Student Spotlight: Chris Anuo

Chris Anuo
Meet Chris Anuo, a graduate student from Lagos, Nigeria graduating in December 2023 with an agronomy and horticulture degree.
September 7, 2022

Hometown:Lagos, Nigeria 

Major:Agronomy and Horticulture with concentration in soil and environmental chemistry 

Anticipated Date of Graduation:December 2023 

Why did you decide to come to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

The University of Nebraska is one of the BIG 10 and very strong in agronomy. In fact, it is one of the best in the country. 

What is your favorite thing about the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

Its a diverse community and has a friendly atmosphere. Nebraskans are very nice. 

What about diversity and inclusion is important to you when you think about your CASNR experience? 

As I said earlier, the climate here is really diverse and the university is really doing its best to promote diversity and inclusion. 

Exposure to cultural differences is a huge part of college. What activity have you recently participated in that is different from what you are used to in your culture? This could be something you read, listened to, watched, eaten or otherwise taken part in. What did you learn from this activity? 

American football is something that really surprised me when I came to Nebraska. Nebraskans love their Husker team. Although, I am still learning the game. 

What is your favorite class you have taken so far and why? 

I think my favorite class was soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics taught by Dr. Michael Kaiser, assistant professor of applied soil chemistry from the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. This class exposed me to the fundamentals of soil organic matter (SOM). Also, it taught me how land use and management practices could influence SOM over time, as well as advanced analytical tools used in measuring SOM. These included attenuated total reflectance fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, isotopic characterization of Soil Organic Carbon such as delta 13C and 14C analysis used in tracking the origin of Soil Organic Carbon and its mean residence time in soil. 

What are your plans post-graduation? 

I hope to end up as a research scientist or a professor somewhere, we will see. 

What's life like outside of school? 

I love soccer. It’s my favorite sport. I play and watch soccer, especially the English Premier League. 

Chris has received the following scholarship: the John and Louis Skala Graduate Fellowship.