Rajan Ghimire, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Principal Investigator
My research focuses on improving efficiency, profitability, and soil environmental quality in dryland and irrigation cropping systems. The primary area of my research involves soil organic matter dynamics, carbon and nutrient cycling in agroecosystems, greenhouse gas emissions, soil organic matter-microbial community interactions, and their relationships with sustainable crop production and ecosystem services. Contact me if you are interested in these research topics. More information about
Amrit Dhoj Adhikari
MS Student (ENMU)
MS Student (EPPWS)
Hamza works on cover crop, compost, and tillage effects on weed dynamics in semi-arid dryland and limited irrigation cropping systems.
Olufemi Adebayo is interested in soil health and soil-plant water dynamics. His research project evaluates cover crop and compost effects on soil health and soil-plant water dynamics in winter wheat - sorghum - fallow rotation.
Sundar is interested in farming systems innovations for improving soil health and agroecosystem resilience. His project evaluates the effects of circular grass buffer strips on soil health and C/N cycling.
Pramod is working on forage production systems. He investigates soil C cycling and sequestration potential, greenhouse gas emissions, and nitrogen transformation in forage production systems.
Recent graduates and postdocs
Dr. Paye's research explores the potential to improve soil health and resilience through innovative crop and forage production practices, tillage management in drylands, and perennial/pasture cropping.
Sk. Musfiq-Us-Salehin, M.S. 2020: Evaluate soil N pools and N2O emissions in the dryland sorghum. More on his work is available here.
Abdelaziz Nilahyane, Ph.D., 2018-2019: Evaluating soil health indicators and forage quality in a corn-sorghum rotation. Now Research Fellow at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University, Morocco.
Worked on various projects related to agricultural management systems affecting soil health and crop production in drylands of Eastern New Mexico (Role: Major advisor). Now Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln.
Mikayla J. Allan, M.S. 2018: Understanding soil spatial and temporal variability for forage corn production and hydrological modeling within New Mexico. Now working for NRCS, NM.
Binod Ghimire, M.S. 2017, Cover crops effects on soil organic matter dynamics, weed suppression, Now a Ph.D. Student at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, IL.
Babu Ram Khanal, Visiting Scholar from Agriculture and Forestry University, Nepal. Soil C and N change during the transition from irrigated to dryland cropping. October 2018 to January 2019.