Dr. Miguel S. Castillo
Office: 2413 Williams Hall
Miguel is originally from Loja, Ecuador, South America. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Science and Animal Production from Zamorano Pan-American School of Agriculture in Honduras, Central America. His M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy from University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA. He joined the Crop Science Department at NCSU in Aug. 2013.
Current Program Members
Stephanie is originally from Roanoke, VA, although growing up in a military family lead her to move and travel extensively throughout the US and internationally. She received her B.S. in Sustainable Agriculture in 2009 from the University of Maine, Orono. She has worked for UMaine Cooperative Extension and on various farms in Maine, New Hampshire, New York, and North Carolina. She joined the Forage program in July of 2016.
Graduate Student (M.S.)
Raul is originally from Tacna, Peru, South America. He received his B.S. in Animal Science from Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina, Peru. After he graduated he worked as a research assistant at Agraria for the past 3 years. His hobby is horseback riding. His research project at NCSU will focus on persistence and yield to extend the biomass-supply season for switchgrass from the animal and bioenergy perspectives. Raul's expected graduation date is Spring 2018.
Graduate Student (M.S.)
Perejitei is from Arogbo, Ondo State, Nigeria. He received his B.S. (2015) in Agricultural Science from Earth University in Costa Rica, Central America. His research project at NCSU will focus on utilization of switchgrass as forage and bioenergy crop. Perejitei's expected graduation date is Fall 2017.
Tommaso Gaifami (M.S.)
International Graduate Student Intern
Tommaso joined the Forage and Grassland Program at NCSU to research frost-seeding legumes into existing perennial grasslands and its effect on productivity and N cycling. The project will be conducted during winter 2017. He is currently pursuing his M.S. in Organic Agriculture at Wageningen University in Netherlands. He loves cycling, traveling and cooking (typical Italian). After completion of his internship at NCSU, he aims to find the way to bridge the gap between research information and its application in farming systems.
Ruby Vega Ravello (M.S.)
Ruby joined us as research scholar for Spring 2007. She was born in Trujillo, Peru. She has degrees in Agronomy (B.S.) and Soil Science (M.S.) from Universidad Agraria La Molina, Peru. She is member of the Soil Science faculty at La Molina. Her research interests are dynamics of soil organic matter, carbon sequestration, and nutrient cycling in agroforestry systems in the coast and jungle of Peru.
Post-docs and Visiting Scientists
Dr. Juan J. Romero
Juan worked characterizing the microbiome of silage using next generation sequencing techniques. After joining us for almost 2 years, he accepted a faculty position in Animal Nutrition at University of Maine in 2016.
Dr. Heba Salama
Heba joined us for a 6-month research mission in 2016 at NCSU. During her stay she worked on nutritive value analysis of by-products from sweet potatoe and grape pomace as feed for livestock and ensiling characteristics. After her time at NCSU she returned to University of Alexandria, Egypt where she is a faculty member.
Graduate Student (M.S.)
Adam's research project evaluated the effect of N fertilization on plant responses of two sorghum cultivars (sweet sorghum and high biomass sorghum) as dedicated bioenergy crops in eastern North Carolina. Experiments were conducted at a research stations as well as on-farm. Adam graduated in Spring 2016 and accepted a position in private industry.
Diego J. Contreras, Short-term Undergraduate Scholar from Zamorano University, Honduras
Diego joined us during Spring 2016 as a short-term undergraduate scholar. His major in Zamorano University is in Crop and Animal Production. During his stay he work on two projects that will serve as his undergraduate graduation thesis. The projects were: a) establishment performance of cool-season annual and perennial forages and b) soil microbial activity of N fertilized sorghum plots.
Mari Dalman, Short-term Undergraduate Scholar
Mari Dalman is a senior student in the Department of Animal Science at NC State who joined the program as an undergraduate intern for Fall 2015. During the internship she helped on many projects that include soil sampling and analysis from soils at the agroforestry project at CEFS, and bermudagrass and corn silage analysis.
Marco Balseca, Short-term Scholar
Marco is a graduate from Zamorano University in Honduras. Originally from Ecuador, Marco joined the program as a short-term scholar during Spring 2015. He worked on several projects including establishment of native warm-season grasses, silage production, and extraction of microbial DNA from ensiled forages.
Jinwoo Park, International Undergraduate Intern
Jinwoo park joined the Forage Program as a one-semester undergraduate intern for Fall 2014. He is from Ulsan, Republic of Korea. After finishing his internship at NCSU, Jinwoo returned to Korea to finish his undergraduate degree in the department of Animal Sciences in Gyeongsang National University, Jinju.
Yuchen Zhao, International Graduate Student Intern
Yuchen joined the group as a graduate research intern for Fall 2014. He is native from China. Yuchen received an undergraduate degree in 2013 in Animal Science and after finishing his internship at NCSU, he returned to China to finish his M.S. degree in Animal Science in China Agriculture University, Beijing, China.
Young ho, Joo, International Graduate Student Intern
Young ho joined the Forage Program in Fall 2014. He is a native from the Republic of Korea and received his B.S. in Animal Science in 2013 from Gyeongsang National University. After finishing his internship Young ho returned to Korea to finish his M.S. degree in Animal Science.
Axel Gonzáles Murillo, Short-term Scholar
Axel joined the group as a research intern in Spring 2014. He is native from Honduras, and graduated in 2011 with a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Universidad Nacional de Agricultura, Honduras. After finishing the internship, Axel returned to Honduras where he accepted a position and started working in private industry.
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