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Narayanan Kannan


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Contact Information

Pollinator Health in Southern Crop Ecosystem Research Unit
141 Experiment Station Road
P.O. Box 346
Stoneville, MS 38776
Ph: (662) 686-5291
Fax: (662) 686-5421

Work Experience

  • Present: Research Agricultural Engineer-USDA ARS, Pollinators Health in Southern Crop Ecosystem Research Unit, Stoneville, MS.
  • 2013-2021: Research Scientist-Tarleton State University, Texas Institute for Applied Environmental Research (TIAER), Stephenville, TX.
  • 2012-2013: Senior Environmental Engineer-Tetra Tech R&D, Lafayette, CA.
  • 2004-2012: Assistant Research Scientist-Texas AgriLife Research (Texas A&M System), Blackland Research and Extension Center, Temple, TX.

Organization and Honors

  • Member of Soil and Water Conservation Society.
  • Member of American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.
  • Editorial board member of Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 
  • Part of the NIFA-AFRI funded Grazing CAP project that received the 2019 Research, Education and Economics Under Secretary's Award. 
  • Best Research Paper for Impact and Quality in 2016-Journal of Soil and Water Conservation-Soil and Water Conservation Society. 
  • Part of the USDA funded Conservation Effects Assessment Project (CEAP)-National Assessment (Cropland) that received the 2015 Abraham Lincoln Honor Awards. 
  • Published two of the top 25 manuscripts in Journal of Hydrology during Jan-Mar 2007. 
  • Merit scholarships from Unilever and European Chemical Industry for Ph.D. 2000-2004. 
  • Recipient of the 1998 Irish Government Fellowship for the international graduate program in Hydrology. 
  • Indian Society of Agricultural Engineers (ISAE)-Reddy Award for the best graduate thesis of India submitted in Agricultural Engineering in 1996. 
  • Graduate fellowship from Ministry of Human Resources Development in India 1995-1996.

Technical Responsibilities

Dr. Kannan is currently doing research on (1) development of precision application equipment and methods to minimize off-target pesticide spray drift onto adjacent non-cropping areas associated with bee habitat; (2) investigation of optimal atomization and spray pattern for target crops under different weather conditions; (3) evaluation of the effects of spray products amended with spray adjuvants on spray drift reduction efficiency under laboratory and field conditions; (4) development of computer simulation models to improve aerial and ground spray deposition accuracy and reduce off target losses; (5) investigation of existing and new drift reduction technologies adaptable for integrated pest management (IPM) programs to protecting bees and ecosystems.