Research Group Members

Travis W Gannon, Assistant Professor

Address:
100 Derieux Pl
NCSU Campus Box 7620
4402B Williams Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: travis_gannon@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.513.4655
Fax: 919.515.7659

Education
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Doctorate of Philosophy in Crop Science, May 2011
Concentration in Weed Science
Dissertation: "Leaching Potential and Efficacy of Select Herbicides in Turfgrass Environments"

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Master of Science in Crop Science, May 2003
Concentration in Weed Science
Thesis: "Establishment and Allelopathic Potential of Centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) in Utility Turf Areas"

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Bachelor of Science in Technical Agronomy, May 1999, with Honors
Concentration in Turfgrass Management

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, 2012 – present
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Extension Assistant, August 1999 – 2011
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Research Technician, May 1999 – July 1999
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC


Current Members

Khalied Ahmed, Research Chemist

Address:
100 Derieux Pl
4402A Williams Hall
NCSU Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: khalied_ahmed@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.5652
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Khalied oversees residue analyses in Dr. Gannon’s Laboratory. Prior to this he was an agriculture research chemist with the Environmental and Consumer Safety group at BASF Corporation. His previous professional experience includes research assistant at the Department of Molecular & Structural Biochemistry, NC State University. Khalied holds Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from NC State University. He joined Dr. Gannon’s Group in October, 2012. When not in the lab, he loves being around his wife and son, and when weather permits he enjoys playing soccer.


Matt Jeffries, Graduate Research Technician

Address:
3920 Dr. Bill Gilbert Way
Raleigh, NC 27604

Email: mdjeffri@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.3509
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: After receiving a BS degree in Turfgrass Management from NCSU in 2009, Matt pursued a MS degree at NCSU evaluating novel herbicide efficacy in turfgrass systems. Following the completion of this degree in 2012, he began a PhD project under the direction of Drs. Travis Gannon and Fred Yelverton studying pesticide transport processes in turfgrass systems.


Ling Ou, PhD Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: lou2@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: "Lottie" Ling Ou, a PhD student who joined the group in spring 2014, completed her MS degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in Auburn University. Her thesis topic was on soil organic carbon methods and carbon sequestration and footprint of crawfish ponds in Louisiana. Her PhD project includes three chapters: (1) Arsenic kinetics of MSMA; (2) Sorption and organic matter of pesticides in different systems; (3) Meta-analysis on atrazine sorption. She loves research and study. She swims, dances, runs, and does yoga; she also like to sing, read, write, cook, and travel in her spare time. She loves to help people stay healthy and happy.


Patrick Maxwell, MS Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: pjmaxwel@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659


About: Patrick graduated from NCSU in the spring of 2015 with an undergraduate degree in Turfgrass Science. He joined Dr. Travis Gannon’s group in the summer of 2015 and immediately began working towards his MS degree under the direction of Drs. Cooper and Gannon. His research is focused on potential pesticide exposure of commercial lawn care operators as well as pesticide transport processes in turfgrass systems. When he is not working in the field or lab he loves watching college football and enjoying the outdoors.


Kimo Peddy, MS Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: jkpeddy@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659


About: James “Kimo” Peddy received his Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture at NC State University 2014. He started working for the Gannon lab in 2014 before coming onto the team as a graduate student. His MS degree research pertains to the establishment and management of biofuel crops and heavy metal uptakes. When he is not busy he enjoys hiking, training service animals, and collecting and cultivating rare and exotic plants.



Undergraduate Members

Alayne McKnight

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Fax: 919.515.7659


About: Alayne has been assisting with team projects and working closely with the graduate students since May 2014. She is currently progressing towards her MS degree in Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation and a minor in Agroecology. She plans to complete her degree in May 2017 and continue her studies into graduate school. With a strong background in biology, she also enjoys learning more about sustainable agriculture. Her favorite aspect about being a part of the team is collaborating with the graduate students and learning from their studies and field research. When she is not in the lab or field, you can find Alayne on the rugby field or playing with her two pets.


Jacobo Rozo Posso

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Fax: 919.515.7659


About: Jacobo was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 2005. When he was 14 years old he read books about genetics and plants and became fascinated with the plant world, which led him to build a large collection of more than 3500 Carnivorous Plants. He taught himself tissue culture techniques and was successful at in vitro growing of plant material and seeds. Before he was a student at NC State University he worked as a research assistant while still in High School in a molecular biology laboratory working with Aspergillus flavus, a fungus that infects crops and produces aflatoxin. He also worked in a Genetics laboratory at UNC Chapel Hill understanding how environmental conditions regulate plant development. Jacobo is a transferred student from Durham Technical Community College. He is currently a second year undergraduate student majoring in Plant and Soil Sciences specializing in Crop Production at NC State University. In Dr. Gannon’s Laboratory he assist Khalied and Matthew in the laboratory and greenhouses with many of the ongoing projects on Pesticide and Trace Element Fate and Behavior in soil.



Past Members

Denis Mahoney, MS Student in Crop and Soil Science

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: djmahone@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.1665
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: DJ, originally from Darlington, SC, graduated from Clemson University in spring of 2012, with a BS degree in Turfgrass Management. Before making his way up to NC, he spent his summer working at Clemson Extension with Dr. Bruce Martin doing fungicide and nematode research. He decided to come to NC State and work with Dr. Travis Gannon on arsenic movement from MSMA and various fertilizers. During the fall months, you can find him watching his Tigers play or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and dog. Other activities he enjoys are hiking, biking, rugby, and golf.



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