Focus on the Future continues for spring 2024 Iowa Nutrient Research Center seminar series

January 30, 2024

AMES, Iowa – A new Iowa Nutrient Research Center seminar series for spring 2024 continues its Focus on the Future with current and recent graduate students discussing studies they are involved in and some of their experiences as early career researchers. 

Each session will present two speakers and topics. The monthly hybrid presentations will take place Wednesdays, February 14, March 6, April 10 and May 8, from 3:10-4 p.m. The hybrid seminar series will be presented online and in-person at 1306 Elings Hall, 605 Bissell Road, on the Iowa State University campus.

“The success of the projects INRC funds often depends on dedicated graduate students. We appreciate the value of their work and consider educating the next generation of scientists an important part of university research,” said Kay Stefanik, assistant director of the Iowa Nutrient Research Center at Iowa State University. “We featured the work of early career researchers through the fall, and it worked so well, we decided to continue this approach through the spring semester.”

All presenters are graduate students at Iowa State unless otherwise indicated.

February 14

  • Microbial communities as a pathway to improved woodchip and corncob bioreactor design and performance
    Presenter: Taylor Vroman, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Ranking the effect of GxExM factors on the economic optimum N rate
    Presenter: Mitch Baum, Post doc, Department of Agronomy

March 6

  • Assessing the water quality impacts of perennial groundcover in tile-drained corn production: The unrecognized challenge of groundcover establishment
    Presenter: Gabrielle Myers, Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering
  • Reducing phosphorus export in farmed potholes using blind inlets with steel media
    Presenter: Adam Buseman, Water quality project manager, King County, Washington

April 10

  • Improving understanding of “corn yield drag” after cereal rye cover crop by tracking soil net nitrogen mineralization across three hillslope positions
    Presenter: Mila Vicorio Pessoto, Department of Agronomy
  • Spatiotemporal variability of soil and digital soil mapping for agriculture
    Presenter, Arturo Flores Godoy, Department of Agronomy

May 8

  • Of water and wildlife: evaluating potential wildlife responses to working land water conservation paradigms in Iowa.
    Presenter: Michael Rohde, Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management
  • Managing crop residue to reduce AONR and increase water quality
    Presenter: Alexandria Logan, Department of Agronomy

INRC seminar sessions are free and open to the public. Participants are asked to register in advance at:

Each session will be recorded, with speakers’ permission, and posted on the INRC’s website.

Download the INRC spring 2024 Water Quality Research Seminar series flyer to post or share. More information on each session with any updates are available at under Events.

For questions, contact Malcolm Robertson, INRC program specialist, at

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