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Melanie Stock

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Plants, Soils, and Climate

Assistant Professor, Urban & Small Farms Extension Specialist

Assistant Professor

Contact Information

Office Location: AGRS 326
SendEmail: melanie.stock@usu.edu


Educational Background

PhD, Soil Science, (Soil Physics and Geological Engineering), University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018
Winter runoff processes after tillage and manure application in a dairy agroecosystem
MS, Soil Science, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2013
Using soil temperature dynamics and ground-penetrating radar to investigate the subsurface habitat of eastern American toads (Anaxyrus americanus americanus) during winter
BA, Botany, Zoology, and Conservation Biology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 2008

Licensures & Certifications

Associate Professional Soil Scientist, Soil Science Society of America, 2017

Biography

Dr. Stock is a soil scientist. Her lab focuses on high-value crops and resource use efficiency to improve the environmental sustainability and economic viability of small farms. Visit the Small Farms Lab on Instagram! @usu_smallfarms


Teaching Interests

Community-based education through Extension outreach with microfarmers, master gardeners, and community gardens. Topics include cut flowers, high tunnels, backyard livestock, manure management, and soil fertility.

Research Interests

Adapting cut flower crops for Utah from basic cultivation methods to nutrient management and physics-based season extension, overwintering, and water-use efficiency.

Awards

DC Faculty Fellows , 2019

Utah State University

Champ Tanner Agricultural Physics Award, 2018

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Soil Science

Best Student Speaker Award, 2017

American Water Resources Association, Wisconsin Chapter

Champ Tanner Agricultural Physics Award, 2017

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Soil Science

Soil and Water Management and Conservation: Student Oral Competition, 2nd place , 2017

Soil Science Society of America

William Rothermel Soils Scholarship, 2017

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Soil Science

Champ Tanner Agricultural Physics Award, 2016

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Soil Science

Ruth & Carl Miller Academic Merit Award, 2016

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Soil Physics and Hydrology Division Lightning Round, 2nd place, 2016

Soil Science Society of America

Jaya Iyer Student Presentation Award, 2015

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Department of Soil Science

Richard D. Powell Memorial Scholarship, 2015

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Ruth & Carl Miller Academic Merit Award, 2015

University of Wisconsin - Madison

G.A. Harris Fellowship, 2014

Decagon Devices, Inc.

William T. Dible Terra International, Inc. Scholarship, 2014

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Richard D. Powell Memorial Scholarship, 2011

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Publications - Abstracts

Publications - Books & Book Chapters

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    Publications - Fact Sheets

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    Publications - Curriculum

    • Curtis, K., Ward, R.A, Stock, M., (2018). Start-to-Farm. USU Extension

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    Publications - Journal Articles

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    Publications - Literary Journal

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      Publications - MultiMedia

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        Publications - Technical Reports

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        Publications - Translations & Transcripts

          Publications - Other

            Newsletter

          • Stock, M., (2019). A Closer Look at Utah’s Manure and Compost. Summit County Agriculture Producer Newsletter *
          • Stock, M.N, Black, B.L, Drost, D.T, (2019). Improving production schedules for high-value perennial flowers in Utah: Peony. Association of Specialty Cut Flower Growers (ASCFG) Cut Flower Quarterly *
          • Stock, M.N, (2019). It’s SOILS Time! . Utah Cut Flower Farm Association Newsletter *
          • Stock, M., Lewis, M., (2019). Reflecting on 2019: Incredible Economics to Devastating Disease. Utah Cut Flower Farm Association Newsletter *
          • Stock, M., (2019). Ongoing Research at USU. Utah Cut Flower Farm Association *

          * Has not been peer reviewed

          Extension

          Master Gardener, 2019 - Ongoing
          Cut flower crop development for Utah, 2018 - Ongoing
          Urban and small farms soil health management, 2018 - 2023
          Urban and small farms resource use efficiency, 2019 - 2021

          Graduate Students Mentored

          Maegen Lewis, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2019
          Samikshya Pyakurel, Plants, Soils, and Climate, August 2019