My research group measures, models and explains the spatial variability of soil properties and processes with applications to precision agriculture and phenomics. We make extensive use of GIS, remote sensing, digital terrain modeling, spatial statistics, and soil sensors.
My current research focuses on water availability to plant processes in the soil/plant/atmosphere and its role in plant species progression and dormancy along with water conservation. Paramount to this effort is the conversion of sensor measurements to actionable information, so these projects include interdisciplinary collaboration between ecology, agriculture, environmental biophysics, and bioinformatics. The goal of this work is to provide stakeholders with better understanding upon which to base critical environmental decision-making.
Dave Huggins is Director of the Cook Agronomy Farm Long-Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) site and Co-Director of the Pacific Northwest Climate Hub. His research is in the area of Conservation Farming and Agroecology focusing on nitrogen use efficiency, carbon sequestration and overall agroecosystem performance.
My research focuses on soil fertility and best nutrient management practices for optimum crop yield and economic returns while aware of environmental concerns.