Iowa Nutrient Research Center fall seminar series will 'Focus on the Future' with perspectives of early career researchers

August 23, 2023

Collage-type image of eight young men and women.AMES, Iowa – The Iowa Nutrient Research Center’s Fall 2023 Seminar series will feature presenters discussing their perspectives on water quality research as current students and recent graduates. Each “Focus on the Future” event will present two speakers and topics at each month’s seminar session.

“Our last seminar series reviewed highlights from the last decade of INRC-supported research. This fall, we will switch orientation with more emphasis on the future," said INRC Director Matt Helmers. “Educating the next generation of scientists is an important part of our work, and each of our presenters this fall has worked on INRC-funded projects. We have encouraged them to share a bit about their experiences as student researchers, including how they perceive that will influence their careers.”

Presentations will take place the second Wednesday of each month, September through December, from 3:10-4 p.m. The hybrid seminar series will be presented online and in-person at Elings Hall, 605 Bissell Road, on the Iowa State University campus.

Sept. 13, 1306 Elings Hall

  • Cool season grasses as perennial groundcover for sustainable corn production
    Prathyusha Cheguri, graduate student, Interdepartmental Genetics and Genomics/Horticulture, Iowa State 
  • Greenhouse gas emissions from woodchip bioreactors
    Morgan Davis, assistant professor, School of Natural Resources, University of Missouri

Oct. 11, 1306 Elings Hall

  • Landowners matter too
    Jingyi Tong, graduate research assistant, Agricultural Economics, Iowa State
  • On-farm water quality monitoring in Iowa and Wisconsin
    Lindsey Hartfiel, research program manager, Discovery Farms, UW- Madison Extension

Nov. 8, 1306 Elings Hall  

  • Sediment and nutrient dynamics of beaver dam complexes on the Des Moines Lobe, Iowa
    Andrew Rupiper, graduate research assistant, Natural Resource Ecology and Management, Iowa State
  • Saturated riparian buffer designs: How a BMP accelerates water quality & career opportunities
    Tyler Groh, assistant research professor & watershed management extension specialist, Penn State

Dec. 13, 3306 Elings Hall (note: this is a different room than the earlier sessions)

  • How carbon payment schemes affect farmers' decisions—Implications for nutrient reduction
    Zhushan Du, PhD student, Economics, Iowa State
  • Breakdown of Iowa’s nutrient loads: N and P’s speciation and spatial variation
    Elliot Anderson, postdoctoral research scholar, IIHR-Hydroscience & Engineering, University of Iowa

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

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

Download the Fall 2023 Focus on the Future 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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