Anderson-Hodges Awarded USDA Sabbatical Research Position

Dr. LaShunda Anderson-Hodges was recently awarded the United States Department of Agriculture – Agriculture Research Services Faculty Research Fellowship for Capacity Building at 1890 Land-Grant Universities.

Anderson-Hodges, assistant professor of agronomy, School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences, will conduct her research in the Stoneville Crop Production and Research Unit at ARS, Stoneville, Mississippi.

“It is such an honor to be the first faculty member to represent Alcorn as an 1890 USDA-ARS Research Fellow,” she said.

She received her Bachelor of Science ’99 and Master of Science ’01 degrees, from Alcorn State University in Soil and Plant Sciences, and her Doctorate of Philosophy degree '07, in Agronomy Environmental Planning and Management, from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

A faculty member at Alcorn State since 2009, she will spend one-year as a sabbatical researcher with Dr. Krishna Reddy. They will conduct research on Arkansas Grand Prairie Switchgrass vs. Commercial Switchgrass production with an emphasis on plant/soil microbial interactions, carbon sequestration, and plant biomass under heat and drought conditions in Mississippi.

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