TeCSIS-TAWC Research & Demonstration Program
The Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research Program (TeCSIS) and Texas Alliance for Water Conservation (TAWC) are part of the Plant & Soil Science Department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Our multidisciplinary program facilitates interactions between a range of departments, universities, state agencies, government entities, companies, commodity groups, and producers.
The TeCSIS Team
Krishna Jagadish, Ph.D. | TeCSIS Director and TAWC Coordinator
Krishna Jagadish is the Thornton Distinguished Chair of Plant & Soil Science with Texas Tech University, directing the research and coordinating the TeCSIS-TAWC program (Texas Coalition for Sustainable Integrated Systems Research and the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation). He received his M.S. from the University of Agricultural Sciences, Dharward, India, and his Ph.D. in Agriculture (Crop Physiology) in 2007 from University of Reading, UK.
Before joining Texas Tech University, he has served as Scientist I, II and Deputy Division Head of the Crop and Environmental Sciences Division at the International Rice Research Institute, Philippines for 7 years and moved to Kansas State University as a tenured Associate Professor in 2015 and promoted to Professor in 2021. During his tenure at K-State his research focus was on enhancing abiotic stress resilience, particularly heat and drought stress in different crops including sorghum, wheat, soybean, canola, corn and alfalfa. Dr. Jagadish's research has resulted in 144 international peer-reviewed publications with more than 8500 citations and a H index of 50. He has generated more than 16 million USD in grant funding, mentored more than 25 graduate students and serves as an associate editor for Field Crops Research.
Honors for Dr. Jagadish include the Kansas State Gamma Sigma Delta Outstanding Research Award (2021), International Fellow of the Indian Society of Plant Physiology (2021), and the Association for Agricultural Scientists of Indian Origin Outstanding Young Agricultural Scientist Award (2015). He is a member of the Crop Science Society of America, American Society of Agronomy, and the North American Plant Phenotyping Network. He was provided the prestigious Felix Scholarship (2003-2007) for his doctoral studies.
His research program at Texas Tech focuses on optimizing forage-based cropping systems, developing new tools to enhance water conservation and improve soil health. The goal of his program is to effectively integrate forage-crop-livestock components to enhance economic benefits and environmental sustainability in the Southern High Plains.
Rick Kellison, M.S. | TAWC Project Director
Rick Kellison has been the Project Director for the Texas Alliance for Water Conservation Program (TAWC) for CASNR since its inception in 2005. He attended Lockney High School from 1963-1967 and received his B.S. degree in Animal Business in 1972 and his M.S. degree in Ruminant Nutrition in 1974 from Texas Tech University. He previously owned and operated Kellison Fertilizer and Spraying from 1978-1998 selling to Wilbur-Ellis and acting as their Branch Manager from 1998-2005. He currently owns Silver Creek Farms, a registered cow/calf operation near Lockney, Texas.
Awards include a 2004 CASNR Outstanding Achievement and Contribution to Agriculture Award and an Environmental Stewardship Award from the West Texas Ag Chemical Conference. He received the 2016 Outstanding Service to Agriculture Award of Merit from Gamma Sigma Delta at Texas Tech, the 2016 CASNR Research Staff Award and the 2016 Texas Tech Chancellor's Staff Award of Excellence.
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Samantha Borgstedt | TAWC Communications Director
Mrs. Samantha Borgstedt, B.S. is our TAWC Communications Director responsible for scheduling of events, advertising, promotion, relations, newsletters, correspondence and general communications. Samantha is vital to the success of TAWC and part of our administrative team for overall program efforts.
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Email: Samantha Borgstedt@ttu.edu
Impa Soymayanda, Ph.D. | Research Assistant Professor
Impa Soymayanda's research program focuses on enhancing yield potential and abiotic stress resilience in sorghum. Develop novel physiological and biochemical tools and methods to enhance quality and productivity of grain sorghum. In addition, explore opportunities to improve the nutritional quality of forage sorghum and millet.
Paul Green | TeCSIS Farm Manager
Paul Green is our field Farm Manager responsible for equipment, data collection, sample preparation, and field maintenance and operations at our New Deal Agricultural Field Laboratory 6 miles east of New Deal and North of Idalou, TX. He received his B.S. degree in University Studies from Texas Tech University in 2010. Mr. Green assists graduate students with projects and has primary responsibility in animal care, feeding and observation. He maintains our forage equipment and New Deal Farm facilities. Paul brings extensive experience in drip irrigation, data collection and organizational skills, as well as surveying and supervisory skills and has been with our program currently as a Unit Manger since 2005.
Mr. Green has received the 2015 CASNR Research Staff award and the 2019 Masked Rider Award.
Troy Ostmeyer | Ph.D. Student
Troy Ostmeyer's project is to observe critical physiological growth stages in which grain sorghum's growth, productivity, sustainability, and grain quality is enhanced by split nitrogen applications. Ground- and aerial- based sensor technology is utilized to observe the temporal changes in plant health, while detailed grain quality traits are being analyzed for impacts on end use of the grain.
Alondra Cruz | Ph.D. Student
The aim of Alondra Cruz's research is to analyze sorghum and pearl millet as sustainable forages that are less dependent on water and fertilization while always providing a quality forage for livestock consumption. She focuses on analyzing how abiotic stresses can affect dhurrin and nitrate levels in these forages, and how these two components influence one another in sorghum. Through her investigation she hopes to recommend forages that can be produced in the region without affecting livestock health.