Committee

Leanna LeverichLeanna Leverich, Committee Co-Chair

(lever115@umn.edu)

Leanna is a Master's student in the Applied Plant Sciences program studying soil nutrient management at the University of Minnesota. She received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in Agronomy and Life Sciences Communication leading her to her current studies in soils. Leanna's research focuses on the potential for soil phosphorus loss in corn-soybean rotations throughout the state of Minnesota. She hopes to continue working on research with direct application to farmers and Mid-western agriculture.

 

PictureSara Tirado, Committee Co-Chair

(tirad014@umn.edu)

Sara is a second year PhD student in Plant Breeding and Plant Molecular Genetics within the Applied Plant Sciences Program at UMN working with maize genomics and phenomics. She holds a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Iowa State University. Her research interests are focused on developing and implementing novel tools for field-based phenomics and quantitative trait characterization. 
 
 
 
 
 

PictureSydney Schiffner, Committee Member

Sydney is an M.S. student emphasizing in Agronomy/Agroecology in the department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. She received her B.S. degree in Ecology from the University of Minnesota, and found an interest in agronomy during those studies. Sydney is currently researching the potential of Silphium integrifolium (rosinweed) for use as a perennial oil seed crop. These studies include examining proper cropping systems to use with the plant, as well as configuring appropriate dates for seeding the plant.

 

Cody HoerningCody Hoerning, Committee Member

Cody Hoerning is finishing a Master's degree in Agronomy and transitioning to a PhD where he will continue working on camelina and pennycress, two winter annual cover crops that are intended to be used for oilseed production. He holds a B.S. degree in Agronomy from UW-Madison. His current research project focuses on implementing  winter oilseeds into a corn and soybean rotations, where they can offer both economic and agro-ecosystem benefits. His specific research is focused on the management of soybean cyst nematode and weeds in this system.

 

PictureMatthew Ott, Committee Member

Matthew is a first year PhD student developing a breeding program for camelina. He grew up in ranching country in Southwestern Colorado. He received a B.A. in Environmental Studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN and an M.S. focusing on how the winter annual oilseed cover crops, camelina and pennycress, affect soybean yields and water quality from the University of Minnesota.

 

PictureVijaya Raj Joshi, Committee Member

Vijaya R. Joshi is a third year PhD student in Applied Plant Sciences program advised by Dr. Axel Garcia y Garcia and Dr. Jeff Coulter. He holds a M.S degree in Agronomy from the University of Wyoming. His current research project focuses on nitrogen management in corn using crop simulation models and remote sensing tools. 

 

Becky PictureZhong, Committee Member

Becky Zhong is a second-year PhD student in Plant Breeding and Genetics at the Applied Plant Sciences Program here at UMN. Her research project focuses on genetics and breeding in the dual cropping system of winter barley and soybean. Becky received her B.S. degree in Plant and Soil Sciences at North Carolina State University, and she is very interested in studies related to genetics and breeding and cropping system/agronomy.

 

Jessica CoburnJessica Coburn, Committee Member

Jessica is a M.S. student in Agroecology at the Applied Plant Sciences Program here at UMN. Her research project focuses on researching the use of alfalfa protein concentrate as an aquafeed ingredient. Jessica received her B.S. degree in Environemental Science and Resource Management at University of Washington Seattle, and she is very interested in the Twin Cities local food system.

 

 

Vivian WautersVivian Wauters, Committee Member

Vivian is a second year PhD student at the Applied Plant Sciences program studying the science, practice, and movement of agreocology in Midwest horticultural systems. Her research focus is on cover crops, soil quality, prioritizing research of interest and relevance to vegetable farmers, and meaningfully involving them in the research process. Her main research project is a collaboration with farmers to assess the effects of summer cover crops on diversified vegetable rotations. 

 

 

 

 

 

Alex Hummel, Committee Member