HCS Spring 2016 Seminar Series
“Fertile or Futile? What lies ahead in soil fertility research for Ohio farmlands”.
Abstract: Since joining the faculty in SENR, the Culman lab has taken on a number of projects spanning from applied nutrient management to more long-term research goals. This talk will outline current projects in the Culman lab and share the envisioned framework for soil fertility and soil health research and outreach over the next 5-10 years.
Bio: Steve Culman received his B.A. in Biology from Thomas More College in 1999, M.S. in Soil Science from Cornell University in 2005 (soil solarization to suppress pathogens in rice-wheat cropping systems in Nepal), and Ph.D. in Agronomy from Cornell in 2008 (nutrient cycling and soil food webs in annual croplands and perennial grasslands). Steve worked as a postdoctoral researcher at University of California, Davis (relationships between agricultural intensification, biodiversity and ecosystem services in the Central Valley of California) and at the Kellogg Biological Station, Michigan State University (evaluating tests of active organic matter, evaluating perennial grain crops). He joined Ohio State University in April 2014 as an Assistant Professor in Soil Fertility, serving as the State Specialist in Soil Fertility.