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Student Highlights - Adam Sisson

Masters Program: Sustainable Agriculture, interdepartmental with the Plant Pathology Department

Undergraduate degree: Agronomy and Environmental Studies, Iowa State University, 2006

What is your career ambition?  To assist farmers in transitioning from conventional pest management systems to environmentally sound, yet economically viable methods of pest control and work with with alternative crop (apples, strawberries, etc.) growers in Iowa to derive added-value products from current farm operations.

Why did you choose Iowa State?  Iowa State is a leader in agricultural science and research with top-notch facilities and great people.  Also, I was raised in Ames, and have an affinity for the town and the surrounding countryside.

What do you do for fun?  Camping at Ledges State Park, bonfires with friends, kayaking down the Skunk River, organic gardening, and making wine.

Name your top five hangouts on or off campus:

  • The Boheme Bistro (great world-beat dancing on weekends)
  • Ledges State Park (camping and creek-stomping surrounded by sandstone bluffs)
  • Peterson Pits (an old quarry turned swimming hole)
  • The London Underground (a very low-key tavern on Main Street)
  • Walnut Creek Climbing Gym (a barn converted into a bouldering and belaying facility)

What is the best thing about being an Iowa State Student?  The opportunities available to students at Iowa State.  Internships with top companies, study abroad trips to all seven continents (even Antarctica!), and a diverse group of people representing many cultures, right here in central Iowa.

What research are you currently doing?  I am currently researching new methods of integrated management for control of disease, insect, and weed pests in apple orchards.  Some of the techniques being utilized include organic composted mulch, weather-based warning systems for disease and insect emergence, and disease resistant apple cultivars.  The goal of this research is to provide apple growers with reliable pest control while offering economic and environmental benefits.

 

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Dr. Alison Robertson

Assistant Professor

"Why did you choose a career in plant pathology? It happened by accident. We had a couple of introductory lectures to Plant Pathology in one of my freshman classes and I was fascinated. It doesn’t occur to many people that plants get sick and they need doctors too." Read More