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DR. CHUCK RICE

University Distinguished Professor
Principal Investigator

Charles (Chuck) Rice is a University Distinguished Professor and holds the Vanier University Professorship at Kansas State University.  He is a Professor of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Agronomy.  He earned his degrees from Northern Illinois University and the University of Kentucky.  Dr. Rice teaches courses and conducts research on soil carbon and nitrogen, soil health, microbial ecology, and climate change impacts on agricultural and grassland ecosystems.

DR. MARCOS SARTO

Post Doctoral Researcher

Marcos Sarto is a post-doctoral researcher at the Soil Microbial Agroecology Lab. He received his B.S. and M.S degrees in agronomy from Western Paraná State University. Followed by a Ph.D. from Sao Paulo State University in 2017 with collaborative research with KSU. Marcos has been conducting research on integrated cropping systems that emphasizes soil conservation, sustainable agriculture, soil carbon sequestration, soil aggregation, soil microbial community, and soil health.

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CARLOS B. PIRES

Ph.D. Student

Originally from Southern Brazil, Carlos is a Ph.D. student in Agronomy and Soil Science at Kansas State University. He received his BS in Agronomy from the Federal University of Santa Maria, Brazil, in 2016, and his Master’s degree in Soil Science in 2018 from the same university. His research focuses on testing agricultural practices to improve soil health on the farm level. He is conducting state-wide on-farm studies to measure and communicate the economic and environmental benefits of different soil management practices and generating recommendations for farmers to improve the productivity and sustainability of their farms. On the extension side, Carlos has organized and participated in soil health field days to share his findings and work to raise awareness with farmers about the importance of making agriculture more resilient and sustainable. Carlos enjoys playing soccer, fishing, kayaking, and relaxing around a campfire.

ENDY LOPES KAILER

Ph.D. Student

Born and raised in a small-scale farm in Southern Brazil, Endy is a PhD student in the Agronomy and Soil Science program at Kansas State University. Endy’s research focuses in the use of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi (AMF) in enhancing soil health, aggregation stability and carbon sequestration. Endy received her B.S. degree in Agronomy from Federal University of Viçosa and University of Kentucky and her M.S. degree in Agronomy/Plant Science from Federal University of Viçosa as well. Working with soil science since her first semester as an undergraduate student, Endy has great experience in soil fertility and microbiology. In her free time, Endy enjoys cooking, swimming and playing with her dog.

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CESAR A. GUARESCHI

M.S. Student

Cesar Augusto Guareschi is a master student majoring in Agronomy at Kansas State University in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Lab. He received his B.S. in Agronomy from the University of Passo Fundo, Brazil. Cesar’s research focuses on on-farm soil health across Kansas.

PRISCILA MARCHIORO

Research Scholar

Priscila has a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Federal University of Parana and a master degree from Federal University of Viçosa. She has experience working with citogenetic techniques, molecular biology, DNA extraction, real-time PCR applied for the detection of diseases and the analysis of physical, physiological and health quality of seeds. She is currently working as a Research Scholar in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Laboratory at K-State.

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PEDRO HENRIQUE SOUZA

Research Scholar

Pedro has a B.S. degree in Nutrition Science from Viçosa’s University in Brazil and is currently working as a Research Scholar at the Soil Microbial Agroecology Laboratory at Kansas State University. Pedro has experience in working with arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi, agronomic biofortification and soil science analysis techniques. Pedro enjoys being outdoors, exercising and cooking in his free time.

WAGNER SQUIZANI

Research Scholar

Forest Engineering student at the Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM). He received a scholarship from the Soil Analysis Laboratory (LAS) at the Federal University of Santa Maria (2015-2017). He worked as a fellow at the Soil Chemistry and Fertility Laboratory (UFSM) in partnership with Citrusul Importação e Exportação de Frutas Ltda (2017-2019). He worked at the Soil Chemistry and Fertility Laboratory (UFSM) in partnership with the Agricultural Studies and Research Foundation (FEPAF). Collaborator of the Study Group on Fertilization Forecasting and Potential for Contamination of Elements in Soil - GEPACES. He is currently an intern exchange student at Kansas States University, doing a final internship in the field of soil microbiology.

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SHELBY RICHARD

Undergraduate Student

Shelby is an Undergraduate Student at Kansas State University. She is currently working towards a B.S. in Agronomy (Soil and Environmental). Shelby currently works as an Undergraduate Research Lab Assistant in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Lab at KSU and intends to pursue a career in Soil Science.

MAYA CORLEY

Undergraduate Student

Maya is an undergraduate student at K-State. She is working toward her B.S. in Agricultural Communications and Journalism. She currently works as an Undergraduate Lab Assistant in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Lab at K-State.

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REGAN KONZ

Undergraduate Student

Regan Konz is an Undergraduate Student at Kansas State University. She is working towards a B.S. in Microbiology as well as completing the university’s Pre-Medicine curriculum. Regan currently works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Lab where she assists with soil analysis and helps with general lab maintenance. She is planning to pursue a MD/Ph.D in the future to work as a physician scientist.

DIEGO GONZALEZ

Undergraduate Student

Diego is an exchange student from Paraguay and an Environmental Engineering Student at National University of Asunción. He currently works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Laboratory at K-State. He has also worked on water quality analysis at Multidisciplinary Center of Technological Research in San Lorenzo, Paraguay.

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