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Meet our Presenters
Dr. Abbey Wick
Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND. As the North Dakota Extension Soil Health Specialist, Wick focuses on building peer networks and delivering discussion-based programs to help implement soil health building practices like incorporating cover crops into rotation and transitioning to no-till systems.
Dr. Albert Cox
Environmental Monitoring and Research Manager, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Dr. Cox coordinates the services and resources of technical staff conducting research, environmental monitoring, regulatory compliance, and technical guidance in the areas of aquatic ecology, microbiology, soil science, and biosolids management. He also coordinates collaborations with the agricultural sector in developing watershed-based approaches to address nutrient discharge from the state of Illinois.
Dr. Bhupinder Farmaha
Assistant Professor and Nutrient Management Specialist, Clemson University, Clemson, SC. The goal of Dr. Farmaha’s research and extension program is to improve the sustainability of South Carolina’s Agroecosystems. Specifically, he focuses on developing nutrient management practices and precision agriculture technologies for major crops in order to maximize economic returns and reduce the potential of nutrient losses to the environment, particularly nitrogen and phosphorus.
Dr. Charles Rhoades
Watershed Biogeochemist, US Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins, CO. Dr. Rhoades studies the watershed processes that regulate water quality, aquatic habitat, and forest ecosystem productivity under changing climatic and forest disturbance. His research informs management efforts that aim to improve the conditions of western forests and support local communities and industry by reducing hazardous fuel loads especially after widespread bark beetle infestations. He provides support for land managers, watershed stakeholder groups and water utilities to assess wildfire effects on soils and watersheds and to help evaluate post-fire recovery operations.
Dr. Deirdre Griffin LaHue
Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Mount Vernon, WA. Dr. Griffin LaHue’s research focuses on the impacts of agricultural practices on soil health and the soil organisms that facilitate many of the functions we look for in a healthy soil, including strong aggregate structure, efficient cycling of nutrients and carbon, and disease suppression. She takes a systems approach to understand processes occurring at the micro-scale, such as microbial community shifts, nutrient dynamics, or changes in carbon pools, and to link them to outcomes at the field-scale to develop soil management strategies.
Dr. Jordon Wade
Assistant Professor and Director of the Soil Health Assessment Center, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO. Dr. Wade’s work focuses on developing, calibrating, and integrating soil health indicators to generate effective tools that help land managers make informed decisions. He uses diverse methods in his research and through participatory action research with farmers, extension, and agricultural researchers to better understand how we think about and generate approaches to enhance soil health.
Dr. Sally Brown
Research Professor, University of Washington, Seattle, WA. Dr. Brown’s research efforts focus on understanding the benefits of using urban residuals including municipal biosolids and food scrap composts in urban and rural sustainability. This includes work on carbon costs/ benefits, urban agriculture and green stormwater infrastructure.
Dr. Sarah Strauss
Assistant Professor, University of Florida, Immokalee, FL. Dr. Strauss’ research and extension programs are focused on examining the interactions between soil microbial communities and plant health and productivity in both citrus and vegetable crops. The goal of her applied research is to provide growers with new information and methods for managing and improving crop production and soil health using soil microbiology
Dr. Toby O’Geen
Professor and Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis, Davis, CA. The research and extension program operated by Dr. O’Geen focuses on how soil landscape relationships can be used to address issues related to managed ecosystems. He also serves as the liaison between the University and the USDA-NRCS Cooperative Soil Survey, pursuing ways to incorporate soil survey with research and outreach activities.
Dr. Wayne Honeycutt
President and CEO, Soil Health Institute, Morrisville, NC Dr. Wayne Honeycutt leads the Soil Health Institute’s programs to safeguard and enhance the vitality and productivity of soils. He previously served for 5 years as Deputy Chief for Science and Technology with USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service in Washington, DC; and for 10 years as a Research Leader and 14 years as a Research Soil Scientist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service New England Plant, Soil, and Water Laboratory. He was the 2018 recipient of the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award, the highest honor bestowed on an individual by the Soil and Water Conservation Society.
Dr. Zhongqi (Joshua) Cheng
Professor, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, NY. Environmental Geochemistry, Urban Soils and Urban Sustainability. Over ten years of experience conducting urban soils research in New York City. Currently, Dr. Cheng’s projects focus on urban soil contamination and its implication on urban agriculture and public health, green infrastructure for stormwater control, and beneficial reuse of urban solid wastes.
Joseph Amsili
Extension Associate, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Since joining the Cornell Soil Health Team in September 2018, Amsili has been involved with coordinating soil health extension and research activities across New York State. Recent extension and research activities include the 2022 Soil Health and Climate Resiliency Field Day series, the NY Soil Health Specialist Training Series, and the Characterization of Soil Health in New York State reports and manuscript.
Lydia English
Field Crops Viability Manager, Practical Farmers of Iowa, Ames, IA. As the field crops viability manager, English oversees cost-share and business development projects that empower farmers to grow more cover crops and small grains in extended rotations, increasing the number of acres of cover crops and small grains in Iowa and across the Midwest.
Tim Crews
Chief Scientist, The Land Institute, Salina, KS. Crews is a soil ecologist who researches how soil carbon and nutrient dynamics change in the transition from annual to perennial grain cropping systems.
Tim Hammerich
Host and Producer of the Future of Agriculture and Soil Sense Podcasts, Boise, ID. Beginning his career as a commodity trader, Hammerich is now the host of two popular ag podcasts, the Future of Agriculture and Soil Sense. Additionally, he serves as the Senior Director of Strategic Communications at Cogent Consulting and Communications and is the founder of AgGrad, an ag-focused recruiting company.