Dr. D.R. “Doc” Brown is the CEO of the not-for-profit CowBell Labs project at Spark Climate Solutions. Their goal is to develop the innovation ecosystem for mitigating agriculture greenhouse gas emissions, with a particular focus on making research and on-farm measurement of agriculture methane and nitrous oxide emissions more accessible. As a fellow, they led the development of the soil carbon sequestration program, ROOTS, at the US Department of Energy’s innovation agency ARPA-e. At Alphabet’s innovation lab, X, they co-founded Mineral, the Alphabet agricultural robotics company. They established the Field Measurement and Data Science teams at the agricultural sustainable bio-fertilizer company Pivot Bio. They received their Ph.D. in Applied Physics from Caltech and their B.S. in Physics from MIT.
One-third of U.S. anthropogenic methane emissions come from cattle and other ruminants, and addressing these emissions could lead to a 3% decrease in the U.S. greenhouse gas footprint.