Manure Management and Water Quality Specialist Candidates

Three candidates have been selected by the search committee to participate in an interview process for this position. Each candidate will present a public seminar to articulate their teaching research and Extension vision. The seminars will be recorded and archieved for later viewing. 

Position Description

The appointee will be expected to develop a nationally recognized research and extension program related to the study of manure management. The focus of this position is to provide expertise and educational programming on manure use for various cropping systems in Minnesota. Read the full description here


Melissa Wilson 

Wilson is currently a Nutrient Management Specialist for the Agricultural Nutrient Management Program at the University of Maryland, College Park. She received her bachelors in environmental science with a geology minor from Juniata College in Huntingdon, PA, her master’s degree and PhD in water resources science with a soil science minor from the University of Minnesota. Some of her research includes cover crops and evaluation of polymer coated urea on irrigated crops in coarse textured soils. Wilson has 10 publications listed on her CV.

Claire Hruby

Hruby is currently a geologist in the GIS Section of the Environmental Services Division at the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. She received her bachelor’s in Environmental Sciences from Wesleyan University, her master’s in Geological and Atmospheric Sciences from Iowa State University and her PhD in Ag and Biosystems Engineering at Iowa State University. Some of her research includes groundwater quality monitoring, transport of pathogens and nutrients in drainage tile following manure application, impacts of manure storage on groundwater, water quality improvement programs, rules for application of manure on frozen ground, and shallow geophysics. Hruby has 6 publications listed on her CV. 

Kapil Arora

Arora is currently an Agricultural Engineering Field Specialist for Iowa State University Extension & Outreach. He received his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Punjab Agricultural University, his master’s in Environmental (Civil) Engineering and Agricultural Engineering from Iowa State University, and his PhD in Agricultural Engineering (Soil and Water Resources) from Iowa State University. Some of his research includes water management and water quality issues, drainage, erosion control, manure management, and pesticide transport through buffer strips.  Arora has 5 peer-reviewed publications listed on his CV along with several extension publications, papers and poster, and 3 additioanl manuscripts in process.