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    The incumbent serves as a Research Soil Scientist in the Agroecosystems Management Research Unit at the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment (NLAE), Ames, IA. The NLAE mission is to develop and evaluate management practices that enhance soil health, water quality and other ecosystem services. The incumbent serves as a research scientist for the project Sustainable and Resilient Cropping Systems.

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    • Designs and conducts research related to improving traditional and alternative cropping systems to enhance productivity, support healthy soil and improve environmental quality.
    • Determine the spatial and temporal variation in soil properties and processes that affect crop production, soil health and water quality.
    • Develops new methods for quantification of soil resiliency and health that have applicability to assessment of agroecosystem sustainability and that help engage producers in evaluating improved soil management practices.
    • Collaborates with other Agricultural Research Service (ARS), university and private sector scientists to build a multi-disciplinary team necessary for this research, including the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research Network.
    • Analyzes, interprets and disseminates the findings in the form of reports, presentations and publications in scientific journals.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional domestic and international travel is required in addition to visit research sites and to attend scientific meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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