The study of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences includes almost every aspect of land use. Soil scientists specialize in
microbiology or physics; fertilizers; conservation, land use and water resources; soil mapping, surveying or
testing; reclamation of lands; recycling wastes; and other scientific ecological and practical matters that deal with soil re
to crops, agronomists (crop scientists) work in areas of plant breeding, genomics, genetics, physiology, weed
science, crop management, forage and pasture production, agricultural chemicals, plan t nutrition, or other studies concerne
with agronomic crop
plants such as soybean, rice, cotton, wheat, grain sorghum, corn, or forage and many other food and fiber
Merle M. Anders
(Ph.D. University of HI, Agronomy and Soil Science) RREC, Stuttgart, AR. Develops system scale
recommendations that mainta
in the profitability and sustainability of rice based cropping systems.
Robert K. Bacon
(Ph.D., Purdue, Plant Genetics and Breeding). Fayetteville, AR.
Professor and Head
. Research interest is
in breeding and production of small grain crops such as w
(Ph.D., MS State U, Weed Science) Weed Scientist, CES, Little Rock. Research focuses on factors affecting
water quality and fate of transport of contaminants to and within water bodies.
(Ph.D., VA Tech, Plant Breeding
& Genetics), Stuttgart, AR. Is engaged in the development of rice hybrids that
are adapted to the Mid
Fred M. Bourland
(Ph.D., TX A&M, Cotton Genetics and Breeding) Director, NEREC, Keiser, AR. Is responsible for the
development of improved cott
on lines and varieties adapted to Arkansas and management of the cotton crop.
(Ph.D., OK State, Weed Science). CES, Little Rock. Develops weed management systems for turf, ornamentals,
roadsides & pastures.
Kristofor R. Brye
(Ph.D., U. of WI,
Soil Physics) Fayetteville, AR. Research focuses on the effects of land application of poultry
litter on in
situ nutrient leaching and the effects of land use and management practices on soil physical, chemical, and biological
properties related to soil q
uality and sustainability.
(Ph.D., U. of AR, Weed Science) Fayetteville, AR. Conducts research in weed physiology with emphasis on
(Ph.D., VA Pol. Inst., Plant Breeding/Genetics) Fayetteville, AR. Devel
op conventional, Roundup Ready, and
specialty soybean varieties adapted to various production systems and environments in Arkansas. Develop and implement a
practical and feasible marker
assisted breeding program that accelerates and enhances soybean varie
Paul A. Counce
(Ph.D., U. of GA, Rice Production and Physiology) RREC, Stuttgart, AR. Emphasizes physiological studies in
(Ph.D., Penn State, Soil Physics) Little Rock, AR. Responsible for Environmental and Natural Resource
Management to ensure agricultural production that is economically viable and environmentally sound. Priority programs includ
Watershed Water Quality
Education, Nutrient management of animal wastes applied to pasture as fertilizer and Use of
GIS/GPS in Production Agriculture and Natural Resource Management.
(Ph.D., U of FL, Plant Breeding & Genetics) RREC, Stuttgart, AR. Primary responsibi
lity is to provide support to
the rice breeding and research programs.
(Ph.D., U of FL, Soil & Water Science). CES, Little Rock. Conducts research in the area of soil fertility &
(Ph.D. OK State, Biosyst
ems Engineering). Fayetteville, AR. Research focuses on the transport, uptake and
retention of nutrients and other chemicals in aquatic ecosystems and surface runoff from the landscape.
(Ph.D., LSU in Entomology). RREC, Stuttgart, AR.
Provides educational training and support to County
Extension Agents and producers that enhances sustainable rice production, iimproves profitability and competitiveness of rice
producers, and improves the water, air and soil environmental quality.
(Ph.D., OK State, Weed Science). CES, Little Rock. Conducts research on the production of wheat, corn, &
David E. Longer
(Ph.D., Purdue, Crop Science) Fayetteville, AR. Specializes in the gneral area of sustainable, low input crop
production focusing on reclaimed waste produces, such as poultry litter, that have been chemically and physically transformed
by pyrolysis into crop supporting soil amendments.
R. Esten Mason
(Ph.D., Texas A&M). Fayetteville, AR. Conducts studies in th
e area of wheat breeding and genetics.
David M. Miller
(Ph.D., U. GA, Soil Chemistry) Fayetteville, AR. Specializes in the application of physical chemistry to soils.
His interests include surface chemistry, reclamation of soils with poultry litter and
Karen A. K. Moldenhauer
(Ph.D., IA State, Rice Breeding) RREC, Stuttgart, AR. Conducts research on improved breeding
methods and on new rice lines with improved grain and milling yields, disease resistance, cooking and nutritional
and desirable plant types.
(Ph.D., U of DE, Soil Science & Environmental Quality) Director of Soil Test in Marianna, AR. Research
focuses on improving soil testing and fertilizer recommendations as rela
ted to environmentally important elements. Utilization of
manure, sludge and industrial waste and by products as sources and soil amendments and their effect on surface and
Richard J. Norman
(Ph.D., U. of IL, Rice Culture and Nitro
gen Fertility) Fayetteville, AR. Investigates different cultural practices
used in Arkansas rice production and how they influence the nitrogen fertilizer requirement and nitrogen balance in rice soil
(Ph.D., UofA, Weed Technology) Fayetteville, AR. Investigates weed management programs in rice and
cotton, with primary emphasis on herbicide resistance and its impact on crop production. Also involved with using
producing cover crops tor
educe herbicide inputs in crops.
Derrick M. Oosterhuis
(Ph.D., UT State, Crop Physiology) Fayetteville, AR. Studies photosynthesis, carbon and nitrogen
assimilation, growth regulation and plant
water relations of cotton and other crops and their respon
ses to environmental stress.
(Ph.D., Iowa State). Fayetteville, AR. Research includes plant molecular genetics.
Larry C. Purcell
(Ph.D., U. of FL, Soybean Physiology) Fayetteville, AR. Studies physiological and biochemical responses of
soybean and other seed legumes to environmental stresses and is particularly interested in the effect of drought on nitrogen
fixation and nitrogen m
(Ph.D., UofA). Fayetteville, AR. Research includes soil fertility and testing.
W. Jeremy Ross
(Ph.D., U of AR, Soybean Production and Fertility), CES
Little Rock, AR. Investigates different cultural and
es used in Arkansas soybean production and extension education on soybean production in Arkansas.
Mary C. Savin
(Ph.D., U. of RI, Kingston, Biological Sciences), Fayetteville, AR. Combines traditional and innovative molecular
techniques to study the stru
cture and function of microbial communities in natural and managed ecosystems to understand the
roles of microorganisms in nutrient cycling, ecological interactions, and contaminant degradation.
(Ph.D., MS State, Weed Science), Little Rock, AR.
Develops weed management systems for cotton, soybean,
wheat, and rice.
(Ph.D., Baylor University, Biology), Fayetteville, AR. Research focuses on factors affecting water quality and fate of
transport of contaminants to and within water bod
(Ph.D., LSU, Plant Health with minor in Agronomy). Provides leadership for development of medium grain rice
dwarf long grain varieties, and ptovides input into the development of hybrids breeding lines.
h.D., Massey University, New Zealand, Soil Science), Fayetteville, AR. Focuses on chemical and land
management factors controlling phosphorus transport.
Nathan A. Slaton (
Ph.D., U. of AR, Soil Fertility) Fayetteville, AR. Research will focus on crop n
utrient requirements, soil
correlation and calibration, nutrient related environmental concerns and development of improved analytical methods for use b
the Soil Test Diagnostic Lab in Fayetteville and the Eastern Arkansas Soil Test Laboratory in Ma
(Ph.D., J.N. University, New Delhi, India, Life Sciences) Fayetteville, AR. Works on developing molecular tools
for gene transfer in crop plants and developing gene tagging systems for rice.
Charles (Chuck) E. Wilso
(Ph.D., U of AR, Soil Fertility) RREC, Stuttgart, AR. Conducts research on salinity problems
and plant nutrition of rice.
(Ph.D. UofA, Curriculum and Instruction
Science Education). Fayetteville, AR. Teaches undergraduate and
graduate level courses. Specializes in the interrelationships between soil science and environmental issues.