Visiting Associate Professor, Ph.D.
Doctorate, Auburn University, 2004
Master of Science, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry 2000.
Bachelor of Science, State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, 1991.
Research and Teaching Interests
I am a Visiting Associate Professor from Brazil. My research interests focus on tropical agroecosystems (with an emphasis on Brazilian Amazonia) and the implementation of management techniques such as integration of crops-livestock-forests in these systems in order to increase overall fertility and biodiversity and build resilience. I am currently focusing on soil health and phosphorus (P) cycling and am researching species of plants that could be used as cover crops in these systems in order to boost P cycling through soil mining processes that would make more inorganic P available near the soil surface for subsequent absorption by cash crops in large- and small-scale agroecosystems. I am also interested in teaching all aspects of conservation agriculture techniques and their application to agroecosystems to students and landowners/farmers, and also identifying the needs of farmers and the barriers they may face with respect to the adoption of conservation agriculture management in their production systems.