Kristine recently finished her doctoral work examining the role of herbivores in exotic plant invasion. Using the forest understory exotic plant community as a study system, she studied how and why plant communities assemble, with the ultimate goal of extending this knowledge towards the holistic management of vegetation and wildlife. She found that deer facilitate exotic plant invasion and are an important biotic selection factor in the assembly of plant communities.
Colorado State University
Meagan's work at Penn State focused on understanding and managing for multifunctionality in cropping systems, with an emphasis on the role of cover crops in organic systems. She collaborated on a project evaluating the multiple ecosystem services provided by diverse cover crop mixtures. She also received a USDA AFRI Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the effects of a gradient of cover crop nitrogen availability on corn rhizosphere carbon allocation. In 2014, Meagan joined the faculty at Colorado State University where she is actively engaged in teaching and research.
During his doctoral work Franklin quantified the floristic diversity in eastern PA agroecosystems assessing the relative contribution of commonly occurring landcover types in the region. He also spent a great deal of time sorting out the potential impact of herbicide drift from stacked trait herbicide resistant crops on non-target plants. Franklin moved on to a USDA-ARS post-doc where he conducted a Northeast regional analysis assessing the potential for increasing production of grass fed-dairy milk and cheese. In June 2015, Franklin joined the Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture as their first educational director.
Cleveland State University
After her quantitative work describing the spread and establishment of troublesome invasive plants, Emily received a Fullbright Scholarship then was offered a faculty appointment at St. Mary's College. She assumed her current role at Cleveland State University in 2014 and is excited about her teaching and research position.
Matt joined the faculty in Crop and Soil Sciences at Cornell University in 2012 where he's developing a program in sustainable cropping systems research. Matt's deep background in organic agriculture grew out of his work at the Rodale Institute and carries through his sustainable cropping systems work today.
University of Nebraska
Joe joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in the Fall of 2013. Joe's work centers on teaching pedagogy and methods of assessing teaching effectiveness in the life sciences. He brings theoretical training in post-secondary education and quantitative approaches to describe the population dynamics of organisms.
University of New Hampshire
Rich joined the faculty in Environmental Sciences at the University of New Hampshire in 2010. Rich brings his interests in sustainable agriculture and biological statistics his work at UNH.
Oregon State University
Abbe graduated in May 2016. Her research focused on comparing farmers' motivations to plant cover crops with the actual ecosystem services those crops provide and determining the current and ultimate limitations to cover cropping in the Mid-Atlantic region through farmer interviews, and the differences in cover crop needs among different types of farmers.