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Ashley Jernigan

Assistant Professor
Ashley Jernigan
406 Price Hall
170 Drillfield Drive
Blacksburg, VA


I am interested in developing our understanding of soil biological processes to improve the sustainability of cropping systems. As an agroecologist, I take a systems-level perspective to both crop nutrition and pest management. My approach to research focuses on bridging ecological mechanisms to crop management practices. I have a three-way appointment in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences covering 60% research, 30% teaching and 10% service.


  • Organic agriculture
  • Soil ecology
  • Agroecosystem modeling
  • Interdisciplinary research



  • Ph.D. Entomology, Cornell University, 2023
  • B.S. International Agriculture and Rural Development, Cornell University, 2016