Committee

 

PictureSydney Schiffner, Committee Co-Chair (schif097@umn.edu)

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.

 

PictureCody Hoerning, Committee Co-Chair (hoern012@umn.edu)

Cody Hoerning is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Agronomy 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 the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His current research project focuses on implementing  winter annual 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.

 

Charles FrahmCharles Frahm, Committee Member

Charles is a second year Master’s student emphasizing in Agronomy/Agroecology in the department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota. He received his B.S. degree in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Charles is currently researching the potential of Intermediate Wheatgrass for use as a perennial grain crop. His research will focus on plant morphology through time and the effect of various agronomic treatments to the yield components of intermediate wheatgrass.

 

PictureDnyaneshwar Kadam, Committee Member

Dnyaneshwar is a PhD student in Plant Breeding and Plant Molecular Genetics. His dissertation research will explore genomic prediction for hybrid performance in maize using a unique series families derived from crosses between ex-PVP inbred lines. He is also working on Triple Null soybean project aimed at reducing the three anti-nutritional compounds viz. lectin, Kunitz trypsin inhibitors and P34 present in the soybean seed.

 

PictureLeanna Leverich, Committee Member

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.

 

Reagan NolandReagan Noland, Committee Member

Reagan comes from an agricultural background in west central Texas. His research focus is in the integration of conservation management practices in conventional systems. Current projects investigate cover crop establishment, management, and effects in corn-soybean rotations, as well as alternative forage and hay cropping strategies for alfalfa winterkill and/or prevented planting conditions. Other interests include non-destructive methods of crop yield and quality assessment, particularly in alfalfa.

 

PictureMatthew Ott, Committee Member

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

 

PictureVijaya Raj Joshi, Committee Member

Vijaya R. Joshi is a second 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. 

 

PictureSara Tirado, Committee Member

Sara is a first 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. 

 

 

 

Becky PictureZhong, Committee Member

Becky Zhong is a first-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.