Visiting Assistant Professor
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Leo is a professor with focus in ecology, agriculture, and soil science. His main goal is to develop soil health and management solutions for agriculture and other working landscapes.
Samaneh Tajik, Postdoctoral Scholar
Samaneh is a postdoctoral researcher in perennial grain cropping systems at the Ohio State University. She is a soil scientist and data analyst whose scientific interests are on discovering relationships among environmental parameters using linear and nonlinear models and machine learning. Her current research is focused on exploring the impact of agricultural system design and management on soil health parameters, grain, and forage yield of Kernza. In addition, as a part of two USDA-funded projects, she will bridge organic and non-organic field research with environmental and enterprise budget data from several field sites located across the US.
Aline de Camargo Santos, Postdoctoral Scholar
Aline started her career in agricultural research as an agronomist in 2012 at the University of São Paulo. She continued her studies, earning a M.Sc. and a Ph.D. degree from the University of Florida in the summers of 2019 and 2023, respectively. Throughout her career journey, she has focused on plant and soil nutrition, plant ecophysiology, and crop stress resilience. Her ultimate goal is to use her multidisciplinary training to conduct research that has a positive impact on farmers and enables collaboration with researchers at local, regional, and international levels. The primary objective of her research is the development of affordable technologies and strategies to overcome the many adversities that affect farmers. Additionally, she looks forward to improving science communication, which she sees as a way to translate scientific findings into practical results that meet the needs of farmers.
Berenice Montano, Visiting Scholar
Berenice is a visiting scholar from El Salvador, who graduated from Pan American Agricultural School Zamorano in Environment and Development. Berenice has experience working with organic materials focussed on circular economy and environmental auditories. Berenice is passionate about the processing and analysis of waste to get new agricultural and food products. Besides, in 2022 she interned in the Hemp Extension program of the University of Kentucky where she practiced data collection in research of hemp, tobacco, and corn; additionally, crop management considering climate change and different agricultural practices. She is excited about learning with our program and extending her knowledge in the physicochemical analysis of soil and the study of kernza grain.
Elizabeth Gilson, Student Assistant
Elizabeth is an undergraduate student at Ohio State University, studying Agronomy. Elizabeth has achieved her associate's and is pursuing her bachelor's degree. She worked for the OARDC research greenhouses under the Horticulture and Crop Science department for two years. Elizabeth is interested in soil fertility and the effects of nutrient runoff on crops and the surrounding environment. She hopes to gain experience with IR Spectroscopy and soil analysis applications at the Soil Fertility Lab!
Ben Robinson, Research Associate
Former Lab Leaders
Former Lab Members
|Phoo Pye Zone,
University of California
The Ohio State University
|Camila Gutierrez Manriquez
Muhammad Tariq Saeed
|Mason Gingery, Research Assistant
Elliot Edwards (College of Wooster), Faheem Ali (Case Western University), Aista Sall (University of South Florida), Nakian Kim (Rice University), Otto Oppenheimer Lugo (University of Puerto Rico), Andrew Herzog (Ohio State), Samantha Wander (Ohio State), Noely Gonzalez-Maldonado (University of Puerto Rico), Madison Campbell (Ohio State).
Undergraduate Student Assistants
Alyson Holzworth, Grace Chapman, Caroline Bensman, Brady Linker, Cassian Filbrun, Nick LaRue, Ryan Hayes, Grant Ratliff, Cassie Reed, Annamarie Davies, Hannah Johnson, Lexie Popejoy, Brenden Tully, Jodi Livesay, Kristina Workinger.