Shannon Osborne received the Ph.D. degree in agronomy (soil fertility and plant nutrition) from University of Nebraska, Omaha, NE, USA, in 1999 and the M.S. degree in agronomy (soil science) in 1995 and the B.S. degree in agricultural economics in 1991 from Oklahoma State University, Oklahoma, OK, USA. From 2000 to present, Osborne works as Research Agronomist at USDA-ARS. Osborne's experience in team research encompasses leading, planning, designing, organizing, and implementing a multidisciplinary research project evaluating the impact of agricultural practices (tillage, residue management, soil fertility, and crop rotation) on soil productivity and crop yield and quality; developing written project plan to be peer reviewed, while following agency guidelines, meeting with research team to ensure that project milestones are met, and writing annual project reports. Personal research areas include planning design and implementing applied and basic field plot, greenhouse, laboratory and on-farm research relating to the understanding of crop rotations, tillage, residue management, cover crops, and soil fertility impact on crop production and soil productivity; evaluating and designing current and new production practices to ensure that feedstocks are available for the biofuel industry while maintaining soil and environmental quality: the identification of alternative crops and production methods for integration into existing crop systems; transferring knowledge to appropriate audiences (including producers, researchers, graduate students, and the general public).
Biography Updated on 30 October 2012