Meet the people behind the research – click on a link to learn more about Dr. Erin Silva or her program’s team:

Principle Investigator:

Dr. Erin Silva


  • Anders Gurda – Program manager for Organic Grain Resources And Information Network (OGRAIN); also previously managed Arlington and NOVIC trials.
  • Dylan Bruce – Field and lab tech; manages the NOVIC trials and supports grad students.
  • Léa Vereecke – Field and lab tech; manages trials at Arlington including no-till; led analysis of how different management practices contribute to soil microbiome community structure.

Graduate Students:

  • Monica Daane
  • Ginny Moore – Working on breeding for resistance to the corn earworm in sweet corn, primarily aimed at serving the needs of organic farmers. Coadvised by Dr. Tracy.
  • Charlene Grahn
  • Michelle Keller-Pearson – Researching associations between arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and carrots in organic production systems. Coadvised by Dr. Ané. Check out Michelle’s professional blog site to learn more about her work.
  • Kalyn Diederich – Researching temporal and cropping system effects on labile soil carbon and nitrogen pools. Coadvised by Dr. Ruark.
  • Greg Richardson – Researching the relative strengths of soil health measurements, with emphasis on carbon and nitrogen cycling. Coadvised by Dr. Ruark.
  • Tina Wu – Researching late blight in organic systems. Coadvised by Dr. Gevens.

Undergraduate Students:

Former Graduate Students:

  • Eric Bietila
  • Alex Lyon
  • Rachel Weil

Former Staff:

  • Anne Pfeiffer