Meet the New NDSU Faculty Researchers (2022-2023)

Get to know the newest faculty researchers who have joined NDSU this school year.

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Sandro Steinbach, PhD / Agribusiness and Applied Economics

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
My primary research and scholarly interests are in agricultural policy and international trade. I also work on issues related to veterinary economics and management, food policy, human and animal health, and the environment.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
I grew up Southeast of Berlin in Germany. I obtained degrees from Humboldt University in Berlin, UC Davis, and ETH Zurich.

What excites you about NDSU?
I am excited to engage with different stakeholders at NDSU and in North Dakota. I enjoy collaborative and interdisciplinary research and NDSU offers many opportunities to engage in such activities with peers, students, and stakeholders.

What motivates you?
I am naturally curious, and my curiosity has always driven me. Curiosity gets me excited. Curiosity leads to innovation, new jobs, and societal progress.

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
My grandfather, who died during Covid, and we could not visit for the last time because of U.S. travel bans for foreign citizens at that time.

If you could time travel, where would you go?
Ancient Greece.

What was your first job?
I worked as a combine operator for a large agricultural cooperative in Eastern Germany.

What does your very best day include?
Enjoying a river trail hike with my kids.

What's your favorite quote?
"Research is what I am doing when I do not know what I am doing." Wernher von Braun

Lindsay Malone, PhD / School of Natural Resource Sciences

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
I am building a research program focused on "Climate Smart Agriculture" which to me means sustainably increasing crop yields, building more resilient systems (and soil!), and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. My past research has been largely on integrating conservation practices in row crop systems, with a particular focus on soybean.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
I grew up on a Jersey dairy farm near Buffalo, NY. I received my B.S. in Plant Sciences from Cornell University and both my M.S. and Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

What excites you about NDSU?
NDSU's own statement captures the categories that excite me: "Student-focused, land-grant, research institution". I want my research to directly impact the livelihoods of North Dakotans, while being able to engage with students.

On a different note - North Dakota has fairly diverse cropping systems, which offers some exciting prospects when it comes to "Climate Smart Ag"!

What motivates you?
My career-long goal is to make farming safer, more efficient, and more sustainable -- family and friends who farm inspire me every day to keep pushing towards that goal.

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
My grandparents - there is so much I would love to ask them about their lives and our family farm's history.

What was your first job?
Feeding calves

What does your very best day include?
A hot cup of coffee and an inexplicable desire to write - or an excellent book.

Travis Seaborn, PhD / School of Natural Resource Sciences

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
I am interested in the management and conservation of fish and wildlife species. Specifically, my lab will look at the impacts of land use, climate change, and other anthropogenic challenges. I take an interdisciplinary approach, using the tools of conservation/landscape genetics and ecological modeling. As examples, I've worked on how restoration may impact native fish hybridizing with invasive fish, how successful moving individuals to establish new populations may be, whether certain populations are adapted to warmer temperatures, and where species may go with climate change.

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
I am coming from the University of Idaho, where I was a Postdoctoral Scholar for three years with a grant at the state level as part of the National Science Foundation's EPSCoR program. Before that, I did my undergraduate at University of Washington, masters at Western Carolina University, and Ph.D. at Washington State University.

What excites you about NDSU?
My Ph.D. and postdoc were both at land grant institutions. I am excited to be in a natural resources department that cares about the land grant mission of serving the people and the land in our region.

What motivates you?
I am motivated by a passion to improve the lives of the stakeholders, including the goal to make sure that the pieces and services of our natural world are available to future generations.

Febina Mathew, PhD / Plant Pathology

What are your primary research and scholarly interests?
Plant pathogens, Microbiology, big data

Where are you from and where did you pursue your education?
India and NDSU

What excites you about NDSU?
It's home

What motivates you?
The working environment

If you could time travel, where would you go?
The day I joined NDSU as a student

If you could have coffee / tea with anyone, who would it be?
Anyone

What was your first job?
Technician

What does your very best day include?
Networking

What’s your favorite quote?
"Live in the present moment, forget past and future"

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