Resilient Cropping Systems Lab – People

Resilient Cropping Systems Lab – People
Andrea Basche

ANDREA BASCHE

Associate Professor

Andrea is a cropping systems agronomist with teaching and research responsibilities in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture. She received her Ph.D. in 2015 from Iowa State University in agronomy and sustainable agriculture.

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Email: abasche2@unl.edu

Tauana Ferreira de Almeida

Tauana Ferreira de Almeida

Ph. D. Graduate Student

Tauana is an Agronomist and holds a master’s degree in soil science from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul - Brazil. Now she is pursuing her Ph.D. degree in the Agronomy and Horticulture Department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is leading the team’s participation in the Precision Sustainable Agriculture Coordinated Agriculture Project. She is researching the efficiency of cover crops under different management systems to improve soil health, control weeds and pests and increase cash crop yield.

Email: tauana.almeida.agro@gmail.com or tferreiradealmeida2@huskers.unl.edu

Roberta Bianchin Rebesquini

Roberta Bianchin Rebesquini

M.S. Graduate Student

Roberta is originally from south Brazil, and is pursuing her M.S. degree at UNL, researching to evaluate the management and production of Kernza®️, a perennial grain crop developed by The Land Institute. Roberta is part of the KERNZA-CAP project, which seeks to meet the challenges of our future food system while also protecting our water and soil, providing economic opportunities for producers looking to increase the net return and sustainability of their operations. Roberta graduated from Federal University of Santa Maria (UFSM) – Brazil, with her B.S. in Agronomy.

Email: rbianchinrebesquin2@huskers.unl.edu

Grace Emperatriz Pacheco Jiron

Grace Emperatriz Pacheco Jiron

M.S. Graduate Student

Grace is originally from Honduras-Nicaragua and has a B.Sc. degree in Agricultural Sciences and Production form Zamorano University, and currently pursuing a M.S. degree in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Presently she is working with the Cover Crop Initiative, a collaborative project between UNL and NRCS to advance knowledge and utilization of cover crops in Nebraska. Grace is researching the short-term effect that different species and varieties of cover crops have in soil carbon and nitrogen pools. As well as, evaluating and comparing above ground cover crop measurements with UAV imagery.

Email: gpacheco2@huskers.unl.edu or graceemperatriz@gmail.com

Bridget McKinley

Bridget McKinley

M.S. Graduate Student

Bridget is originally from the Jersey Shore and holds her B.S. in Sustainability with a concentration in Agroecology from Stockton University. Bridget is pursuing her M.S. in Agronomy, with research focusing on the productivity of cover crops as part of multi-cite variety trials. Her research objectives are to understand the above and below-ground performance of cover crops planted as monocultures or mixtures and understand the potential of increasing both the resilience and efficiency of various agroecosystems.

Madeline Johnston

Madeline Johnston

M.S. Graduate Student

Madeline is pursuing her Master’s degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. She is researching Kernza®, the first commercially-available perennial grain crop in the U.S., to characterize its physiology and resulting ecosystem benefits. This is a multi-state project in collaboration with KernzaCAP and The Land Institute who seek to address the need for sustainable global food production via regenerative agriculture. Before coming to Nebraska, Madeline received a Bachelor of Science in 2022 from Messiah University in Molecular Biology.

Email: mailto:mjohnston8@huskers.unl.edu

Matheus Ferrari Menegat

Matheus Ferrari Menegat

Research Scholar

Matheus Ferrari Menegat is a research scholar at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln during the spring and summer of 2023. He supported the group’s work on the Precision Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) project. His work is focused on the cover crop management and cropping systems. He is pursuing his undergrad in Agronomy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in South of Brazil.

RESEARCH GROUP ALUMNI

FERNANDA KRUPEK

FERNANDA KRUPEK

Ph.D. Graduate Student

Fernanda Krupek received her Ph.D. in Spring 2023. Her research was a part of the Soil Health Initiative, a state-wide project with on-farm experiments. Her work is published in Geoderma and Agricultural and Environmental Letters. She is now an assistant professor at The Ohio State University’s Department of Crop and Horticultural Sciences.

Fernanda was awarded first place for a video summary she put together about her research at the 2020 SciComm Conference in the Graduate Student Lightning Video category.

Salvador Ramirez II

SALVADOR RAMIREZ II

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Salvador Ramirez II completed his Ph.D. with Rhae Drijber in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture in December of 2020 and worked as postdoctoral fellow on our team until the Spring of 2022. He supported numerous research projects and led teaching efforts in Spring 2022 for Resource Efficient Crop Management. He is now working for the USDA ARS unit in Lincoln, NE.

Elizabeth Oys

M.S. Graduate Student

Originally from south central Minnesota, Elizabeth graduated from Iowa State University with her BS in Agronomy and Global Resource Systems and completed her MS in Agronomy on our team in the Spring 2022 semester. She is now working for Gowan Company. Her research on the effects of cover crop systems on weed populations through the Soil Health Initiative project can be found in the UNL Digital Repository. Elizabeth is now a Technical Service Representative with Gowan USA.

Nilovna Chatterjee

NILOVNA CHATTERJEE

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Nilovna received her Ph.D. at the University of Florida in 2018 and led our cover crop modeling efforts as a post doctoral research fellow from 2018-2020, published in Agronomy Journal. She is now working as a scientist with CiBO Technologies. Learn more about Nilovna and her work at https://nilovna.weebly.com.

Brittany Kirsch

Brittany Kirsch

M.S. Graduate Student

Brittany is originally from a small town in north-central Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Agronomy. She completed her M.S. degree in Summer 2020 and is now a soil conservationist with the USDA-NRCS in Sargent Bluff, Iowa. Her thesis, titled “Impact of agricultural land use on stream nitrate, phosphorus and sediment concentrations at the watershed and field scale” can be found in the UNL Digital Repository.

Dania Vieira Branco Ozorio

Dania Vieira Branco Ozorio

Research Scholar

Dania Vieira Branco Ozorio was a research scholar at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln during the spring/summer of 2020. She supported the group’s work on the Soil Health Initiative and the development of a decision-support tool for cover crops. Her work culminated in several CropWatch articles. She received her B.S. in Agronomy in 2016 and her M.S. degree in Plant Health with focus on Entomology and Vegetal Virology in 2018, both from Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. She is looking forward to continuing her studies in the USA.

Gustavo Pesini

Gustavo Pesini

International Visiting Scholar

Gustavo Pesini was a research scholar at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln during the spring and summer of 2022. He supported the group’s work on the Precision Sustainable Agriculture (PSA) project. His work is focused on the cover crop management and cropping systems. He is pursuing his undergrad in Agronomy at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, in South of Brazil. He is looking forward to graduate school in Agronomy and starting his masters in the U.S. in 2024.