Resilient Cropping Systems Lab – People

Cover crops
Andrea Basche

ANDREA BASCHE

Assistant 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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CV (September 2020) (PDF file)

Email: abasche2@unl.edu

Salvador Ramirez II

SALVADOR RAMIREZ II

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Salvador Ramirez II completed his Ph.D. with Rhae Drijber (UNL) in December of 2020 and is currently a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Andrea Basche. In his Ph.D. program, Salvador explored the impact of common management strategies in Eastern Nebraska on soil microbial biomass, bacterial community structure, and microbial nutrient cycling by extracting fatty acid methyl esters (FAMEs) from soil and assessing the potential activity of extracellular enzymes.

Additionally, Salvador completed the Doctor of Plant Health (DPH) program in 2019 by defending his doctoral document titled Defining, Measuring, and Applying Soil Quality: An Unresolved Debate. The DPH program at UNL is course intensive, systems thinking, and interdisciplinary professional doctoral degree which integrates soil science, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, and plant science.

Lastly, as a graduate student, Salvador was recognized for his contributions to several Department of Agronomy and Horticulture courses, earning the NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award of Merit in 2017 and the UNL Holling Family Award for Teaching Excellence in 2020.

CV (December 2020) (PDF file)

FERNANDA KRUPEK

FERNANDA KRUPEK

Ph.D. Graduate Student

Fernanda Krupek is pursuing her Ph.D. degree at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, researching high-functioning farm ecosystems across different agroecological zones in Nebraska designed to promote soil health. This is a state-wide project that combined long-term on-farm experiments with a continuum of practices on a transition to more complex, ecologically intensified cropping systems. Her project seeks to incorporate aspects of agroecosystem productivity, resilience, and adaptability in corn-soybean cropping systems. Before joining UNL, Fernanda received her Master’s degree from the University of Florida with a major in Horticulture and a Minor at the Agronomy Department. She worked with a project that combined field crop management and post-harvest crop physiology. She also earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Sao Paulo – Brazil. Fernanda’s research is a part of the Soil Health Initiative project.

Fernanda was recently 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.

CV (September 2020) (PDF file)

Email: krupek@huskers.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

Elizabeth Oys

Elizabeth Oys

M.S. Graduate Student

Originally from south central Minnesota, Elizabeth recently graduated from Iowa State University with her BS in Agronomy and Global Resource Systems. Her interests of sustainable agriculture and agroecology led her to UNL in the Resilient Cropping Systems Lab where she is pursuing a MS in Agronomy, researching the effects of cover crop systems on weed populations through the Soil Health Initiative project.

Email: eoys2@huskers.unl.edu

RESEARCH GROUP ALUMNI

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.