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Surendra Singh Defends His PhD!!

Surendra Singh has successfully defended his PhD. The title of his thesis is: Soil Health Assessment for the Agroecosystems of West Tennessee. His major advisor is Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma and members of his Committee are Dr. Daniel Yoder, Dr. Forbes Walker, and Dr. Frank Yin. Dr. Singh is moving to Oregon State University in Pendleton, Oregon where he will be a postdoctoral researcher.

Congratulations to Dr. Singh!

USDA NIFA Grant Funding!!!

Biosystems Engineering & Soil Science faculty, Drs. Sindhu Jagadamma, Jaehoon Lee, Lori Duncan, Plant Sciences faculty Angela McClure and Tyson Raper, and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology faculty Stephanie Kivlin will work on USDA NIFA grant: “Optimizing Plant-Soil-Microbial Interactions through Crop Diversification to Enhance Sustainability in Southeastern Croplands.” This 4-yr project will be led by Dr. Jagadamma. For more information, please refer to:

MS and PhD positions available in our lab!!!

Jagadamma lab has one MS and one PhD position to study the role of Manganese in organic carbon cycling in agricultural soils. This is a collaborative project with the Environmental Sciences Division of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma from University of Tennessee and Dr. Elizabeth Herndon from ORNL will jointly supervise the students. Preferred start date is Summer or Fall 2020. Strong fundamental knowledge and skills in geochemistry and microbial ecology are required for these positions. The selected applicants will also gain access to ORNL’s research capabilities. Interested applicants should direct their applications to Dr. Sindhu Jagadamma (, 865-974-2690) or Dr. Elizabeth Herndon (, 865-341-0330).

ASA-CSSA-SSSA annual meetings 2019!!!

Jagadamma lab attended the American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America annual meetings 2019 in San Antonio (Nov 10-13). Sutie Xu, our post-doctoral research associate gave an oral presentation. Surendra Singh, our PhD student, presented a poster in Soil Health community and got 1st place in the graduate student poster competition. Shikha Singh, PhD student, delivered both a poster and an oral presentation in Global Climate Change community and got 1st place in graduate student poster competition.

Welcome Dr. Avishesh Neupane!!!

Dr. Avishesh Neupane recently joined Jagadamma Lab as a post doctoral associate. He recently finished his PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. He is broadly interested  in finding how environmental changes influence plant-soil-microbial interactions. Here, he will be working on a new funded project by Tennessee Department of Agriculture to understand soil health benefits from cover crops integrated production systems in TN.

New PhD student joins our lab!!!

Rounak Patra recently joined the lab as a Ph.D. student. Rounak is an aspiring soil ecologist. He received an integrated B.S. and M.S. degree from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) in Kolkata, India. His M.S. research focused on answering ecological questions in the eastern Himalayas. Welcome Rounak!

Manuel Sabbagh defends his MS thesis!

Manuel Sabbagh, our MS student, successfully defended his MS thesis on May 15, 2019. His MS research focused on determining the effects of cover crop species on residue decomposition and soil nitrogen availability. Many congratulations to Manny and best wishes for his future!!!