The ever-growing world demand for food, feed, fiber and fuel has grounded my belief in the need for improved agricultural productivity. As such, my focus is cropping-systems based research that is designed to develop and analyze agronomic production practices that optimize yield, reduce input costs, improve crop and environmental quality, and increase long-term economic sustainability. Some specific goals of my work are to evaluate improved small grains and soybeans varieties, increase yields, and to enhance soil carbon and soil quality, nutrient cycling, nitrogen and water use efficiency, biomass production and pest management options. I have experience working with multiple crops, including: barley, bermudagrass, canola, corn, corn silage, pine trees, rice, rye, sorghum, soybean, sunflower, switchgrass, triticale, and wheat.
● Ph.D. - Plants, Soils, and Insects, concentration in Soil Science, minor in Statistics, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, December 2008
● M.Sc. - Environmental Toxicology, concentration in Soil Science, Louisiana State University,
Baton Rouge, LA., May 2001
● B.Sc. - Environmental Management Systems, concentration in Soil Science, minor in Chemistry, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA. 1999