Job Overview

Summary

Find Solutions to Agricultural Problems that Affect Americans Every Day, From Field to Table

Serves as a Research Scientist with expertise in Remote Sensing on a team of scientists and engineers in the Water Management Research Unit, Fort Collins, CO. Team's research assignment is to develop water management technologies and practices for irrigated agriculture in water deficit areas, which will improve water use efficiency, agricultural productivity and sustainability, and reduce negative environmental impacts.   

Duties

Major Duties:

Serves as a Research Scientist with expertise in Remote Sensing on a team of scientists and engineers in the Water Management Research Unit, Fort Collins, CO. Team's research assignment is to develop water management technologies and practices for irrigated agriculture in water deficit areas, which will improve water use efficiency, agricultural productivity and sustainability, and reduce negative environmental impacts.   Scientist's specific research assignment is to improve water productivity (yield per unit water consumed) of irrigated agronomic crops using remotely-sensed information from ground, airborne, and satellite sensors and to estimate crop water use, understand crop response to water stress, and provide information to optimally allocate limited irrigation water.   Uses plant-to-field scale remotely-sensed information, which includes visible, near infrared, and thermal infrared to quantify crop responses to water stress including evapotranspiration suppression, biomass accumulation, and yield.   Develops remote sensing-based techniques to schedule and allocate limited irrigation water to optimize water use and yield, as well as generate information that can be used to estimate evapotranspiration of water-stressed crops and be used by simulation modelers to improve modeled crop responses to water stress. Collaborates with team members who assist with agronomic practices, measure plant stress, and determine crop water use by soil water balance.   Research results will be disseminated at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed scientific publications, and appropriate extramural funding opportunities will be explored.