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Department of Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences /

Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences Graduate Student Profiles

Learn more about some of our Auburn Ag Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences graduate students by reading their bios and stories below. Visit the Graduate Student page for the full contact list of CSES grad students.

Andrew (Andy) Ahlersmeyer

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ABOUT

  • Ph.D. Candidate
  • Discipline: Weed Management (Row Crops & Forages)
  • Advisor: Dr. Aniruddha Maity and Dr. Andrew Price

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EDUCATION

  • M.S., Soil Fertility, South Dakota State University
  • B.S., Agribusiness, Purdue University

Tunde Lanre Akanbi

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ABOUT

  • Master’s Student
  • Discipline: Weed Science
  • Advisor: Dr. David Russell
  • Research Work: Tunde’s research interests and thesis fall within the broader area of Weed Science and Agronomy, with particular emphasis on integrated weed management in human managed environment. Tunde’s research takes an inter-disciplinary approach in addressing knowledge gaps by integrating tools and knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.

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EDUCATION

  • Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy from University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Diploma Certificate in Wood and Paper Technology
  • Higher National Diploma degree in Horticulture and Landscape Technology

Sushant Bhandari

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ABOUT

  • Master’s Student
  • Discipline: Soil Chemistry
  • Advisor: Dr. Yaniv Olshansky
  • Thesis: Effects of Prescribed Fires on Carbon Cycling and Chemical Properties in Hurricane-Impacted Coastal Forest Ecosystems

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    Mark Philip Castillo

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Plant Breeding and Genetics
    • Advisor: Dr. Marnin D. Wolfe

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S., Biology, Central Luzon State University, Philippines

    Gourav Chahal

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Plant Science, Weed Science
    • Advisor: Dr. Andrew Price
    • Research Work: Integration of cover crops and herbicides for weed control in field crops

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.Sc. Hons. in Agriculture Science from Chaudhary Charan Singh Haryana Agricultural University, India

    Sri Mounika Daruvuri

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Crop Science, Weed Science
    • Advisor: Dr. Scott McElroy
    • Research Work: Studying gene expression with herbicide safener’s. 

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences, India

    Issa Diaz

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Soil Physics
    • Advisor: Dr. Thorsten Knappenberger
    • Thesis: Irrigation effects on corn (Zea mays) and soybeans (Glycine max L.) yield in clay soils in the Alabama Blackbelt region

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S., Zamorano University, Honduras

    Pablo Roberto Duarte Hernandez

    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Precision Agriculture
    • Advisors: Dr. Brenda Ortiz, Dr. Audrey Gamble and Dr. Eros Francisco
    • Thesis: Irrigation effects on corn (Zea mays) and soybeans (Glycine max L.) yield in clay soils in the Alabama Blackbelt region

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • Escuela Agricola Panamericana El Zamorano, Honduras

    Chera Howard

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Environmental Science (Crop, Plant, Soil Fertility)
    • Advisors: Dr. David Han
    • Thesis: Decreasing Leaching and Soil Movement(Erosion) Using Natural Biodegradable Fibers

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. in Social Science and Liberal Arts, Auburn University at Montgomery

    Bridgette Johnson

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Weed Science
    • Advisor: J. Scott McElroy
    • Thesis: “The Identification of Foramsulfuron and Sulfentrazone Resistant Goosegrass (Eleusine indica) Populations”

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S., Environmental Science, Auburn University

    Annu Kumari

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Weed Science
    • Advisors: Dr. Andrew Price and Dr. Steve Li

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S., CCS Haryana Agricultural University, Haryana, India

    Sudhanshu Kumar

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Ph.D. in Earth System Science and M.S. in Data Science and Engineering
    • Advisor: Dr. Di Tian
    • Research Areas: Hydroclimatology, Data Engineering

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • M.Tech, Earth System Science and Technology, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kharagpur, India
    • B.Tech, Mechanical Engineering, IIT BHU Varanasi, India

    Kyle Lesinger

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Hydroclimatology
    • Advisor: Dr. Di Tian
    • Dissertation: Machine Learning and Deep Learning Methods for Understanding and Improving Subseasonal Predictability of Flash Drought

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S. Auburn University at Montgomery
    • M.S. Auburn University

    Francis Manze

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Plant Breeding
    • Advisor: Dr. Marnin Wolfe

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S., Agricultural Science and Entrepreneurship, Uganda Christian University, Uganda. 
    • M.Sc., Plant Breeding and Seed Systems, Makerere University, Uganda. 

    Livia Ianhez Pereira

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Weed Science/Pesticide Application Technology
    • Advisor: Dr. Steve Li

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • Agronomic Engineering at Sao Paulo State University, Brazil

    Fritzner Pierre

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Crop Physiology and Genomics
    • Advisor: Dr. Alvaro Sanz Saez de Jauregui

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • M.S., Tropical Sustainable Agriculture at Zamorano University, Honduras
    • B.S., Plant Sciences at Haiti State University, Haiti

    Nisith Nishank Purohit

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Weed Biology and Ecology
    • Advisor: Dr. Aniruddha Maity

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • MSc., Punjab Agricultural University, Ludhiana, India
    • BSc., Acharya N.G Ranga Agricultural University, Andhra Pradesh, India

    Taufiq Rashid

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Environmental Sciences
    • Advisor: Dr. Di Tian
    • Dissertation Title: Combining Deep Learning and Physics-based Modeling for Improved Remote Sensing-based Evapotranspiration and Land Surface Temperature Estimates 

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, University of Georgia

    Claudia Ann Rutland

    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Weed Science
    • Advisor: Dr. J. Scott McElroy

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.S., Microbiology, Auburn University

    Maryam Saeed

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Plant Science
    • B.Sc. (Hons) Agriculture, Pakistan
    • Advisor: Dr. Rishi Parsad

    CONTACT

    Vaibhav Balasaheb Shelar

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    ABOUT

    • Master’s Student
    • Discipline: Plant Science
    • Advisor: Dr. Rishi Parsad
    • Thesis: Understanding the Nitrogen Mass Balance and Cycling in Cropping Systems

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • B.Sc. (Hons.) Agriculture, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri, Maharashtra, India

    FELIX SATOGNON

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    ABOUT

    • Ph.D. Candidate
    • Discipline: Plant Nutrition
    • Advisors: Dr. Dexter B. Watts and Dr. Rishi Prasad
    • Research Focus: Impacts of plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) when applied with poultry litter on hay production and quality if it is a thesis or dissertation.

    CONTACT

    EDUCATION

    • 2022-2023:  One Semester of M.Sc. program in Desert Studies, specializing in Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands at French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Drylands, Ben Gurion University, Israel.
      2019 – 2021: M.Sc. in Soil Science at the Department of Crops, Horticulture and Soil Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Egerton University-ISO 9001:2008, Njoro, P.O.Box 536-20115 Njoro, Kenya.
      2018 – 2019: One year of M.Sc. in Science and Technics of Plant Production, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 526 Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
      2014–2017: BSc. in Agriculture, option: Sciences and Technics of Plant Production, Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of Abomey-Calavi, 01 BP 526, Cotonou, Republic of Benin.
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