David Clausen David Clausen is a Financial Technician with the USDA-ARS Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center. David utilizes office space at Mandan while his wife studies at the UND Medical School campus in Bismarck. David is a native of Wilton, ND.
Dr. Anand Kumar Pothula Dr. Anand Kumar Pothula, (Anand for short) joined the Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (ABEN), NDSU in the first week of April 2013 as a Research Associate in the “Energy Beet Research II” project. North Dakota Industrial Commission and Green Vision Group funded this research project. Anand will be performing research in the “Front End Processing” (FEP) aspect of the project under the supervision of Dr. Igathinathane Cannayen, Assistant Professor, ABEN. FEP research aims at extracting juice and pulp from the beets in an energy efficient manner utilizing a simplified mechanical processing. He will be based at Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory (NGPRL), USDA-ARS, Mandan, ND.
Justin Schomerus Justin Schomerus is a recent (2013) graduate of Peru State College in Southeast Nebraska. He earned his BS in Biochemistry and Natural Science. Justin works with Dr. Nick Saliendra to continue Rebecca’s Eddy Covariance and gas exchange study of native grassland and alfalfa crops. His supervisor is Dr. Mark Liebig. Justin grew up on a family farm in Southeast Nebraska where he played an active part in raising primarily corn, soybeans and beef cattle along with oats, red clover and alfalfa. In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing and being outdoors.
Andrew Carrlson Andrew Carrlson joined the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory as a temporary employee in June of 2012 working for Dr. Rebecca Phillips collecting and managing Eddy Covariance data. Prior to coming to Mandan, Andrew worked for the University of Missouri as a Lab Manager. There he assisted several graduate students with their data collection and also implemented an experiment examining heat transfer from light energy in nesting birds. Andrew received his Bachelors in Natural Resources from the University of Minnesota-Crookston in 2008. Andrew joined the permanent staff in March 2013 and is working for Dr. John Hendrickson as a Biological Science Technician. Andrew grew up in west-central Minnesota with two younger sisters and is currently living in Mandan with his fiancée Kaylan.
Craig Ford Craig Ford joined the staff at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory on March 25th 2013. Craig is a Biological Science Technician and has worked with a number of scientists at several ARS locations. Most recently he came to us from the Greenhouse Production Research Group in Toledo, Ohio where he assisted in researching the effects of silicon uptake and media replacement in floricultural crops. Prior to his time in Ohio he worked with the IR-4 program at the Yakima Agricultural Research Laboratory in Wapato, Washington and conducted pesticide residue trials on minor use row crops.
Dr. David Toledo Dr. David Toledo, Research Rangeland Management Specialist, joined the staff at the Northern Great Plains Research Laboratory on March 4, 2013. Dr. Toledo is a headquarters-funded postdoc responsible for improving ecological indicators of rangeland and pastureland health. His work will result in an integrated grazingland health assessment tool for use in management and conservation planning. David’s previous research includes working at the USDA-ARS Jornada Experimental Range under the supervision of Dr. Jeff Herrick, where he worked on the development and application of indicators for monitoring soil and vegetation attributes and assessment of rangeland health.