On-Campus Research Internships/Experiences in Crop and Soil Science

Degree Not Required

For OSU students only

Prof. Julie Pett-Ridge, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Soils)

  • Mineral identification in rocks and soils using x-ray diffraction

Prof. Silvia Rondon, Hermiston (Specialty Area: Entomology)

  • Applied irrigated agricultural entomological issues in Eastern Oregon. Main crops: potatoes, maize, onion, wheat

Prof. Amy Dreves, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Entomology)

  • Where do invasive flies reside over the winter months?
  • Is it important to clean up fallen post-harvest, fly-infested fruit?
  • Can we catch enough flies in traps to reduce load affecting crop?
  • Can we correlate trapped flies with damage in fruits?
  • How do invasive flies move throughout the landscape and can we use information to
  • develop management tools?
  • What non-chemical prevention tools are working for fruit growers?

Prof. Jennifer Parke, Corvallis (Special Area: Soils)

  • Soil solarization in horticultural nurseries to kill soilborne plant pathogens
  • Quantifying root infection of crop plants by mycorrhizal fungi
  • Creating a visual index of soilborne Phytophthora species with photomicroscopy
  • Nostoc: how to get rid of a blue-green alga that creates a slippery slime on the surface of nursery soils?

Prof. Maria Dragila, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Soils)

  • Experiments on how water wets soil
  • Assessing long term impact of 6 soil management practices on soil properties
  • Remediating hydrophobic soil

Prof. Sujaya Rao, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Entomology)

  • Many projects involving native bees, insects and other subjects in Entomology

Prof. David Hannaway, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Forages)

  • Eco-physiology of forage plants. Defining quantitative tolerances of forage plants to climatic and edaphic factors.
  • Forage plant identification database.
  • Alfalfa fall dormancy, winter survival, and pest resistance characteristics for selecting cultivars for Oregon.
  • Matching forage quality with animal nutrition requirements.
  • Exploring the links among soil, plant, animal, and human nutrition.

Prof. Patrick Hayes, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Barley)

  • Breeding and producing barley for food, feed, and malting

Prof. Richard Roseberg, Klamath Falls (Specialty Area: Agronomy)

  • Wheat: Opportunities and problems when trying to adapt no-till to drained lake bottom soils.
  • Teff: (Ethiopian grass for grain and forage). Selecting and evaluating cultivars (plant selection) to find improved variety. Agronomic questions such as planting & harvest timing, water & nutrient response.
  • Agronomic studies on Alternative/Industrial Crops. Especially on potential crops that seem to have low water usage: Russian dandelion, euphorbia, camelina, and grindelia.
  • Potato variety development or agronomy (with Prof. Brian Charlton)

Prof. Jay Noller, Corvallis (Specialty Area: Soils)

  • Digital soil mapping of Pacific Northwest forests – GIS data collection and analysis
  • Sustainable Cemetery Management – Role of soil in cadaver and coffin decomposition