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PhD, Crop Physiology, Utah State University, Logan, UT, 2013
Research Program: Crop Physiology
My research program focuses on gaining better understanding of how parts of cropping systems or entire cropping systems function and applying that understanding to make improvements in profitability and environmental impact. In this effort, the tools and principles of crop physiology and crop ecology are used to design and implement diverse research projects. Several topics are of particular interest, including: improving nutrient containment and cycling in cropping systems; the impacts of the root system on crop resilience and efficiency; effective use of water; sustainability in biofuel cropping systems; cropping system carbon sequestration; and diversifying existing cropping systems to enhance ecosystem services and improve economic stability in rural communities.