Shibu Jose, PhD

Associate Dean

Office of Research

Director AES

Agricultural Experiment Station


The School of Natural Resources

Contact Information

Phone 573-882-7488
Address 2-44 Ag Building

Shibu Jose serves as the associate dean in the office of research in CAFNR and as the director of the Agricultural Experiment Station.

Previously, he was the director of the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri.

Prior to his current appointment he was the H.E. Garrett Endowed Chair Professor and director of the Center for Agroforestry at the University of Missouri (2009-2017) and Professor of Forest Ecology at the School of Forest Resources and Conservation at the University of Florida (1998-2009).

Jose received his bachelor’s degree from Kerala Agricultural University, India, and his master’s degree and doctorate degree from the College of Agriculture at Purdue University.

He has received nearly $46 million in funding ($13 million as PI) and has published eight edited books and nearly 200 research articles with over 6,000 citations.

He has led major interdisciplinary research projects involving agronomists, plant breeders, soil scientists, animal scientists, natural resource scientists and socio-economists. He has published in such journals as Agronomy Journal, Plant and Soil, Frontiers in Plant Sciences, Applied Soil Ecology, Agroforestry Systems, Forest Science, Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics and Nature among others.

His economic development activities have led to several invention disclosures, two patents (pending) and one start-up company.

He has served as the major professor for 14 PhD, 36 MS students, 11 postdoctoral scientists and 21 visiting scholars during his career.

He has received numerous awards for research, including the highest honor for forest biology research (Barrington Moore Memorial Award) from the Society of American Foresters and the Scientific Achievement Award from the International Union of Forest Research Organizations (IUFRO). He recently received the inaugural (2018) Partner in Leadership Advancement Award from the University of Missouri and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the College of Agriculture, Purdue University.

He serves as Editor-In-Chief of Agroforestry Systems, the premier journal in the field of agroforestry, published by Springer-Nature, and on the editorial board of several other journals.

He is the chair of the Forestry Research Advisory Council that advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.


  • Ph.D. 1997, Purdue University


  • Ecological sustainability, agroforestry

Selected Publications

Refereed Publications: Total = ~200 (selected ones are shown below;* indicates a graduate student, Postdoc or Visiting Scholar)

  • Dollinger J.* and Jose, S. 2018. Agroforestry for soil health.  Agroforestry Systems 92:213-219.
  • Weerasekara, C.S.*, Kitchen N.R., Jose, S., Motavalli, P., Bardhan, S., and Mitchell, R.B. 2018. Biomass yield of warm-season grasses affected by nitrogen and harvest management.  Agronomy Journal 110:890-899.
  • Kadam S.*, Abril A., Dhanapal A., Koester R., Vermerris, W., Jose, S., and Fritschi, F.B. 2017. Characterization and regulation of aquaporin genes of Sorghum [Sorghum bicolor (L.) Moench] in response to waterlogging stress.  Frontiers in Plant Sciences  org/10.3389/fpls.2017.00862
  • Bardhan, S.*, Chattopadhyay A., Jose, S., Chandrasoma, J. 2017. Impact of Boron additions in marginal soils for growth of corn, wheat, soybean, and switchgrass.  International Journal of Current Agricultural Sciences 7: 155-159
  • Pang, K.*, Van Sambeek, J.W., Navarrete-Tindall, N.E., Lin, C-H., Jose, S., and Garrett, H.E., 2017. Responses of legumes and grasses to non-, moderate, and dense shade in Missouri, USA. I. Forage yield and its species-level plasticity. Agroforestry Systems (in press)
  • Jose, S., Kumar, B.M.*, and Walter, D. 2017. Ecological considerations in sustainable silvopasture design and management.  Agroforestry Systems (in press) org/10.1007/s10457-016-0065-2
  • Weerasekara C.S.*, Udawatta R.P., Gantzer CJ, Kremer, RJ, Jose, S., and Veum KS, 2017. Effects of cover crops on soil quality: Selected chemical and biological parameters.  Communications in Soil Science and Plant Analysis 48:2074-2082
  • Rajper, A.*, Udawatta, R., Kremer, R., Lin, C-H., Jose, S. 2016. Effects of probiotics on soil microbial activity, biomass and enzymatic activity under cover crops in field and greenhouse studies.  Agroforestry Systems 90: 811-827
  • Donoghue, D.J., Mays, A.R., Hale, M., O’gorman, M., Gekara, O., Goodwin, H.L., Arsi, K., Spencer, T., Jose, S., Burke, J.M., Donoghue, A.M. 2014. Armed to Farm: Developing Training Programs For Military Veterans in Agriculture.  Journal of Rural Social Sciences 29:82-93.
  • Jose, S., and Bardhan, S.* 2012. Agroforestry for biomass production and carbon sequestration.  Agroforestry Systems 86: 105-112
  • Bardhan, S.*, and Jose, S. 2012. The potential for floodplains to sustain biomass feedstock production systems. Biofuels 3:575-588 
  • Senaviratne, A.*, Udawatta, R., Nelson, K., K. Shannon, Jose, S.   Temporal and spatial influence of perennial upland buffers on corn and soybean yields.  Agronomy Journal 104:1356-1362.
  • Holzmueller E.J.* and Jose, S. 2012. Bioenergy crops in agroforestry systems: Potential for the U.S. North Central Region.  Agroforestry Systems 85:305-314
  • Zamora, D.*, Jose, S., Jones, J.W., and Cropper, W.P. 2009. Modeling cotton production in a pecan alleycropping system using CROPGRO.  Agroforestry Systems 76:423-435
  • Alavalapati, J.R.R., S. Jose, A. Stainback, and J.R. Matta, and D.R. Carter 2007. Economics of cogongrass control in slash pine forests. Journal of Agricultural and Applied Economics 7:59-66
  • Allen, S.C.*, Nair, V.D., Graetz, D., Jose, S., and Nair, P.K.R.   Phosphorus loss from organic versus inorganic fertilizers used in alleycropping on a Florida Ultisol.  Agriculture, Ecosystems and Environment 117:290-298
  • Allen, S.*, Jose, S., Nair, P.K.R., Brecke, B.J., Nair, V.D., Graetz, D. and Ramsey, C.L. 2005. Nitrogen mineralization in a pecan (Carya illinoensis Koch)-cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.) alley cropping system in the southern United States.  Biology and Fertility of Soil 41: 28-37
  • Allen, S.*, Jose, S., Nair, P.K.R., and Brecke, B.J.   Competition for 15N labeled nitrogen in a pecan-cotton alley cropping system in the southern United States.  Plant and Soil 263: 151-164
  • Reich, P.B., Knops, J., Tilman, D., Cranine, J., Ellsworth, D., Tjoelker, M., Lee, T., Wedin, D., Naeem, S., Bahaudhin, D., Hendrey, G., Jose, S., Wrage, K., Goth, J., Bengston, W. 2001. Plant diversity enhances ecosystem responses to elevated CO2 and nitrogen deposition.  Nature 410: 809-812
  • Jose, S., Gillespie, A.R. 1998. Allelopathy in black walnut (Juglans nigra ) alley cropping: II. Effects of soil juglone on hydroponically grown corn (Zea mays L.) and soybean (Glycine max L. Merr) growth and physiology.  Plant and Soil 203:199-205

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