CPL Alumni

Former graduate students and post-doctoral scientists

Darby Danzl MS 2024; Carbon Additions Can Improve Nutrient Cycling and Fertilizer Use Efficiency for Phosphorus and Potassium in a Corn-Soybean Rotation.

Marcos Loman PhD 2024; Factors Affecting Soil Nutrient Availability and Its Impact on Maize and Soybean Productivity. Currently a technical agronomist with Brandt.

Sam Leskanich MS 2023; Does Agronomic Management Affect an At-Planting Fungicide Application on Corn? Currently continuing in the laboratory for his PhD.

Logan Woodward, PhD 2023; Enhancing Efficacy of Agronomic Management of Maize through Synergies with Biostimulants. MS 2019; Enhancing Mineral Nutrient Availability and Corn Productivity with Biostimulants. Currently Product Development Agronomist with Pivot Bio.

Connor Sible, PhD 2022; Characterizing Plant Biostimulants and Their Impact on the Soil Microbiome and Productivity of Maize. MS 2019; Plant Growth Regulators and Biostimulants for Use in Varying Management Systems to Improve Corn Grain Yield. Currently Postdoctoral Researcher with the Crop Physiology Laboratory.

Scott Foxhoven, PhD 2022; New Innovations for the 4R’s of Nutrient Stewardship to Improve Corn Productivity. MS 2019; Polyhalite Alters the Uptake and Partitioning of Mineral Nutrients in Corn. Currently the Product Testing Specialist with the Mosaic Company.

Eric Winans, PhD 2022; Innovations in Agronomic Management to Improve Maize Productivity. MS 2019; Nitrogen Fertility, Plant Population, Row Spacing, and Hybrid Effects on Corn Grain Yield. Currently the Research Farm Manager for the Discovery and Innovation Team at Brandt.

Stephen Schwartz, MS 2022; Managing Nitrogen Availability for Increased Yield of Corn and Soybean. Currently the Crop Care Collaboration Manager for US and Canada with John Deere.

Derek Lenzen, MS 2022; Biostimulants and Phosphorus Fertilizer to Improve Growth and Productivity of Corn. Currently the Product Development Agronomist for WI/MN with Pivot Bio.

Vitor Rampazzo Favoretto, PhD 2022; Agronomic Management to Simultaneously Increase Yield and Seed Nutritional Quality of Soybean. MS 2019; A Meta-analysis of How Management Practices Affect Soybean Yield and Quality. Currently working with CHS, Inc.

Dylan Guenzburger, MS 2020; Improved Agronomic Management of Corn and Soybean to Increase Productivity. Currently Field Scientist/Principal Investigator at Illinois Ag Research LLC.

Keith Ehnle, MS 2020; Agronomic Management and Biostimulants to Increase Corn and Soybean Productivity. Currently Practical Farm Research Lead at Beck’s Hybrids.

Ben Wiegmann, MS 2019; Maximizing Corn Yield Potential through Proper Rate, Placement, and Timing of Nitrogen Fertility. Currently Field Sales Agronomist with Beck’s Hybrids.

Alison Vogel, PhD 2019; Managing the Continuous Corn Yield Penalty with Crop and Residue Management. MS 2015; The Sustainability of Tropical Maize as an Alternative Biofuel or Silage Crop. Currently Agronomist with CNH Industrial.

Brad Bernhard, PhD 2019; Agronomic Management to Improve Corn Productivity under High-Yielding Environments. MS 2016; Innovative Foliar Micronutrient Sources in High-Yielding Corn Environments. Currently an Agronomic Research Scientist with Syngenta.

Tryston Beyrer, PhD 2018; Innovations in Fertilizer Use and Agronomic Management for Greater Productivity of Corn and Soybean. MS 2014; Optimizing Nutrient Availability for High-Yield Corn Production. Currently with the Mosaic Company.

Shelby Mann, MS 2017; The Use of Fertilizer Nitrogen Applications to Increase Productivity of Soybean.

Andrew Harmon, MS 2017; Use of Strigolactone for Stress Relief and Increased Productivity in High-Yielding Environments. Currently with CNH Industrial.

Adriano Terras Mastrodomenico, PhD 2017; Agronomic and Marker-Assisted Breeding Strategies for Improving Nitrogen Use Efficiency in Maize. Currently working with Limagrain.

Katie Parker, MS 2016; Agronomic Management of Soybean with Foliar Manganese and Apical Meristem Alterations. Currently with Bayer.

Cole Hendrix, MS 2015; Identifying Variability for Nitrogen Use Traits Among and Within Maize Heterotic Groups using ex-PVP Germplasm. Currently with Duda Farm Fresh Foods.

Ross Bender, PhD 2015: Agronomic and Nutritional Considerations for Increased Soybean Productivity; and MS 2012: Nutrient Uptake and Partitioning in High-Yielding Corn. Currently with The Mosaic Company

Brad Bandy, MS 2014; Response to Planting Density for Corn Hybrids Grown Under Narrow and Conventional Row Spacing. Currently with Bayer.

Jack Marshall, MS 2014; Understanding Variability Associated with Corn grain Yield Response to Foliar Fungicide Application. Currently with BASF.

Laura Gentry, Research Asst. Professor 2010-2013. Currently Adjunct Asst. Professor, UIUC and Illinois Corn Growers Association.

Kyle Vogelzang, MS 2013: Minimizing the Continuous Maize Penalty Through Intense Management. Currently with Evergreen FS.

Jason Haegele, PhD 2012: Genetic and Agronomic Approaches for Improving Nitrogen Use and Maize Productivity; and MS 2009. Currently with ICL.

Ryan Becker, MS 2012; Management of Higher Populations in Maize. Currently with Bayer.

Adam Henninger, MS 2012; Analysis of Management Factor Contributions to High-Yielding Corn Production Systems. Currently with Bayer.

Luke Cole, MS 2011; Corn Yield Response to Twin Rows and 30″ Rows. Currently with Climate corp.

Wendy White, MS 2010; Sugar, Biomass, and Biofuel Potential of Temperate by Tropical Maize Crosses. Currently HS Science teacher.

Kateri Duncan, Post-doctoral associate 2007-2008; Currently with Syngenta.

Martin Uribelarrea, PhD 2007; Physiological Characterization of Nitrogen Use in Maize: Opportunities for Improvement. MS 2003: Productivity and Nitrogen Use of Maize Hybrids Derived from the Illinois Protein Strains. Currently with Bayer.

Jeff Wessel, PhD 2007; Value of Cultural Practices for Improving Nitrogen Management in Corn. MS 1999; An On Farm Evaluation of Amisorb, Starter Fertilizer, Sidedress N, and Time of Ammonium Sulfate Application. Currently with Corn Belt Ag.

Allen Becker, MS 2007; The Physiology and Management of Continuous Corn. Currently with Grow Pro Genetics.

Matias Ruffo, Post-doctoral associate 2004-2007; Currently with Koch Agronomic Services.

Jerome Bergerou, MS 2001; Role of Nodules in the Beneficial Impact of Soybean on the Following Corn Crop. Last known with Accuracast, UK.

Kent Rorem, MS 2000; Agronomic and Physiological Evaluation of Postemergence Herbicide Applications on Glyphosate- tolerant Soybean. Last known with NC Dept. of Agriculture.

Jeff Yockey, PhD 1998; Evaluation of Nitrogen Sources, Starter Fertilizers, and Amendments for No-Till Corn Production. Currently with Univ. Ill Urbana- Champaign.

Albana Zeko, MS1998; Role of Root Morphology and Iron Source in Enhancement in Nutrient Use by Polyaspartic Acid. Currently with University of Alberta.

Qingyuan Sun, PhD 1997; Role of N in Controlling Kernel Growth in Maize.

Xingting Wang, PhD 1995; Physiological Aspects Associated with Mixed-N Induced Increases in Growth and Tillering of Wheat. MS 1990; Influence of Nitrogen Form on Growth and Tillering of Wheat. Last known with Intertek.

Louis Mumera, PhD 1992; Nitrogen and Genotype Effects on Assimilate Partitioning and Resistance to Striga in Maize. Currently with Edgerton University, Kenya.

Ken Smiciklas, PhD 1991; Physiological Role of Mixed Nitrogen Nutrition in Enhancing Productivity of Maize. Currently Professor at Illinois State University.

Insun Ho, PhD 1990; Biochemical Basis for Differential Leaf Senescence of Two Maize Hybrids. Last known with Abbott Laboratories.

Lowell Gentry, MS 1990; Effect of Nitrogen Form and Availability on the Productivity of Maize. Last known with University of Illinois.

Tom Williams, MS 1990; Plant Traits Related to Productivity in Four Heterotic Patterns of Maize Hybrids.

Juliann Czyzewicz, MS 1990; An In Vitro Approach to Understanding Nitrogen Use in Maize. Currently with the Crop Physiology Laboratory as Principal Research Specialist.

George Singletary, PhD 1989; Regulation of Growth and Storage Product Metabolism in Cultured Kernels of Maize. Last known as a contract researcher.

Jill Heberer, MS 1987; Effect of Mixtures of Nitrate and Ammonium on N Utilization and Productivity of Wheat. Last known with Rovia Travel.

Colleen Wyss, MS 1986; Characterization of Chemical Composition and Interactions in the Grain and Stover of the Illinois Protein Strains of Maize.

International visiting scholars and research assistants

Fabricio Geraldíni- 2022 (Brazil)
Fábio van de Groes Swart- 2022 (Brazil)
Sarah Machado- 2020 (Brazil)
Rodrigo Garrido- 2019 (Brazil)
Marcos Loman- 2019 (Brazil)
Gustavo Prestes Gomes- 2018 (Brazil)
Jose Luis Viela Vieira- 2018 (Brazil)
Jose Ernesto Cervantes-Martinez- 2016-2017 (Mexico)
Peng Yan- 2016-2017 (China)
Gabriel Lorenzetti Bigolin- 2016 (Brazil)
Rita de Kassia Siqueira Teixeira- 2016 (Brazil)
Joao Pedro (J.P.) de Paula Souza- 2015 (Brazil)
Ana Luiza Scavone de Camargo- 2015 (Brazil)
Renato Barbosa Camargos- 2015 (Brazil)
Alvaro de Oliveira Santos-2014 (Brazil)
Narjara Fonseca Cantelmo-2014 (Brazil)
Jiying (Anna) Sun- 2013-2014 (China- Inner Mongolia)
Hung Ju Chen- 2013 (Taiwan)
Minzhe Zhang- 2012 (China)
Keila Silva da Cunha- 2012 (Brazil)
Giulio Testa- 2012 (Italy)
Leonardo Fagundes Matioli- 2011 (Brazil)
Paulo Vinicius Magnago Galvao- 2011 (Brazil)
Giovan Ala B. Perez- 2011 (Brazil)
Camila Cramer Filgueiras- 2011-2012 (Brazil)
Bianca Moura- 2009-2012 (Brazil)
Fernando Cantao- 2008-2012 (Brazil)
Guilherme Cabral- 2008 (Brazil)
Mariano Quesada- 2008 (Brazil)
Bola Olaniyan- 2006 (Nigeria)
Mark Harrison- 2002-2010 (England)
Yilmael (‘G’) Diaz- Perez- 2001, 2003 (Puerto Rico)
Martin Uribelarrea- 2001-2010 (Argentina) PhD 2007; MS 2003
Jerome Bergerou- 1997-1999 (France)
Jairo Cazetta- 1997-1999 (Brazil)
Ho Jin Lee- 1997-1998 (South Korea)
Qingyuan Sun – 1995-1997 (China)
Jianxiang Ma- 1995 (China)
Rolf Mian- 1994-1995 (Bangladesh)
Albana Zeko- 1994-1997 (Albania)
Raul Faleiros- 1992-1994 (Brazil)
Louis Mumera- 1987-1990 (Kenya)
Shan Yan- 1986-1996 (China)
Xingting Wang- 1986-1996 (China)
Ivan Ortiz Monasterio- 1985-1986 (Mexico)