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Sean Stokes

Sean Stokes CV 2021

Contact Info

Email: Sean.stokes@colostate.edu

Room number/Building: W002, Plant Sciences Building

Biography

I was born in Las Cruces, New Mexico but after one year of living in the desert I decided I would rather be raised as a mountain kid in the foothills of Golden, Colorado and learn to ski by age 5. After graduating from Golden HS in 2006, I traveled across the country to South Florida where I attended the University of Miami and became a lifelong Cane. I received a B. S. in 2010 with a major in Psychology and minors in Chemistry and Sports Medicine, a degree I promptly put to use that winter by moving to Winter Park, CO to work at a ski resort. For the next 5 years, I snowboarded in the winters, raft guided in the summers (Colorado River, Clear Creek, and Arkansas River), traveled internationally (including a month in Peru), and managed to find time to work in various restaurants/bars in between these fun activities. After taking my raft down the Grand Canyon and Cataract Canyon (where’s Glen Canyon at?) in the summer of 2017, I re-focused on schooling and started a M.S. in Toxicology at Colorado State in the fall. During this time, I worked in the Borch Lab and the Hanneman Lab as a Graduate Research Assistant and received my M.S. in May of 2019.

Project Summary

In partnership with Cutrale’s Amelia Farm, a citrus grove in Florida, my research project is trying to determine the soil chemistry mechanisms at work with trees infected with Citrus Greening Disease (HLB). The orange trees in this citrus grove are all managed identically but have shown varying levels of resistance to the onset of symptoms from the disease, visible through decreased growth rates. We hypothesize that there are variances in the corresponding soil health that are a primary contributor to the decreased tree growth seen in some areas and believe that a healthy soil could improve resistance to the onset of the HLB’s below-ground symptoms. We are identifying differences in the soil chemistry and microbiome that would contribute to changes in nutrient cycling or physical soil structure and subsequently decreases in tree productivity. Our overall goal is to quantify all aspects of the soil chemistry and microbiome to determine what specific component of soil health is influencing these gradients in tree growth. Eventually research will be conducted on the best management practices to improve soil health thus improving both crop productivity and environmental sustainability.

For more details about the research conducted in the Borch group please click here.

Recent Publications

For more publications in the Borch group please click here.

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