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Candidates for ISPA Board

Please review our candidates for President-Elect and Secretary. You can see their CV through the links provided. The voting will be open to all ISPA members beginning June 8 and ending June 22, 2022. 

ISPA Board Elections

The International Society of Precision Agriculture holds elections in the summer of the ICPA conference. Due to the nature of the board two to three offices will be open for nominations every two years. The position of Treasurer is a four-year post and that position will only have nominations accepted in the year the term expires for the current Treasurer.

Solicitation of Board Nominations (Open March 1 – June 1 of election year)

When it comes time to solicit nominations for the above elected positions, please feel free to nominate yourself! This is perfectly acceptable. The name of all nominators will be kept confidential. Please forward nominations to nominations@ispag.org
 
The nomination committee of ISPA is requesting nominations for the following offices for the ISPA.
  • President Elect – (Two year appointment) to serve from July 2022 to July 2024, and then move to President for July 2024 to July 2026 and then to Past-President in 2026
  • Secretary – (Two year appointment) to serve from July 2022 to July 2024
To nominate an individual:
  1. The nominator must be a current member of ISPA.
  2. The nominee must be a current member of ISPA.
  3. Contact the nominee and verify that they are interested/available to serve as an officer. 
  4. Submit a short CV (2-pages) with a high resolution picture of nominee.
  5. Provide contact information for the nominee and the nominator.
  6. Please send nominations to nominations@ispag.org.
Nominations must be received by 1 June 2022. 
Elections will be held electronically.

President Elect Nominees

Athyna Cambouris

Athyna Cambouris
Since June 2020, Dr. Cambouris is secretary of the board of the International Society for Precision Agriculture (ISPA). She is also leader of its Precision Nitrogen Management Community. She leads an important research program for the Government of Canada and she is well known for her ability to generate new knowledge to the benefit of the agricultural sector with a focus on precision agriculture and potato production. Dr. Cambouris is currently responsible for numerous national research projects dealing with variable rate N management using soil and crop sensor systems, remote sensing, geomatics and geostatistics. She conducts research on the delineation of management zones based on soil and crop sensor systems for potato, corn, switchgrass and forage productions. Her expertise with sensors to study the spatial variability of soil properties is also well known.
Dr. Cambouris has supervised or co-supervised six M.Sc., three Ph.D. students and one postdoc. Since March 2022, she has become the founding Science Team Lead of the Digital agriculture & Hydrology Team at QRDC as part of AAFC Renewal and Reorganization. She leads three research assistants, one M.Sc. and four Ph.D. students. Dr. Cambouris is an adjunct professor at Laval University and at the Institut National de recherche – Eau – terre – Environnement de Québec.
Dr. Cambouris is the main investigator of the Potato Cluster project entitled “Enhancement of Canadian Potato Industry through Smart Farming” involving all Eastern Canada provinces. She is actively involved in the Living Lab Initiatives program of AAFC in Prince Edward Island and QC provinces where she implemented precise N management using the approach of PA (management zone, variable rate applications and UAV imagery) under potato production and studied the spatial-temporal variability of the health soil properties under corn production with intercropping and cover crops.
Since 2007, Dr. Cambouris is President of the Commission de géomatique agricole et agriculture de précision (GAAP) which is the official expert committee for Precision Agriculture in Quebec. Dr. Cambouris is one of the instigators within the GAAP Commission of a 3-day training in Precision agriculture and geomatics in the province of Quebec. This 3-day training is offered periodically all around the year since 2018. Dr. Cambouris has organized and chaired four Conferences on Precision Agriculture for the GAAP Commission. She is a member of the: American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and the Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol.
 

Rodrigo A. Ortega-Blu

John FultonDr. Rodrigo Ortega-Blu is an Associate Professor at the University Santa María in Santiago-Chile. He got involved with Precision Agriculture (PA) in the 90’s, while pursuing his PhD at Colorado State University. He has worked in PA from different aspects including research, teaching, extension, and commercial application. His research and extension activities focus on improving soil quality as the basis for a sustainable production, under climate change, using precision agriculture, organic matter, microorganisms, and nitrification inhibitors, among other technologies, particularly in fruit production. Important areas of his work are the conversion of available data into useful information and farmer’s digitalization. He teaches Precision Agriculture at the graduate level and Econometrics at the undergraduate one. He has worked as a national and international consultant in soils and precision agriculture. He participates in various societies at the national, regional, and international levels.
 

Steve Phillips

Steve Phillips
Dr. Steve Phillips is Principal Scientist for the African Plant Nutrition Institute, headquartered on the campus of Mohamed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P) in Benguerir, Morocco, where he also holds the academic rank of Professor.  Dr. Phillips serves as research theme leader for precision nutrient management and his current research focuses on using remote sensing technologies to assess spatial yield variation in smallholder production systems.  His outreach programs include the West African Forum on Precision Agriculture and the African Conference on Precision Agriculture (AfCPA).  He founded the African Association for Precision Agriculture and serves as coordinator and lead instructor for an Executive MS curriculum at UM6P in precision agriculture.  He also lectures each semester on precision agriculture topics in MS courses on Fertilizer Science and Technology and Crop Nutrition and serves as major advisor for three Ph.D. students and one M.S. student pursuing degrees in precision agriculture. Prior to joining APNI, he spent 12 years with the International Plant Nutrition Institute where he served as organizer and chairman for the annual InfoAg Conference and prior to that he spent 8 years at Virginia Tech leading an internationally recognized research and extension program in precision nutrient management.  Dr. Phillips has been an active member of the ISPA since its inception in 2010.
 

Secretary Nominees

Joby Czarnecki

Joby Czarnecki
Dr. Joby Czarnecki is an Associate Research Professor with the Geosystems Research Institute at Mississippi State University (MSU). Her research is focused on how geospatial technologies can enable growers to target placement of conservation practices on the landscape to reduce the environmental impact of production agriculture without compromising the bottom line. Her research is heavily-applied and end-user focused, with a short-time horizon intended to help growers the following year and not the following generation. She is currently launching a USDA-funded project to create a farmer-led on-farm program that increases capacity in Mississippi growers to conduct on-farm experimentation and better utilize precision agriculture concepts and technologies. Other areas of focus include precision conservation and data-informed crop production, with projects ranging from spatial aspects of soil microbiology to optimized search patterns for sampling by autonomous systems. Joby recently team taught a survey course for freshman on data-driven agriculture with other precision agriculture faculty at MSU to excite a new generation of college students about the future of agriculture. She is past chair of the S1069: Research and Extension for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Applications in U.S. Agriculture and Natural Resources, as well as the MSU workgroup with a similar focus. She is currently serving as president of MSU’s chapter of Gamma Sigma Delta, the international honor society of agriculture. Dr. Czarnecki got her first professional job as a result of attending the 2002 ICPA and has regularly attended ICPA and been an active ISPA member.
 

Athyna Cambouris

Athyna Cambouris
Since June 2020, Dr. Cambouris is secretary of the board of the International Society for Precision Agriculture (ISPA). She is also leader of its Precision Nitrogen Management Community. She leads an important research program for the Government of Canada and she is well known for her ability to generate new knowledge to the benefit of the agricultural sector with a focus on precision agriculture and potato production. Dr. Cambouris is currently responsible for numerous national research projects dealing with variable rate N management using soil and crop sensor systems, remote sensing, geomatics and geostatistics. She conducts research on the delineation of management zones based on soil and crop sensor systems for potato, corn, switchgrass and forage productions. Her expertise with sensors to study the spatial variability of soil properties is also well known.
Dr. Cambouris has supervised or co-supervised six M.Sc., three Ph.D. students and one postdoc. Since March 2022, she has become the founding Science Team Lead of the Digital agriculture & Hydrology Team at QRDC as part of AAFC Renewal and Reorganization. She leads three research assistants, one M.Sc. and four Ph.D. students. Dr. Cambouris is an adjunct professor at Laval University and at the Institut National de recherche – Eau – terre – Environnement de Québec.
Dr. Cambouris is the main investigator of the Potato Cluster project entitled “Enhancement of Canadian Potato Industry through Smart Farming” involving all Eastern Canada provinces. She is actively involved in the Living Lab Initiatives program of AAFC in Prince Edward Island and QC provinces where she implemented precise N management using the approach of PA (management zone, variable rate applications and UAV imagery) under potato production and studied the spatial-temporal variability of the health soil properties under corn production with intercropping and cover crops.
Since 2007, Dr. Cambouris is President of the Commission de géomatique agricole et agriculture de précision (GAAP) which is the official expert committee for Precision Agriculture in Quebec. Dr. Cambouris is one of the instigators within the GAAP Commission of a 3-day training in Precision agriculture and geomatics in the province of Quebec. This 3-day training is offered periodically all around the year since 2018. Dr. Cambouris has organized and chaired four Conferences on Precision Agriculture for the GAAP Commission. She is a member of the: American Society of Agronomy, Soil Science Society of America, and the Association Québécoise des Spécialistes en Sciences du Sol.
 
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