Keynote Speakers GRS 2023

Guest Speakers:


Dr. Brian Jackson (Academic Speaker)

Keynote of Graduate Student Symposium

Workshop for Research Outreach in Academia 

Dr. Guilherme Signorini

Dr. Guil Signorini conducts research and extension outreach in production management and marketing of specialty crops. Before joining the faculty team, he was a Research Scientist in the HCS department, exerting effort to establish a multi-disciplinary research and extension program aligned with demands from the modern agriculture. His interests lie in production management, strategic marketing, and ag-food value chain management. Before joining OSU, Dr. Guil Signorini worked in the private sector as marketing coordinator for a multi-national ag-input company. In 2015 he also held an agribusiness consultant position where he performed in strategic management projects. He graduated in Agronomic Engineering (2008) from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil and obtained M.S. (2013) and Ph.D. (2015) degrees in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University.

Research and Farm Talks

Alumni Panel: Graduate student to Faculty

Brianna Schneider, MS

Bri Schneider is a double Alumna of The Ohio State University. She received her Bachelors in Sport Industry (2017) then went straight into her Masters focused on Turfgrass Science through the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science (HCS 2019). Following that she worked in the green industry for several years before returning to OSU as the Academic Program Coordinator for HCS. She leads undergraduate recruiting, social media, communications, event planning & alumni engagement to help keep the department moving forward in a positive direction.




Dr. Nelly Maria Arguello-Blanco

Nelly attends to field, lab, & greenhouse operations for Dr. Clay Sneller’s program. Additionally, she manages a postdoctoral project to develop pre-harvest sprouting resistant wheat and teaches HCS 3100 Intro to Agronomy course at ATI in Wooster. 





Gabriela Silva-Pumarada, MS

Gabriela is an Agronomist passionate about agricultural research and the environment. She is currently working as a Research Associate in the Cereal Pathology lab in the Plant Pathology Department at Ohio State University’s Wooster campus. She completed her BS in Horticulture and International Relations at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and her MS in Horticulture and Crop Science in 2022 at Ohio State working under Dr. Laura Lindsey.



Extension and On-Farm Research Round Table Discussion

 Dr.Osler Ortez

Dr. Ortez comes from backgrounds of coffee production (in northern Nicaragua), soybean production (in Kansas and Argentina), and corn production (in Nebraska and the US Midwest). In 2022, he started as Assistant Professor in Corn and Emerging Crop Production Systems. At Ohio State, he leads an applied research and extension program for developing and distributing science-based information concerning efficient, productive, and sustainable corn and emerging crop production systems.


Dan Borrenpohl, MS

Dan Borrenpohl is the Agricultural Research Specialist at Greenacres Foundation in Cincinnati, OH. He graduated with a M.S. in Agriculture from The Ohio State University in 2019 with a specialization in plant breeding and genetics, and his research focused on implementing genomic selection in early-stage field trials in the OSU wheat breeding program. Dan then graduated with a M.S. in Biological Systems Engineering from Washington State University in 2022 with a specialization in agricultural automation, and his research focused on developing machine vision systems for sweet cherry pruning robots. He now manages various research projects at Greenacres that range from evaluating composted biochar application in an integrated crop-livestock production to determining optimal strategies for establishing stands of native warm-season grass forage.

Chad Bitler, MS

Chad Bitler is the Research Director at Greenacres Foundation, a non-profit organization with a focus on education, research, and conservation. Chad leads Greenacres research with a goal to explore connections between regenerative agricultural practices and the outcomes on soil health, food quality, and the environment – which are all inextricably linked. The data collected from Greenacres research is aimed at inspiring land managers to instill regenerative practices that can provide positive impacts on their land.

Chad graduated from University of Cincinnati with a M.S. in Nutritional Sciences. He has collaborated on research with notable land grant universities and organizations to help increase the collective knowledge surrounding regenerative practices.

  Dr. Laura Lindsey 

Dr. Laura Lindsey is the soybean and small grain extension state specialist. The goal of her research and extension program is to maximize crop yield while maintaining economic and environmental sustainability. She received her PhD in Crop and Soil Sciences from Michigan State University and her BS and MS in Soil Science from Ohio State.



  Christine Gelley, MS

Christine Gelley is an Extension Educator for Agriculture and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University stationed in Noble County since 2016. Specializing in forage quality and management in grazing and hay systems, she serves as the co-leader of the Ohio State Extension Forage and Sheep Teams. She is also an active member of the OSU Extension Energy Outreach Group, the OSU Beef Team, and Agronomic Crops team. An avid writer, videographer, and researcher, Christine strives each day to be an encouraging voice of reason to her clientele, while seeing challenges as opportunities and posing viable solutions to enhance the lives of Ohioans.