Thomas Thompson

International Agronomy

Education

Ph.D., Soil Chemistry, Iowa State University, 1991

M.S., Soil Chemistry and Fertility, Texas A&M University, 1987

B.S., Agronomy, Abilene Christian University, 1985

Experience

2016 - Present - Associate Dean and Director-International Programs, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

2011 - 2016 - Professor and Department Head, Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences, Virginia Tech

2006 - 2011 - Professor and Department Chair, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University

2010 - 2011 - Coordinator, “Project Revolution”, Collaborative Research venture between Texas Tech University and Bayer CropScience

2008 - 2011 - J.A. Love Endowed Chair, Texas Tech University

2003 - 2006 - Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

1997 - 2003 - Associate Professor and Extension Specialist, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

1991 - 1997 - Assistant Professor, Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, University of Arizona

Link to curriculum vita

Courses Taught

During my career at three universities, I have taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses, including:

  • Introduction to Soil Science
  • Soil Fertility and Plant Nutrition
  • Soil-Plant Relationships
  • Nutrient Dynamics in Soils
  • Graduate Seminar
  • Senior Seminar
  • Nutrient Management in Soils.

Research Focus

 I am an agronomist and soil scientist and have worked with vegetable crops, trees, and agronomic crops such as cotton, grains, and alfalfa. Recently my research has focused on conservation agriculture practices and adoption in smallholder farming systems of developing countries.

Role of Graduate Students

 One of the best things about being a faculty member is working with graduate students. I have served as advisor for more than 20 graduate students. As a graduate mentor, I believe in “paying it forward”. I had two very different mentors in graduate school, and both contributed tremendously to my maturation as a scientist. Now, I try to do that for others.

Future Research

One must learn to adapt in research.  It’s important to look for opportunities, and sometimes you don’t end up where you expected. And that can be exciting.

Tom Thompson