Members

Project Leader

 

Travis W Gannon, Assistant Professor

Address:
100 Derieux Pl
NCSU Campus Box 7620
4402B Williams Hall
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: travis_gannon@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.513.4655
Fax: 919.515.7659

Education
North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Doctorate of Philosophy in Crop Science, May 2011
Concentration in Weed Science
Dissertation: “Leaching Potential and Efficacy of Select Herbicides in Turfgrass Environments”

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Master of Science in Crop Science, May 2003
Concentration in Weed Science
Thesis: “Establishment and Allelopathic Potential of Centipedegrass (Eremochloa ophiuroides) in Utility Turf Areas”

North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC
Bachelor of Science in Technical Agronomy, May 1999, with Honors
Concentration in Turfgrass Management

Professional Experience
Assistant Professor, 2012 – present
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Extension Assistant, August 1999 – 2011
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

Research Technician, May 1999 – July 1999
North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC

 

Current Members

 

Khalied Ahmed, Research Chemist

Address:
100 Derieux Pl
4402A Williams Hall
NCSU Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: khalied_ahmed@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.5652
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Khalied oversees residue analyses in Dr. Gannon’s Laboratory. Prior to this he was an agriculture research chemist with the Environmental and Consumer Safety group at BASF Corporation. His previous professional experience includes research assistant at the Department of Molecular & Structural Biochemistry, NC State University. Khalied holds Science degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry from NC State University. He joined Dr. Gannon’s Group in October, 2012. When not in the lab, he loves being around his wife and son, and when weather permits he enjoys playing soccer.

 

Scott Brinton, Research Technician

Address:
4402D Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: scott_brinton@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.5652
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Scott conducts field and greenhouse research pertaining to herbicide and nutrient fate and movement for Dr. Gannon’s program.  Scott has been a research technician in the NCSU Crop and Soil Science Department since 2007.  He conducted research in turf management before joining Dr. Gannon’s group in 2016.

 

Patrick Maxwell, PhD Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: pjmaxwel@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Patrick graduated from NCSU in 2015 with a BS degree in Turfgrass Science and immediately began pursuing a MS degree evaluating pesticide fate processes in turfgrass systems. Following the completion of this degree in 2017, he started a PhD project investigating off-target herbicide transport processes in agronomic production systems under the direction of Drs. Travis Gannon and Matthew Vann. When he is not working in the field or lab he loves watching college football and enjoying the outdoors.

Shwetha Ramanathan, PhD Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: ssramana@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Shwetha completed her M.Sc. degree in Environmental Science from the University of Mysore, India in 2013. Her thesis was on the removal of a metal complex from an aqueous medium, such as industrial effluent, using pistachio shell as an adsorbent as a means for waste management. With a background in environmental chemistry, she is currently pursuing her PhD under the guidance of Dr. Travis Gannon, Dr. Anna Locke and Dr. Wes Everman. Her project is related to herbicide carryover effects on soybean crop in North Carolina and it allows her to explore her interests in pesticide persistence and plant responses to environmental pesticide concentrations.

Alayne McKnight, MS Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: ammckni4@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Alayne graduated from NC State in May 2017 with a BS degree in biology.  She has been assisting with team projects in the lab and field since May 2014 and has decided to continue her education with Dr. Gannon’s group to pursue a MS degree. Her graduate project focuses on plants’ ability to phytoremediate commonly used pesticides to reduce the possibility of off-target contamination in urban settings. When she is not in the lab or field, you can find Alayne on the rugby field or playing with her two pets.

Daniel Freund, MS Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: drfreund@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Daniel is a native to the Raleigh, NC area, where he completed his undergraduate degree in 2017 in Turfgrass Sciences at NCSU. After working as an undergraduate research assistant, Daniel is now working towards his MS degree, co-majoring in Crop Science and Plant Pathology. His research is focused on fungicide efficacy and environmental fate in turfgrass systems, under the direction of Drs. Travis Gannon and Jim Kerns.

 

Matheus Teixeira, 

Address:
4402 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: mferrei@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Matheus Ferreira Franca Teixeira is a Brazilian PhD student at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, Brazil. He joined Dr. Travis Gannon’s group in the spring of 2018 to complete his research involving the dynamics of the indaziflam herbicide in soils. He is interested in knowing the processes of sorption, desorption, leaching, persistence and weed control, he has been working in this area since finishing his degree in agronomy. He loves to research and study, in spare moments he participates in volunteer work helping other people.

 

Undergraduate Members

 

 

Gray Yelverton 

Destiny Tyson

 

 

Former Members

 

Denis Mahoney, MS Student in Crop and Soil Science

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: djmahone@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.1665
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: DJ, originally from Darlington, SC, graduated from Clemson University in spring of 2012, with a BS degree in Turfgrass Management. Before making his way up to NC, he spent his summer working at Clemson Extension with Dr. Bruce Martin doing fungicide and nematode research. He decided to come to NC State and work with Dr. Travis Gannon on arsenic movement from MSMA and various fertilizers. During the fall months, you can find him watching his Tigers play or enjoying the outdoors with his wife and dog. Other activities he enjoys are hiking, biking, rugby, and golf.

Matt Jeffries, Graduate Research Technician

Address:
3920 Dr. Bill Gilbert Way
Raleigh, NC 27604

Email: mdjeffri@ncsu.edu
Phone: 919.515.3509
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: After receiving a BS degree in Turfgrass Management from NCSU in 2009, Matt pursued a MS degree at NCSU evaluating novel herbicide efficacy in turfgrass systems. Following the completion of this degree in 2012, he began a PhD project under the direction of Drs. Travis Gannon and Fred Yelverton studying pesticide transport processes in turfgrass systems.

Ling Ou, PhD Student

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: lou2@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: “Lottie” Ling Ou, a PhD student who joined the group in spring 2014, completed her MS degree in Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences in Auburn University. Her thesis topic was on soil organic carbon methods and carbon sequestration and footprint of crawfish ponds in Louisiana. Her PhD project includes three chapters: (1) Arsenic kinetics of MSMA; (2) Sorption and organic matter of pesticides in different systems; (3) Meta-analysis on atrazine sorption. She loves research and study. She swims, dances, runs, and does yoga; she also like to sing, read, write, cook, and travel in her spare time. She loves to help people stay healthy and happy.

Jacobo Rozo Posso

Address:
4407 Williams Hall
Campus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Fax: 919.515.7659

About: Jacobo was born in Colombia and moved to the United States in 2005. When he was 14 years old he read books about genetics and plants and became fascinated with the plant world, which led him to build a large collection of more than 3500 Carnivorous Plants. He taught himself tissue culture techniques and was successful at in vitro growing of plant material and seeds. Before he was a student at NC State University he worked as a research assistant while still in High School in a molecular biology laboratory working with Aspergillus flavus, a fungus that infects crops and produces aflatoxin. He also worked in a Genetics laboratory at UNC Chapel Hill understanding how environmental conditions regulate plant development. Jacobo is a transferred student from Durham Technical Community College. He is currently a second year undergraduate student majoring in Plant and Soil Sciences specializing in Crop Production at NC State University. In Dr. Gannon’s Laboratory he assist Khalied and Matthew in the laboratory and greenhouses with many of the ongoing projects on Pesticide and Trace Element Fate and Behavior in soil.

James “Kimo” Peddy, MS Student

Address:
4407 Williams HallCampus Box 7620
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Email: jkpeddy@ncsu.edu
Fax: 919.515.7659

About: James “Kimo” Peddy received his Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture at NC State University 2014. He started working for the Gannon lab in 2014 before coming onto the team as a graduate student. His MS degree research pertains to how volumetric water content and organic matter content in soils can affect pesticide efficacy. When he is not busy he enjoys hiking, training service animals, and collecting and cultivating rare and exotic plants.