University of Vermont

College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Current Graduate Students

  • add alt tag Dana Allen
    Ecological Landscape Design, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Aleksandra Drizo
  • Dana's current project focuses on nutrient management, specifically phosphorus, in agricultural and industrial waste water streams.

  • add alt tag Kristian Brevik
    Insect Agroecology, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Yolanda Chen

    Kristian is interested in the way that humans shape environments and the species that inhabit them. He plans to use genomic techniques to explore how Colorado Potato Beetle became the pest that we now encounter.

  • add alt tag Sarah Coleman
    Ecological Landscape Design, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Stephanie Hurley
  • cording Amanda Cording
    Ecological Landscape Design, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Stephanie Hurley
  • Amanda's research focuses on investigating the mechanisms influencing greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient transformations at various depths in engineered soil media within bioretention cells.

  • add alt tag Dana Christel
    Soil Science, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Josef Gorres
  • add alt tag Anya Cutler
    Soil Ecology, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Deb Neher
  • davari Agrin Davari
    Entomology, IPM, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Bruce Parker
  • delaney Carol Delaney
    Agronomy, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Sidney Bosworth
  • Carol is looking at the quantification and quality of yield along with best management practices for cultivation of woody and browse plants as forage for goats. Her research in the Northeast USA will support her goal of working in countries with extensive grazing systems.

  • fang Lynn Fang
    Soil Ecology, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Deb Neher
  • Lynn’s research focuses on the use of compost in suppressing soilborne plant diseases. She is developing bioindicators for predicting disease suppressive ability in different types of compost.

  • add alt tag Caleb P. Goossen
    Agronomy, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Sid Bosworth
  • Caleb is researching methods of providing year round access to organic dairy feeds & forages with increased beneficial fatty acid profiles. He is also interested in vegetable crop production & breeding.

  • add alt tag Elisabeth Hodgdon
    Entomology, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Bruce Parker

    Elisabeth evaluates plant-mediated biological control practices for management of aphid pests in high tunnel vegetable production systems. She is interested in understanding how increasing plant diversity in horticultural systems supports natural enemies to suppress pest populations, and reduce pesticide use.

  • add alt tag Jason Kokkinos
    Ecological Landscape Design, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Stephanie Hurley
  • add alt tag Grace Matiru
    Sustainable Landscape Design, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Leonard Perry
  • add alt tag Ryan Melnichuk
    Chemistry and Ecology, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Josef Gorres
  • Ryan's current research focuses on the effect of invasive earthworms on forest soil chemistry and resultant effects on soil ecology and vegetative ecology.  Specifically, quantifying changes in biologically available metals and nutrients as well as nitrogen and carbon balances within a system.

  • add alt tag William B. Morris
    Rural Remote Sensing of Agriculture, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Ernesto Mendez
  • Bill Morris is a cartographer in the Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods lab, where his research focuses on the spatial relationships between ecosystem services and agricultural productivity. His work looks at the cultural drivers and implications of land use change in the Champlain Valley.

  • add alt tag Vanesa Perillo
    Soil Science, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Don Ross
  • Vanesa is interested in studying studying the organic P fraction and its speciation, the effect of stream buffer width and land-use on P fractions in streambank soils of the Lake Champlain basin and the transformation rate of organic P to inorganic P when this soil is submerged.

  • Rachel Schattman
    Agroecology, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: V. Ernesto Mendez
  • Rachel's research is climate change adaptation and mitigation on Vermont farms. Of particular interest is how growers cope with increasing weed, pest and disease pressures associated with changing climatic conditions. Rachel also owns Bella Farm in Monkton, VT.

  • Paliza Shrestha
    Ecological Landscape Design, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Stephanie Hurley
  • Paliza is researching the effectiveness of bioretention filters in removing pollutants such as nutrients and heavy metals, and consequently improving the quality of stormwater runoff. She is also interested to study whether these filters could act as potential sources of greenhouse gases. 

  • Chase Stratton
    Insect Agroecology, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Yolanda Chen

    Chase's research interests involve ecologically sound methods of insect management in agricultural settings.  He is currently collaborating with fellow researchers on an invasive insect pest, swede midge (Contarinia nasturtii), to develop control options that may be employed by organic growers.

  • add alt tag Alisha Utter
    Food Systems, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Jason Parker
  • add alt tag Annie White
    Ecological Landscape Design, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Leonard Perry
  • Annie is interested in the mutualistic relationships between plants and pollinators and methods for incorporating native pollinator conservation into sustainable landscaping and agricultural practices.  Annie’s research seeks to improve flowering plant selection for pollinator habitat.

  • add alt tag Kirsten Workman
    Agronomy, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Sid Bosworth
  • Kirsten's work is aimed at identifying agronomic best management practices for Vermont farmers that both protect water quality and improve crop production.  She is conducting on-farm research investigating cover cropping strategies for dairy producers to reduce soil erosion and improve manure nutrient cycling.


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