Spring 2023 

MONDAY'S AT 2:30 PM IN LILY 2-425 

February 6, 2023

Dr. Christopher W. Fernandez
Assistant Professor
Syracuse University
Department of Plant Biology


Title TBA

Our lab aims to understand how plants and soil microbes interact to control ecosystem processes and properties in both managed and natural systems, with an emphasis on mycorrhizal associations.

February 13, 2023

Dr. Lori Hoagland
Purdue University
Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture



The primary goal of my research program is to support the continued growth and long-term sustainability of local food systems. Diversifying Midwest production systems to include high-value specialty crops and integrating crop production into cities can increase productivity and bring a broad set of other social and ecological benefits. However, growers in these environments may struggle to produce high quality crops because their soils have become degraded and/or contaminated, and they have few options to control pests.

February 20, 2023

Dr. Bob Nielsen
Purdue University
Department of Agronomy


"Using field scale research, including on-farm research, to evaluate simple agronomic questions"

Dr. Nielsen is a Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University with major responsibilities for Extension education in corn management systems for the state of Indiana. Originally from Nebraska, he joined the Agronomy staff at Purdue in 1982 after obtaining M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is actively involved with Purdue’s Crop Diagnostic Training Center, a hands-on educational facility located at the Purdue Agronomy Farm. His current field research involves investigations into the relationship between crop canopy reflectance and optimum nitrogen fertilizer rates in corn, on-farm seeding rate trials, on-farm nitrogen rate trials, and the productive utilization of site-specific crop management tools.

february 27, 2023

Dr. Jin Liu
Associate Professor
McGill University 
Department of Civil Engineering


"Degrade or not degrade – the evolving science on the environmental stability of highly fluorinated organics"

Professor Liu’s expertise include environmental engineering, environmental analytical chemistry and environmental microbiology. The main focus of her research is on developing analytical methods for emerging pollutants, such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and microplastics, the environmental fate of organic contaminants in natural and engineered systems, the development of in-situ and ex-situ remediation technologies. Her research team is also working on developing next-generation water treatment technologies.

march 6, 2023

Dr. Laurel Royer
Lead Environmental Chemist
Desimone Consulting Engineers



More information to come...

march 20, 2023 

Dr. Jim Camberato
Purdue University
Department of Agronomy


What we know about corn response to S fertilization in Indiana and what remains to be learned.

Dr. Jim Camberato is an Extension soil fertility specialist at Purdue. In general my research and Extension programs center on soil fertility, fertilizers, and plant nutrition. Specific emphasis has been on determining appropriate rates of N fertilization for corn and evaluating tools for fine-tuning N recommendations. Most recently research and Extension efforts are addressing corn response to starter fertilizer and sulfur and boron fertilization.

March 27, 2023

Dr. Andrea Jilling
Assistant Professor
Oklahoma State University
Plant & Soil Sciences



Dr. Jilling earned a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural and Environmental Science from McGill University in 2011. After working on a series of vegetable farms in Quebec, Connecticut and New Hampshire, she then conducted doctoral work at the University of New Hampshire as a member of Dr. Stuart Grandy’s research group. Dr. Jilling draws from soil biochemistry, ecology and mineralogy to inform our fundamental and practical understanding of soil fertility and soil health. Research and teaching efforts focus on soil organic matter dynamics and soil-plant-microbe interactions.

April 3, 2023

Dr. Morgan Irons
Cornell University 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Integrative Plant Science Soil and Crop Sciences



Morgan’s research interests are in understanding how biogeochemical cycles and feedbacks are initially established in regolith and degraded soils from Earth and other planetary bodies. Her PhD research specifically looks at soil organic matter stabilization, organo-mineral interactions, and microbiome dynamics in soil aggregates experiencing Earth gravity, microgravity, and different environmental stressors.

April 10, 2023

Dr. Fangming Xiao
University of Idaho
Department of Plant Sciences



More information to come...

April 17, 2023

Dr. Byung-Kook Ham
Assistant Professor
University of Saskatchewan
Department of Biology



Our research interests involve the material transports through the plant vascular system within a whole plant body. Our works have been on investigating the molecular pathways of protein and RNA transports through the phloem translocation stream and has provided significant insights into the role played by the plant vascular system regarding the long-distance transport of information macromolecules.

We utilize functional genomics, cell biology, physiological, molecular biological, and protein chemistry approaches to validate the role of these systemic signals that function to integrate root and shoot growth, under control and nutrient-stress conditions.