The Rhizosphere Dynamics Lab | OARDC, Wooster, OH | sprunger.29@osu.edu

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The Rhizosphere Dynamics Lab Team

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Dr. Christine Sprunger joined the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor of Soil Science and Rhizosphere Processes in the fall of 2018. Her research focuses on the intersection of agriculture and the environment, where she investigates how climate change impacts crop production, nutrient cycling and rhizosphere dynamics. In addition, much of Christine’s work addresses how crop diversity, perenniality, and reduced tillage contribute to important ecosystem services such as soil carbon sequestration and nitrogen use. Christine also conducts interdisciplinary research with social scientists to understand farmer perceptions of soil health and climate adaptation.  

CHRISTINE SPRUNGER, PhD

Principal Investigator
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Nicole joined The Ohio State University in 2013 working as a research assistant in an entomology lab. She lead a project studying soil fauna in urban vacant lots and became interested in soil ecology as a result. She joined the Soil Fertility Lab as a research associate in 2017 and started a split appointment with the Rhizosphere Dynamics Lab in 2019. Her primary role in the lab is as the field operations and lab manager assisting with design and execution of research trials, data collection, sample analyses, statistical analysis, and preparation of research output. In addition to these responsibilities, Nicole designed and maintains the lab website.   

Research Associate

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NICOLE HOEKSTRA, MS

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NICOLE HOEKSTRA, MS

TVISHA MARTIN, BS

Meredith joined the Rhizosphere Dynamics lab in the beginning of September 2019, after working for OSU’s Soil Fertility lab since 2017. As a Research Assistant, she will be overseeing lab analyses, collecting data in the field, and helping graduate students with their research. Meredith is a northeast Ohio native with a B.A. in Geology from the College of Wooster. She enjoys working with the environment and in her free time can be found hiking, cooking/eating, and tending sheep.

Research Assistant

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MEREDITH MANN, BS

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Graduate Student 

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Tvisha Martin obtained her B.S. in Biological Sciences from the University of Toledo in May, 2019. She joins the Sprunger Lab as a Master's student and will be studying the effects of tillage and crop rotation on nitrogen allocation and rhizosphere dynamics in OSU's legacy experimental site: The Triplett and Van Doren Long-term Tillage Research Plots in Wooster, OH. Tvisha's research interests include soil fertility, nitrogen and carbon dynamics, food security, rhizosphere ecology, preventative practices for nutrient run-off, and soil science extension and outreach efforts. In her free time, Tvisha enjoys running, hiking, and reading a good book.  

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TVISHA MARTIN, BS

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PRABHJOT SINGH, BA

Graduate Student 

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Prabhjot Singh graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in June of 2019 with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art and Biology. In the Fall of 2019, Prabhjot joins the Sprunger Lab as she works towards her Masters in the Environmental Science Graduate Program at OSU. She is interested in studying both qualitative and quantitative data to understand the effects of the climate on soil and soil management practices. Furthermore, she hopes to understand effective modes of communicating scientific research with broader audiences. Prabhjot also enjoys running, crocheting, painting, and cooking in her free time.