Address: 3706 St. Peters Road, Marion, IA 52302
Dr. Sean Stokes is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Rodale Institute’s Midwest Organic Center. Sean is a recent graduate from Colorado State University with a PhD in Soil and Crop Science and an MS in Environmental Toxicology. His research has focused on a variety of topics related to agricultural systems, including the molecular changes to soil organic matter after application of biochar and compost and the impact of decreased soil health on crop productivity in orange trees infected with citrus greening disease. Additional research in these citrus groves includes evaluating the efficacy of pesticide applications and degradation rates. Another major focus of Sean’s research includes evaluating the reuse of non-traditional water sources such as produced water and agricultural runoff, and the potential for treating this water for application as agricultural irrigation. Understanding the impact of soil health and management practices on water quality will be a major focus of Sean’s research at the Midwest Organic Center since nutrient runoff is currently a major problem in Midwest cropland. He will be conducting a study utilizing biochar application and different tillage techniques to evaluate the impact of these practices on vegetable production, soil health, and water quality.