Postdoctoral Research Associate, Midwest Organic Center

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.

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  • Stokes, S. C.; Trivedi, P.; Otto, K.; Ippolito, J. A.; Borch, T., Determining soil health parameters controlling crop productivity in a Citrus Greening disease affected orange grove. Soil & Environmental Health, 2023, 1, (2).
  • Jech, Sierra; Adamchak, Clifford; Stokes, Sean; Wiltse, Marin; VanderRoest, Jacob, Callen, Jessica; Kelly, Eugene; Hinckley, Eve-Lyn; Borch, Thomas; Fierer, Noah. The Potential for Soil Contamination Following Fire at the Wildland-Urban Interface. Plan to submit to: Environmental Science & Technology. In review
  • Rehberg, R. A.; Trivedi, P.; Dooley, G. P.; Hageman, K. J.; Stokes, S. C.; Borch, T., Dissipation Rates and Effectiveness of Malathion, Imidacloprid, And Dimethoate at Controlling Asian Citrus Psyllids under Field Conditions. ACS Agricultural Science & Technology 2022.
  • Hejase, C. A.; Weitzel, K. A.; Stokes, S. C.; Grauberger, B. M.; Young, R. B.; Arias-Paic, M. S.; Kong, M.; Chae, S.; Bandhauer, T. M.; Tong, T.; Herber, D. R.; Stout, S.; Miara, A.; Huang, Z.; Evans, A.; Kurup, P.; Talmadge, M.; Kandt, A.; Stokes-Draut, J. R.; Macknick, J.; Borch, T.; Dionysiou, D. D., Opportunities for Treatment and Reuse of Agricultural Drainage in the United States. ACS ES&T Engineering 2022, 2, (3), 292-305.
  • Cooper, C. M.; McCall, J.; Stokes, S. C.; McKay, C.; Bentley, M. J.; Rosenblum, J. S.; Blewett, T. A.; Huang, Z.; Miara, A.; Talmadge, M.; Evans, A.; Sitterley, K. A.; Kurup, P.; Stokes-Draut, J. R.; Macknick, J.; Borch, T.; Cath, T. Y.; Katz, L. E., Oil and Gas Produced Water Reuse: Opportunities, Treatment Needs, and Challenges. ACS ES&T Engineering 2021, 2, (3), 347-366.
  • Soryong Chae, Charifa Hejase, Robert B. Young, Sargeant Green, Tiezheng Tong, Kyoung-Yeol Kim, Jennifer Stokes-Draut, Sean C. Stokes, Minghao Kong, Hyunsik Kim, Parthiv Kurup, Jordan Macknick, Thomas Borch, and Dionysios D. Dionysiou. “Challenges and Opportunities in Reuse of Treated Wastewater for Agriculture in the United States: A Critical Review.” Submitted to Environmental Science and Technology – Engineering, In review
  • Thomas Borch; Dion D. Dionysiou; Lynn Katz; Pei Xu; Todd Bandhauer; Richard Breckenridge; Soryong (Ryan) Chae; Kirk Ellison; Jessica Fox; Brandi Grauberger; Charifa A. Hejase; Daniel Herber; Minghao Kong; Jordan Macknick; David Sedlak; Sean Stokes; Jennifer Stokes-Draut; Tiezheng Tong; Katelin A. Weitzel; Robert B. Young. 2021. National Alliance for Water Innovation (NAWI) Technology Roadmap: Agriculture Sector. DOE/GO-102021-5562.
  • Rehberg, R. A.; Trivedi, P.; Bahureksa, W.; Sharp, J. L.; Stokes, S. C.; Menger, R. F.; Borch, T., Quantification of insecticide spatial distribution within individual citrus trees and efficacy through Asian citrus psyllid reductions under different application methods. Pest Management Science 2021, 77, (4), 1748-1756.

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