Phone: 732-932-9375, ext. 118
Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1997
Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]
Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Nutrient and water management of nursery crops, sustainable cropping systems (cover crops, compost, biorationals, etc.), utilization of compost and organic amendments for soil and crop management, nutrient use efficiency, and evaluation of fertilizers for nursery crops.
Crop and Soil Management, Environmental Management, and Horticulture.
Memberships and Professional Service
Assistant Professor and Assistant Extension Specialist in Nursery Management, Rutgers University, 2002-present; Research Manager, Florida Organics Recycling Center for Excellence, 2001-2002; Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Florida, 1998-2001; Member of American Society of Agronomy, American Society of Horticulture Science, Soil Science Society of America, International Plant Propagators' Society, and the New Jersey Nursery and Landcape Association; Coordinator of Nursery Working Group Workshop, 2007; Chair-elect for Nursery Working Group, ASHS, 2007; Chair elect for Water Utilization Working Group, ASHS, 2009.
Grants, Honors, and Awards
Principal Investigator, USDA-North East Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NE-SARE, "An integrated approach to developing nutrient management schemes for container-grown nursery Crops," 2007-2010; Certificate of a Blue Ribbon Award for the RCRE Bulletin E-309, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Educational Aids Competition,“Landscape and Ornamental Plant Stress: Factors, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Management," 2006; Rutgers Research Council Award, 2005; MSU Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 1996.
Academic Interests and Plans
My research focuses on implementing best management practices for efficient use of water and nutrient inputs for nursery crops. Major themes in my research include: phosphorus sorption/desorption in nursery substrate mixes; phosphorus sorption and release in sediments of water collection ponds; nutrient leaching from nursery substrate mixes; microbiological processes in nursery substrate mixes; evaluation of fertilizer sources and rates for nursery cropping management; and the fate of pesticides in water collection ponds.
My extension interests include increasing awareness of nursery growers on potential pollution of surface and ground water from excess uses of fertilizers (e.g. soluble nitrate source and phosphorus) and excess uses of water (increases runoffs that contain nitrate, phosphorus and soil sediments). I am also working to increase awareness of nursery growers as to the effects of excess uses of water and fertilizers on stressing plants and exposing them to diseases during growing season. I would like to increase growers’ and nursery clientele’s interest in adopting Best Management Practices (BMPs) that reduce input costs and reduce environmental pollution.