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Kevin Jensen
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After twelve years working as Dr. Tom Sauer’s Technician, Kevin is currently in his fourth year as a Physical Science Technician working in NLAE’s in-house Analytical Laboratory for Amy Morrow. He has his BS double majoring in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology and Environmental Studies as well as his MS majoring in Sustainable Agriculture. Both degrees are from Iowa State University and he hails from a diversified farm NW of Gilbert, IA.

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Was there an event or a person who inspired you to become a scientist?
My first Zoology course and professor in college successfully “sparked a vision and way forward” for me to merge my farming background, love for the outdoors and love of travel into future career aspirations.

What attracted you to ARS or the NLAE?
The diversified research, location and excellent interactions/interviews all played a role in me joining the NLAE.

What is your favorite aspect of conducting research?
I love knowing I am a small part of a huge, public service, agriculture organization that strives to positively impact humanity via proper implementation of the Scientific Method.

If you could achieve any research accomplishment in the next 5-10 years what would it be and why would you choose it?
I want to continue to be part of a team that provides excellent, accurate data that is used to help positively impact local, national and international producers as well as policies.

Tell us something about yourself that might surprise people who know you?
I have successfully completed four marathons (Des Moines twice, Twin Cities and Grandma’s) as well as a Pikes Peak Ascent. I live a FULL life with my wife, our three children, our extended families and friends as well as our 1.5 year old rescue dog, Lulu.