Grad Student Research

W. Kess Berg

W. Kess Berg received his B.S. in Agronomy from The Ohio State University in 1996. He then left Wapakoneta, Ohio, and enrolled at Purdue University to pursue a M.S. in plant physiology under the direction of Dr. Jeff Volenec. Kess completed his M.S. in 2002. His thesis focused on the impact of phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) on alfalfa yield and nutrient utilization. For his Ph.D. with Dr. Volenec, Kess studied how P and K alter the physiological and biochemical mechanisms in roots that are responsible for enhanced alfalfa yield and persistence. Kess received his Ph.D. in 2004.

Ignacio Conti

Ignacio Conti:   I am a native of Mar del Plata, Argentina and completed my undergraduate education (Ir. degree, or the approximate equivalent of a B.Sc.) at the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata in Balcarce in 2001.   I was employed as an agronomist by McCain's of Argentina before coming to Purdue University to start my MS studies in June of 2003.   My thesis research concerning No-till Soybean Yield and Quality Responses to Phosphorous and Potassium Fertilization Management in Prior Corn is being conducted under the supervision of Dr. Tony J. Vyn.   My research objectives are to evaluate the residual effects of banded versus broadcast P and K fertilizer for prior corn on subsequent soybean yield and K accumulation in management systems with and without additional broadcast K application before soybean.   I am also investigating spatial variability of soybean yields and seed quality in no-till production systems.

Jamalyn N. Evans

Jamalyn N. Evans. (K-Fellow). I am a Master’s student from Terre Haute, Indiana. I received my bachelor’s degree in Plant Genetics and Breeding from the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University in May 2002. Following that, I worked as a nursery manager for a corn breeding program in southern Indiana. My graduate studies began in fall 2003 on a rotation basis in three labs where I am studying 1) the effects and interactions of P and K on alfalfa root development (with Jeff Volenec); the effects of K deficiency on stalk morphology and strength in corn (with Sylvie Brouder); and soil K chemistry and soil K testing (with Brad Joern).

Fabian G. Fernandez

Fabian G. Fernandez (Sylvie Brouder/Craig Beyrouty). I am originally from the province of La Pampa, Argentina. I received both B.S. and M.S. degrees from Brigham Young University in 2000 and 2002 respectively. My M.S. degree was on soil chemistry of anthrosols. In fall semester 2002 I came to Indiana to start my Ph.D. with Drs. Brouder and Beyrouty. I am studying the effect of potassium status in the soil, root morphology, and soil moisture content as it relates to soybean yield and seed quality.

Shane M. Howard

Shane M. Howard (Jeff Volenec and Brad Joern). I received my B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from Purdue University in 2002. My masters thesis work involves phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) fertilizer effects on soil P and K concentrations, and alfalfa yield responses. My results will be used to re-calibrate alfalfa responses to P and K fertilization.

Ann M. Kline

Ann M. Kline (Tony Vyn). Ann M. Kline is originally from Steuben County, in northeast Indiana. After 2 years at Huntington College in Huntington, Indiana, she transferred to Purdue and in 1999, completed a B.S. in Agronomy. In 2000, she began work on a M.S. in Agronomy with the help of Dr. Tony Vyn. For her thesis, she studied the effects of deep banding phosphorus and potassium in corn. In 2003, Ann accepted a position as a Research Associate with Pioneer Hi-Bred International. She is currently working for Pioneer in Princeton, Illinois, and is in the process of completing her M.S. thesis.