University of Vermont

cals
College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences

Department of Plant and Soil Science

Current Graduate Students

  • add alt tag Tucker Andrews
    Soil Ecology, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Deborah Neher
  • 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, Ph.D. 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
  • add alt tag Dana Christel
    Soil Science, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Josef Gorres
  • add alt tag Agrin Davari
    Entomology, IPM, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Bruce Parker
  • add alt tag Carol Delaney
    Agronomy, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Sidney Bosworth

    Carol is looking at quality of yield in cultivation of woody plants as forage for goats. Her research in the Northeast USA will support her goal of working in countries with extensive grazing systems.

  • add alt tag Caleb P. Goossen
    Agronomy, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Sidney Bosworth

    Caleb is researching methods of providing year round access to organic dairy feeds and forages with increased beneficial fatty acid profiles.

  • add alt tag Elisabeth Hodgdon
    Entomology, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Yolanda Chen

    Elisabeth is developing ecologically-based and economical pest management options for growers. Her objective is to develop a pheromone mating disruption system for management of swede midge, an invasive pest of vegetable crops.

  • 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 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

  • 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 to improve the quality of stormwater runoff. She is also investigating whether these filters could act as potential sources of greenhouse gases. 

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

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

  • add alt tag Rebecca Tharp
    Sustainable Landscape Design, Ph.D. candidate
    Advisor: Stephanie Hurley
  • add alt tag Alisha Utter
    Food Systems, M.S. candidate
    Advisor: Jason Parker
  • 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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