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Kristine Buckland

Kristine Buckland

Assistant Professor
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North Willamette Research and Extension Center

North Willamette Res & Ext Ctr 15210 NE Miley Rd

North Willamette Res & Ext Ctr
15210 NE Miley Rd
Aurora, OR 97002-9543
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Soil health
  • Nutrient cycling
  • Agricultural systems analysis

North Willamette Research and Extension Center (NWREC)
15210 NE Miley Road
Aurora, OR 97002-9543


I accept graduate students for Horticulture
I can serve on graduate committees

Professional Accomplishments

Professional Affiliations: 



Research Mentor, Utah State University - 2013-2015
Taught and mentored 12 undergraduate students over two field seasons. Trained students on the basics of field research including data collection and plant processing techniques. Many of these students had no prior laboratory experience, and are now able to accomplish laboratory procedures for soil analysis.  Developed three laboratory protocols for soil health measurements and successfully trained students to accomplish these intricate processes.  Guided one student on how to establish a randomized weed study trial, set the environmental controls, maintain and harvest the crops.

Evaluator Pilot, United States Air Force - 2008-2009
Evaluated student performance as well as other instructors. Identified weaknesses in the current training programs and devised new ways to address these weaknesses.  Developed an aerial video to help guide instructor and student pilots on ways to adapt their flight path in response to a challenging disruption on one of the airport’s runways.

Instructor Pilot, United States Air Force - 2004-2009
Taught over 100 young Air Force officers how to fly.  Subjects ranged from basic aircraft maneuvers to multiple aircraft formation flights.  Student evaluations accomplished by independent flight evaluators, with a greater than 90% of my students receiving passing evaluations. Produced capable pilots at rate greater than 95%, with zero safety related incidents.


Ph.D. in Plant Science - 2016
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Dissertation: “Increasing the Sustainability of Utah Farms through Incorporating
Quinoa as a Novel Crop and Protecting Soil Organic Matter”

M.S. in Plant Science - 2011
Utah State University, Logan, UT
Thesis: “Evaluating Fertilizer Rate, Crop Rotation and Trap Crops for Effects on Onion Growth and Yield, Soil Health, Thrips Densities and Iris Yellow Spot Virus Incidence”

B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering - 1998
United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO  

My Awards

Honors and Awards: 

Apogee Instrument-Campbell Scientific Graduate Fellowship - 2015
Devere McCallister Scholarship - 2015
ASA/SSSA/CSSA Mott Award, Utah State University Nominee - 2015
Elva Acklam and Avril Stark Scholarship, Utah State University - 2014 and 2015
Distinguished Graduate, Undergraduate Pilot Training, United States Air Force - 2000

My Publications


Journal Article


Conference Paper


Conference Paper


Conference Paper

K. Buckland, Reeve, J. R., Alston, D., Drost, D., and Nischwitz, C., Evaluating the effect of nitrogen, crop rotation and trap crops on onion thrips, Iris Yellow Spot Virus and crop yield, in annual W-1008 Multistate Research Project, Biology and Management of Iris Yellow Spot Virus and thrips in onion, 2009.

Outreach and Extension

Presenter and organizer of Annual Utah Quinoa Growers Meeting - 2014
Held an annual meeting with 15 local grower-cooperators and researchers to assess progress of field trials and prepare for upcoming field season

Presenter and organizer of the USU Quinoa Field Day - 2014
This encompassed tours of field trials, presentations from regional quinoa experts and in-depth discussion of regional organic cropping systems.

Presenter at Utah Onion Grower’s Association Field Day - 2010
Presented poster with initial findings of replicated field trial on nitrogen fertilizer rates, crop rotation, and pest pressure

Presenter at Kaysville Agricultural Experiment Station Field Day - 2010
Presented replicated field plots and initial findings to growers, extension agents, researchers and local community members