New nutrient management team at UD

September 23, 2012 in Feature, Kent County

Amy Shober and Jenn Volk in the fieldAmy Shober and Jennifer Volk join the University of Delaware College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Cooperative Extension, to work with nutrient management issues such as nutrient runoff and water quality issues that impact the Delaware inland bays and the Chesapeake Bay.

Amy Shober came on board on September 1 as Extension Specialist and Assistant Professor for Nutrient Management and Environmental Quality.  Her expertise is in nutrient management and soil fertility.

Shober comes to UD after having served as an associate professor in the Soil and Water Science Department at the University of Florida. She earned both a bachelor of science degree in environmental science and a bachelor of arts degree in chemistry from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. Shober received her master’s degree in soil science from Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate in plant and soil science from the University of Delaware.

Jennifer Volk joined UD this summer as an Extension Specialist in Environmental Quality and Management.

Prior to coming to UD, Volk worked as an environmental scientist with the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Watershed Assessment Section.  She has assisted in the development of Total Maximum Daily Loads for nitrogen and phosphorous, and has worked with stakeholder groups to identify strategies to reduce nonpoint source pollution.  Volk led efforts to develop and implement a Watershed Implementation Plan in Delaware’s portion of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. She received both her bachelor’s degree in chemistry and her master’s degree in marine studies from the University of Delaware.

While Shober’s office is in Townsend Hall in Newark, and Volk works primarily from the Kent County Extension Office in Dover, they both actively travel the state to work with Delaware’s agricultural industry to identify solutions to the state’s environmental challenges in a way that maintains agriculture’s economic viability.