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Zamir Libohova

Research Soil Scientist


Dr. Zamir Libohova received a Bachelor’s degree in Agronomy and Doctor of Science in Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition from the Agriculture University of Tirana, Albania. He worked for 2 years as a research scientist at the National Soil Institute conducting soil fertility trials and leading the North Research Station and the National Soil Laboratory. He received a Fulbright scholarship (named after William J. Fulbright, Senator from Arkansas who started the program) to study soil science at Oregon State University. He joined the World Bank Forestry Project in Albania as the interim director of Project Environmental Management Unit overseeing the implementation of the Environmental impact Assessment program. Zamir graduated with a Master of Science degree from Colorado State University with focus on hydrology and watershed management. While working as a soil scientist with USDA-NRCS in Alabama, he received an advanced certificate on GIS and remote sensing from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Dr. Libohova graduated with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in soil science from Purdue University and joined the National Soil Survey Center (NSSC) in Lincoln NE as a Research Soil Scientist. At the NSSC he conducted research on soil modelling using digital soil mapping and remote sensing approaches. During this time, he worked for the GlobalSoilMap project, an international initiative funded by Bill & Melinda Gates’ Foundation and supported by the International Union of Soil scientists (IUSS). During his tenure at NSSC, he worked on many projects in different countries like Albania, Brazil, China, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Colombia, France, Mexico, Haiti, Kenya, Russia and Switzerland where he continues to collaborate. His research interests are on understanding how technology can be applied to small farm operations to understand animal, plant and soil interactions for optimizing economic gains. His research focus on developing models and tools to better manage these systems adding to the technology focus at the Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center. Dr. Libohova said “the position at the USDA-ARS Dale Bumpers Small Farms Research Center is a great opportunity and I am very honored and fortunate to join the team of researchers and the center staff to help and contribute to the mission. I look forward to building a research program that supports small farms and contributes to the profitability of rural communities. I am excited to participate in stakeholder meetings and learn more about the challenges of operating small-scale farms.”