People

Mark Lundy

Mark Lundy is from Arizona and began working in farming as summer employment when he was in high school. Prior to attending graduate school at UC Davis, he had worked on farms as nearby as the Capay Valley and as faraway as Michigan and Ireland. At UC Davis Mark earned his master’s in International Agricultural Development in 2010 and his doctorate in Agronomy in 2013. His dissertation research focused on nutrient and weed management strategies in California rice systems. He began working as a farm advisor for UC Cooperative Extension in 2013. He was based out of Colusa and served the southern Sacramento Valley for a wide range of annual crops. On October 1, 2015 he began a new role within Cooperative Extension and is now an Assistant CE Specialist in Grain Cropping Systems at UC Davis, with statewide responsibilities for applied research and extension related to small grains and corn.

 

 

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Nicholas George is from Western Australia, where he completed an honors degree in Horticultural Science in 2001, and a doctorate in Crop and Pasture Sciences in 2005, at The University of Western Australia.  He has over a decade of research experience in crop sciences, multi-environment crop variety evaluation, the management of field trials, experimental design and analysis, and crop simulation modeling. His research work has included field and laboratory studies of a diversity of crops including canola, camelina, sweetpotato, switchgrass, Miscanthus and Acacia. He has also provided technical support to research projects involving castor, sugarbeets, potato, saltbush (Atriplex sp.) and Oil Mallee (Eucalyptus sp.).

 

 

MichaelMichael Rodriguez is originally from Covina CA and graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Chemistry emphasis in Environmental Chemistry in 2016. During his undergraduate career Michael conducted undergraduate research in the Dr. Sanjai Parikh’s Environmental Soil Chemistry Lab working on projects to determine the impact of biochar application on nitrate and carbon leaching as well as bioremediation and phytoremediation of oil contaminated soils. Michael began working as a Junior Specialist in June 2016 where his role in the Grain Cropping Systems Lab includes traveling statewide for soil and plant sampling events, performing plant analyses in the field using remote technology to determine crop growth and N fertility, processes soils samples for nitrate testing in the lab, and assisting with crop harvest data collection and organization. Michael hopes to go on to graduate education in Soil Science to pursue his research interests in soil nutrient management and remediation.

 

 

 

TaylorTaylor Nelsen is from North Carolina where she graduated from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill with a BS in Environmental Science and a BA in Geography in 2016. She has been a part of various research teams, modeling the spread of disease in dairy herds, mapping food deserts and investigating the microbiological control of mites in Pichincha, Ecuador. Working with the NC Botanical Gardens and the NC Department of Agriculture Taylor has experience managing a variety of native species as well as crops. Taylor started as a graduate student in the Grain Cropping Systems Lab in September 2016. Her research focuses on nitrogen management in malting barley and aims to collect data with traditional agronomic methods in conjunction with many new technologies such as proximal sensing devices, high resolution imagery and GIS.

 

 

 

 

 

Leah Puro graduated from Skidmore College in upstate New York in 2012. Her work in agriculture began after college in South Carolina, where she spent several years working on and managing organic vegetable and livestock farms. At UC Davis, she is a graduate student in the International Agricultural Development group. Her thesis research focuses on erosion control and soil fertility management in cassava production systems in Northern Vietnam. Leah became a part of the Grain Cropping Systems Lab in January 2017 with an interest in livestock integration for dual purpose wheat systems. She is collecting biomass accumulation, physiological stage, grain accumulation, and regrowth potential data on different nitrogen and water management practices in wheat systems.

 

 

 

 

Taylor Becker is from Vermont and completed her B.S. degree in biochemistry at Miami University in Ohio.  She developed an interest in agriculture and cropping systems through a summer internship in agronomy.  She worked with growers to identify nitrogen deficiencies in fields as well as weed and pest problems.  She started as a graduate student in the Horticulture and Agronomy group at UC Davis in September 2017.  Her research in the Grain Cropping Systems Lab focuses on grain and silage yield responses to nitrogen and irrigation gradients in California corn.  Another focus of her research involves using proximal sensing devices and drone generated images as indicators of yield potential at different growth stages mid-season.