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Kirsten Kurtz

Kirsten KurtzLaboratory Manager, Technician III

School of Integrated Crop Science
Soil and Crop Sciences Section
Bradfield Hall, Room G05

Bachelors Degree:  State University of New York-ESC, BA, (2016)



Kirsten Kurtz is the Operations Manager for the Cornell Soil Health Lab with responsibilities in lab management, research, teaching and outreach.  She has more than five years of experience working with Soil Health Assessments. Before joining the Lab, Kirsten worked extensively with various prestigious Finger Lakes wineries and vineyards, accumulating valuable agricultural and scientific knowledge.

Soil paintingKirsten also gained a very wide range of hands-on experience co-owning and managing a small-scale organic farm selling garlic and small fruits commercially. She is pursuing advanced studies in soil health as it relates to viticulture, continuing her strong passion for and studies of sustainable agriculture, soil health, physical properties of soil and viticulture.

Kirsten is also an artist with a Bachelors of Art focused on Visual Arts. Part of her senior thesis focused on creating paintings with soil, bringing her love of art and soil science together.

Lab Management

Kirsten oversees all day-to-day responsibilities within the Cornell Soil Health Lab including: Soil analysis, data entry, quality control, improving lab efficiency, and designing  advanced laboratory apparatuses, as well as effectively communicating and collaborating with various international and domestic clients, researchers and faculty. She also initiated and maintains social media outreach,  in addition to being the co-webmaster for the Cornell Soil Health Lab.

Research and Teaching

During her time working with the Cornell Soil Health Lab, Kirsten has been instrumental in spearheading Soil Health research projects. She developed and wrote the standard operating procedures for quarantine soil, and independently develops and delivers lab modules for various professors from a range of Cornell University units.

Kirsten has extensive experience both in lab research and field research projects, including working on long-term tillage field trials and the Adapt-N  weather-based nitrogen modeling tool developed at Cornell. She has been a speaker on a variety of subjects related to soil health at Cornell University and represents the Cornell Soil Health Lab at various outreach events.

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