Andrea Basche, an assistant professor in cropping systems in the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, will be formally presented with the American Society of Agronomy Early Career Award at the ASA Awards Ceremony Nov. 8 during the scientific society’s Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland.
Basche has a primary teaching appointment at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln and instructs Plant and Landscape Systems 204 Resource Efficient Crop Management, 405 Crop Management Strategies and 425 Cover Crops in Agroecosystems.
In her courses, Basche includes multi-dimensional elements of modern agriculture, with an emphasis on topics such as soil conservation and profitability, through engaging teaching strategies such as outside of the classroom activities and interactions with various stakeholders.
She has authored 25 peer-reviewed publications including several specific to scholarship of teaching. She has developed courses for students and professional development for her peers on diversity, equity and inclusion topics to support a more inclusive agricultural field.
Her research team studies several aspects of diversified cropping systems including carbon and nitrogen cycling, water and weed dynamics, as well as policy and human decision-making.
Basche is a nationally recognized leader on cover crops, soil health and climate change, and has delivered over 65 invited presentations and interviews to a range of audiences — from NPR’s Science Friday and BBC Future to Ag PhD Radio.
She has been an active member of the Tri-Societies — ASA, Crop Science Society of America and Soil Science Society of America — for over 12 years, including serving as an associate editor of Agronomy Journal and a member of the CSSA policy committee.
Basche was born and raised in southern New Jersey, near to crop-producing regions in the state as well as the shore. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Fordham University in biological sciences, a master’s degree from Columbia University in applied climate science and a doctorate in crop production and sustainable agriculture from Iowa State University.
The ASA Early Career Award recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in agronomy within seven years of completing their final degree — bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate. The award includes a certificate, a complimentary ticket to the award ceremony and $2,000.