What is your position at the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?
Assistant Professor in Cropping Systems, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture
What drew you to the University of Nebraska—Lincoln?
Nebraska is unique from an agricultural perspective, with more crop, livestock and wildlife diversity than other states in the region. As a part of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, I have the opportunity to incorporate conservation into working agricultural landscapes. I have also grown to love spring in the state, including watching the Sand Hill cranes migrate and prairie chickens dance.
What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?
It is a privilege to work with students. I find it extremely rewarding to engage students around topics of sustainability and soil conservation, knowing that they will be the next generation of leaders in the state and world. I am also grateful for the opportunity to expose students from non-agriculture backgrounds to possible careers in agricultural science.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I have completed more than 30 races of a half marathon or greater distance, including eight marathons, since I started graduate school over ten years ago.
What is something that most people don't know about you?
I love sports. I enjoy attending Husker sporting events, especially women’s volleyball.
What is your life like outside of work?
I truly enjoy my work as well as my time relaxing away from work. My partner Aaron (who is a CASNR alum) and I enjoy road trips to interesting places - for example we have taken recent trips to explore civil rights history in Georgia and Alabama, as well as to hike at Yellowstone National Park. We also love cooking for friends and seeing live music.