DEBORAH A. NEHER

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

 

EDUCATION

Ph.D., Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, 1990.

M.S., Plant Biology, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1986.

B.S., Environmental Science, Summa cum laude, McPherson College, McPherson, KS, 1984.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soi Science, University of of Vermont, 5/08-present.

Associate Professor and Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, 9/04-5/08.

Associate Professor, Dept. of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, 5/02-8/04.

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Earth, Ecological and Environmental Sciences, University of Toledo, 9/96-5/02.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Dept. of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, 1/93-8/96.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Dept. of Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, 8/90-12/92.

Naturalist-Ecologist Fellow, University of Michigan Biological Station, Pellston, Michigan, 6/85-8/85.

 

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

RESEARCH PROJECTS

EXTRAMURAL SUPPORT (within past 10 years)

Neher, D.A.Northeast SARE 2010 Partnership Grant, Compost for management of plant pathogens and weed seeds, 4/1/10-3/31/12, $15,000.

Chen, S., and Neher, D.A. United States Department of Agriculture - CSREES Program 51.2A Arthropod and Nematode Biology and Management (A) Organismal and Population Biology, Ecology of nematode-suppressive soils in Midwest soybean-cropping systems, 1/1/09-12/31/12, $449,000.

Neher, D.A., Berlin, L. and Gilker, R.  United States Department of Agriculture- Natural Resources Conservation Service, Conservation Innovation Grant, Winter pasture and bedded pack management for Vermont dairy farms, 8/16/08-8/15/11, $248,027.

Neher, D.A. University Transportation Center, DOT - Integrated land-use, transportation and environmental modeling: complex systems approaches and advanced policy applications, 9/1/07-8/31/10, $233,585.

Abawi, G.S., Gugino, B.K., Neher, D.A., and LaMondia, J. Northeastern Region-Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education-Professional Development, Training for agricultural service providers in the diagnosis, visual assessment, and management of plant-parasitic nematodes, 5/1/06-11/30/10, $116,115.

Neher, D.A., Giblin-Davis, R., Powers, T.O., and Stock, S. P. National Science Foundation - Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories DEB-0640807, Nematodes of the Tropical Rain Forests of Costa Rica: Linking morphology and MOTUs, 4/1/07-3/31/10, $450,000.

Belnap, J., Kuske, C.R., and Neher, D.A. Department of Energy-Program for Ecosystems Research DE-FG02-05ER63998, Climate change in arid lands: Effects on soil biota and ecosystem processes, 5/1/05-4/30/10 $1,371,375 (UVM portion: $299,493).

Neher, D.A. Modeling spatial-temporal impacts of soil aggregation on total and net nitrogen mineralization by bacterivorous nematodes with contrasting life strategies, USDA-NRICGP 25.0 Soil Processes Program, USDA 2005-3510716262, 9/1/05-8/31/07, $124,000.

Neher, D.A. International US-UK Cooperative Research: Validation of nematode life history-based indices using biomarkers of DNA damage. National Science Foundation - International Opportunities for Science and Engineering - Western Europe Program OISE-0454159, 8/1/04-7/31/05, $11,260.

Neher, D.A., Giblin-Davis, R., Powers, T.O., and Stock, S. P. National Science Foundation - Biodiversity Surveys and Inventories DEB-0450537, Species inventory of nematodes in tropical forests of Costa Rica, 1/1/05-12/31/07, $199,999.

Neher, D.A. USDA-Biotechnology Risk Assessment Program, Effects of coleopteran-active Bt corn on multiple trophic levels in soil communities. USDA-CSREES 2003-04349, 9/15/03-9/14/05, $205,000.

Neher, D.A. USDA-Biotechnology Risk Assessment Program, Impact of Coleopteran-active BT corn on non-target soil micro-faunal communities, 9/15/02-3/14/05, $212,467.

Kuske, C., Belnap, J., and Neher, D.A. Department of Energy-Program for Ecosystems Research, Effects of Altered Precipitation and Temperatures on Soil Food Webs as Mediated by Biological Soil Crusts, 5/1/02-4/30/06, $1,186,000.

EDITORIAL BOARDS

    Journal of Sustainable Agriculture, Board of Editors (2009-present)

    Journal of Nematology, Ecology Editor (2002-2004), Associate Editor (1999-2000)

    Plant Disease, Associate Editor (1994-1996)

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

HW Vogelmann Award for Excellence in Research & Scholarship, UVM, 2009

Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award, UVM, Finalist 2009

 

PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES

Ecological Society of America (1986-present)

    Certified Ecologist (1994-present)

    Agroecology Section, Charter Member (2000-present), Chairperson (2000)

    Soil Ecology Section, Charter Member (1993-present), Chairperson (1993-1995)

    Ecosystem Services Communication Project, Advisory Board (2000-2001)

Soil Ecology Society (1992-present)

    Local Arrangements Chair for National meeting (2008-2009)

    Secretary (1996-1997)

Society of Nematologists (1996-present)

    Local Arrangements Chair for National meeting (2008-2009)

     Executive Board, member (2003-2005)

    Ecology Committee (2002-present), Vice-Chair (2003), Chair (2004)

American Phytopathological Society (1987-present)

    Epidemiology Committee (1994-1997), Vice-Chair (1994-1995), Chair (1995-1996)

    Nematology Committee (1997-2000)

 

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

H. John Heinz III Center for Science, Economics and the Environment

    State of the Nation's Ecosystem Report - Farmlands Work Group member (2000-2002)

     Farmlands Contact Group for 2008 Report (2003-2008)

U.S. Department of Agriculture

    Grant Panel member, NRI Soil Processes, 2008

    Grant Panel member, Biotechnology and Risk Assessment, 2004

    Panelist, Future Directions & Research Priorities for USDA Biotech. Risk Assessment Grants, 2004

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    Scientific Advisory Board member, Report on the Environment 2007: Science Report, EPA response to SAB,

    Grant Panel member, Nonlinear responses to global climate change, 2006

    FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel, Corn Rootworm Plant-incorporated Protectant Non-target Insect Issues, 2002    

    Workshop Series on Bt crop Management and Environmental Effects, 2002

    Ecological Assessment of Bt crops on non-target invertebrates, 2002

    Application of Ordination Tools to Analyze Community Data, 2002

U.S. Department of Energy

    Grant Panel Member, Office of Science, Graduate Fellowship Program, 2010

    Grant Panel member, Nonlinear responses to global climate change, 2006

    Grant Panel member, Program for Ecosystem Research, 2004

National Science Foundation

     Pan-American Sensors for Environmental Observatories (PASEO) Workshop, 2007

National Institutes for Environmental Health Sciences

    Grant Panel member, Molecular Assessment of the Structure and Function of Ecological Populations, 2003

Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture

    Board of Directors, Member (1997-1999)