Plant Production Systems
Members of the Plant Production Systems Community work to improve our understanding and management of agronomic and horticultural crops, with the goal of furthering ecosystem services from managed landscapes, sustainably producing food, feed and fiber, and enhancing human environments.
Plant Production Systems Community Members
Supporting Research Faculty, Postdoctoral Associates and Staff
Kevin Bamber, firstname.lastname@example.org, Research Specialist Senior
Kevin is responsible for day-to-day operations of our applied weed management research trials in agronomic crops (mostly corn, soybean, and wheat) and pasture/forage that includes locations throughout Virginia. Kevin's duties include plot layout, herbicide application, planting, data collection, and harvesting and operates equipment to do so.
Ruslan Biyashev, email@example.com, Research Manager,
Ruslan coordinates experimental aspects of our soybean root rot disease and seed composition projects with lab and field personnel. Coordination of experimental material transfer and data processing of the root rot disease project with various collaborators on-campus and at Iowa and Ohio State Universities. Ruslan participates in the design of field experiments and in planting and harvesting and supervise DNA extraction/genotyping in the lab and DNA preparation for genotyping at the USDA/ARS Beltsville laboratory.
Wynse Brooks, firstname.lastname@example.org, Senior Research Associate
Wynse is in the Small Grains Breeding and Genetics program, with a primary responsibility to develop and improve useful traits, such as disease resistance, superior quality and high yield in hulled and hulless winter barley varieties for various end-use (Malt, Feed, and Food) markets. Wynse’s role is vital to the agricultural industry as there are constant challenges to meet market requirements and consumer demands.
Elizabeth Clevinger, email@example.com, Research Associate
Elizabeth coordinates activities in the field for planting, maintenance of soybean plants and harvest and coordinate greenhouse research when necessary for projects. Elizabeth also performs various molecular research activities in the lab located in Latham Hall
Joshua Fitzgerald, firstname.lastname@example.org, Research Associate
Joshua aids in the development of new and improved, high yielding, small grain varieties with enhanced resistance to FHB and lower DON accumulation that are adapted to the Mid-Atlantic and Southern U.S.
Nathaniel Lawton, email@example.com, Research Specialist Senior
Nathaniel manages the field work for the state official variety tests for corn, wheat and barley. Also, Nathaniel assists with the research projects of Dr. Thomason and his graduate students.
Brandon Lester, firstname.lastname@example.org, Environmental Monitoring Technician
Brandon designs, builds, and maintains remote sensor networks used to collect data in soil, water, and the atmosphere.
Limei Liu, email@example.com, Research Associate
Limei does research of hard wheat or bread wheat variety development.
Amy Pawlick, firstname.lastname@example.org, Research Specialist
Amy provides support to the Soybean Research & Extension Project through planning and designing experiments; insuring research protocols are implemented with attention to data collection; performing data analysis and creating reports; and regularly communicating with seed company representatives and other cooperators.
Earl Petzold, email@example.com, Laboratory Specialist Senior
Earl is the lab manager and safety officer. Earl also helps with student supervision, molecular biology, and cell biology.
Elizabeth Rucker, firstname.lastname@example.org, Research Associate
Elizabeth coordinates the Official Variety Trials in Virginia for barley, wheat, corn and corn silage. In addition, Elizabeth assists the Extension Grain Crops Specialist with his programs and research.
John Seago, email@example.com, Research Specialist
John works in the small grains program. John’s primary responsibility is to help gather and analyze data to help the breeders select which lines to advance.
Billy Taylor, firstname.lastname@example.org, Agricultural Supervisor
Billy provides support to Soybean Research & Extension Project through implementing research protocols; supervising part-time employees; assisting with grad student projects; safely operating, transporting, and maintaining field equipment; and regular communication with farm and AREC cooperators.
Mark Vaughn, email@example.com, Research Specialist
Mark reads mildew, leaf rust, and blotch on most years and have read stripe rust, septoria, tan spot, scab, and scald when plots have been infected with the disease. On barley, Mark makes selections from all our tests based on the data that’s taken and also from several observations made by walking through and observing plots.