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Peter O'Brien

Research Agronomist

I grew up in Springfield, Illinois before attending Grinnell College, where I earned a BA in Religious Studies. After graduation, I spent several years serving as an Americorps member, first with Habitat for Humanity and then with the Nevada Conservation Corps. I then began graduate school at North Dakota State University, where I received an MS in Natural Resources Management and a Ph.D. in Soil Science, where I focused on soil reclamation after oil development in the western North Dakota. I moved to Ames in 2018 to begin a postdoc with Jerry Hatfield at NLAE, and I transitioned into a Research Agronomist in August 2020. My research program will investigate a series of management practices, with a special focus on cover cropping and diversified rotations, to help develop resilient, highly productive cropping systems.


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