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Jerry Glover honored as ‘Emerging Explorer’

National Geographic announced its 2010 class of Emerging Explorers tomorrow on May 18, 2010. Among the 14 visionary young trailblazers honored by the Society in 2010 for their achievements is Washington State University alumnus agroecologist and soil specialist Jerry Glover. Glovers work at the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, developing prototypes of crops that could feed more people, could be key to meeting global food needs.

National Geographics Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring adventurers, scientists, photographers and storytellers who are making a significant contribution to world knowledge through exploration while still early in their careers. The Emerging Explorers each receive an award of $10,000 to assist with their research.


Jerry Glover

by Hillary Templin, Academic Coordinator, 2/07

This is an image of Jerry Glover.

Jerry Glover identifying grasses in one of the few remaining bottomland tall grass prairie meadows in North Central Kansas. These meadows, consisting primarily of perennial grasses and forbs, have been annually harvested for nearly a century with no fertilizer inputs. Despite the absence of inputs, the meadows yield as much nitrogen in the hay harvest as adjacent high-input annual wheat fields do in grain. Photo by Jim Richardson.

After receiving a B.S. in Soil Science in 1997 and a B.A. in Philosophy in 1998, Jerry Glover continued his career at WSU by pursuing a Ph.D. in Soil Science. Working with Dr. John Reganold, Jerry’s research project was to assess the sustainability of apple orchard systems in central Washington.

He enjoyed his time as a Ph.D. student, and after graduating in 2001, went to work for the Land Institute in Salina, Kansas. Jerry now serves as a Research Scientist and Director of the Land Institute Graduate Fellowship Program. His research includes studies on native tall grass prairie systems and perennial agriculture systems. He continues to work in close collaboration with WSU faculty including Reganold, Lynne Carpenter-Boggs, and Stephen Jones. The Graduate Fellowship Program he directs provides financial support for approximately 20 students each year and it is his job to oversee the selection process and organize the annual week-long workshop. Jerry said he spends his time trying to make positive changes, and hopes he is achieving that goal.

He and wife Cindy Cox, a WSU Plant Pathology alum and Phytogeneticist at the Land Institute, keep busy caring for triplet sons, 7-month-old Sira, Bereket and Tsega. When not caring for the boys, Jerry is consumed with the renovation of an old farmhouse.