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Marshall McDaniel  marsh@iastate.edu  |  google scholar 

Associate Professor in Soil-Plant Interactions | Agronomy Department at Iowa State University

 

The fearless leader, and mischeif maker.

 

Hobbies:  My spare time is spent playing guitar and bass, mtn biking, playing board games (and card games). 

Lab Manager

Stephen Potter  swpotter@iastate.edu

Research Technician

 

Curious about biology, plant ecology, and microbiology

 

Hobbies:  fishing, reading, hiking, and camping

Professional & Scientific Staff
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Tim Youngquist  timyoung@iastate.edu

Agricultural Specialist

 

Curious about water quality, perennial crops, finding space for wildlife habitat within agricultural systems

 

Hobbies: native plant propagation, ecological restoration, old house preservation, chickens, time with my family

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Matt Woods  mwoods@iastate.edu

Agricultural Specialist

 

Curious about everything agronomy.

 

Hobbies:  music, sports, and outdoor activities.

Postdoctoral Researchers
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Jared Flater  jflater@iastate.edu    |   twitter

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. in Agriculture Biosystems Engineering from ISU in 2020

Curious about healthy soil microbiomes, belowground systems, improving agriculture through soil biology. 

 

Hobbies: running (esp. long distance), hiking and camping with wife and dog, conservation/naturalism

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Cole Dutter  cdutter@iastate.edu

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. in Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture from ISU 2022

 

Curious about cropping systems, soil health, farming externalities and sustainable agriculture.

 

Hobbies: beekeeping, backpacking, cycling, gardening and reading

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Toby Adjuik  tadjuik@iastate.edu   |   google scholar    |   twitter

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. in Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering from U. of Kentucky 2022

 

Curious about  soil greenhouse fluxes, process-based and machine learning modeling, and soil amendments.

 

Hobbies:cooking, listening to podcasts, soccer, and working out

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Ala Khaleel  akhaleel@iastate.edu   |   google scholar    |   twitter

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. Student in Soil Science and Environmental Science

 

Curious about soil health and water quality, deep soil organic C, and C & N cycling related enzymes. 

 

Hobbies: reading, camping, hiking, birdwatching, basketball, cooking, music, piano, time with my family.   

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Ashani Thilakarathne   ashanit@iastate.edu  

Postdoctoral Researcher

 

Curious about sustainable agriculture, water quality, soil health, cover crops and N2O emissions.

 

Hobbies: reading, dancing, cooking and traveling with family.

 

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Hyeonji Song  mhyeonjis@iastate.edu   

Postdoctoral Researcher, Ph.D. in Soil Science

Curious about soil C & N dynamics in climate change, soil and plant interactions in different cropping systems.

Hobbies: travelling, playing drum, something historical, listening to music.

Graduate Students
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Malcolm St Cyr  mystcyr@iastate.edu   |   twitter

M.S. in Soil Science

 

Curious about soil formation and fertility, and using combination to manage soil-plant interactions.

 

Hobbies: discovering historical figures/places by reading or traveling, watching movies/documentaries,             listening to music, and having conversations.

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Jessica Nelson  jnelson9@iastate.edu

Ph.D. Student in Soil Science & Sustainable Agriculture

 

Curious about the plant-microbe-soil interactions, building resiliency, and producing more balanced food.

 

Hobbies: gardening, traveling, hiking, training, healthy food, crystal collecting, and spending time with animals.  

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Ally Larson   aclarson@iastate.edu

M.S. in Agronomy

Curious about cover crops and the relationship between soil health and sustainable agriculture systems.

Hobbies: reading, spending time with family and friends, and anything outdoors.

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Max Eness  meness@iastate.edu

Ph.D. in Soil Science

Curious about the relationship between yield and sustainability, ag-based climate solutions and how plants influence their own environment. 

 

Hobbies: games of all sorts, fencing, wood working and all things history.  

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Mila Victorio Pessotto  pessotto@iastate.edu

Ph.D. in Agronomy

Curious about sustainable production systems, cover crops, soil fertility and soil health

 

Hobbies: reading, barbecuing, and spending time with family and friends  

Undergraduate Students
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Sage Coffman  sagec1@iastate.edu

B.S. in Environmental Science

 

Curious about soil health, water quality, conservation practices, and social issues in agriculture.

 

Hobbies: fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and farming.

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Estelle Venable  evenable@iastate.edu 

B.S. in Agronomy

 

Curious about the way in which soil microbes are affected after wildfire.

 

Hobbies: camping, hiking, & spending time with my cat, Mung Bean!

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Sokhna Khadija Mbacke  smbacke@iastate.edu

B.S. in Agronomy

Curious about plant production and management practices for soil preservation. 

 

Hobbies: working out and cooking.

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Sydney Pottebaum  sydpott@iastate.edu

B.S. in Independent Studies
 

Curious about water quality, sustainability, and the relationship between soil and climate change.

 

Hobbies: running, swing dancing, and puzzles/games

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Rebekah Veldboom  rveld@iastate.edu

B.S. in Environmental Science

Curious about about land and water use, prairie conservation, and biodiversity in soils and plant communities

 

Hobbies: outdoor adventures, reading, listening to music, piano, and tennis

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Marisol Argueta-Hernandez   marisol1@iastate.edu

B.S. in Horticulture

Curious about sustainability and plant and floral recreation.

Hobbies: crafting, movie nights, and singing.

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Grace Wetterling   gracew27@iastate.edu

B.S. in Microbiology

Curious about plant, soil, and microbe interactions, the effects of cover cropping, and the future of our soils.

Hobbies: baking, cooking, reading, and puzzles.

...this could be you

We are frequently looking for new people to join the lab.  Please contact us for details.

Lab Alumni

Zach Simpson (Postdoc 2021-2022) - now at USDA-ARS in Ft. Collins, CO
Kate Glanville (Postdoc 2020-2021) - now at NRCS in Salina, Kansas
Britt Moore (Postdoc 2020-2021) - now faculty at University of North Carolina - Wilmington
Morgan Davis (Postdoc 2018-2020) 
- now faculty at University of Missouri
Mriganka De (Postdoc 2017-2020) - now faculty at Minnesota State University
Michael Lawrinenko (Postdoc 2017) - now at EPA in Ada, OK
Reid Barker (M.S. in Soil Science and Environmental Science 2023) - Dr. Matt Helmer's Lab at ISU
Wes Kramer (M.S. in Agronomy) - now at Syngenta in Slater, IA
Christar Kin (B.S. in Biological Systems Engineering 2022, MBA 2023) - now at The Foth Companies in Des Moines, IA

Valeria Cano Camacho
 (M.S. 2022) - now at Practical Farmers of Iowa in Ames, IA
Derrick Kapayou (M.S. in Sustainable Agriculture and M.A. in Anthropology 2022) - now Ph.D. Student at ISU
Emma Molburg (M.S. in Soil Science 2022) - now at NRCS in Galesburg, IL
Tomás Sitzmann (M.S. in Soil Science 2020) - now Ph.D. Student at Grignani & Zavattaro Labs at University of Turin
Teresa Middleton (M.S. in Soil Science 2019) - now at Iowa Soybean Association
Jacob Studt (M.S. in Soil Science 2019) - now in Heaton Lab at University of Illinois
Rebecca Baldwin-Kordick (M.S. in Soil Science 2018) - now at Mad Agriculture
Casey Luke 
(B.S. in Agronomy 2022) - now M.S. in Geospatial Lab for Soil Informatics (Miller Lab) at ISU Agronomy
Allee Koestner (B.S. in Agronomy 2022) - now at Advanced Agrilytics
Jean Etnyre (B.S. in Environmental Science 2021) - now graduate student at Arizona State University
Terry West (B.S. in Agronomy 2021) - now in Omaha, NE

Haley Wilson (B.S. in Agronomy 2021) - now at the National Resource Conservation Service
Perla Carmenate (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Jack Pieper (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student at Oregon State University
Justin Hunter (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student in 
Davis Lab at University of Missouri
Carrie Dodd (B.S. in Animal Ecology 2020) - now technician at University of Texas A&M
Theresa Brehm (B.S. in Agronomy 2020) - now graduate student in Culman Lab at Ohio State University
Mitchell Roush (B.S. in Agronomy  2017) - now graduate student with Dr. Andrew Manu

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