Jhala Lab – Team Members

Jhala Research
The Jhala Weed Management Lab
Team Members
Amit Jhala

AMIT J. JHALA

Assistant Professor and Extension Weed Management Specialist

Research focus:Weed Management

Email: amit.jhala@unl.edu

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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Debalin Sarangi

DEBALIN SARANGI

Hometown: Contai, a small town near Kolkata, India

Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S., 2016
  • M.S., Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, India, 2012
  • B.S., Agriculture, Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, India, 2010

Research focus:

  • Biology, gene flow, and management of glyphosate-resistant common waterhemp in Nebraska
  • Mechanism and inheritance of glyphosate-resistance in common waterhemp
  • Pollen-mediated gene flow from ALS inhibitor herbicide-tolerant sorghum to a weedy Sorghum sp., as well as to the cultivated (non-herbicide tolerant) sorghum

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: debalin.sarangi@huskers.unl.edu

ZAHOOR GANIE

ZAHOOR GANIE

Hometown: Hardu-ichloo, near the Tangmarg area of Kashmir Valley

Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S., 2016.
  • M.S., Agronomy (Weed Science), CCSHAU-Hisar, Haryana, India, 2012
  • B.S., Agriculture, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology of Kashmir, India, 2010

Research focus:

  • Herbicide physiology towards understanding herbicide resistance mechanism in glyphosate-resistant common ragweed
  • Effect of temperature on herbicide efficacy in weed species
  • Pollen mediated gene flow and dissemination of glyphosate-resistance in giant ragweed
  • Integrated weed management with focus on giant ragweed

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: zahoorganie11@huskers.unl.edu

Graduate Students

PARMINDER CHAHAL

PARMINDER CHAHAL

Hometown: Dhariwal, District Gurdaspur, Punjab, India

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. student, Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (expected graduation date: December 2017) )
  • M.S., Agronomy and Crop Sciences (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S., 2014
  • B.S., Punjab Agricultural University, India, 2012

Research focus:

  • Effect of Water Stress on Growth and Fecundity of Palmer amaranth
  • Basis of synergism of atrazine and HPPD inhibitor herbicide combinations on atrazine- and HPPD inhibitor-resistant Palmer amaranth
  • Management of atrazine- and HPPD inhibitor-resistant Palmer amaranth in corn

Office: 178 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: parminder.chahal@huskers.unl.edu

CLINT BEIERMANN

CLINT BEIERMANN

Hometown: Big Piney, Wyoming

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. student, Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • B.S., Agroecology, Minor, Soil Science, University of Wyoming, USA, 2012

Research focus:

  • Herbicide programs for control of Palmer amaranth in corn that allow rotation to dry bean and sugarbeet
  • Control of herbicide resistant Palmer amaranth in dry bean
  • Emergence characteristics of nightshade species within the panhandle of Nebraska
  • Comparison of pea and dry bean for weed competitiveness

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: clint.beiermann@huskers.unl.edu

Ethan Barnes

ETHANN BARNES

Hometown: Brady, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S. (expected graduation date: May 2017)
  • B.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2014

Research focus:

  • Evaluate the influence of spring tillage on the emergence pattern of a glyphosate-resistant common ragweed
  • Assess common ragweed interference in soybean at varying weed densities as influenced by variable water supply
  • Management of glyphosate-resistant common ragweed in soybean

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: ethann.barnes@unl.edu

JAKE ZIGGAFOOS

JAKE ZIGGAFOOS

Hometown: Eldora, a small town in North Central Iowa

Degrees:

  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Weed Science & Genetics), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, U.S.
  • B.S., Agronomy, Iowa State University, U.S., 2016

Research focus:

  • Improving genetic screening of ALS resistance among other alleles in shattercane and johnsongrass

Office: 105B Kiesselbach Crop Research Lab, East Campus

Email: ziggafoos.jake@huskers.unl.edu

IAN ROGERS

IAN ROGERS

Hometown: Warner, New Hampshire

Degrees:

  • M.A., English (Creative Writing–Fiction), University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S. 2015
  • B.A., Writing & Literature, Bennington College, Bennington VT, U.S. 2007

Duties:
Copyediting weed science articles for publication

Email: irogers2@unl.edu

Undergraduate Students

ADAM LEISE

ADAM LEISE

Hometown: Hartington, Nebraska

Degree: 

  • Undergraduate student in Agronomy, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S.

Duties:

  • Help graduate students in their field and greenhouse projects

Email: adam_leise33@hotmail.com

JACOB NIKODYM

JACOB NIKODYM

Hometown: Red Cloud, Nebraska

Degree: 

  • Undergraduate student in Agronomy, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S.

Duties:

  • Help graduate students in their field and greenhouse projects

Email: jenikodym@gmail.com

MURTAZA NURUDDIN NALWALA

MURTAZA NURUDDIN NALWALA

Hometown: Surat, Gujarat, India

Degree: 

  • Undergraduate student in Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, U.S.

Duties:

  • Help graduate students in their field and greenhouse projects

Email: mnalwala01@gmail.com

Staff

IRVIN SCHLEUFER

IRVIN SCHLEUFER

Weed Science Research Technologist III

Degree:

  • B.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; 1968

Duties:

  • Conduct herbicide efficacy trials
  • Supervise summer students 
  • Help graduate students to accomplish research trials
  • Maintenance of equipment and herbicide inventory

Email: ischleufer1@unl.edu

Sharon Hachtel

SHARON HACHTEL

Research Technician

Duties:

  • Assist the Weed Science Program by entering protocols in the ARM software program and create DAT files for data entry, generate spray sheets (treatment and sort) and plot maps for research plots to be sprayed, prepare field books, conduct data entry for each protocol from early spring through harvest, and generate reports for protocol representatives.
  • Prepare handout, brochure, and signage for the Weed Science Field Day at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln South Central Agricultural Laboratory, Clay Center, Nebraska.

Email: shachtel1@unl.edu

Past Members

  • Jatinder Aulakh  – Postdoctoral Research Fellow: March 2014 to July 2015; Current Position: Weed Scientist, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, CT.
  • Simranpreet Kaur  – M.S. Student: Jan 2013 to Aug. 2015; Current Position: Technical Services Specialist, Synagro, CA.
  • Mason Adams  – Undergraduate Student: 2013 to 2015
  • Bradley Meusch  – Undergraduate Student: 2014 to 2016