Dr. Antonio Castellano-Hinojosa
Dr. Castellano-Hinojosa is currently working as a postdoctoral associate of Soil Microbiology in the Department of Soil and Water Sciences of the University of Florida/IFAS Southwest Florida Research and Education Center (SWFREC). His research focuses on evaluating the impact of cover crops on the soil microbiome, tree health, and citrus production working with Dr. Sarah Strauss. Before joining in UF in July 2019, he completed his PhD at University of Granada (Granada, Spain) where he studied the effect of nitrogen fertilization on the on the emission of greenhouse gasses and microbial biodiversity in agricultural soils.
Clayton Nevins is a Ph.D. student in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., Clayton received his B.Sc. in Natural Resources and Environmental Science and his M.Sc. in Agronomy with a focus in Ecological Sciences and Engineering from Purdue University. Clayton's research interests are centered on characterizing soil microbial communities associated with nutrient cycling and management practices of sustainable agroecosystems, especially during crop nutrient demanding growth periods. Specifically, Clayton researches how biological soil crusts impact nitrogen availability and the soil microbiome in the rooting layers of Florida citrus groves.
Kira Sorochkina researches and takes courses as a PhD. student in the Soil and Water Sciences department at the University of Florida. She received her B.S. and M.S. at Arizona State University where she studied ecology and dispersal rates of biological soil crusts (biocrusts). In her current PhD. program she continues working with biocrusts. Her research combines microbiology and biogeochemistry to characterize the implications of nitrogen fixed by microorganisms the top centimeter of soil in perennial crops of Florida. With her research, she hopes to provide guidance for managing biocrusts in agriculture.