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Poley joins SHP as Michigan Research Manager

Poley joins SHP as Michigan Research Manager

By SHP Staff on Wednesday, 14 August, 2019

The Soil Health Partnership (SHP) is pleased to announce that Kristin Poley has joined as the Michigan Research Manager, a partnership position between SHP and the Corn Marketing Program of Michigan.

Kristin grew up in Sturgis, Michigan on a Christmas tree farm. She attended Michigan State University majoring in Fishery and Wildlife Biology with a focus on Conservation Biology. She then began working in the Entomology lab at Michigan State University which led Kristen to pursue a Master’s degree in Entomology focusing in Organic Pest Management. While working in the lab she studied mostly apples and a wide variety of vegetables. After wrapping up her Master’s degree, she worked for over three years in the Nematology lab on the Michigan State Campus where she studied Nematode management and soil health. Kristin now resides in St. Johns, Michigan with her husband, Nathan on a few acres raising chickens, geese, and ducks. 

Kristin will be in a joint research position with Michigan Corn and SHP. Her main responsibility is to build research partnerships to answer key soil health and water quality issues working closely with SHP lead scientist, Maria Bowman  She will also be the liaison for the SHP expansion into Michigan, augmenting the existing site, and support analysis of data already being collected throughout the multi-state network. This role represents the joint support of Michigan Corn, SHP and Michigan TNC.  

“Agriculture in this era presents challenges to growers, markets and the general public,” said Kristin. “Being able to work as part of a team that takes a focus on sustainability to overcome those challenges makes me really excited to get to work.”

"Partnerships are core to our work at SHP. Thus, ensuring we work closely with our existing and new partners is critical,” said Executive Director Shefali Mehta. “I'm pleased that Kristin is joining  Michigan Corn through this unique role that will expand our research and knowledge of soil health in Michigan."