Dr. Avishesh Neupane has been a postdoc in our laboratory since 2019. This past month, he joined Bayer as a post doctorate soil microbiologist. While in our lab, Avi’s research has contributed to our understanding of SOC in agricultural systems, including the influence of manganese, nitrogen, biochar, and microplastics on SOC dynamics, and the use of stable carbon isotopes to determine how global change will influence SOC. He has been instrumental in optimizing analytical techniques in our lab with his expertise in gas chromatography, dry combustion, and isotope-ratio mass spectrometry machines. Most importantly, he has helped all of us to grow into better scientists and people. He is now stationed in St. Louis, Missouri. Congratulations Dr. Neupane and please stay in touch!
Master’s student Amanda Kramer and undergraduate student Emily Walker have received the award for “Volunteer of Distinction” from UTK’s Office of the Provost. This award recognizes academic excellence among undergraduate and graduate students, and only a few awards are granted to each department every year. Amanda’s research has focused on the impacts of cover crop diversity on nutrient availability and crop productivity, and Emily’s research has focused on the effects of agricultural farming practices on pollinator diversity and abundance. We are very proud of Amanda and Emily for this huge recognition!
Dr. Jagadamma has received the University of Tennessee Graduate Student Senate’s Graduate Research Mentor of the Year award. She was chosen as the top mentor out of 20+ applications. Thank you for your hard work and dedication to mentoring the next generation of soil scientists, Dr. Jagadamma!
Drs. Surendra and Shikha Singh have recently joined Washington State University to lead Lind Dryland Station. Surendra has become the new director and agronomist at the Station, and Shikha has taken the role of research assistant professor and soil scientist. They will lead long-term soil health research in arid farmlands, one of the largest and most challenging areas to grow crops in the world. We are looking forward to see what Surendra and Shikha will accomplish in their new roles!
We are excited to announce that Dr. Jagadamma has received the Research Award from the University of Tennessee Chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the International Honor Society of Agriculture. Thank you Sindhu for your contributions to the advancement of agriculture through soil health research!
Rounak Patra has authored a post on the Ecological Society of America Early Career Ecology Section’s blog. He gives an overview of the potential for deep soils to capture and store carbon in agroecosystems. Great job Rounak!
Read the post here:
The Pandora’s box of subsoil carbon storage under conservation agriculture: Curse or a blessing in disguise?
Congratulations to Amanda Kramer, who successfully defended her Masters thesis: “The impacts of cover crop diversity on nutrient availability and crop productivity.” Her major advisor was Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma and committee members were Dr. Lori Duncan, Dr. Debashish Saha, and Dr. Sreedhar Upendram. Amanda is working towards becoming an extension agent.
We are very proud of you Amanda!
Ravi Teja Neelipally, PhD student in Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma’s group, was selected for the 2022 Hans Jenny Soil Field Trip Award from the Soil Science Society of America. In his research, Ravi is developing organic grain rotation systems to meet the needs of Tennessee farmers and facilitate their transition to organic agriculture. This award will fund his trip to the Rodale Institute near Kutztown, Pennsylvania, where the modern Organic Movement began 70 years ago. He is eager to learn about exciting new research and to discuss his own research with professionals and farmers. Way to go, Ravi Teja!
Undergraduate Emily Walker presented her research on the effects of agricultural farming practices on pollinator diversity and abundance at the University of Tennessee’s annual Discovery Day. We are proud of you Emily!
Congratulations to Ashleigh Montgomery, who successfully defended her Masters thesis: “Manganese Geochemistry and Plant Availability in Response to Agricultural Practices.” While at UTK, Ashleigh received numerous awards and recognitions, including travel and presentation awards at the ASA-SSSA-CSSA meeting and the Extraordinary Professional Promise award from UT. Her major advisor was Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma and committee members were Dr. Elizabeth Herndon (ORNL Environmental Science Division) and Dr. Carl Sams (UTK Department of Plant Science). Ashleigh’s research was funded by Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She has recently moved to a doctoral position at the University of Delaware. We will miss you Ashleigh!