South Dakota State University
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West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, USA
PhD, in Soil Science, received May •••••
Dissertation: lime induced changes in the surface and soil solution chemistry of variable charge soils.
Acharya N.G. Agricultural University, India
MS, Soil science and Agricultural chemistry, received March •••••
Thesis: Production and evaluation of compost and vermicompost from solid organic wastes.
Acharya N.G. Agricultural University, India
BS, Agriculture, received March •••••
••••• PROFESSIONAL AND WORK EXPERIENCE
••••• - ••••• Post Doctoral Research Associate, North Central Sun Grant Center, South Dakota State University
Project: Feedstock Partnership Database for Bioenergy
The goal of this project is to create a national feedstock database on climate, soils, land cover and land use, utility and transportation corridors, crop yields, and other relevant variables. This database will be integrated with geospatial information system containing spatially referenced information relevant to assessing the sustainability of biofuels production in the Northern Great Plains.
••••• - ••••• Graduate Research Assistant, West Virginia University
Project 1: Development of yield models and improving management practices
for acidic grasslands of West Virginia
The objective of this project was to develop yield models for acidic grasslands by using response surface design. Yield models were determined for bluegrass and white clover cropping systems based on factors like water potential, soil pH, N and P levels. Optimization of treatment levels were done to maximize the herbage production.
Project 2: Improve Lime Recommendations for Acidic Pastures of West Virginia
This project was intended to enhance the accuracy of lime predictions by chemical buffers for acidic grasslands of West Virginia. The regression equations were determined for quick tests to determine accurate lime doses by correlating with reference method.
Project 3: Develop two-point isotherm method to determine sulfate sorption capacity
It was a Department of Forestry, WV funded project in order to determine accurate method to determine sulfate sorption capacity of acid rain affected soils of Otter-creek wilderness area.
••••• - ••••• Research Associate, Central Research Institute for Dryland Agriculture, India
Project 1: Determining the water quality and mapping of industry affected areas
It was a world bank funded project to study the water quality in industrial contaminated sites by measuring the pH, anionic and metal concentrations, hardness, EC, ESP using various analytical instruments like IC, AAS and ICP-MS. The spatial information of the sampled sites was used to map in order to understand the environmental impact and fate of heavy metals.
Project 2: Influence of stages of harvest, nitrogen and phosphorus fertilization on biomass yield and dye in Indigo
This project was aimed to study the effect of different harvest dates, nitrogen and phosphorus levels on the yield of dye content in Indigo plants.
Project 3: Effect of soil and moisture conservation practices on sunflower crop in rainfed conditions
Different nutrient and soil moisture conservation practices were applied to several sunflower cultivars. Better agronomic practices were designed for oil seed crops in alfisols under rainfed conditions
LAB AND TECHNICAL SKILLS
Operational experience of modern laboratory instruments: IR (FTIR), Emission and Absorption spectroscopy (ICP & Flame AAS), NMR spectroscopy, Potentiometry, Chromatography (IC, HPLC & GC), LECO CNS analyzer, XRD, and Flow injection analysis
Certified Advance Statistical Programmer (SAS9)
Work experience with databases such as ACCESS, SQL, and ORACLE
Proficient with GIS softwares like GPS path finder office •••••, ArcView & ArcMap
Completed a project: Using GIS to isolate pasture soils susceptible to Magnesium
deficiency in Monongalia County
•••••, C., K. Sreenivasulu Reddy, M.V.S. Naidu, and N. Ramavataram••••• Production and Evaluation of Composts and Vermicompost from solid organic wastes. Asian Jr. of Microbiol. Biotech. Env. Sc. 5(3):•••••
••••• •••••, Louis McDonald, and William Bryan. ••••• Grouping Soils by Taxonomic order to Improve Lime Recommendations. Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis •••••(•••••): •••••
••••• •••••, Louis McDonald, and William Bryan. ••••• Effect of Soil water and Nutrients on Productivity of Kentucky Bluegrass system in Acidic soils. Journal of Plant Nutrition (accepted to print in •••••)
••••• •••••, Louis McDonald, and William Bryan. ••••• Modeling of biomass yield of Kentucky bluegrass and White Clover Cropping system in acidic soil. Biomass & Bioenergy (under review)
••••• ••••• and Michael Wimberly ••••• Interannual variability of crop residue potential in the north central region of the United States. Biomass & Bioenergy (under review)
••••• ••••• and Michael Wimberly ••••• Modeling of crop residue potential to climatic parameters. Renewable Energy (under review)
Crop Residue Variability of North Central Region, Feb •••••, ••••• Annual Feedstock Assessment Team Meeting, National Sun Grant Association, San Antonia, TX.
Bioenergy Knowledge Discovery Framework, Jan •••••, ••••• Annual North Central Regional Sun Grant Meeting, National Sun Grant Association, Minneapolis, MN.
Improving Lime Recommendations in West Virginia Pasture Soils. Nov •••••, ASA-CSSA-SSA ••••• International meetings, Indianapolis.
Production and evaluation of compost and vermicompost from solid organic wastes, Nov •••••, •••••, •••••th Annual Convention, Indian Society of Soil science, TNAU, Coimbatore, India.
Effect of water potential and nutrient levels on cropping systems of acidic pasture lands. Nov •••••, ASA-CSSA-SSA ••••• International meetings, New Orleans, LA
Teaching Assistant positions:
Soil fertility and plant nutrition (AGR •••••), West Virginia University, •••••
Introduction to Environmental soil chemistry (ENV•••••), ANGR Agricultural University, India, •••••
Dr. Jim Doolittle, Director, North Central Sun Grant Center, South Dakota State University, Email: •••••, Ph: •••••
Chris Abernathy, Project Manager, Environmental Sciences Division, Oakridge National Laboratory, Email: •••••, Ph: •••••
Dr. Michael C. Wimberly, Associate Professor, GIS Center of Excellence, South Dakota State University, Email: •••••, Ph: •••••
Dr. E. Kim Cassel, Professor, North Central Sun Grant Center, South Dakota State University, Email: •••••, Ph: •••••