I am an Assistant Professor of Soil Science in the Kansas State University Department of Agronomy in Manhattan, Kansas. I teach a course in introductory soil science, and in soil conservation and management. My research focuses on soil-root interactions and root dynamics. My current research includes the study of methane oxidation in the rhizosphere of wetland plants in Alaskan bogs and fens, and root growth patterns in a long-term phosphorus application experiment with maize. My graduate research focused on phosphorus dissolution in the rhizosphere of bald cypress trees in Carolina bay wetlands in North Carolina.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Stacy, and we one beagle, MaisieForrester. I have a BS in environmental science from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and a MS and PhD in soil science from North Carolina State University. I am a huge fan of the Iowa State Cyclones, the NC State Wolfpack, the Kansas State Wildcats, the Minnesota Twins, and the Minnesota Vikings.
In my spare time I enjoy homebrewing, watching sports, cycling, playing tennis, camping, hunting, fishing, mapping for OpenStreetMap (especially bicycle paths), just about any outdoors activity, and staying involved with my local Masonic Lodge.