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Supervisory Research Plant Physiologist/Soil Scientist/Hydrologist

USDA/Agriculture Research Service

Duties Specific personal research objectives may include: Assess using field microclimate and biophysical plant canopy measurements, which are complemented with biochemical and physical modeling, the climate change adaptation potential of plants and silvopasture practices under a non-stationary climate. Develop surface renewal and modified eddy covariance energy balance flux measurement techniques that are optimized to measure and characterize energy balance components within a plant canopy at the field scale. Identify soil biochemical compounds contributing to resilient soil-crop interfaces for intensively managed farming systems, with changes in soil aggregation, soil water content, soil carbon sequestration, and nitrogen supply. Supervisory duties include: Providing vision, establishing and maintaining an advisory stakeholder base and developing research programs to address stakeholder priorities. Exercising leadership and supervising personnel assigned to the unit that promotes scholarship and team effort. Maximizing the creativity and productivity of the unit. Hiring personnel and managing the human, fiscal and physical resources assigned to the unit. Serving as the Unit fund holder. Providing technical information and consultation both internal and external to Agricultural Research Service. Ensuring the proper interpretation and reporting of scientific research results.

Contact Information

Name: Elsa Ayala