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Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae



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.



Professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, 7/18-present.

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, University of Vermont, 5/08-6/18.

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.




EXTRAMURAL SUPPORT (within past 10 years)

Neher, D.A. Worm-composted dairy manure to control fungal pathogens in vegetable crops. Farmers Advocating for Organic, 4/15/20-3/13/22, $21,966.

Neher, D.A. Anaerobic soil disinfestation to control soilborne pathogen Rhizoctonia solani in Vermont field conditions. NE-SARE Partnership Program ONE19-343, 8/1/19-12/31/21, $30,000.

Barlow, J., Neher, D.A. Bedding strategies that promote udder health and milk quality by fostering a beneficial microbiome on organic dairy farms. USDA-NIFA-2018-51300-28561 Organic Research Education Initiative, 9/1/18-08/31/21, $994,898.

Dvorak, S., Curtis, M. D., Roy, E., Neher, D. A., and Joblin, R. Recovery of phosphorus from digested dairy manure. Vermont Phosphorus Innovation Challenge, 9/1/18-8/31/19, $40,500.

Barlow, J. and Neher, D.A. Dairy Center of Excellence, Integrated bedded pack management and fly control reduce mastitis risk by promoting a beneficial teat skin microbiome, 5/1/15-4/30/18, $149,971.

Neher, D.A., and Donnelly, C. United States Department of Agriculture, Agriculture Research Service, Specific Cooperative Agreement 58-1245-4-110, Persistence of enteric pathogens in manure-amended soils in northeast U.S. produce-growing environments, 9/29/14-9/28/18, $500,000.

Neher, D.A. Regional assessment of the quality control, food safety, environmental, user perception and marketing outlets of diverting food scraps from landfills. Northeastern Experiment Station Directors Planning Grant NE1502, 2/1/15-1/31/16, $10,000.

Neher, D.A. Green Mountain Power Corporation, Plant toxicity tests, 12/1/13-12/31/14, $4,240.

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.


    Ecological Applications (2017-present)

    Journal of Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems, Board of Editors (2009-present)

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

    Plant Disease, Associate Editor (1994-1996)



Semi-finalist, Global Foodshot Soil 3 Groundbreaker Prize, 2019

Soil Ecology Society, Service Award, 2017

Ecological Society of America, Soil Ecology Section announces new Deborah A. Neher Career Award, 2015

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

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



Organization of Nematologists of Tropical America (2015-present)

     Past-President (2018-2019), President (2017-2018), Vice President (2016-2017)

Ecological Society of America (1986-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)



Ad-hoc reviewer for 30+ peer-reviewed journals, Publons


Ad-hoc reviewer for grant programs funded by National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Energy, and  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. 


The Land Institute

    Board of Directors member (2019-present)


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)


Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture

    Board of Directors, Member (1997-1999)


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