Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Doctorate, The Pennsylvania State University, 2010.
Master of Science, The Pennsylvania State University, 2007.
Bachelor of Science, Kutztown University, 2001.
Research Interests/Current Research
My research program aims to increase cropping sustainability by harnessing ecological phenomena and offsetting off-farm inputs with biological processes. Much of my research is field based and conducted at the Musgrave Research Farm and collaborating farms, but I also work across scales and disciplines to develop innovative management strategies, quantify cropping system performance, and advance agroecological theory. I am currently focused on expanding the role of cover crops by overcoming obstacles that limit their adoption and identifying management strategies that maximize their benefits. I am also interested in diversifying crop rotations, exploring the impacts of conservation agriculture on soil health and drought tolerance, and developing perennial grain-based cropping systems.
Presentations and Activities
•Effects of Soil Fertility and Tillage on Weeds in Long-Term Organic Grain Cropping Systems Experiments. February 2013. Baltimore, MD.
•Organic Cash Grain Yields and Economics. January 2013. Saratoga Springs, NY.
•High planting density improves weed suppression from cereal rye mulch and increases crop yield in herbicide-free no-till soybean. October 2012. Cincinnati, OH.