Jhala Research
The Jhala Weed Management Lab
Team Members
Amit Jhala

AMIT J. JHALA

Associate Professor and Extension Weed Management Specialist

Research focus: Weed Management

Email: amit.jhala@unl.edu

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Ph.D. STUDENTS

ADAM STRIEGEL

ADAM STRIEGEL

Hometown: What Cheer, Iowa

Degrees:

  • Doctor of Plant Health student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (expected graduation date: May 2021)
  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (expected graduation date: May 2020)
  • B.S., Agronomy (Crop Management & Business), Magna cum laude, Iowa State University, USA, 2016

Teaching Focus:

  • Teaching and coaching undergraduate students for regional and national Crops Judging competitions.

Research focus:

  • Comparing different PRE/POST herbicide programs in conventional, glufosinate resistant, glyphosate resistant, and glyphosate/dicamba resistant soybeans.
  • Controlling glyphosate/glufosinate resistant volunteer corn in Enlist™ corn.

Office: 269 Plant Science Hall, East Campus

Email: Adam.Striegel@huskers.unl.edu

CV: Download PDF.

Ramandeep Kaur

RAMANDEEP KAUR

Hometown: Ludhiana, India

Degrees:

  • Ph.D., Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, (expected graduation date: December 2023)
  • M.Sc., Agronomy (Weed Science), Punjab Agricultural University, India, 2018
  • B.Sc., Agriculture (Honours), Punjab Agricultural University, India, 2016

Research focus:

  • Evaluating the effect of row spacing and herbicide programs for control of atrazine, glyphosate, and ALS-inhibitors-resistant Palmer amaranth in Roundup Ready/Liberty Link corn
  • Assessing herbicide programs for control of resistant Palmer amaranth in Enlist corn.
  • Assessing post-emergence (rescue) herbicide programs for control of resistant Palmer amaranth in Roundup Ready/Liberty Link corn at two growth stages.
  • Comparing residual activity of pre-emergence herbicides for control of resistant Palmer amaranth in conventional non-GMO white corn.

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: rkaur9@huskers.unl.edu

MANDEEP SINGH

MANDEEP SINGH

Hometown: Panjab, India

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. Student, Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • M.S., Agronomy, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, 2019
  • B.S., (Hons.) Agriculture, Minor, Agronomy, Soil Science and Agroforestry, Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India, 2017

Research focus:

  • Pollen-mediated gene flow from Enlist corn to non-GMO white corn.
  • Evaluating antagonistic effect of tank-mixing 2,4-D choline with quizalofop-p-ethyl for control of glyphosate/glufosinate-resistant volunteer corn control in corn resistant to aryloxyphenoxypropionates.
  • Evaluating antagonistic effect of tank-mixing 2,4-D choline with clethodim or sethoxydim for control of glyphosate/glufosinate/aryloxyphenoxypropionates-resistant corn volunteers in Enlist E3 Soybean.
  • Post-emergence control of glyphosate/glufosinate/dicamba-resistant soybean volunteers in Enlist E3 Corn.

Office: 371 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: msingh9@huskers.unl.edu

M.S. STUDENTS

Shawn McDonald

SHAWN MCDONALD

Hometown: Phillips, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • M.S., Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • B.S., Plant Biology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2018

Research Focus:

  • Evaluating the effect of row spacing in dicamba-resistant soybean on control of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth
  • Evaluating the use of overlapping residual herbicides in dicamba-soybean on control of glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth

Extension Focus:

  • Nebraska stakeholder’s survey of weed management

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: shawn.mcdonald@huskers.unl.edu

JASMINE MAUSBACH

JASMINE MAUSBACH

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Degree:

  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • Environmental Studies and Spanish (Environmental Restoration Science Minor), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Research Focus:

  • Effect of different irrigation methods on weed emergence and distribution
  • Effect of water stress on growth and fecundity of velvetleaf
  • Management of herbicide-resistant weed species

Email: jmausbach@huskers.unl.edu

CV: Download PDF.

WILLIAM NEELS

WILLIAM NEELS

Hometown: Dunbar, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • M.S., Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • B.S., Mechanized Systems Management, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2019

Research Focus:

  • Evaluating the interaction of pre-emergence herbicide and nitrification inhibitors on nitrification and nitrate leaching in field corn and nitrogen loss pathways in coarse textured soil

Email: wneels2@unl.edu

TREY STEPHENS

TREY STEPHENS

Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • M.S, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska – Lincoln (expected graduation: December 2022)
  • B.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2017)

Research Focus:

  • Evaluating the effects of cover crops on residual herbicide performance, soil health, and management of Palmer amaranth in soybean and corn

Office: 178 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: trey.stephens@huskers.unl.edu

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

IAN ROGERS

IAN ROGERS

Hometown: Warner, New Hampshire

Degrees:

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

Duties:
Copyediting weed science articles for publication

Email: irogers2@unl.edu

PAST MEMBERS

  • Clint Beiermann – Ph.D. Student (2016 to 2020); Current Position: Assistant Professor, Montana State University
  • Ethann Barnes – M.S. (2016 to 2018); Ph.D. (2017 to 2019); Current Position: Data Management Scientist, Greenlight Biosciences, NC
  • Jose De Sanctis – M.S. (2018 to 2020); Current Position: Ph.D. Student, North Carolina State University
  • Adam Leise – Undergraduate Student (2017 to 2020); Volunteer at FOCUS Program, ND
  • Murtaza Nalwala – Undergraduate Student (2017 to 2019); Current Position: MS Student & Project Manager/Civil Engineer, UNL
  • Jared Stander – Undergraduate Student (2018); Current Position: Undergraduate Student, UNL
  • Amy Hauver – Graduate Intern: 2017 to 2018
  • Parminder Singh Chahal – MS Student (2013 to 2014); Ph.D. Student (2014 to 2017); Postdoctoral Fellow (2017 to 2018); Current Position: Field Development Representative, FMC, NE
  • Zahoor Ganie – Ph.D. (2013 to 2016); Postdoctoral Fellow (2016 to 2018); Current Position: Global R & D Scientist, Herbicide Discovery Biology, FMC, DE
  • Debalin Sarangi – Ph.D. Student (2013 to 2017); Postdoctoral Fellow (2017 to 2018); Current Position: Assistant Professor & Extension Weed Scientist, University of Minnesota, St Paul, MN
  • 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
  • Jacob Nikodym – Undergraduate Student: 2015 to 2017