James Lin is a master’s student majoring in agronomy at Kansas State University in the Soil Microbial Agroecology Lab. He received his B.S. in environmental science and technology from the University of Maryland, College Park. James’s research focuses on identify the soil health status across a Kansas precipitation gradient under 3 different land management systems while evaluating the utility and reliability of NRCS soil health metrics down to a 100 cm depth. He is also involved in several projects such as structural equation modeling of soil health; greenhouse gas emissions from cattle residues; carbon sequestration, root biomass, and soil microbial diversity of green roofs; soil health of long term no-till soybean and wheat rotations; and soil health of biofuel cropping systems (switchgrass, sorghum, corn, miscanthus).
Originally from Maine, Will is a master’s student of Agronomy at Kansas State University currently conducting research in the Soil Microbiology and Agroecology Lab on a Nitrogen fixing bacteria intended for cereal crops. Will is passionate about environmental sustainability, food security, and understanding the challenges posed to Agronomy by the projected world population increase and climate change. He would like to use his knowledge as an Agronomy student and experience as a researcher to promote sustainable farming practices that address the needs of those most vulnerable to food insecurity in the future.
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 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.
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.