Welcome! I’m thrilled to be joining the University of Delaware Department of Plant and Soil Sciences as Assistant Professor in Agroecology and Sustainable Crop Production Systems in Fall 2023! Please check out the opportunities page if you are a prospective student or postdoc interested in doing research on sustainable nutrient cycling in agroecosystems. We investigate how diversified cropping systems, alternatives to synthetic fertilizers, and increased reliance on soil nutrient pools can be leveraged to tighten nutrient cycles and reduce harmful nutrient losses. We explore how to maximize ecosystem services such as food production, soil health, and clean water, while minimizing eutrophication, greenhouse gas production, and habitat and biodiversity loss in various agroecosystems. We use field, greenhouse, lab, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and synthesis work to answer a range of applied and basic research questions across multiple scales, such as field, cropping system, landscape scale, and larger.
The Agroecology Lab at University of Delaware works continually to create a welcoming and inclusive environment to all. We strive to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in teaching, research, and outreach, to promote and contribute to open science, and to make the world a better place with our scientific and outreach work. We seek to improve the culture in science and academia by empowering lab members to explore diverse paths and succeed in their careers, and finding ways to make our research useful to others. We help each other fight imposter’s syndrome, burnout, and other systemic problems in academia. We highly encourage Black, Indigenous, people of color, and those of underrepresented minority groups to apply to opportunities in the lab. We do not tolerate harassment based on race, religion, nationality, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental abilities, body size, physical appearance, or beliefs. Stay tuned for a full code of conduct.