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Kirsten Kurtz

Laboratory Manager, Technician IV

School of Integrated Crop Science
Soil and Crop Sciences Section
Bradfield Hall, Room G05
Email: ksk64@cornell.edu

Master of Science Student: Cornell University, Department of Natural Resources, MS, (expected graduation 2019)

Bachelors DegreeState University of New York-ESC, BA, (2016)

Kirsten Kurtz is the 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 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 natural resources, continuing her strong passion for and studies of sustainable agriculture, soil health, physical properties of soil and natural systems.

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. Kirsten continues to produce soil paintings privately and at various events. Her community-led soil murals can be viewed just inside the entrance of Bradfield Hall on the Ithaca Cornell University campus.

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 is a co-author of the Comprehensive Assessment of Soil Health, The Cornell Framework Manual Version 3.2. She developed and wrote the standard operating procedures for quarantine soil, is the co/author on all Cornell Soil Health Laboratory SOP’s 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.

Kirsten is currently an MS student in the department of Natural Resources while concurrently managing the Cornell Soil Health Laboratory. Her Masters’ work is focusing on quantifying the health of virgin grasslands and the consequent remediation of degraded grassland soils.

 

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