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Faculty and Staff - Becky Gilfillen

Dr. Becky Gilfillen, Ph.D

Dr. Becky Gilfillen, Ph.D

Professor of Agronomy (Soil Science)

Office:  EST 256
Phone:  270-745-5970
Email:  becky.gilfillen@wku.edu
Website:  http://www.wku.edu/agricuture

Courses

  • AGRI 494 - Contemporary Agriculture Issues
  • AGRI 675 - Environmental Soil Science
  • AGRI 175 - University Experience for Agriculture
  • AGRO 398 - Seminar for Agronomy
  • AGRO 352 - Soil Fertility/ Fertilizers
  • AGRO 457 - Soil Formation/ Classification/ Mapping
  • AGRO 458 - Soil Formation/ Classification/ Mapping Lab
  • AGRO 454 - Soil Management & Conservation
  • AGRO 452 - Soil Microbiology
  • AGRO 350 - Soils
  • AGRO 351 - Soils Lab
  • AGRO 475 - Collegiate Soil Competition
  • AGRO 475 - Collegiate Soil Competition

Research

Current research is done in collaboration with the USDA-ARS Unit in Bowling Green.  Studies involve production of corn or fescue using various animal manures as a fertilizer source.  The studies help to determine which nutrients are held by the soil, taken up by the crop or possibly enter the groundwater system.  We also are looking at the soil quality of an area that was once a feedlot situation to see how long nutrients, pathogens and pharmaceuticals are present after the cattle have been removed.

Bio

My degrees are listed below.  I grew up in a rural community of about 2,000 people in Ohio.  My grandfather had a dairy, tobacco and grain farm where I loved to visit and work as a kid.  My love of Agriculture grew from that point. One of the reasons I love to teach soil is that it involves all the basic sciences of Biology, Chemistry and Physics in an applied setting of Agriculture. What is there not to love about SOIL!!

I have been at WKU since 1998.  I am the WKU Soil Judging Coach and we compete both regionally and nationally.  I also am a co-advisor to the Agronomy Club.  

Education

Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, Plant & Soil Science, 1999.

MS, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, Agronomy, 1994.

BA, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, General Sciences, 1989.

BS, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY, Biological Sciences, 1989.

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