Nutrient and Water Management 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 research and extension vision. The seminars will be recorded and archieved for later viewing. 

Position Description 

Located at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) located at Crookston, Minnesota.  The successful candidate will develop a research and Extension program focused on applied nutrient management and water management in row crop systems of NW Minnesota.  A strong Extension program will be developed that is directed to clientele groups and complements other state and regional Extension programs.  A strong research program will be developed through external funding and collaborative and collegial partnerships within the region, nationally, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). Read the full position description here


Amjad Ahmad

Ahmad is currently a Junior Researcher, post-doctorate at the Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received his masters in agronomy from the College of Agriculture and Forestry at Mosul University in Iraq. His PhD is from the University of Hawaii in Manoa in water flow and solute transport under different organic amendments. His research interests lie in nutrient content/release patterns and plant growth response to different fertilizers and sustainability in agriculture and non-point source pollution. He has 16 publications listed on his CV and numerous extension bulletins. 

Patrick Nash

Nash is currently a soil scientist at the USDA-ARS for the Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network in the Central Mississippi River Basin region in Columbia, Missouri. He received his bachelor’s from the University of Minnesota in Environmental Science, his master’s and PhD in Soil Science from the University of Missouri. Some of his research has involved carbon modeling, potentials to improve corn and forage production in Missouri, nitrogen use efficiency, and reducing phosphorus and nitrogen loading with tile drainage. He has 12 peer reviewed articles listed on his CV and 15 non-peer reviewed articles and abstracts. 

Jeppe Kjaersgaard

Kjaersgaard is currently a research scientist at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and an Adjunct Professor for the Water Resources Institute at South Dakota State University. He has also been an Assistant Professor for the same program at South Dakota State University and was an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Idaho. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Agronomy from the Royal Vet and Agric. University in Denmark and his Ph.D. in Environment and Technology from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. His research has been wide ranging, from evaluating fertilizers and amendments and their impact on subsurface drainage to  cover crops, to land use models, evapotranspiration evaluations, irrigation and drainage, remote sensing, and hydrologic processes. He has 21 peer reviewed article listed on his CV, 4 book chapters, as well as numerous other articles, abstracts, and outreach presentations.