Vedlitz, R. T. Woodward, L. T. Alston, B. D. Wood, G. R. North, and E. Lindquist. 2013. "Effluent Trading: A Policy Review for Texas." Statistics 8 (2013).

Leh, M., M. Matlock, E. Cummings, G. Thoma, and J. Cothren. 2012. Measuring Ecosystem Service Change- A Case Study from a Northwest Arkansas Dairy Farm. International Dairy Journal, 31, S91-S100.

Ludwig, A., M. D. Matlock, B. Haggard, I. Chaubey. 2012.  Periphyton nutrient limitation and maximum potential productivity in the Beaver Lake Basin, USA.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 48(5):896-908.

Thoma, Greg, Jennie Popp, David Shonnard, Darin Nutter, Richard Ulrich, Marty D. Matlock, Dae Soo Kim, 2012. Greenhouse gas Emissions from Milk Production and Consumption in the United States: A cradle to grave life cycle assessment circa 2008. International Dairy Journal. 31, S3-S14.

Thoma, Greg, Jennie Popp, David Shonnard, Darin Nutter, Richard Ulrich, Marty D. Matlock, Dae Soo Kim, et al. 2012. Regional analysis of greenhouse gas emissions from US dairy farms. International Dairy Journal, 31, S29-S40.

Nalley, L., M. Popp, K. Brye, Z.Niederman and M. Matlock. 2012. How Potential Carbon Policies Could Affect Cotton Location and Production Practices in the United States. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review. 41(2): 215-231.

McGlade, J., Werner, B., Young, M., Matlock, M., Jefferies, D., Sonneman, G., ... & Gee, D., 2012. Measuring water use in a green economy, A report of the Working Group on water Efficiency to the International Resource Panel. United Nations Environmental Program, New York, NY.

Sandefur, H., M. Matlock, and T. Costello. 2011. Seasonal productivity of a periphytic algal community for biofuel feedstock generation and nutrient treatment.  Ecological Engineering, 37(10): 1476-1480.

Thoma, G., Popp, J., Nutter, D., Ulrich, R., Matlock, M., Kim, D.,.. & Adom, F. 2010. Global warming potential of fluid milk consumed in the US: a life cycle assessment. In Affiche présentée au ‘’7th International Conference on Life Cycle Assessment in the Agri-Food Sector (pp. 22-24).

Morgan, R. and M. Matlock, 2008. A collaborative learning matrix for combining science with stakeholder involvement to prioritize watershed implementation in Arkansas’ nonpoint source state management plan.  Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and management. Journal of Environmental Assessment Policy and Management 10.03 (2008): 307-331.

G. S. Osborn, D. A. Charbonnet, P. K. Smith, and M. D. Matlock, 2008.  A Chamberless Method for Determining SOD. Transactions of the ASABE.  50(2): 1123-1131.

Rodriguez, A. and M. Matlock, 2008. Measuring Temporal Variability in Algal Nutrient Response in the Lake Waco/Bosque River Watershed.  Journal of Biological Engineering.  2:1 (11Jan2008).

Ludwig, A., M. D. Matlock, B. Haggard, M. E. Matlock, E. Cummings. 2008.  Identification and evaluation of nutrient limitation of periphyton growth in headwater streams in the Pawnee Nation, Oklahoma.  Journal of Ecological Engineering. 32(2008): 178-186.

Charbonnet, D. A., Osborn, G. S., P. K. Haan, M. D. Matlock.  2007.  Application and Validation of the Spreadsheet Method for Determining SOD.  Transactions of the ASABE.  49(6): 2039-2050.

Chaubey, I., D. Sahoo, B. Haggard, M. Matlock, and T. Costello. 2007.  Nutrient-Retention, Nutrient-Limitation, and Sediment-Nutrient Interactions in a Pasture Dominated Stream. Transactions of the ASABE.  50(1): 35-44.

Chaubey, I., and M. Matlock.  2007. Teaching Undergraduate Students to Manage Aquatic Ecosystems at the Watershed LevelInternational Journal of Engineering Education. 23(4): 1957-1959.

Migliaccio, K., B. Haggard, I. Chaubey, and M. Matlock. 2007. Water quality monitoring at the War Eagle Creek Watershed, Beaver Reservoir, Arkansas. Transactions of the ASABE.  50(6):2007-2016.

Sen, S., B.E. Haggard, I. Chaubey, K.R. Brye, T.A. Costello, and M.D. Matlock. 2006.  Preliminary investigation into sediment phosphorus release at Beaver Reservoir, Northwest Arkansas, 2002-3.  Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, 179:67-77.

Ekka, S., B. Haggard, M. Matlock, and I. Chaubey. 2006.  Dissolved phosphorus concentrations and sediment interactions in effluent-dominated Ozark streams.  Biological Engineering 26:375-391.

Nguyen, T. N., Woodward, R. T., Matlock, M. D., Denzer, A., & Selman, M., 2006. A guide to market-based approaches to water quality. World Resources Institute. Washington, DC.

White, K., B. Haggard, M. Matlock, J. Kim., 2005. Periphytic chlorophyll-a response to triclosan exposure: application of a passive diffusion periphytometer.  Applied Engineering in Agriculture.  21(2):307-311.

Haggard, B., S. Ekka, M. Matlock, I. Chaubey.  2004. Phosphate equilibrium between stream sediments and water: Potential effect of chemical amendments.  Transactions of ASAE, 47(4):1113-1118.

Paul, S., P. Haan, M. Matlock, S. Mukhtar, and S. Pillai. 2004. Analysis of the HSPF Water Quality Parameter Uncertainty in Predicting Peak In-Stream Fecal Coliform Concentrations. Transactions of ASAE.  47(1): 69-78.

Matlock M., K. Kasprzak, and S. Osborn.  2004.  Discussion of Potential sediment oxygen demand in the Arroyo Colorado River in South Texas. Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  40(1):266.

Stevens, E., Barfield, B. J., Gasem, K., & Matlock, M. 2004. On and off site sediment control using silt fence. In Critical Transitions in Water and Environmental Resources Management (pp. 1-10). ASCE.

Matlock M., K. Kasprzak, and S. Osborn.  2003.  Potential sediment oxygen demand in the Arroyo Colorado River in South Texas. Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  39(2):267-275.

Neil,l W. H., E. L. Oborny Jr., S. R. Craig, M. D. Matlock and D. M. Gatlin III. 2003. Estimating Metabolism of Fish in Aquacultural Production Systems. International Journal of Recirculating Aquaculture. 4:25-32.

Kreuter, U., H. Harris, M. Matlock, R. Lacey. 2001. Change in ecosystem service values, San Antonio area, Texas. Journal of Ecological Economics. 39(4): 333-346.

Matlock, M. D., G. S. Osborn, W. C. Hession, D. E. Storm, A. L. Kenimer.  2001. A rationale for standardized curriculum and professional certification in ecological engineering.  Journal of Ecological Engineering and Technology. 17(2001): 403-409.

Braud, L. M., M. E. Castell-Perez, and M. D. Matlock. 2000. Risk-based design of aseptic processing of heterogeneous food products. Risk Analysis.  20 (4): 405-412.

Matlock, M. D., Hann Jr, D. R. W., & Gholkar, T. A. (2000). Modeling the Effects of Low Flow Augmentation by Discharge from a Wastewater Treatment Plant on Dissolved Oxygen Concentration in Leon Creek, San Antonio, Texas. Texas Water Resources Institute.

McFarland, A., Kiesling, R., Hauck, L., & Matlock, M. 2000. Linking chemical and biological monitoring components in the TMDL process. In Proc. National Water Quality Monitoring Council National Monitoring Conference: Monitoring for the Millennium.

Matlock M. D., D. E. Storm, M. D. Smolen and M. E. Matlock. 1999. Determining the lotic ecosystem nutrient and trophic status of three streams in eastern Oklahoma over two seasons.  Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health and Management.  2(2): 115-127 .

Matlock M. D., D. E. Storm, M. D. Smolen, M. E. Matlock, A. McFarland and L. Hauck.  1999. Development and application of a lotic ecosystem trophic status index. Transactions of ASAE.  42(3): 651-656.

Matlock M. D., M. E. Matlock, D. E. Storm, M. D. Smolen and W.J. Henley.  1998.  Limiting nutrient determination in lotic ecosystems using a quantitative nutrient enrichment periphytometer. Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  35 (5): 1141-1147.

Hession W.C., D. E. Storm, C. T. Haan, S. L. Burks and M. D. Matlock.  1996.  A watershed-level ecological risk assessment methodology.  Journal of the American Water Resources Association.  32(5):  1039-1054.

Matlock M. D., D. E. Storm, G.J. Sabbagh, S. L. Burks, M. D. Smolen and C. T. Haan.  1994.  An ecological risk assessment paradigm using the Spatially Integrated Model for Phosphorus Loading and Erosion (SIMPLE).  Journal of Aquatic Ecosystem Health.  3:1-8.

Foster S. C., S. L. Burks, D. J. Fort, E. L. Stover and M. D. Matlock.  1994.  Development and evaluation of a non-destructive measure of fish growth for sublethal toxicity assessment.  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 53:85-90.

  • Executive Director, UA Resiliency Center (2018-present)
  • Executive Director, UA Office for Sustainability (2012-2018)
  • Professor of Ecological Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department (July 2009-Present) University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • Associate Professor of Ecological Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department (August 2003-June 2009) University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • Assistant Professor, Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department (August 2001-2003) University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • Assistant Professor, Agricultural Engineering Department, (May 1996- August 2001) Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas.
  • Post-Doctoral Fellow (January 1996 - May 1996) Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • USDA National Needs Fellow/Graduate Research Assistant (November 1992-January 1996) Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma.

2018

Borlaug CAST Communications Award for “Matlock’s achievements as an internationally recognized expert in agricultural sustainability metrics and assessment. Matlock has become a world leader in the science of agricultural sustainability during the past 10 years through his global communications efforts.”

Green GOOD Design Award for Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design, for Whitmore Community Food Hub Complex: Building Community around Food.

American Institute of Architecture Regional & Urban Design for Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape for Conway, AR.

2017

Standards Development Award - ASABE for the development and approval of ANSI/ASABE S629, Framework to Evaluate the Sustainability of Agricultural Production Systems.

Lafarge-Holcim Acknowledgement Award for Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape for Conway, AR.

World Architecture Festival Ethics Award for Whitmore Community Food Hub Complex: Building Community around Food.

Green GOOD Design Award for Urban Planning/Landscape Architecture by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum for Architecture and Design, for The Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape.

2016

President’s Citation Award from the American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (ASABE), for leadership in sustainability standards development and communications.

Freedom to Operate Award of Excellence from the Unites Soybean Board, for supporting their development of sustainability indicators and goals.

ACSA Collaborative Practice Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, for Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

Superior Paper Award, American Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineering (ASABE), Sandefur, H. N., E. Cummings, R. Z. Johnston, M. D. Matlock, D. I. Gustafson. 2015. Biological Engineering Transactions 7(4): 169-182.

American Architecture Award by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, for The Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape.

ASLA Central States Merit Award for The Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan: A Reconciliation Landscape.

2015

Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning category from the American Society of Landscape Architects, For Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

Green GOOD DESIGN Award from The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, For Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

Great Places Award in the Planning Category from the Environmental Design Research Association. For Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

2014

American Architecture Award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design & The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.  For Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

61st Progressive Architecture Honorable Mention from Architect magazine. For Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

2013

Outstanding Service Award, University of Arkansas Alumni Society, Fayetteville, AR

WAN Urban Design Award sponsored by World Architecture News. For Fayetteville 2030: Food City Scenario.

2012

ACSA Collaborative Practice Award by the American Collegiate Schools of Architecture. For Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas.

2011

American Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence in Communications: Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas.

American Institute of Architecture Honors Award in Regional and Urban Design: Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas,

EDRA Great Places Book Award: Finalist. Environmental Design Research Association (ERDA), for Low Impact Development: a design manual for urban areas

2010

American Institute of Architecture (AIA) Education Honors Award.  Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED for Neighborhood Development.

Residential Architect Design Merit Award (AIA) for Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED for Neighborhood Development.

2009

American Architecture Awards sponsored by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design for Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED for Neighborhood Development.

 AIA Honor Award for Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).  For Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND).

Progressive Architecture Award from Architect magazine. For Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND.

2008

American Society of Landscape Architects Honor Award in Planning and Analysis.  For Porchscapes: An Affordable LEED-Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND.

Institute Honor Awards for Regional and Urban Design from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). For Habitat Trails: from infill house to green neighborhood design.

2007

ACSA/AIA Housing Design Education Award for Excellence in a Housing Education Course. For Habitat Trails: from infill house to green neighborhood design.

Charter Design Award, Congress for New Urbanism, For Habitat Trails: from infill house to green neighborhood design.

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards NCARB Prize, For Habitat Trails: from infill house to green neighborhood design.