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Dr. Aaron Brooker recently joined the Soil Health Partnership’s (SHP) growing team as a Research Fellow. In this newly created role, Dr. Brooker is supporting the SHP integration into the GEMS data platform at the University of Minnesota and is developing an independent research project with SHP data.

“We are looking forward to having Dr. Brooker’s expertise onboard at SHP. He is going to be a great asset as he cleans and analyzes SHP yield data. SHP farmers will be seeing a lot of Dr. Brooker over the next year as he gets out in the field,” said Dr. Maria Bowman, SHP Lead Scientist.

Dr. Brooker grew up in Waterford, Ohio on a small grain and livestock farm. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in agronomy from The Ohio State University. He recently completed his Ph.D. at Michigan State University where he researched cover crops interseeded in corn in a unique project combining agronomy, weed science, soil health and remote sensing.

“I am eager to review SHP’s data and identify how it can best serve SHP and farmers,” said Dr. Brooker. “I am passionate about identifying research activities that directly benefit farmers and have been fortunate to work closely with farmers and do a lot of on-farm research that has given me a greater understanding of the issues farmers are dealing with.”

Aaron and his wife currently reside in Lansing, Michigan. He enjoys playing sports and being active outdoors in all seasons, whether it is swimming, camping and hiking in the summer, or cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.