Dr. Olga Walsh’s fascination with soil science began even before her undergraduate days at St. Petersburg State University, the oldest university in Russia. She earned a BS in Soil Chemistry there in 1997, followed by study in the United States. Her MS (2007) and PhD (2009) in Soil Science come from Oklahoma State University, where her research focused on soil fertility and nutrient management. In her new capacity as Research Assistant Professor of Cropping Systems Agronomy at UI’s Parma Research Center, she’s now applying her knowledge and skills to help Idaho growers improve the quantity and quality of their crops through precision agriculture, remote sensing tools, and other beneficial technologies. Her goal is to aid growers in making site-specific management plans that increase nutrient use efficiency and minimize negative soil impacts. Prior to her arrival in Parma in 2014, Dr. Walsh served as an Assistant Professor of Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management at Montana State University’s Western Triangle Agricultural Research Center in Conrad, MT. Today, Olga’s work in Parma focuses on the development of sustainable, environmentally sound crop management, and also encompasses agricultural education and extension programs. Olga is enthusiastic about research and teaching and adds, “I look forward to serving the needs of agricultural clientele across the state of Idaho.” On a personal note, Olga lives in the Nampa/Caldwell area with her husband Stephen and their three children: Willow (14), William (6), and Vivienne (4).
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