Jerry Hatfield was born in Wamego, Kansas in 1949 and works with the USDA-ARS National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment, Ames, Iowa, USA. He received a B.S. degree from the Kansas State University in agronomy in 1971, an M.S. degree in agronomy from the University of Kentucky in 1972, and his Ph.D. degree from the Iowa State University in 1975 in agricultural climatology with a minor in statistics. He was a Biometeorologist at the University of California-Davis from 1975 to 1983 and a Research Leader of the USDA-ARS Plant Stress and Water Conservation Research Unit in Lubbock, Tex, USA from 1983 to 1989. He was appointed Laboratory Director of the National Soil Tilth Laboratory in 1989 which was renamed to the National Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment in 2009. His personal research focuses on quantifying the interactions among the components of the soil-plant-atmosphere system to quantify resilience of cropping systems to climate change. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America and the Past President of the American Society of Agronomy and currently serves as a Senior Associate Editor of Agronomy Journal. He has served as Editor of Agronomy Journal and Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Agronomy. He is the Recipient of numerous awards including the USDA Superior Service Award in 1997 and the Arthur S. Flemming Award for Outstanding Service to the Federal Government in 1997 along with the Distinguished Service Award, Kansas State University in 2002 and Distinguished Alumni Award from the Kansas State University in 2011. He is the author or coauthor of 381 refereed publications and the editor of 15 monographs.
Biography Updated on 28 June 2011