Research Associate, Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science
Shaina Westhoff is a Research Associate for Dr. David Clay at South Dakota State University (SDSU). Dr. Clay’s research goal is to develop and test sustainable precision agricultural management systems that enhance environmental quality, maintain rural economies, and improve energy and economic self-sufficiency. Within Shaina’s time in this lab, she has facilitated workshops and meetings concerning soil carbon sequestration and quantification with research, industry, non-governmental organizations, and governmental stakeholders. Shaina’s field research addresses accurate spatial and temporal quantification of soil carbon. She also teaches three sections of undergraduate Introductory Soils Lab. Shaina received a M.S. Degree from South Dakota State University related to modelling soil organic carbon in Eastern South Dakota, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in clay mineralogy. For three years prior to attaining her M.S., Shaina was a commercial agronomist for a cooperative in South Dakota. Shaina’s husband is a fourth generation farmer and they are working together to maintain a healthy farming operation for their children.