Mikayla Allan is a graduate student teaching and conducting research within the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University. Her research is focused on soil health, and spaciotemporal variability in soils. She received a BS in Environmental Science: Restoration Ecology with minors in Soil Science and Watershed Management from Humboldt State University. She has experience as one the few women conducting research in Oregon and working as a Biological Soils Technician in Montana. Allan was born and raised on the California coast, where she developed a passion for environmental stewardship, independence, and self-empowerment.
New Mexico State University
Emily Creegan is a PhD student in the Plant and Environmental Sciences Department at New Mexico State University, New Mexico, United States of America. Her research is funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA); she is a USDA fellow. Her research focus is biomass utilization and compost program development. She is currently working with farmers in New Mexico in utilizing pecan tree trimmings and on-farm compost program development. The finished compost product will be incorporated into the farm soil, in an effort to naturally increase nutrient and water availability to the pecan trees, and sequester carbon (a climate change mitigation strategy). Emily has a background in waste management and she has also worked in Haiti and Ghana in biosolid (human waste) to local garden cultivation, compost program development.
raduate Student, NMSU
I am an international student, born and raised in India. I did most of my education in India and always aspired to go abroad for higher studies. Though at a later part of my career, but my dreams came true when I got an opportunity to do my Master?s in agricultural sciences in the United States. The earlier part of my career involved engaging with the rural farming community in India, especially women farmers. The work with farmers and non-profits strengthened my amateur thoughts to take a concrete shape and I decided to continue my higher studies in States. I treasure the choices I made and would never miss any occasion to contribute, in my own way to the sector I am committed to. I strongly believe that at some point of my life, I will be able to associate and give back to my home country.
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