Current Students and Staff

Jesaelen Gizotti de Moraes

Jesaelen Gizotti de Moraes

Anticipated graduation date: May 2023
M.S. & Ph.D. Agronomy, Weed Science
jesaelenmoraes@huskers.unl.edu

I originally come from Brazil where I received a B.S. degree in Agronomy from Sao Paulo State University. As an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to conduct research under the guidance of some of the best soil, plant nutrition, and application technology scientists in the country. I developed passion for Application Technology and Weed Science after having an internship opportunity during six months at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln under Dr. Greg Kruger’s advisement. With the great interest in this area, I continued working on application technology in Brazil through two different experiences: member of the research team under Dr. Ulisses Antuniassi’s advisement and a professional internship program with Bayer CropScience. Upon my graduation in 2015, I joined UNL again to pursue M.S. degree in Weed Science. My research efforts centered on the role spray nozzle and adjuvant technologies play during applications of glyphosate and PPO-inhibiting herbicides used to manage difficult to control weed species as well as the broader role that agricultural adjuvants play in the physical properties of agrochemical products and the resulting impact on spray formation, impaction and uptake. I started my Ph.D. at UNL last fall (2018) and my research will be focused on understanding droplet fate in Dicamba applications.

Milos Zaric

Milos Zaric

Anticipated graduation date: May 2023
M.S. & Ph.D. Agronomy, Weed Science
Contact: (402) 937-5528
milos.zaric@huskers.unl.edu

Born and raised in Sevojno, the small town placed in the West part of Serbia. After my high school and my wish to know more about agronomical problems that farmers in Serbia are facing and to provide them with the potential solution for issues I decided to go more toward Agronomy. Following that I moved to Belgrade where I started my academic carrier at The University of Belgrade – Faculty of Agriculture from where I graduated with my B.S. and M.S degree in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Both programs that I pursued were with focus on the plant protection, with minor in weed science, module also known as Phytomedicine. Furthermore, during my Basic academic studies, I got an opportunity to visit Nebraska and to work on an internship during 2015 with Dr. Kruger. Upon completed internship, I got an opportunity to come back again to Nebraska to pursue an M.S. degree in weed science with focuses also in the pesticide application technology. Considering the importance of the pesticide application I saw this as a good opportunity to learn and improve understanding of various things related to this part. My primary research interest here is to better understand the effect of sub-lethal doses of a new formulation of dicamba achieved through simulated tank contamination when applied with different postemergence herbicide program on non-dicamba-tolerant soybean variety. I hope that studies that I am working on will provide results that will help to understand current issues that the American farmers are facing.

Randy Lloyd

Randy Lloyd

Research Facility Coordinator
randy.lloyd@unl.edu
(308) 532-3260

I grew up in a small agricultural community in the Texas panhandle.  My family had a dryland/irrigated farm between Hereford and Adrian, Texas where we grew wheat, grain sorghum, corn and sugar beets.  I went to Texas Tech University where I earned a B.S. in entomology, a M.S. in plant physiology and a Ph.D. in Weed Science.  I worked as a Research Associate at the Texas A&M Experiment Station in Lubbock with Dr. John Abernathy and Dr. Wayne Keeling in the weed science group.

I joined American Cyanamid as a Research Biologist in their Discovery Labs in Princeton New Jersey troubleshooting new products and formulations for weed control.  I also worked in Product Development focused on a baculovirus for control of Gypsy Moth in the Northeastern United States.  I eventually moved to the Midwest as a Technical Service Rep in Kansas, Missouri and Illinois working with growers and dealers on weed control and application technology in corn and soybeans.  I moved back to the east coast when BASF purchased American Cyanamid and became the Technical Marketing Manager for the Southwestern United States working in cotton, rice, peanuts and sugar cane.  After working as the Technical Training Manager for the U.S. sales team at BASF, I moved to the Midwest and worked as a Field Agronomist for Pioneer Hi-Bred in west central Nebraska in North Platte.  I eventually took a position with Dekalb/Asgrow as a Technical Agronomist and worked a 30 county territory helping our sales team to place hybrids and troubleshoot product issues.  In November of 2021, I joined the team at the West Central Research, Extension and Education Center; University of Nebraska as the Research Facility Coordinator and will be focused on the Pesticide Application Technology Lab, the Agroecosystems Entomology Lab and , of course, our producers in west central Nebraska.

Jeff Golus

Jeff Golus

Research Manager Plant Science
jeff.golus@unl.edu
(308) 696-6725

Role is to manage field trials relating to crop water use, crop rotation, hybrid/variety evaluations, fertilizer, rainfed and irrigated cropping systems.

Received a BS degree from UNL in 1995 and started working for Bob Klein at West Central in early 1996, mainly focused on crop variety testing (irrigated and rainfed corn, soybeans, winter wheat, sunflowers, grain sorghum, dry edible beans) throughout southwest Nebraska. The program expanded in the areas of herbicide and adjuvant efficacy, spray nozzle evaluation for drift management and herbicide efficacy and spray droplet analysis with a laser diffraction system. With continued growth in both areas (crop field trials and spray application) in 2012 I became more focused on field trials, predominantly at North Platte and Brule locations.

Chandra Hawley

Chandra Hawley

Office Associate
chandra.hawley@unl.edu
(308) 696-6741

I work for the PAT Lab and help organize the labs daily activities and projects. I assist with data entry, data collection, report writing and field trials. I also provide support to the technicians, students and international interns. I was born and raised in Nebraska, received my bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney and have three delightful children that keep life interesting. My husband’s career brought us to North Platte and I am thankful everyday it did, so I can be a part of this remarkable research group.

Kasey Schroeder

Kasey Schroeder

Greenhouse Manager
kasey.schroeder@unl.edu
(308) 696-6785

I am the greenhouse manager for the Pesticide Application Technology Laboratory. My main role is to conduct research on various weed and crop species grown in the greenhouse utilizing different application parameters and herbicides. I’m responsible for the daily upkeep of the three greenhouse facilities. I assist students with their research projects and also participate in wind tunnel studies. I grew up in North Platte and earned a BS of Biology from the University of Nebraska-Kearney in 2013, and a BS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in 2015. I began working for Dr. Greg Kruger in 2011 as summer help, and continued this role until transitioning to greenhouse manager in 2016.

Barbara Vukoja

Barbara Vukoja

Wind Tunnel Research Technician
barbara.vukoja@unl.edu
(402) 417-8249

I originally come from Serbia where I received B.S. degree in agronomy from University of Belgrade (2018). Before I graduated, I had the opportunity to do an internship at WCREC in North Platte, Nebraska. This opportunity opened the door for my further professional and educational development. After receiving B.S. degree I came back to work as a wind tunnel technician. My main focus is to better understand impact on droplet size as well as droplet size’s impact on pesticide application. My next goal is to continue upgrading the knowledge I have and seek for master’s degree.




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