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

PARMINDER CHAHAL

PARMINDER CHAHAL

Hometown: Dhariwal, District Gurdaspur, Punjab, India

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. student, Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, May 2018
  • M.S., Agronomy and Crop Sciences (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 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

Graduate Students

CLINT BEIERMANN

CLINT BEIERMANN

Hometown: Big Piney, Wyoming

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. student, Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • M.S., Agronomy, University of Wyoming, USA, 2017
  • 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 and sugarbeet
  • Emergence characteristics of nightshade species within the panhandle of Nebraska

Office: 219 Panhandle Research and Extension Center, Scottsbluff, NE

Email: Clint.Beiermann@huskers.unl.edu

CV: Download PDF.

Ethan Barnes

ETHANN BARNES

Hometown: Brady, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • Ph.D. student, Agronomy and Horticulture (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, (expected graduation date: December 2019)
  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2017
  • B.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2014

Research focus:

  • Pollen mediated gene flow from GA1-M dent corn to popcorn: risk assessment of the GA1-S (dent sterility) system
  • Evaluating the critical period for weed removal in popcorn with or without PRE herbicide
  • Evaluating the sensitivity of popcorn hybrids commonly grown in Nebraska to PRE and POST herbicides
  • Tolerance of popcorn to glyphosate, 2,4-D choline + glyphosate, and dicamba: potential drift and tank contamination issues

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: ethann.barnes@unl.edu

CV: Download PDF.

JAKE ZIGGAFOOS

JAKE ZIGGAFOOS

Hometown: Eldora, Iowa

Degrees:

  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Plant Breeding and Genetics), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA
  • B.S., Agronomy, Iowa State University, USA, 2016

Research focus:

  • Genomic tools for monitoring ALS-inhibiting herbicide resistance in weedy Sorghum populations

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: ziggafoos.jake@huskers.unl.edu

CV: Download PDF.

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:

  • Prepare undergraduate crops judging team for NACTA affiliated contests

Research focus:

  • Future thesis projects will be focused on weed control in soybean

Office: 269 Plant Science Hall, East Campus

Email: Adam.Striegel@huskers.unl.edu

Trey Stephens

Trey Stephens

Hometown: Columbus, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • M.S. student, Agronomy (Weed Science), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (expected graduation date: May 2020)
  • B.S., Agronomy, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2017

Research focus:

  • Glyphosate-resistant Palmer amaranth control in soybean

Office: 176 Keim Hall, East Campus

Email: Trey.Stephens@huskers.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

Amy Hauver

Amy Hauver

Hometown: Hastings, Nebraska

Degrees:

  • Doctor of Plant Health student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA (expected graduation date: December 2021)
  • B.S., Plant Biology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA, 2017

Focus:

  • Assessing herbicide efficacy projects
  • Assisting graduate students with their research projects

Office: 269 Plant Science Hall, East Campus

Email: Amy.Hauver@huskers.unl.edu

Undergraduate Students

MURTAZA NURUDDIN NALWALA

MURTAZA NURUDDIN NALWALA

Hometown: Surat, Gujarat, India

Degree: 

  • Undergraduate student, Civil Engineering, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Duties:

  • Help graduate students in their field and greenhouse projects

Email: mnalwala01@gmail.com

Jasmine Mausbach

Jasmine Mausbach

Hometown: Omaha, Nebraska

Degree: 

  • Undergraduate student, Environmental Studies and Spanish (Environmental Restoration Science Minor), University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA

Duties:

  • Help graduate students in their field and greenhouse projects

Email: jmausbach@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

Past Members

  • Zahoor Ganie– Postdoctoral Research Fellow: 2016 to April 2017.
  • Debalin Sarangi– Postdoctoral Research Fellow: June 2016 to December 2017; Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Texas A&M.
  • 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
  • Adam Leise – Undergraduate Student: 2015 to 2017
  • Jacob Nikodym – Undergraduate Student: 2015 to 2017