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2010 Texas Tech Integrated Scholar Vivien Allen

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Vivien Allen - Plant and Soil Sciences

Unless you have engaged in field research, it might be difficult to understand the challenges of a faculty member such as Vivien Allen. Besides requiring extraordinary patience, insight, and forbearance to adjust to factors often out of your control (e.g., weather), when your research also cuts across fields such as animal, plant, and soil sciences, the challenges are magnified—by breath of understanding if nothing else. Yet, Professor Allen has successfully tackled these challenges and more in her work with sustainable agriculture, particularly the co-development and support of animal and plant agriculture, which are all potentially threatened by our declining water resources, changing government policies, environmental concerns, and economic stability. Through the building of a highly diverse and successful team, Texas Tech is home to one of the largest and most productive long-term integrated systems research sites in the U.S. But, through work in such complex systems, Professor Allen has excelled not only in research that has been recognized internationally, but also in the field- and campus-based teaching of her students. And, the notable teaching and research efforts are woven with outreach to the agricultural community in Texas and beyond.

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