Water Management

University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources faculty experts are available to comment on numerous aspects of water management, including drought, irrigation and weather.

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Drought

Bob Sharp, PhD
Director of Interdisciplinary Plant Group, Professor in Plant Sciences

His research focuses on the regulation of root and shoot growth responses to drought, using maize and soybean as model systems.

Felix Fritschi, PhD
C. Alice Donaldson Professor in Bioenergy Crop Physiology and Genetics

His main research interests are in the area of plant responses to abiotic stress. In particular, he emphasizes on effects of water deficit and heat on plant growth and productivity.

David Davis
Superintendent of Forage Systems Research Center

His experience includes growing forages during drought periods for all classes of beef cattle.

Pat Guinan, PhD
Associate Extension Professor in Climatology

He established the Missouri Mesonet, a system of 34 weather stations — 24 of which provide real-time weather updates across Missouri.

Hydrology

Noel Aloysius, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering

His research interests include hydroclimatology with emphasis on modeling at watershed to regional scale; water and food security assessment; coupled human-natural systems; and environmental change.

Alba Argerich, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources

She is is an aquatic scientist interested in understanding the effects of land use on water quality and ecosystem integrity using experimental and modeling approaches.

Irrigation

Kelly Nelson, PhD
Professor in Plant Sciences

His research is focused on increased agronomic production needs specific to Northeast Missouri, including drainage water management.

Limnology

Rebecca North, PhD
Assistant Professor of Water Quality, School of Natural Resources

Her research focuses on limnology, aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry, with expertise on nutrient and algal dynamics in water bodies.

Water Resources

Damon Hall, PhD
Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Biomedical, Biological & Chemical Engineering

His research examines interactions between social and ecological systems where science, policy, and culture meet.

Weather

For Expert Comment on Weather, Drought and Flooding

Pat Guinan, PhD
Associate Extension Professor in Climatology

He established the Missouri Mesonet, a system of 34 weather stations — 24 of which provide real-time weather updates across Missouri.

For Expert Comment on Weather

Neil Fox, PhD
Professor, Atmospheric Science

He operates the X-band dual polarization MZZU weather radar. His research interests include the representation of rainfall in models of runoff, soil detachment and stream flow.