PES Seminars

Current research discussions are presented by Graduate level students and NMSU faculty. Graduate Enrichment Seminar's are only held throughout Spring and Fall Semesters. Seminars will take place in Gerald Thomas Hall, Room 200, unless otherwise indicated.

Fall 2021

Seminar Speaker Title
Fridays, 3:30 PM., GT 200. Contact rachelgi@nmsu.edu for Zoom information PES Graduate Research Seminar College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences - Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU
Aug. 27 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Dale Rucker, Chief Technical Officer, HydroGeophysicsScientific Writing Workshop: How to Publish your Findings
Sept. 10 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Robb M. Randall, Chief, Atmospheric Science Center and Dynamics & Analytics Branch, DEVCOM-Army Research LabArmy Research Lab's Meteorlogical Sensor Array Operations and Research Initiatives
Sept. 24 at 3:30 PM - PES 2021 Outstanding Alumni, Tana EckolsTitle will be published on NMSU Hotline
Oct. 1 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Ellen Peffley, Professor Emerita of Horticulture, Texas TechFrom Aggieland to Raiderland and Back
Oct. 8 at 3:30 PM - Erin Sumner, Ph. D. Candidate in Water Science Growers' Behavior Response to Drought and Climate Change
Oct. 15 at 3:30 PM - Robert Wojcikiewicz, Masters CandidateUsing Multi-scale Imagery and a Novel Landscape Competition Index to Quantify Shrub-shrub Competition in the Jornada Basin
Oct. 22 at 3:30 PM - Maria Alvarez Zavala, Masters CandidateProfiling of Secondary Metabolites in Opuntia spp.
Oct. 29 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Eric Griffin, Assistant Professor of Biology, New Mexico Highlands UniversityIt's a Small World After All: The Impacts of Plant-associated Microbes
Nov. 5 at 3:30 PM - Yi Zhu, Ph. D. Candidate Genome-wide Association Mapping for Fusarium oxysporuym f. sp. vasinfectum Race 4 Resistance in Cotton and Comparative Analysis of Infection Process in Pima Cotton Differing In Resistance to FOV Race 4
Nov. 12 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Adriana Romero-Olivares, Assistant Professor of Biology Biology Fungal Responses to Climate Change: How Tiny Genes Affect Large Ecosystems
Nov. 19 at 3:30 PM - Seyed Nourbakhsh, Masters Candidate Evaluating Onion Breeding Lines for Thrips Numbers and Correlations Among Plant Size, Components, Thrips Numbers, and Bulb Size
Dec. 3 at 3:30 PM - Sundar Sapkota, Ph. D. Candidate Effects of Circular Grass Buffer Strips on Soil Health, Carbon Sequestration, and Greenhouse Gas Mitigation in Semiarid Row Crop Production Systems

Previous Seminars

Spring 2021

Seminar Speaker Title
Fridays, 3:30 PM., Contact rachelgi@nmsu.edu for Zoom information PES Graduate Research Seminar College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences - Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU
Jan. 29 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Levon Esters, Mentoring @ Purdue program#MentoringMatters: Addressing the Needs of Graduate Students through Inclusive, Intentional, Equitable, and Culturally Responsive Mentoring
Feb. 5 at 3:30 PM - Brianna Lind, PhD CandidateExploring the Hydrological Impacts of Termite Mounds in Savanna
Feb. 12 at 3:30 PM - Tana Eckols, Environmental & Social Advisor, bp Gulf of MexicoNMSU graduate in Environmental Science provides tips for a successful career
Feb. 19 at 3:30 PM - Marwah Sobhan-NeyazLocalization of the toxic fungi Chaetothyriales spp. (Ascomycota) within its host Ipomoea carnea (Convolvulaceae)
February 26 at 3:30 PM -
Mikaela Hoellrich - Masters Candidate

Angelica Swanson - Master's Candidate

Linking Biogeochemical Function and Microbial Diversity in Chihuahuan Desert Biocrusts

Management, Microbial Diversity and Soil Health: A Case Study in an Arid Region
March 5 at 3:30 PM - Harpreet Kaur, PhD Candidate Association Analyses for Forage Yield and Quality Under Deficit Irrigation Management in Elite Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Germplasm
March 12 at 3:30 PM - Ujala Sehar, PhD CandidateCellulose Degradation by the Unicellular Extremophilic red alga Galdieria sulphuraria
March 19 at 3:30 PM -
Caroline Toth - Masters Candidate

Michael Whiting - Master's Candidate

Shrub Demographic Bottlenecks of the Jornada Basin

Monitoring Toxic Metal Uptake by Corn Grown in Agricultural Fields across Animas and San Juan Rivers
March 26 at 3:30 PM - Joseph Wood, PhD CandidateEffects of Deficit Irrigation and Iris Yellow Spot Virus on Onion Photosynthesis
April 9 at 3:30 PM - Curt Pierce, PhD CandidateDeficit Irrigation and Partial Root-Zone Drying in Field-Grown Pecan
April 16 at 3:30 PM - Vesh Thapa, PhD Candidate Soil Health Response to Cover Crops Under Limited Irrigation Winter Wheat-Sorghum-Fallow System in Eastern New Mexico
April 23 at 3:30 PM - Harmanpreet Kaur, PhD Candidate Improvement of Field Adapted Nannochloropsis oceanica Strain Performance and Composition
April 30 at 3:30 PM - Akram Benali, PhD Candidate Irrigation with RO Concentrate and Brackish Groundwater Impacts Pecan Trees Growth and Physiology
May 7 at 3:30 PM - Kelly Laje, PhD Candidate Photoprotection and Anti-Melanogenesis of MNT-1 Melanoma

Fall 2020

Seminar Speaker Title
Fridays, 3:30 PM., Zoom Meeting ID: 961 8085 1996 PES Graduate Research Seminar College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences - Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU
August 28 at 3:30 PM - First Friday Kickoff Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU NMSU researchers communicate their research in high speed lightning talks
September 4 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Kelly Ramirez , Can the soil microbiome provide solutions for global sustainability?
September 18 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Stephanie Bestelmeyer, Executive Director, Asombro Institute for Science EducationBringing science education into schools
October 2 at 3:30 PM - Egypt with Aggies Go GlobalField report on desalinization research at the Desert Research Center, Cairo, WEF Conference and other adventures
October 16 at 3:30 PM - Pramod AcharyaSoil health, greenhouse gas emissions, and crop yield response to cover crops in an irrigated forage rotation
October 23 at 3:30 PM - Darien Pruitt Impact of Fertilizers on Guar Production and Soil Health in Arid and Semi-Arid Southwest United States
October 30 at 3:30 PM - Sergei ShalyginAssessment of the cyanobacterial Harmful Algal Blooms (CHABs) and toxins in the blooming water bodies of New Mexico
November 6 at 3:30 PM - David Schoep, NMSU Environmental Health and SafetyAnnual laboratory EH&S Refresher Course (required annual training for all lab-users)
November 13 at 3:30 PM - Suman SharmaScreening of onion germplasm for host plant resistance to disease Fusarium Basal Rot (FBR) and Iris Yellow Spot (IYS)
November 20 at 3:30 PM - Bert SivilleAlgal turf scrubber technology; function and optimization in a small scale aquaculture
December 4 at 3:30 PM - Hanan Elassbli Genetic analysis and Genome-Wide Association Study of Resistance in Bacterial Blight in US Upland Cotton

Spring 2020

Seminar Speaker Title
Fridays, 3:30 PM - 4:20 PM., GT 200 (Unless Indicated) PES Graduate Research Seminar College of Agriculture, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences - Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU
January 24 at 3:30 PM - First Friday Kickoff Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, NMSU (GT 194)NMSU researchers communicate their research in high speed lightning talks
February 14 at 3:30 PM - Dr. Anthony J. Darrouzet-Nardi, University of Texas, El Paso , "Into the Active Layer: Belowground function and the effects of global change on Artic tundra plants and soils"
February 21 at 3:30 PM - Eric Howard, Production Manager, UltraHealth Dispensary"Greenhouse Management: Plants, people and personnel"
February 28 at 3:30 PM -
Hunter Winsor PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Jessica Castro Master's Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

"Land resources Units as Soil Systems"

"Hyperspectral detection and Mapping of Biological Soil Crusts in the Drylands"
March 6 at 3:30 PM - Alexandra Heller Master's Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences"Classifying Ecosystems and State Changes on the Taos Plateau"
March 13 at 3:30 PM -
Govinda Sapkota PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Jason Fechner Master's Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

"Nutrient Composition, Dynamics with Maturity, and Effect of Drying Methods on Jujube (Ziziphus jujube Mill.) Grown Under Different Geological Locations of New Mexico"

"Iron Bioaccumulation in Duckweed (Lemna minor L.) and Oyster Mushrooms (Pleurotus ostreatus)"
March 20 at 3:30 PM -
Sk. Musfiq Us-Salehin Master's Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Phillip Lujan PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

"Soil Organic Matter and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Dryland and Irrigated Cropping Systems"

"Using Pecan Byproduct Extracts as Novel Elicitors for Included Resistance Against Soilborne Pathogens"
April 3 at 3:30 PM -
Paramveer Singh PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

Jaqueline Cormier PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences

"Effects of Integrating Native Perennial Grass as Buffer Strips on Microclimate Growth and Yield of Corn"

"Cover Crop Impacts on a New Mexico Vineyard Ecosystem"
April 17 at 3:30 PM - Malak Tfaily, Soil, Water & Environmental Science, University of Arizona"Microbial Controls on Biogeochemical Cycling of Carbon Using Stable Isotope Labeling and Other Novel Techniques"
April 24 at 3:30 PM - Emily Creegan PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences"Biomass Utilization: Organic Waste to Resource"
May 1 at 3:30 PM - Gaurav Jha PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences"Long Term Monitoring of Contaminations in the Agricultural Systems Across the Animas Watershed After the Gold King Mine Spill"
May 8 at 3:30 PM - Subhankar Mandal PhD Candidate, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences"Advancement in Breeding for Fusarium Basal Not Resistance of Onion (Allium cepa L.)"