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Current Graduate Students

The Department of Agricultural Sciences offers an M.S. in Integrated Agricultural Sciences. This degree is the first of its kind in Texas, and produces graduates with the multidisciplinary technological and professional skills capable of addressing and solving complex food system challenges. 

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Ian Anderson

Hometown: Industry, TX
Research area: Investigation of consumer demand for local produce

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Katie Tritsch

Hometown: Houston, TX
Research area: Needs assessment of Texas small producers

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Amonea Conway

Hometown: Spring, TX
Research area: Economics of food waste reduction

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Katherine Westerman

Hometown: Austin, TX
Research area: Economics of soil science

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Prokash Deb

Hometown: Sylhet, Bangladesh
Research area: Aquaculture and fisheries economics

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Anisa Elizondo

Hometown: Austin, TX
Research area: Food safety and consumer preference

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Brianna Barnett

Research area: Assessing professional development needs of agriculture faculty based on college size

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Malorie Diamond

Hometown: San Antionio, TX
Research area: Identifying early onset pubescence in goats through endocrinology

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Crystal Russo

Hometown: Mcmahan, Texas
Research area: Effects of animal nutrition on the gut microbiome

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Collin Hayes

Hometown: College Station, TX
Research area: Synergistic effects of combining various plant products with dewormers to treat parasites in ruminants that are resistant to available anthelmintics

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FNU Suoerga

Hometown: Inner Mongolian, China
Research area: Livestock feeds

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Meagan Knipp

Hometown: Cypress, TX
Research area: Goat parasite geo-location

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Trixie Wetmore

Hometown: Carthage, NY
Research area: Self-medication of goats against Haemonchus contortus infection using garlic

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Carolina Souza Mesquita

Hometown: Brazil
Research area: The effects of water configuration (form) in beef loins on color, tenderness and electrical conductivity

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Emily Arnold

Hometown: Austin, TX Research area: Soil remediation

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Jaycob Gorski

Hometown: New Braunfels, TX
Research area: Agricultural biological control; wasp diet modification for targeted pest control

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Jeff McAfee

Hometown: Austin, TX
Research area: Soil and hydroponic microbiology

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Burt Barnes

Hometown: New Braunfels, TX
Research area: Soil Science laboratory curriculum

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Michael Kelly

Research area: Biological control of Pythium in hydroponic strawberries: compost tea versus endo mycorrhizae

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Rafea Sultana Rea

Hometown: Bangladesh
Research area: Soil and plant nutrition

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Cody R. Brown

Hometown: Andrews, TX
Research area: Restoration agriculture centered around soil health and perennial cropping systems

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Ryan Manthei

Hometown: Andrews, TX
Research area: Vermicompost in hydroponics

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Harpreet (Sony) Kaur Sandhu

Hometown: Punjab, India
Research area: Botanical control of sweet potato weevil (Cylas formicarius)

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Rose M. Flores

Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Research area: Biodynamics in Viticulture

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Phoebe Mau

Hometown: Austin, TX
Research area: Viniculture